MLB Offseason Transaction Analysis: Farrell, Pena, Gindl, Campos, Crosby (10/02-10/12)

The Los Angeles Angels have signed free agent Right-Handed Pitcher Vicente Campos to a Minor League Contract.

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Where Campos fits with the Angels

⅄- Garrett Richards (R)**
- J.C. Ramirez (R) ~
- Parker Bridwell (R)**
- Matt Shoemaker (R)**
- Tyler Skaggs (L)*
- Alex Meyer (R)*
- Andrew Heaney (L)* Non-Tender Candidate
- Nick Tropeano (R)**
- Nate Smith (L)**
- Vicente Campos (R) #
- Daniel Wright (R)#
- Alex Blackford (R)#

Legend= * (options), ~ (out of options), # (Non-Roster)

Scouting Report

Campos has a plus changeup and plus command, which goes along nicely with his fastball that typically sits at around 93, but can hit 95 at times. When Campos is healthy, he looks like a potential 3-4. A move to the bullpen could be in the cards due to duability concerns, but there has been no indication that such a move is likely.

Campos in 2018

There's very little certainty in the Angels' rotation. While Parker Bridwell and J.C. Ramirez seem like locks based on solid results and affordable salaries, the other spots could be in flux.
Skaggs and Shoemaker both posted underwhelming results in 2017, and while I certainly don't expect to see either non-tendered, it wouldn’t surprise me completely.
Richards has pitched six games in each of the last two campaigns and seems likely to come in at around $7m in his last trip through arbitration. Like the former two, I doubt he gets non-tendered, but then again, who thought Jacob Lindgren would be shown the door?
I consider Heaney to be the most likely non-tender of the group, however, he may get a modest arbitration raise based on his prospect status, however with a remaining option, he would need to compete for a job.
Barring any unforeseen injuries, I would imagine that the Angels’ rotation come opening day would consist of Richards, Bridwell, Ramirez, Skaggs and Shoemaker with Andrew Heaney, Alex Meyer, Nate Smith, Vicente Campos and Nick Tropeano serving as the rotation for Salt Lake.
Based on the fact that Campos is not on the 40-man roster, he'll have to perform to earn a call-up.
Overall, barring injuries or any other unforeseen events, I'd say Campos is unlikely to make the Angels for opening day, however I believe he's up at some point in 2018 and could become the Angels' 3 or 4 by 2019.

Overall Outlook for 2018

While I don't anticipate all of his competition sticking around, I would say best case scenario for Campos would be around late-May, if there are injuries and he performs well. I would consider July as a more likely ETA. I do, however, believe (assuming good health) that he sticks around with L.A. assuming a call-up. I would I also like to note he will be eligible for the Rule V draft this December and could be an intriguing pick-up for a team looking to add inexpensive rotation depth.

2018 Statistical Projection

33 IP, 1.05 HR/9, 3.07 BB/9, 7.05 K/9, 33.9% GB, 33.7% FB, 4.42 ERA


The San Francisco Giants have signed free agent Outfielder Caleb Gindl to a Minor League Contract.

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Where Gindl fits in San Francisco

Hunter Pence (R)

Denard Span (L)

Jarrett Parker (L)~


Gorkys Hernandez (R)~ DFA Candidate

Mac Williamson (R)*


Austin Slater (R) **

Steven Duggar (L)#

Caleb Gindl (L)#

Hunter Cole (R)

Tyler Horan (L)

Legend= * (options), ~ (out of options), # (Non-Roster)

Scouting Report

Gindl, a slight 29-year old lefty outfielder, has surprising power and solid plate discipline, including his ability to limit strikeouts. Gindl’s only real major league opportunity came in 2013 with Milwaukee. Over 57 games he hit 5 home runs and posted a .242/.340/.439 (.779 OPS) line. Unfortunately, he was never able to build on that.

Campos in 2018

Gindl has a real chance to see major league innings in 2018. With Pence’s health issues limiting him in recent seasons, and Spans inconsistent performance along with an otherwise completely unstable Giants’ outfield, if GIndl is able to play well in the minor leagues, we’re looking at a potential 4th outfielder.

Overall Outlook for 2018

I believe Gindl starts the year off in the hitter friendly Sacramento, and assuming he posts solid enough results that are in line with his recent numbers, I would say, barring a Mets’ and Mariners’ esque barrage of injuries, June could be an attainable goal for Gindl to earn a call-up

2018 Statistical Projection

86 G, 346 PA’s, 15 2B’s, 3 3B’s, 7 HR’s, 34 RBIs, 18.9% K-rate, 9.99% BB-rate, .245/.306/.410 (.716)


The Chicago Cubs have Claimed Right-Handed Pitcher Luke Farrell off of Waivers from the Cincinnati Reds; Designated Right-Handed Pitcher Felix Pena for Assignment

Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Where Farrell Fits

Kyle Hendricks (R)
Jon Lester (L)
Jose Quintana (L)
Mark Montgomery (R)
Eddie Butler (R)~DFA candidate
Jen-ho Tseng (R)***
Alec Mills (R)*
Luke Farrell (R)**
Duane Underwood (R)*

