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Good morning, baseball fans! We hope everyone is officially recovered from Thanksgiving, because the MLB is going to need your attention in the upcoming days. Will a lockout happen or has everyone just been amping up the drama because it’s 2016?
Here’s a roundup of what’s happening over in the American League West.
The Braves have acquired prospect Alex Jackson from the Mariners.
“The Braves have acquired outfield prospect Alex Jackson and a player to be named later from the Mariners for right-handers Rob Whalen and Max Povse, according to a team announcement.
The move is a rare prospect-for-prospect swap, as none of the players involved have significant experience at the major-league level. Both Atlanta and Seattle have been very active on the trade market in recent months, so the unusual trade does not come as a surprise.”
Marlins sign Edinson Volquez to a 2-year deal.
“The Marlins have agreed to a 2-year, $22 million deal with right-hander Edinson Volquez, pending a physical, a source has confirmed to SB Nation. The deal was first reported by Clark Spencer and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Miami has been known to be pursuing rotation help in the wake of the tragic death of ace Jose Fernandez, and has reportedly been looking to add two starters this winter. Volquez, who declined his half of a mutual option with the Royals at the beginning of the offseason, will be the first addition to a rotation that is projected to include Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen and Tom Koehler.”
The latest on the tension surrounding an international draft is...well...not positive.
“Since then, the Commissioner has made it an important part of the negotiations with the MLB Players Association, who have pushed back. That must have been a surprise to the lords of the realm, who are used to the union selling out amateurs and minor leaguers (who are not represented by the union) in favor of their own interests. It has become enough of a sticking point that rumors percolated out last week that the owners might be willing to lock the players out over the issue.”
A lockout is totally irrational for baseball to go through right now, which makes it that much more terrifying.
Looking to sell your liver in the near future? Throw in a few other vital organs and maybe the White Sox will give you Chris Sale.
“While Sale drew some unwanted attention this past season—first, with the Adam LaRoche saga, and later by getting suspended for cutting up his team’s jerseys—he is still an incredible asset to a team. Since converting to a starter in 2012, Sale is the fourth-best pitcher in the entire league by FanGraphs’ WAR. In that time frame, Sale has posted the 14th-best FIP, 10th-best ERA, and 7th-best strikeout rate of any qualified starter. This is a big reason why the White Sox are warranted in asking for a big haul in exchange for Sale.”
The newest class of players on the Hall of Fame ballot are going to have a heavy controversy for the voters to consider: how do you handle PEDs when voting for the newest HOFer?
MLB Hall of Fame voters need to finally deal with PED Users
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Today in baseball: On November 29th, 1976, the Yankees sign free-agent Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $3.5 million contract.