Huston Street to Angels: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

The Angels have made a serious push for the playoffs after adding Huston Street to solidify the bullpen. The San Diego Padres provided details on the six-player trade to that transpired late Saturday night:

The San Diego Padres today announced that they have acquired infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon and right-handed pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for right-handed pitchers Huston Street and Trevor Gott.

The Padres provide Street's comments on the trade:

ESPN's Jim Bowden first reported that the move was close:

With the deal now completed, the Angels were able to upgrade the biggest weakness on the roster. The squad has one of the best offenses in the majors with a starting rotation that ranks 11th in the league in ERA.

The problem is that the team also ranks 24th in baseball in reliever ERA. Joe Smith has done a solid job as the closer after taking over for Ernesto Frieri, but more help is clearly needed for the team to be legitimate contenders.

Street provides a major boost in this area and is certainly excited to join his new team. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the veteran was previously asked about possibly being traded to the Angels and responded:

"I would love it," he said.

Street cited the chance to "play with guys like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout" as well as to play for Manager Mike Scioscia. Street broke into the major leagues with the Oakland Athletics from 2005-08, when the Angels won the American League West three times in four years. 

"I was probably too young to realize how good he was at the time," Street said of Scioscia. "That's one of the best managers, maybe, of all time. If I went there, I'd have a real chance to win."

While not all traded players become good fits on their new teams, this seems like it will work out just fine.

 

Street is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career. The 30-year-old closer was named to his second All-Star game thanks to his 1.09 ERA and 24 saves in 25 opportunities through the break.

Cody Derespina of Newsday points out that this success is not new:

The veteran is signed through the 2014 season, but he has a relatively inexpensive team option for $7 million. Although there is time to make a decision, it would not be surprising to see his new team work to keep him for another year.

Considering how far San Diego is back in the standings, this remains a good move for the rebuilding team. Friar Wire provides details on the haul the Padres received in the trade:

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Lindsay was rated as the 93rd top prospect by Baseball America. So far this season, he is batting .274 with 73 hits and 30 RBI’s for the Salt Lake Bees.

Rondon, a top ranked prospect and native of Venezuela, recently represented the Angels for the World team at the 2014 XM Futures game and is hitting.327 for the Angels high-A affiliate.

This appears to be a smart maneuver for both sides, although the Angels will be the immediate winner with an elite reliever for the rest of the year.

 

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Ben Zobrist Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Rays Star

Updates from Thursday, July 17

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the latest Ben Zobrist buzz:

According to Jon Morosi of FOXsports.com, Seattle also has talked about the Rays' superstar pitcher David Price as well as Zobrist, and such a combo certainly would transform the Mariners. However, to this point, Zobrist has been the main focus of the talks, with those discussions going on for weeks, league sources say.

Younger utilityman Nick Franklin is someone who's come up in talks with the Rays, and he'd fit Tampa as someone who might be able to do some of the things Zobrist does. He is from Orlando, and wouldn't mind such a move home.

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Ben Zobrist has been one of the more valuable players in baseball over the past few years, which makes it no surprise teams across the league are looking to add him before the 2014 MLB trade deadline.   

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1 reports that the Seattle Mariners are the latest team interested in acquiring the Tampa Bay Rays utility man:

While this deal would make sense for a team that desperately needs to add a bat to keep up in the American League playoff race, the squad will have some serious competition. As Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports, "The Giants are considered atop the teams most interested in 2B/RF Ben Zobrist; the Reds and Mariners among others."

Chris Haft and Ryan Hood of MLB.com note that San Francisco would love to have either Zobrist or ace pitcher David Price, and some recent scouting indicates that a move is possible:

The already active speculation about the Giants' interest in Tampa Bay handyman Ben Zobrist has increased. [...]

The Rays are believed to have scouted the Giants' Double-A Richmond affiliate thoroughly, adding to the Zobrist/Price speculation.

San Francisco second baseman Marco Scutaro has battled chronic back issues, and the team has struggled to fill his spot. Zobrist could be a quality option.

