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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for August 17, 2016

Kick your day off right with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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The Yankees will be without starter Nathan Eovaldi for the entire 2017 season, as he will need two elbow surgeries.

Braves top prospect Dansby Swanson, who was apart of the Shelby Miller-DBacks deal, will be promoted to the big league roster.

Atlanta was busy on Tuesday, also sending shortstop Erick Aybar off to Detroit.

Athletics’ infielder Jed Lowrie may have to miss the rest of the 2016 season with a left foot injury.

After the results of the MLB Daily Dish Front Office Survey, which general managers are potentially on the hot seat?

Here’s a fun trip down the alternative reality rabbit hole: what would the Mets look like if that Carlos Gomez deal did go down?

On the bright side, the Mets would have a deeper farm system than they do now. They would still have Fulmer (more on him in a second) and Dilson Herrera. The Mets would likely have no need to trade for Jay Bruce since they would be out of playoff contention, thus holding onto Herrera, a young second basemen they were high on. Fulmer would still be a part of a very impressive crop of young pitchers, which with the current state of affairs would be the best outcome of the Gomez trade. Zack Wheeler has yet to return from Tommy John surgery after suffering two setbacks, and Matt Harvey has undergone TOS surgery and his future success is questionable. Meanwhile in Detroit, Fulmer is currently looking like the A.L. Rookie of the Year — and dare I say even a Cy Young candidate. Through August 15th, Fulmer has compiled a 2.6 fWAR with a 2.25 ERA and an 103/32 K/BB ratio.

There is no doubt the Mets made the right move by pulling out of the Carlos Gomez trade and trading for Yoenis Cespedes a few days later. However, it is interesting to think how different the outcome and outlook of the franchise would be had Gomez been wearing orange and blue instead of Cespedes.

Jonathan Papelbon might be ready to pick a new team.

The Rangers will be without Shin-Soo Choo for the foreseeable future with a forearm fracture.

Jon Nathan has joined the Giants on a minor-league deal.

It appears as though Padres fans are buying into A.J. Preller’s master plan.

Here is a roundup of news from around the American League West.

A Cy Young reliever should be one of those things that is impossible to happen, says Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs.

On the position-player side, designated hitters get docked with a big penalty in the WAR formula, because it’s been determined they can’t help anywhere else. They don’t do a center fielder’s job. They don’t do a first baseman’s job. They’re assigned to do less. Relievers are a little like a pitching version of a DH, only instead of not doing a small fraction of the job of a starter, they don’t do the bulk of it. The Cy Young Award asks us to get starters and relievers on the same level. In theory we’d have to translate some numbers, either turning all starters into hypothetical relievers, or all relievers into hypothetical starters. Now this is just a thought exercise but if you were to imagine an excellent reliever as a starter, I doubt you’d have a No. 1. Because somewhere along the line the reliever was put in the bullpen in the first place.

I wouldn’t want to rule relievers out entirely. I’m open to other arguments. This particular argument actually just crystallized for me over the weekend, so it’s new to my brain. But I can’t get past two points. One, the Cy Young Award doesn’t say anything about “value.” And two, pretty much every single good reliever is a failed starter. Given those two statements, I don’t know how I could vote for Britton, even in a somewhat underwhelming AL candidate field. He’s as good as it gets in the ninth. The best pitchers get to hand the ball off, not receive it.

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