Hot stove & links for the week of 12-15-2014 to 12-21-2014

December 20, 2014

8:27 a.m.
— The Giants make their trade for CASEY MCGHEE official. In exchange, we gave up KENDRY FLORES and LUIS CASTILLO.
🙍 From the LA Times, Angels, Red Sox discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel


December 19, 2014

The IT’S A PADRES’ WORLD edition!

2:49 p.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, Giants talking to Marlins about 3B CASEY MCGEHEE. HUNTER STRICKLAND, MATT DUFFY among SF players under discussion.

12:07 a.m.
— The A’s punt NICK PUNTO from their roster.
— The Yankees obtain GONZALEZ GERMAN (what a name!) from the Mets for $$$. They also obtain DOMINGO GERMAN from the Marlins.

10:30 a.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs claim OF SHANE PETERSON from the A’s.
— Per multiple sources, the Marlins acquire MARTIN PRADO from the Yankees for GARRETT JONES and NATHAN EOVALDI.

8:19 a.m.
— Per Jeff Passan, Padres nearing a deal that would send RYAN HANIGAN to Boston for WILL MIDDLEBROOKS.
— As the MATT KEMP trade is finalized, the Padres have also acquired OF JUSTIN UPTON from the Braves for LF MAX FRIED, SS JACE PETERSON, 3B DUSTIN PETERSON, and OF MALLEX SMITH.
— Per multiple sources, the A’s have sent C DEREK NORRIS to the Padres for P JESSE HAHN and R.J. ALVAREZ.
— Per multiple sources, the Giants have signed JAKE PEAVY to a 2 yr./$24m contract.


December 18, 2014

☺ From Nats Insider, Nats recall NLDS, watching Giants win World Series


December 16, 2014
12:19 p.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Dodgers have designated BRIAN WILSON for assignment.

11:45 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Rockies sign DANIEL DESCALSO.
— Per multiple sources, MICHAEL MORSE signs with the Marlins for 2 yr./$8m.
— Per multiple sources, the Yankees sign CHRIS CAPUANO.
— Per multiple sources, the Rangers sign KYUJI FUJIKAWA and KYLE BLANKS.


December 15, 2014

12:40 p.m.
— The Astros sign JED LOWRIE.

8:47 p.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, the newly acquired DAN HAREN might be traded from the Marlins to another ballclub if the pitcher’s adamant preference to play out west instead of an east coast club ends with his subsequent retirement.
— Per multiple sources, CHASE HEADLEY signs a 4 yr./$56m deal with the Yankees.
— Per Jon Heyman, to avoid a grievance hearing, BRYCE HARPER will make $7m for the next 2 years.


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10 Responses to Hot stove & links for the week of 12-15-2014 to 12-21-2014

  1. JDR says:

    4/56 was a lot for Headley, but he would have slotted in as a mid-order bat for the Giants, so I’m not sure they shouldn’t have done it. Hopefully the priority now is to get Shields or another starter for the 2-3 spot and trade for a LF.

  2. xoot says:

    I saw something about Headley wanting to stay in NY. Perks even if you lose, I guess. Pablo may have been lured to Boston for analogous reasons. Who knows what parties Big Poppy has access to.

  3. datswhatsup says:

    2015 vs 2014

    The Good:
    1) Cain bone chip free can be a #2 SP upgrade to 2014
    2) If JP is for real at 2B for an entire year
    3) Susac
    4) Belt not getting hurt (twice again).
    5) Duffy, Susac, Ishikawa, Blanco & Hector Sanchez (he played 1B can he play 3B?) is a more versatile bench
    6) Get Haren for a song
    7) It’s not the NBA they don’t have to spend the money, if there is nobody worth the dough hang onto it and use it take on salary dumps during the year

    The Bad:
    1) Huge whole at 3rd and middle of the order
    2) Hudson will probably be closer to Sept – Oct Hudson that May-June Hudson
    3) LF, Morse carried SF in the first half (I get an AL team, but man if Miami is going to sign him why not SF?)
    4) Peavy, don’t know why but I’d avoid him like the plague
    5) Is Vogey done?
    6) There’s a reason Strickland is 26, throws 100mph and is not an established MLB pitcher–it’s straight as an arrow
    7) Romo leaves, it’s an 8th inning hole
    8) Long Term $100M contracts to 30+ year old pitchers is inviting trouble, are the prospects that bad–not even #5 starter good?

    The Questions:
    1) Good Timmy or done Timmy?
    2) Is there a #5 SP that can come up if TL or Vogey fail?
    3) Strickland learn another pitch?
    4) Can they finally move Crawford out of the #8 hole and get him some pitches to swing at?
    5) Can they get a LF and then use a 3B platoon like they did in LF last year trying to find a hot hitter but replacing with late inning defense?

    Somebody better put Wayno on a milk carton–WBB is off the grid even on Dodger Digest.

  4. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Answers (well … sort of)

    1) I’m going with the Good Timmy in 2015 (until proven otherwise). If he comes to ST mentally prepared – which I think he will be – I believe his body will follow. What still mystifies me is how he was performing well up and until he closed the bottom of the 14th back in Philly during the regular season. That one relief stint somehow screwed up his mind / mechanics. However, his one appearance in the post season looked like vintage Lincecum up and until his back acted up. That’s the [vintage] Timmy I hope / expect to see in 2015.

    2) Hope / expect to see Crick invited to ST. Although it’s possible another one or two down in Double A might leap frog into the regular season – maybe the lefty, Ty Blach, who put in almost 50 percent more innings pitched than Crick, enjoying a lower ERA?