Despite a relatively down year, the assorted interest in Zobrist is completely justified. The switch-hitter knows how to help his team with his .352 on-base percentage to counter the fact he has just six home runs at the All-Star break.

Although you can blame the constant trade talk for a relatively low .266 batting average and little power, he explained that he simply needs to push through the dog days of summer, via Topkin:

I'm just searching a little bit. I've been searching for a while. At some point, it's got to come around. It always does. But obviously it's late June. It's a battling time. You've got to keep battling. Whether things are going well with the team or not well, you have to keep working hard and trust that it's going to come around.

No matter what he does at the plate, the two-time All-Star helps out as an above-average fielder at multiple positions. In 2014, Zobrist has started games at second base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. In his career, he has played every position except pitcher and catcher.

ESPN's Jim Bowden argues why this would make him a great addition for the Cincinnati Reds:

No matter where he lands, the new manager will be able to find a role for him somewhere on the field to help the organization. Of course, you can expect this high demand to drive the price up for any deal to be finalized.

At 33 years old, Zobrist still has upside. He also can remain under team control through the 2015 season on a reasonable $7.5 million team option. For a contending team in need, he could be a huge asset down the stretch.

 

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MLB Trade Rumors: Mariners, Angels and Other Teams Looking to Fill Major Needs

As MLB teams attempt to make their push toward the playoffs, organizations will do their best to add any player who can be a difference-maker.

Throughout the first half of the year, teams have been able to evaluate themselves and realize what they are missing. Fortunately, there are a number of impact players at each spot on the field that are likely available to provide an upgrade.

Although not everyone is willing to part with prospects to complete a trade, these teams have been the most aggressive on the market in recent weeks and are likely to finalize a deal soon.

 

Los Angeles Angels Adding Relief

The Angels have had one of the top offenses in baseball with a starting rotation that ranks 11th in the league. Unfortunately, the relievers have combined for a 3.89 ERA that ranks just 24th in the majors.

If Los Angeles wants to compete for a title this season, it will need to upgrade the bullpen as soon as possible. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (subscription required), change is apparently coming in the form of Huston Street:

Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, with the support of owner Arte Moreno, has been aggressive in trade talks in an effort to add more pitching. They've talked to the San Diego Padres about Huston StreetIan Kennedy and even Tyson Ross, who probably won't get traded. Street told me the Padres have already talked to him about the real possibility of being traded before the deadline, and he's now expecting to be dealt.

Bowden notes that the value of Street—who was selected to the All-Star team thanks to his 1.09 ERA—is better than that of fellow Angels target Jonathan Papelbon.

Meanwhile, Street seems excited about the possibility of being dealt to the Angels. When asked about manager Mike Scioscia, the San Diego Padres closer explained, "That's one of the best managers, maybe, of all time. If I went there, I'd have a real chance to win," via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

In an earlier article, Bowden noted that shortstop Jose Rondon will become a likely trade chip for the Angels in an effort to bring in an established reliever. He profiled the player in saying:

Rondon is a slightly-below-average defender at shortstop, but he should develop to a "solid average" grade in time. He's a solid average runner with no power. But he can really hit and has a short compact stroke. He has good plate discipline and knows how to work a count, draw walks and get on base. He profiles to be an "old-school" No. 2 type of hitter in a lineup and is a solid trade chip for GM Jerry Dipoto.

If the Padres can get Rondon in a package for Street, it would be a worthwhile move for the struggling team.

 

Seattle Mariners Need a Bat

Although the Seattle Mariners enter the second half of the year in third place in the AL West, they are currently in position to grab the second wild-card spot if the season ended today.

If the Mariners want to stay in this position, though, they will need an offensive boost to help a team that ranks 11 out of 15 AL teams in runs.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported that the squad was interested in trading for Marlon Byrd:

While Byrd is having a solid year, he apparently has put Seattle on his no-trade list, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman notes that Josh Willingham and Alex Rios could be more likely scenarios with both of them being potential free agents at the end of the year.

ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick points out that the Mariners are going to look for even more options:

Of these options, it seems like Rios would be the best pick for Seattle. Not only is he having a good season with a .305 batting average, 16 stolen bases and a league-leading eight triples, but he is playing for the last-place Texas Rangers.

Although Texas might not want to make a trade within the division, this might be a great way to get the most value out of a player in a lost season.

 

Cincinnati Reds Trying to Get Versatility

Although the Cincinnati Reds are hanging around in the division race, it will not be easy to keep this up with so many good players out. As long as Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and others remain on the disabled list, the Reds will struggle to score.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the Reds are interested in acquiring Ben Zobrist, but there is competition:

Still, Bowden believes this would be an excellent addition:

Although Zobrist cannot play all three positions at once, he has started at every position besides pitcher and catcher in the majors. Most of his career has been spent at second base, shortstop and right field, but he can clearly help out wherever he is needed.

If the Reds bring him in, they can keep moving him around as players get healthy. Even when the squad finally reaches full strength, Zobrist will have value anywhere on the field and will be a big help for the playoff push.

 

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Derek Jeter’s 2014 All-Star Game Start Reflects Career over Season Achievements

The MLB All-Star Game is used to highlight the best players in baseball near the halfway point of the regular season. Derek Jeter is not one of these players, but he still is worthy of his spot in the starting lineup for the American League.

In most cases, the positions on the All-Star team are for the players who have excelled throughout the first part of the season. Almost everyone in the starting lineup and certainly the reserves have put up big enough numbers to warrant their inclusion in the Midsummer Classic.

On the other hand, Jeter has struggled throughout most of this season in all phases of the game. The shortstop has put up a triple slash line of .272/.324/.322 with just two home runs and six stolen bases. His on-base plus slugging percentage of .647 is the lowest of his career, with the exception of last season when he played just 17 games.

According to ESPN.com, the New York Yankees star has contributed a WAR of just 0.5 this year, which ranks 13th among American League shortstops. This means that 12 of the other 14 teams in the AL have a player who has been more valuable this year, yet Jeter is the one representing the AL at Target Field.

Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight broke down the veteran's season from a historical perspective, noting he is one of the worst All-Star starters of the past 40 years. Since 2000, only five players have been less productive before getting a starting nod at this prestigious event.

Interestingly, the worst player on the list is first-ballot Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. In reality, this is the best comparison for what Jeter is going through—a player who does not deserve the spot based on the season's numbers but is nevertheless being rewarded of an extended career of achievement.

Before he retires at the end of the season, the 40-year-old legend is set to complete his 20th year in the major leagues, all with the Yankees. This feat alone deserves recognition in an age where so many players bounce around to different places in free agency.

Of course, Jeter has been quite good in that time, accumulating 3,408 hits, 14 All-Star appearances, five Gold Glove awards, one Rookie of the Year award and five World Series rings. Putting him into one extra All-Star Game is not the biggest crime, even if a player like Alexei Ramirez or Erick Aybar might be more deserving of a start.

However, the important thing to remember is that Jeter being in this game is not just for him; it is for everyone else involved. Fans might be tired of hearing about the fact that this will be his last appearance on this stage, but the players are certainly enjoying themselves.

National League starting pitcher Adam Wainwright discussed the honor it will be just to face Jeter in this matchup, saying, "I have been in the big leagues for nine years. I've never faced him. I'm very excited about it, just to say I faced the best. And he is undoubtedly one of the best to ever play his position, one of the greatest Yankees of all time," via Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Yasiel Puig, who has become quite a star himself, also noted his excitement, via Bob Klapisch of The Record:

While the players turn into fans on the field, the actual fans will also be enjoying themselves. Whether you love Jeter or hate him, his appearance will certainly be more memorable than almost any other player on the field. Ripken's final showing was undeserved, but he did create one of the top moments in All-Star Game history:

Additionally, there seems to be a universal respect for Jeter, which puts him in a class above others in the game. The latest Jordan commercial seems to capture this perfectly:

Even the biggest Red Sox/Orioles/Mets fans will be able to enjoy the moment that Jeter takes on the field on Tuesday night. Like everyone else, they will hope that something incredible happens.

