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Jake Cronenworth San Diego Padres

Jake Cronenworth, up from the depth and headed to the Padres.

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Tommy Pham San Diego Padres

Here's what I'm bankin' on ...

Here's the quote I love from Blake Snell, "Tommy's the man, bro. It's just hella (???) stupid. I'm just upset that we gave away a huge piece of our team. He was the swag of our team. He lifted a lot of our position players up with just his presence and made other guys more swaggy."

That, and his OBP ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Fangraphs review of trade

The Padres made themselves a lot better in 2020 with this trade, and while they had to spend a solid prospect to do it, they got someone almost as interesting back. Not every trade needs to have a winner and a loser — but if forced to choose sides, I suppose I’d take the Padres in this one.

I hope he's right ... time will tell ...

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Jake Cowan Baltimore Orioles

Need a page for Jake Cronenworth ... part of the Pham/Renfroe swap.

Cronenworth, 25, is the Rays’ No. 17 prospect and was named the team’s Triple-A MVP. He batted .334/.429/.520 at Triple-A Durham last season. He also struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings, serving mostly as an opener and showcasing a 95-mph fastball without allowing an earned run.

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Tahnaj Thomas Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball America peering into the Pirates' crystal ball:

Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.

Catcher: Jacob Stallings (33)
First Base: Josh Bell (30)
Second Base: Kevin Newman (29)
Third Base: Ke'Bryan Hayes (26)
Shortstop: Cole Tucker (26)
Left Field: Bryan Reynolds (28)
Center Field: Travis Swaggerty (25)
Right Field: Oneil Cruz (24)

No. 1 Starter: Jameson Taillon (31)
No. 2 Starter: Mitch Keller (27)
No. 3 Starter: Joe Musgrove (30)
No. 4 Starter: Cody Bolton (25)
No. 5 Starter: Quinn Priester (22)
Closer: Tahnaj Thomas (24)

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Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

Among Joel Sherman's many reasons why the Yankees will get Gerrit Cole:

"Cole also is close with his sister, Erin, who passed the New York bar last July and lives in New York."

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Tommy Pham San Diego Padres

Same here. I've asked Colin if he can fix it.

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To Padres ... hate losing Xavier Edwards!

(Note: something goes "wrong" when I search for and click on Xavier Edwards?)

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Robbie Ray Arizona Diamondbacks

Seems like 12 Ws and 235 Ks would be worth more than $13 ... so I assume a 4.34 ERA and 1.34 WHIP are worth negative?  (as is the 0 saves, I s'pose)

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Kevin Pillar San Francisco Giants

I'm not sure what could be worked out to bump the $$'s for a Kevin Pillar, short a minimum payroll for teams.

The luxury tax probably doesn't really affect him - he's not going to be viewed as a key add for a playoff quality team.  There are a lot of teams where he'd add value - he certainly did for the Giants last year - but he's not the player who puts butts into the seats.  And the attitude is "if we're not making the playoffs, or at least a solid run at them, why worry about paying lots of money for a 1.4 WAR player?"

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Addison Russell Chicago Cubs

This day and age - I am not sure at all that Russell would have gotten much bump in arbitration ... and he's almost certain to take a pay cut as a FA, methinks.

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Dylan Bundy Los Angeles Angels

They are going to strip down to absolute zero.  That means Chris Davis's carcass, a few prospects who are promoted somewhat behind when they should have come up, and a bunch of non-prospects who collect the Major League minimum until the real prospects arrive in 2-4 years.  It's going to be atrocious.  

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Franchy Cordero San Diego Padres

I'd be OK if he turned out to be the next Mr October :-)

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Didi Gregorius Philadelphia Phillies

Penning my picks and pans for the Guide, I wrote, "Wherever Didi lands, it's going to be a far cry from Yankee Stadium. PAN."

Then I looked up the supporting evidence.

Didi hit 11 of his homers on the road this year and slashed .196/.226/.345 in Yankee Stadium.


What did Brett Gardener do?

Hit 16 of his 28 homers on the road.

Aaron Judge?

Hit 16 of his 27 homers on the road.

So I got out the Bill James Handbook and looked at page 508. 

Where do you suppose Yankee Stadium ranked this year as a hitting venue in the American League?

Dead last.

The three worst ballparks in the AL in Run Index --

Tropicana Field: 95

Oakland Coliseum: 97

Yankee Stadium: 93

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Carlos Beltran Houston Astros

Hell Freezes Over

Am I dreaming? Are my beloved Mets about to escape the clutches of the evil Wilpons? Does it matter that Steve Cohen is a pernicious capitalist criminal?

Not at all. 

Franchy Cordero San Diego Padres

Franchy always looks enticing outside of the months of April through September.

Jake Marisnick Houston Astros

Moves to the Mets. Probably answers the question of "Who is going to play CF next year?"

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Omar Narvaez Milwaukee Brewers

First notable player to move from the AL --> NL. Looking forward to having him on the Brew Crew.

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Franchy Cordero San Diego Padres

Franchy Cordero (OF) SD - Dec. 04

Cordero (quadriceps) made his debut in the Dominican Winter League on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored while playing for Leones del Escogido, Bill Center of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The report confirms that Cordero is healthy again after his 2019 campaign came to an end Aug. 31, when he wasn't activated from the 60-day injured list while rehabbing at High-A Lake Elsinore. Multiple injuries have limited Cordero to just 270 total plate appearances in affiliated ball over the past two seasons, so a stint in the DWL will help him pick up some much-needed game action to make up for the time he lost. After he remained on the Padres' roster following Monday's non-tender deadline, Cordero should get the chance to compete for an outfield job with the big club in spring training. 

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Dylan Bundy Los Angeles Angels

To the Angels for four minor leaguers (RHP Isaac Mattson and three not yet named).

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