    3) Hunter Strickland without even as much time as Panik to adjust to playing in the majors was repeatedly put into some incredibly high stress situations by Bochy (still not clear as to why); but assuming he mentally survives / rises above his tough post season debut, I’m also a believer, then, that he can add one, possibly 2 more pitches – slider / change-up?

    4) Crawford’s bat might still be best suited in the 2 slot, but if Panik continues to perform well (a question you put more in the “pros” column … so, I’m assuming yes, too, to JP in 2015), Crawford’s only chance might be to move up a notch to the #7 slot in the LU.

    5) I confess I was still hoping a healthy Morse could platoon again in LF – in the early innings. But, that no longer being possible, I guess we just have to be patient a little longer to see what Sabean might come up with before ST starts.

    Great post, dats! I like the way your brain never takes the day off – even in the off season.

    • datswhatsup says:

      Thx Shoe

      Arizona gave to get and so did SD.

      improved at SS & 2B
      Got a better C platoon
      Some BP arms
      Masterson > than Haren? We’ll see
      LA did not pull off the trade they should have Puig for Stanton

      Gordon put pressure on the defense with his 4,000 SBs and now he’s gone
      Hanley was a feared bat in the middle of the lineup, Rollins is a leadoff hitter used to a bandbox of a park in Philly
      Kendrick is a stud, but it’s a new league and he’s not hitting behind Trout and Pujoles
      Kemp was their fire (Crawford, Van Slyke and a Rookie don’t fill that hole)
      Prince Joffrey Greinke is making no bones about opting out to the highest bidder afdter this year–that will be a distraction

      How affected is Claytinman by his Post Season collapse, he’s been a Jeff Kent-like chap ass with local reporters
      Uribe was breaking down and Turner had a great year–3B is a ????
      Venus de Crawford is a liability in LF and a slap hitter at the plate, the answer in CF is Van Slyke or Joc P (who struggled more than Gary Brown with his first taste of MLB pitching)?
      Ryu The Toad Body is not healing as expected–(and they say “fat don’t pull”)
      Rollins/Kendrick > Bad StoneHandley and Flavor Flav Gordon, but Good StoneHandley and Flavor Flav Gordon are >> Rollins/Kendrick …which did they dump Bad or Good?
      Puig…what budding “superstar” allows himself to be sat in the elimination game of the season?

      LA is still the same LA until they can prove otherwise–all sizzle no steak

  5. annapirhana says:

    It’s time to sign that contract, and the San Francisco Giants have come creeping around the corner. You start salivating, wanting to experience the rush of World Series joy that is almost guaranteed on the even years. You have seen the beautiful park on television, along with the throng of enthusiastic garlic fries eating fans who sing along to some crappy Journey songs while wearing weird hats. Speaking of which, the club pulls out the fat lady in the 7th inning, always wearing the largest, most un-baseball un-American hat, to sing “God Bless America”.

    There is money in that ballclub’s bank account. There has to be.

    And the Giants can only match offers. They barely exceed it. Sometime, they balk. They expect you to come to their ballpark for their experience, but you want money.

    You want them to overpay by millions more. Not by just several millions. You want a longer contract.

    So dammit, you’re going to sign with the ballclub that has no chance in hell of making the playoffs until someone kills every member of every other team in your division and league.

    …at least, that’s my story on why no one wants to come to the SF Giants. I’m sticking to it.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      The “you” you are referencing at the beginning, I trust refers to the fan; whereas the “you” you employ as in “You want them to overpay by millions more … and “you’re going to sign with the ballclub that has no chance in hell …,” refers to the FA ball player, seeking this off-season’s especially wacky, seemingly beyond reason, contracts, yes?

      Which brings me back to Lester.

      I’m still surprised Jon chose the lowly Cubs over the vaunted Giants … or even the Red Sox for that matter. For Lester, it appears to have been more about his personal friendship (with the club’s manager, I think?) … and, oh … of course, at the very least some kind of ridiculous contract. But, to turn down pitching at AT&T’s especially pitcher-friendly park still surprises me.

      It would appear that Giants ownership is still smarting a bit from the Zito and Rowand contracts … and maybe the very fact they didn’t prove even more aggressive in getting [fill in the blank with whoever you liked / wanted most!], suggests that they may also have some lingering concern with Matt Cain’s health / similarly large contract?

      Finally, as for the Garlic fries … I admit I’ve never tried ’em – I’m afraid they might shorten my life span by at least a week with an additional month to fully recover from the fried parts.

      • datswhatsup says:


        The money was the same (except for CA taxes) and I think all things considered there is more of an upside in Chi vs SF for Lester.

        Lester has already won WS rings and in SF the expectation will be WS or bust with his big contract coming to a championship team. Cubs fans are like Giants fans before 2010–love their team and hope for the best but never disappointed in not winning a WS championship.

        He’ll have years to simply show improvement in Chi, but should the Cubs win a WS title–he’ll be on the Cub’s Mount Rushmore, that’s not happening in SF where Cain, TL & Bum already have multiple rings in Orange & Black.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Good points all. For Lester’s sake, I hope you’re right about the upside of playing on a team that – perhaps, even less likely than the A’s – may not experience the post season again in Lester’s lifetime. Still, who can resist becoming the Mount Rushmore of Wrigley? 🙂

  6. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    This just came in over the wire:

    Giants sign pitcher, Charlie Brown and left fielder, Lucy, in off-season Christmas deal for 1 month / 1 bag of coal as well as a guaranteed partridge in a pear tree.

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