The shortstop has created so many great plays over the past two decades. Although some of them might have been praised just a bit too much, they remain part of the history of baseball. If fate has anything to say about it, he will come through with one more big one.

By the numbers, Jeter should not even be in attendance at Target Field. However, we all know that the superstar deserves to be standing between second and third base on the big stage one last time.

 

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2014 MLB All-Star Roster: Assessing Least-Deserving Starters from Each Team

Fans are given the opportunity to vote in their favorite players to start the MLB All-Star Game, but that does not mean those men are the most deserving of the spot.

Two of the most egregious errors on the ballot have already been corrected due to injuries. Matt Wieters was voted in as the American League catcher but has only played in 29 games this season and will now be replaced by Salvador Perez

In the National League, Yadier Molina earned his spot after a career of success, but he is not having as good of a season as Jonathan Lucroy. The good news is the Milwaukee Brewers catcher will now get the start after Molina was placed on the disabled list.

Even with these fixes, a number of starters should still be replaced by others who have had better seasons. Here is a look at those less-than-deserving players along with a complete roster of everyone headed to Target Field for the Midsummer Classic.

 

Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies

Should Be Replaced By: Dee Gordon

After numerous injury-filled seasons, it is nice to see Chase Utley bounce back with his best season since 2009. Of course, it is still far from his best year, and others have surpassed him in productivity.

Dee Gordon has matched Utley at the plate while blowing him and almost everyone else in the league away on the basepaths. The Dodgers second baseman is on pace for more than 70 stolen bases this season, which would make him the first person to reach this mark since 2009.

This performance is even more impressive considering how much he had struggled in the past. Teammate Clayton Kershaw explained how well Gordon has played through adversity, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

He's been through a lot. Playing all sorts of different positions, had to go and try the outfield, he's been everywhere. So for him to get to second base and excel the way he has and play the way he's played the first half, it's just a huge testament to him and his work ethic and his character.

Utley deserves his spot on the roster, but Gordon has been too good to ignore and should be starting for the National League.

 

Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers

Should Be Replaced By: Todd Frazier

David Wright has been the NL starter at third base in five of the last eight seasons, but a down year kept him out of the All-Star Game altogether. This left an opening for someone else to take over at the spot, but Aramis Ramirez is not the right person.

The Brewers star has been solid for one of the best teams in the majors, though he is far from the team's MVP. In fact, his numbers are below his usual career marks in most categories, which is not a good sign for someone making only his third All-Star Game in 17 seasons.

On the other hand, Todd Frazier is having a breakout year as he looks to finish his 20-20 season. He has been one of the most important players on the Reds and continues to come through when his team needs him the most.

Mo Egger of ESPN 1530 might have a biased opinion out of Cincinnati, but he believes Frazier should have been the starter:

Based on how well Frazier has played in the first half of the year, Egger is absolutely correct.

 

Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners

Should Be Replaced By: Jose Altuve/Ian Kinsler

Unlike some of the others on the list, Robinson Cano has had a solid season. However, the competition is simply too great for him to be trotting out there in the first inning.

Among that competition are some players who did not even make the All-Star Game like Brian Dozier and Dustin Pedroia. Ian Kinsler is also having a fantastic year, hitting over .300 while having by far the most extra-base hits at the position.

Still, Jose Altuve really deserves the starting nod at second base. He leads the majors in hits and only trails Gordon in stolen bases. He has been almost unstoppable once he gets on first, and he also uses this speed to make impressive plays in the field:

The Astros are not having a great season, but you cannot blame this on Altuve. He is playing as well as anyone in the league, and he deserves to start this game.

 

Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees

Should Be Replaced By: Alexei Ramirez

Before you start to complain, I understand why Derek Jeter is starting this game. The future Hall of Famer is set to retire at the end of the season, and this is a great way to honor him on a national level one last time.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated notes that there will be some special plans for the shortstop to celebrate a great career:

That being said, Jeter currently ranks 14th in WAR among American League shortstops, according to ESPN. This means that half of the teams in the league have a more productive player at the position than the Yankees.