C.J. Edwards (R)*
Pedro Strop (R)#
Justin Wilson (L)*
Hector Rondon (R)# Non-Tender Candidate
Justin Grimm (R)# Non-Tender Candidate
Rob Zastryzny (L)**

Dillon Maples (R)***


Jen-Ho Tseng (R)***

Luke Farrell (R)**

Legend= * (options), ~ (out of options), # (Non-Roster)

Scouting Report

Luke Farrell is a polished swing type who typically works in the 88-93 range. He has the ability to mix in a slider, a curve and a change, however none of them are anything special. Overall, I see him as a swing-type based on his lack of "stuff", however, if he polishes up one or two of those secondaries, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him add a tick when pitching in relief, which could make him a solid middle reliever.

Farrell in 2018

I would say that Farrell is a strong candidate to change hands once again in the near future, however assuming he remains in Chicago, he seems likely to be a part of the taxi squad acting as a spot-starter initially. If the Cubs were to go into the 2018 season with this pitching staff, the opening day bullpen would certainly be within reach.

Overall Outlook for 2018

While Farrell could very well be placed back on the waiver wire at some point over the offseason, assuming he sticks around, I would peg his Cubs debut for late-April or early-May I figure by that time the Cubs will have had a marathon game, a double header or an injury or three, and Farrell is the perfect guy for that.

2018 Statistical Projection

23 G, 17 GS, 61.2 IP, 1.1 HR/9, 4.56 BB/9, 8.04 K/9, 4.98 ERA


The Los Angeles Angels have Acquired Right-Handed Pitcher Felix Pena from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a Player to be Named Later

Date: Monday, October 9th, 2017

Where Pena fits in L.A.

Blake Parker (R)•
Cam Bedrosian (R)•
Kenyan Middleton (R)**
Jose Alvarez (L)•
Noe Ramirez (R)•
Eduardo Paredes (R)**
Deolis Guerra (R)• DFA Candidate
Felix Peña (R)**
Troy Scribner (R)**
Dayan Diaz (R)** DFA Candidate
Daniel Wright (R)#
Damian Magnifico (R)#

Scouting Report

At 28 years old, Pena is certainly an older "prospect". He has been used as both a starter and has a reliever, however seems more likely to pitch out of the bullpen in the major leagues. His fastball typically sticks around 91-93, but has touched 95. His secondaries are nothing too special, as he can throw a slider and a curve.

Pena in 2018
Unfortunately, there's not a ton of space the the Halo's pen. While Noe Ramirez and Deolis Guerra aren't guaranteed anything, the fact that they are out of options gives them a leg up. Furthermore, Eduardo Paredes, despite having options, was very solid in his rookie campaign, making it seem likely that he’s the 7th man.
In camp, assuming Pena sticks around, his main goal will be to impress the Angels’ brass enough for them to place him over fellow 40-man players: Troy Scribner and Dayan Diaz.

Overall Outlook

While he seems like the type of guy who is a guarantee to be back on the wire in time, it wouldn’t shock me to see him stick around seeing as how the Angels are projected to lose a bunch of people to free agency and seem likely to have a considerable amount of non-tender candidates. Assuming so, I would say that he makes his Angels’ debut in late-April, similar to Farrell.

Statistical Projection

42 G, 48 IP, 1.29 HR/9, 3.88 BB/9, 10.54 K/9, 4.21 ERA


The Minnesota Twins have signed Free-Agent Left-Handed Pitcher Casey Crosby to a Minor League Contract

Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Where Crosby Fits

Taylor Rogers (L)*

Trevor Hildenberger (R)**

Gabriel Moya (L)**

Alan Busenitz (R)**

Ryan Pressly (R)~ Non-Tender Candidate

Buddy Boshers (L)* DFA Candidate

Michael Tonkin (R)~ DFA Candidate


John Curtis (R)**

J.T. Chargois (R)*

Aaron Slegers (R)**

Ryan O’Rourke (L)** DFA Candidate

Luke Bard (R)#

DJ Baxendale (R)#

Mason Melotakis (L)#


Randy Rosario (L)**

Tyler Jay (L)#

Nick Burdi (R)#

Casey Crosby (L)#

Jake Reed (R)#

Todd Van Steensel (R)#

Legend= * (options), ~ (out of options), # (Non-Roster)

Scouting Report

Now 29, Crosby hasn’t pitched in affiliated ball since 2014, but made his return in 2017 posting a 2.16 ERA for the American Association. He typically sits in the low 90’s, with a decent change, however his control is erratic.

Crosby in 2018

I would imagine Crosby is immediately sent to AA-Chattanooga and will remain there as an organizational bullpen depth piece. He could see innings in Rochester with injuries and success. Minnesota, however, seems like a long-shot.

Overall Outlook for 2018

Casey Crosby will probably spend the majority of the season between Chattanooga and Rochester assuming he isn’t released.

2018 Statistical Projection

Exceptionally unlikely to see any major league time in 2018

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