The Los Angeles Dodgers have struck a deal acquiring Rangers Ace Yu Darvish just 4 days after the Rangers announced they were going to trade him for good. The Texas Rangers acquire prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J Alexy and Brendon Davis. Calhoun is ranked number 69 on MLB’s top prospect list showing great potential only at age 22. Darvish is 30 having a down year this season with a record of 6-9 and an era of 4.01. Darvish had a 5-year career with the Rangers and getting them to the Division Series for the last 2 years.
How Each Player Will Impact there New Team?
Texas Rangers: The Rangers have boosted their farm system acquiring number 69 prospect Willie Calhoun. Calhoun is hitting 23 homeruns with 67 RBIs in his first season in AAA. A.J Alexy is 19 pitching decent in single A he has an era of 3.67 in 19 games started with a record of 2-6. Brendon Davis is a 19 year old shortstop who has not been playing well of late in the minors he is hitting with a 245 average in 86 games with 9 homeruns and 43 RBIs. The Only Standout player acquired was Willie Calhoun who could be called up soon in Texas.
LA Dodgers: The Los Angeles Dodgers in my eyes acquired an ace pitcher he isn’t pitching like one but maybe he turns his game around in La. The Dodgers have also aquired Tony Watson today Helping their bullpen. One struggle in La was the starters Kershaw is having an amazing season but who knows how long he’ll be hurt for Wood is having a very nice season for La but who knows how he will be in the second half of the season. Rich Hill is having a good season with an era of 3.84 so now you add Darvish and you have great starters if Kershaw is healthy in the postseason your rotation will be Kershaw for game one and Darvish backing him up for game two. The Dodgers will look to add to their 74 win season and are looking like favorites to go all the way in October.
The Dodgers were already serious playoff contenders since they have the best record in baseball. After adding Yu Darvish, they become the most likely to represent the National League in the Fall Classic.
The Sonny Gray sweepstakes are right around the corner and I’m thinking almost like every Oakland A’s fan when is this going to end? Well, the reason why it is taking so long is that the A’s want to explore their options. When I mean explore their options I mean to see what the best offer is the trade deadline and hey! If they don’t like any of the offers they get by trade deadline they probably won’t trade him. Now let’s explore the main teams interested in Sonny Gray and all of their exciting prospects.
Yankees: A team in a win now situation. What makes no sense is there not acting like it. With prospects like Jorge Mateo, Estevan Florial, and Chance Adams the Yankees have a great shot at Sonny Gray! Problem is, they won’t give up those prospects and I’m thinking why aren’t you giving up your prospects for an all star you need in this dire situation for World Series number 28. The world may never know why the Yankees are doing that.
Braves: Now were talking, a team with Albies and Acuna on it sign me up! Acuna is a stud in every way and can change the A’s culture. Albies is a young stud a player who is performing well. With two players like that they are definitely in the race for Sonny Gray.
Astros: Losing interest but, still one of the last teams in the race are the Houston Astros. Now they are loaded with prospects with Derek Fisher, Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker, and even more! Same thing as Yankees is in a win now situation. What happened to the Astros I have no idea they have lost their interest and are going towards other pitchers in the market. The Astros are probably thinking the value is too high for an injury prone Sonny Gray.
As the deadline is approaching the interest in Sonny Gray is increasing. Let’s just see where the Sonny Gray sweepstakes will lead us.
The Rockies have officially struck a deal to acquire Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported). Texas will get a player to be named later (Note: the PTBNL cannot be a draft pick.)
Lucroy, 31, has been connected to the Rockies for the past week, things just started to heat earlier today. Lucroy doesn’t only bring talent behind the plate, but he also brings experience. Lucroy could use a midseason turnaround. Through 306 plate appearances this year, the veteran is hitting just .242/.297/.338 with 4 HRs.
Lucroy won’t put a big dent on the payroll for the Rockies, he is earning just $5.25M on the year, just over $1.8M of which remains. Lucroy is set to reach the open market at the end of this season.
In 2016 Lucroy showed the kind of player he could be, he hit .292 with 24 HRs and had 81 RBIs. Last season Lucroy had a .355 on base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.
Lucroy has hit lefties and righty decent all season, but he has more power against righties and more average against lefties. He hits .254 with 1 HRs and 10 RBI’s against lefties, and he hits .238 with 3 HRs and 17 RBI’s against righties.
Wolters, 25, has been the catcher for the Rockies this season. Wolters will most likely still get playing time. Against righties, he is hitting .263, but against lefties, he hits just .209. You could see Wolters get the start against a right-handed pitcher if the situation is right.
On the season Wolters has hit .251/.349/.302 with 8 doubles. In his first two seasons in the MLB Wolters has been very consistence. Last season Wolters hit .259/.327/.395 with 3 HRs