The problem is that no one else has taken charge at the position. Alexei Ramirez has faded after a hot start, but he has been solid in all phases of the game to barely edge Erick Aybar for the rightful spot in the starting lineup.

 

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2014 MLB All-Star Snubs: Top Players Not Headed to Midsummer Classic

Although the All-Star Game is a chance for fans to see the best players in baseball, many of the stars who should be in attendance will be left at home.

There are obviously a limited amount of spots on the rosters for each league, so not everyone will be satisfied. Additionally, the rule that forces every team to be represented in the game will knock more-deserving people off the list.

That being said, a few men across the league are having too good of seasons to ignore. These players deserve a trip to Target Field this summer despite being overlooked.

 

Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox

Although injuries limited him to just 13 starts this year, Chris Sale has been lights-out when on the mound. He has an incredible 8-1 record to go with a 2.16 ERA and more than a strikeout per inning.

His 0.87 WHIP is tied with Clayton Kershaw for the lowest in the majors for players with at least 80 innings pitched.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports discusses how good his stats have been this year:

While Garrett Richards has been impressive as well, he is nowhere near the level of dominance of Sale. Tyler Kepner of The New York Times takes it a step further:

Sale has certainly been one of the most underrated pitchers in the majors since becoming a starter in 2012. Before that, he was even better for a year-and-a-half out of the bullpen.

The White Sox have been inconsistent this season, but Sale deserves more credit for his impressive performances. He has proven himself in the past with two All-Star appearances, and this season should represent his third.

 

Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals

The National League battle for the final spot will be a good one with Justin Morneau, Casey McGehee, Anthony Rizzo and Justin Upton all having good years. As a result, it is hard to imagine Anthony Rendon topping the more high-profile names on this list.

Still, the infielder has been an anchor for a contending team that has dealt with a number of injuries this season.

Rendon has posted an impressive .284/.340/.491 slash line to go with 13 home runs, 52 RBI, 61 runs and eight stolen bases. Teammate Adam LaRoche is certainly a big fan of the young player, via Bill Ladson of MLB.com:

He has ability to stay the same in any situation. To be as consistent as he has been, you just don't see that in young guys. It's something that takes a few years to pick up on. He just has that mindset. It's not just done on the surface. That's his personality. He is very level headed along with being competitive. He wants to be the best at what he does. I love the kid.

Another thing that teammates and coaches love is the fact that Rendon has been willing to change positions to help the team. He has bounced between third base and second base this season and has been solid at both positions.

Here is a look at what he can do playing up the middle:

Rendon has a bright future at just 24 years old, but he deserves to be in the All-Star Game right away.

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detroit Tigers

This past winter, the Detroit Tigers took a big risk by dealing Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler. While it is still early in the process, Fielder is out for the year, while the Texas Rangers are among the worst teams in baseball.

On the other hand, Kinsler has been a star for the Tigers, hitting .304 with 11 home runs, nine stolen bases and 61 runs to rank fifth in the majors in that category. According to FanGraphs, the second baseman is eighth in the league in total WAR to this point in the year.

The fact that a player of this ability is not going to the All-Star Game is a travesty.

Robinson Cano and Jose Altuve are having great seasons as well and rightfully earned their spots at second base for the American League team. However, the squad can afford another player at the position considering how good of a year Kinsler has had.

Then again, the second baseman will be happy to be a legitimate MVP candidate if he keeps this up for the AL Central-leading Tigers.

 

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Josh Beckett Injury: Updates on Dodgers Pitcher’s Hip and Return

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is in the midst of a great season, but it appears that a hip injury will slow him down temporarily.   

