|07.31.14 at 3:26 pm ET|
Rodriguez, 21, is viewed as perhaps the Orioles’ fourth-best pitching prospect, behind largely untouchable young starters Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey. The 21-year-old out of Venezuela was rated by Baseball America as the No. 65 overall prospect in the game and the No. 3 Orioles prospect entering the year. He struggled this year in Double-A Bowie, going 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA with 7.5 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per nine innings in 82 2/3 frames, but Baseball America described the 6-foot-2 southpaw as a pitcher who sits at 92-93 mph and can touch 95 mph with a slider and changeup that give him a back-end starter projection.
He contributes to the Sox’ massive stockpiling of young starting pitching prospects in the upper minors and big leagues. The Sox now have:
Rubby De La Rosa (majors)
Allen Webster (majors)
Brandon Workman (majors)
Anthony Ranaudo (Triple-A, but likely to be called up by Friday)
Matt Barnes (Triple-A)
Steven Wright (Triple-A)
Eduardo Escobar (Triple-A)
Henry Owens (top pitching prospect, now in Double-A)
Brian Johnson (Double-A)
Eduardo Rodriguez (Double-A) Read the rest of this entry »
|07.31.14 at 2:46 pm ET|
The domino effect following the Jon Lester trade is in full force. David Price will be traded before the trade deadline, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. There are multiple teams that are in on Price. The Tigers are interested in the lefty’s services, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
The Dodgers are in talks with the Rays and are willing to part with top prospect Joc Pederson, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Peter Gammons, however, reports that the Dodgers are not in on Price.
Among the other teams said to be interested in Price are the Pirates and Mariners.
– The Reds are dangling Mat Latos in trades, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
Not only are #Reds not buying. Other teams say they’ve dangled Mat Latos. Looking for big return of course
‘ Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2014
–The Brewers acquired Gerardo Parra for minor leaguers Mitch Haninger and Anthony Banda. John Gambadoro of KTAR first reported the trade.
– The Athletics reportedly are getting numerous calls on Jason Hammel following the Lester trade.
Source: #Athletics getting ‘flooded’ with calls on Hammel. Weren’t planning to trade him, but . . .
‘ Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
– The Mariners acquired Chris Denorfia from the Padres, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
chris denorfia is going to the mariners
‘ Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014
|07.31.14 at 1:24 pm ET|
Miller is garnering a lot of interest, according to multiple reports. The Red Sox are being swarmed with offers, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted. The Orioles are interested, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Tigers have strong interest in Miller to bolster their bullpen for the playoffs, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM/670 The Score.
The impending free agent has been one of the most reliable arms out of the Red Sox bullpen in 2014, posting a 2.34 ERA with 14.7 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.
‘ Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
– The Dodgers are said to be going hard after Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit.
|07.31.14 at 12:57 pm ET|
The Red Sox sent out a press release shortly after noontime Thursday confirming that they have traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick (as first reported by WEEI’s Alex Speier). The Red Sox also are sending cash to Oakland.
Following is the team’s release.
The Boston Red Sox today acquired outfielder Yoenis CÃ©spedes and a 2015 competitive balance draft pick from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes, and cash considerations. Both CÃ©spedes and Lester were All-Stars in 2014.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
CÃ©spedes, who will wear No. 52 for the Red Sox, is batting .256 (102-for-399) with 26 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and 28 walks in 101 games this year, his first All-Star season. Among American League leaders, the 28-year-old ranks tied for sixth in extra-base hits (46) and tied for ninth in RBI. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .326 (15-for-46) with five doubles, three home runs, and 11 RBI.
In three seasons since joining the major leagues from Cuba in 2012, the right-handed batter has hit .262 (371-for-1,415) with 72 doubles, 12 triples, 66 home runs, and 229 RBI. Beginning in 2012, he places among the top 15 American Leaguers in both homers and RBI. In his three seasons with the team, Oakland went 228-131 (.635) with CÃ©spedes in the starting lineup compared to 28-44 (.389) when he did not start.
As a major leaguer, he has hit .296 with a .366 on-base percentage, and a .494 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position. In 142 career big league games after the All-Star break, is a .293 hitter with an .859 OPS.
