Each week on n8itude.com I will scour the interwebs on the latest developments in the baseball world. Videos, tweets and the occasional audio will accompany my random thoughts and news of the week.
Holy Cow! Tons of trades and big moves this week. The Kansas City Royals sent top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi along with two other minor leaguers to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday night for former All-Star James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis. The Philadelphia Phillies acquired seven-time All-Star Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla. The deal was announced Sunday, a day after Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause.
Meanwhile the LA Dodgers who were recently bankrupt continue their mad spending roll, this time on a $147 million, six-year deal with free agent right-hander Zack Greinke.
“We were definitely hoping for Zack,” said Magic Johnson, a partner in Guggenheim Baseball Management which bought the team last spring. “Zack is a proven winner. When you put him together with Clayton, man, we feel really good.”
Then the team signed left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin (Ree-YOO He-YUN jin) of South Korea Ryu for $36 million in six-years, making him the first player ever to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues.
Somehow THIS happened:
Yup, the New York Yankees acquired Kevin ‘Red Sox Favorite’ Yoooooooukilis??!! This is A-Rod’s replacement, and Alex likes the deal.
“Youk has always been a tough out,” Alex Rodriguez said. “He’s a tough player, he’s a guy that’s a winning player. Whatever the franchise wants to do, I think that would be a good move for us.”
The Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks are on the verge of completing a three-team deal according to multiple reports. The Reds will receive outfielder Shin Soo-Choo and infielder Jason Donald from the Indians, the Indians will get pitcher Trevor Bauer, center fielder Drew Stubbs, relief pitcher Matt Albers, and pitcher Bryan Shaw while the Diamondbacks will receive shortstop Didi Gergorius, relief pitcher Tony Sipp, and first baseman Lars Anderson. The Indians are also expected to send the Reds $3.5 million to compensate in the differences in projected salaries between Choo and Stubbs.
Blue Jays News: Carlos Delgado will be the next honoree for the Blue Jays Level of Excellence. Delgado becomes the 10th person to be honoured with the team award. An on-field ceremony will be held July 21 before Toronto’s game against Tampa Bay.
Pat Hentgen will return as the Jays Bullpen coach after taking a year off. … and oh yeah .. Tom Cheek is going to Hall of Fame! The late-great Jays radio announcer is the 2013 Ford C. Frick award for broadcasting excellence by the Baseball Hall of Fame