The Dodgers announced Tuesday that they added their starter to the disabled list:

After pitching five shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies on July 6, the 34-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.26 for the season and improved his record to 6-5 overall. Unfortunately, he left the game after just 82 pitches because he hurt himself on the bases, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Beckett discussed the issue after the game, saying, "I tweaked the hip. It's been bothering me. We'll see where we're at tomorrow. It's been a little more of a battle the last couple of weeks. The day I pitch is the best I feel all week," via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times does not think Beckett's hip injury is too serious:

Beckett is coming off a few injury-filled seasons with the Dodgers, so any issue should be taken seriously. As Shaikin points out, Beckett is no stranger to the DL:

However, the Dodgers will hope that this is just a mild setback before the second half of the 2014 MLB season. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register notes that this will take away from the strength of the team:

Fortunately, the unit's overall depth should help mitigate the loss.

Pedro Baez, who the team recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Beckett, allowed two runs in his only career inning with Los Angeles earlier this season. He has compiled a 3.54 ERA in 34 games in Double-A and Triple-A this year. 

Beckett will be available to return on July 22, provided that his DL stint lasts only 15 days. 

If the Dodgers are going to keep ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West and make a run this year, they'll need Beckett healthy for the long haul.

 

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David Wright Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Shoulder and Return

Updates from Saturday, June 28

Mike Puma of the New York Post provides an update on David Wright's shoulder:

FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal added more:

 

Updates from Friday, June 27

ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin provides an update on David Wright's status:

 

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A poor year for the New York Mets is looking worse, as David Wright is now dealing with an apparent shoulder injury.

The star third baseman was set to start the team's June 27 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates until he became a late scratch, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin:

Marc Carig of Newsday provided a few more details on the situation, which has apparently been an issue for some time:

Rubin provided comments from Wright:

Last night on a couple of different occasions I did something to reaggravate it and it got worse. I was hoping to be able to push through it. They obviously shut that down. So now it's just protocol, like normal—head back, get an MRI. Hopefully just some rest, maybe an injection, and hopefully I'll be back in a couple of days...

I would say it's fairly painful. The issue is that these last three weeks I felt like I've been able to be productive and go through normal baseball things without feeling hesitant. Last night that wasn't the case. I felt like it was prohibiting me from doing certain things on a baseball field.

Wright has had an underwhelming season up to this point, totaling just six home runs and 41 RBI to go with a .277 batting average in 79 games. Unsurprisingly, the Mets have struggled with him, as they recently moved into last place in the NL East with a 36-43 record.

However, the seven-time All-Star was seemingly turning the corner with a 10-game hitting streak, eight of which also came with an RBI and included two home runs.

Unfortunately, injuries have been a serious issue for Wright in the past few years after being somewhat of an iron man to start his career. The veteran averaged 156 games per season in his first six full years in the league, but he has only played in about 123 per year over the last three.

If this shoulder issue turns out to be a long-term problem, the Mets could be in serious trouble for the rest of the year. Eric Campbell is taking over third base duties for the upcoming game and could see more time at the position for the duration of Wright's injury.

 

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Cuban Pitcher Raisel Iglesias to Reds: Latest News, Reaction and Details

The Cincinnati Reds are hoping they have found the next great Cuban star in Raisel Iglesias and have signed him to a seven-year deal.

Cincinnati announced the latest contract on its Twitter account:

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports Iglesias' contract details:

Iglesias worked out for major league teams last month in Haiti. The Reds were one of the teams in attendance and came away impressed with what they saw. Joel Sherman of the New York Post noted that he is someone who can help immediately:

Meanwhile, the pitcher also showcased his ability at the 2013 World Baseball Classic for the Cuban national team. After he faced the United States college national team, head coach Jim Schlossnagle explained, via Ben Badler of Baseball America:

I think he’s a guy that, as he gets bigger and stronger, could be in the mid-to-upper 90s. He’s lean, has a ridiculously loose arm and pounded the strike zone. I was glad they didn’t pitch him more. He was the guy where you’re like, ‘Let’s find a way to get a lead before they get to this guy.’

Although he is relatively small for a pitcher at 5'11", he has plenty of upside as someone who can stick in the bullpen and be a late-game reliever. If he can develop the rest of his arsenal, he can even move into the rotation as a starter in the future.