Among players who debuted in 1987 or later, the only others with at least 20 home runs and 80 RBI in each of their first two major league seasons are Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun, Dan Uggla, Mark Teixeira, and Albert Pujols.
CÃ©spedes hit safely in all 10 of Oakland’s postseason games over the last two years, batting .350 (14-for-40) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, and six RBI.
Last season, he hit 26 home runs in 135 games. He finished second among American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012 after batting .292 with 23 home runs, 82 RBI, and 16 stolen bases in 129 games.
|07.31.14 at 12:42 pm ET|
A source confirmed to WEEI a report that John Lackey is being traded to the Cardinals.
Update.: The Red Sox will get right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, while surrendering minor league left-hander Corey Littrell.
Kelly, in his third major league season after being drafted in the third round in 2009 by St. Louis, is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in seven starts this season. The hard-throwing righty has fanned 25 while walking 10.
Kelly missed almost two months with a hamstring injury, and he’s struggled since his return, posting a 7.32 ERA in four July starts.
Last year he was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, with 79 strikeouts and 44 walks.
Craig, a fifth-year major leaguer who hit over .300 the last three seasons, is struggling along at .237/.291/.346 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 97 games this year. His career line is .291/.343/.460 with 57 home runs and 291 RBIs.
Littrell, a 2013 fifth-rounder from the University of Kentucky, was pitching for the Red Sox‘ Single-A affiliate in Salem, Virginia. In 19 games (18 starts) he compiled a 5-5 record, 3.60 ERA and 1.390 WHIP, with 91 strikeouts vs. 38 walks in 100 innings.
|07.31.14 at 12:32 pm ET|
Milone, a 27-year-old lefty, lost his spot in the A’s rotation when the team acquired the services of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. Milone recently asked to be traded to a team where he would have the opportunity to start. Before the trade, Milone was in Triple-A, where he was 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in four starts. In the majors in 2014, Milone is 6-3 with a 3.35 ERA.
In his career, Milone is 32-22 with a 3.84 ERA in parts of four seasons in the big leagues.
The 32-year-old Fuld hit .274/.370/.354 with one home run, 12 stolen bases in 43 games with the Twins this year. Fuld started the year with Oakland but was claimed off of waivers by the Twins in April. Fuld likely will be a part of an outfield platoon with Jonny Gomes for the A’s.
– Talks on David Price have intensified since Lester was dealt, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
‘ Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
|07.31.14 at 12:21 pm ET|
Even though the 28-year-old slugger has only played in the majors for 2 1/2 seasons after defecting from his home county of Cuba in the summer of 2011, he has already established himself as one of the most intriguing and energizing players in the American League.
“This game’s won and lost on pitching, we all know that. But this guy is not going to shy away from putting some points on the board by any means. This guy’s a heck of an athlete and a heck of a game-changer you guys are getting back,” Gomes, who played with Cespedes in 2012, said in an appearance on Middays with MFB shortly after news of the trade broke. “The Executive of the Year, Ben Cherington, I’m sure did his homework on him. And I can vouch for him, this guy can hit.’
Considered to be one of the hyped Cuban prospects of the past decade along with players such as the White Sox‘ Jose Abreu and the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, Cespedes signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Athletics on Feb. 13, 2012.
The arrival of Cespedes in the United States was an event that most scouts had anticipated for years, as young outfielder was viewed as a potential five-tool player. His hype was only further generated by an impressive workout video that spread like wildfire during the 2011 offseason.
“Everyone’s under the impression that this video is what’s hyped him,” one international scouting director told Baseball America in 2011. “That all of a sudden he’s a cult hero because of his video. That is crazy. For those of us who’ve done our jobs, who’ve seen this guy for years, this guy is no video surprise. This guy’s been known forever. The perception I’m reading out there is that he’s a new video cult hero. Everyone’s been waiting for this guy to come out for years.”
Cespedes made his presence felt during his first season in Oakland, finishing second behind Mike Trout in the AL Rookie of the Year voting after posting a .292/.356/.505 line while finishing second amongst major league rookies in RBIs (82) and OPS (.861) while ranking third in home runs (23).
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