With fellow Cuban Aroldis Chapman playing alongside of him in the bullpen, Iglesias should have an increased comfort level as he gets acclimated to the United States and the major leagues.

As far as the Reds are concerned, the organization is hoping he can help sooner rather than later. The squad is barely hanging on to third place in the NL Central with the bullpen ranking 24th in the league with a 4.16 ERA.

If Iglesias can join the roster and contribute early on, it would be a huge boost to the team's playoff chances.

 

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David Price Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Rays Star

The MLB trade deadline is gradually approaching, but the Tampa Bay Rays might not even wait that long to deal ace pitcher David Price.  

With the Rays falling to last place in the American League East, the organization could easily unload the most expensive player on the roster as soon as possible, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (subscription required):

Rival officials are monitoring the market in the way that meteorologists follow weather patterns, and they believe that the Rays are prepared to move the former Cy Young Award winner. As in, right now. 

The Rays aren't actually close to trading Price, according to sources. But the climate is right, given Price's impending free agency after 2015 and Tampa Bay's shockingly poor play this season.

Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of teams lining up to trade for the former Cy Young award winner. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provides a list of organizations scouting the talented lefty:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also adds the Los Angeles Angels as a possible destination:

Price, 28, has had an up-and-down season in 2014, but he is not getting much help from his teammates as he is on pace for just his second losing season of his career. However, he just completed a dominant June where he totaled at least seven innings with double-digit strikeouts and three or fewer earned runs in every start.

Unfortunately, he managed to go just 2-3 in those five starts.

The fact that Price is able to compete at this level despite the constant distractions is quite impressive. He explained to reporters that the trade talks have entered his mind, via ESPN.com:

I mean, obviously I think about it. That's why I've been in a bad mood the last week and a half. I think about it. You guys know that. And it's nothing I really want to talk about. I don't have an answer for you guys. I don't know where I'm going. I don't know when I'm going. So there's nothing I can really comment on.

These comments seem to indicate that it is not a question of if he will be traded, but when.

Any trade would obviously cost a lot in prospects, but the team bringing him in would get a legitimate left-handed ace that could make the difference between a solid season and a World Series title.

With Price still relatively young and being under team control through the 2015 season, this will be a worthwhile deal for many squads in the coming weeks.  

 

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David Price Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Rays Star

The MLB trade deadline is gradually approaching, but the Tampa Bay Rays might not even wait that long to deal ace pitcher David Price.  

With the Rays falling to last place in the American League East, the organization could easily unload the most expensive player on the roster as soon as possible, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (subscription required):

Rival officials are monitoring the market in the way that meteorologists follow weather patterns, and they believe that the Rays are prepared to move the former Cy Young Award winner. As in, right now. 

The Rays aren't actually close to trading Price, according to sources. But the climate is right, given Price's impending free agency after 2015 and Tampa Bay's shockingly poor play this season.

Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of teams lining up to trade for the former Cy Young award winner. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provides a list of organizations scouting the talented lefty:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also adds the Los Angeles Angels as a possible destination:

Price, 28, has had an up-and-down season in 2014, but he is not getting much help from his teammates as he is on pace for just his second losing season of his career. However, he just completed a dominant June where he totaled at least seven innings with double-digit strikeouts and three or fewer earned runs in every start.

Unfortunately, he managed to go just 2-3 in those five starts.

Price also spoke about his recent performances (via Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune):

The fact that Price is able to compete at this level despite the constant distractions is quite impressive. He explained to reporters that the trade talks have entered his mind, via ESPN.com:

I mean, obviously I think about it. That's why I've been in a bad mood the last week and a half. I think about it. You guys know that. And it's nothing I really want to talk about. I don't have an answer for you guys. I don't know where I'm going. I don't know when I'm going. So there's nothing I can really comment on.

These comments seem to indicate that it is not a question of if he will be traded, but when.

Any trade would obviously cost a lot in prospects, but the team bringing him in would get a legitimate left-handed ace that could make the difference between a solid season and a World Series title.

With Price still relatively young and being under team control through the 2015 season, this will be a worthwhile deal for many squads in the coming weeks.  

 

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