Los Angeles Angels are set to acquire second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Atlanta Braves per John Heyman of fan rag sports.
The Angels have been very active today on the August waiver trade deadline as they acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. The Angels sit 69 - 65 entering today and they are one and a half games behind the Minnesota Twins for a wild-card spot.
Phillips is set to become a free agent after the season. The Angels now have a dynamic duo up the middle of their infield wih Andrelton Simmons at shortstop and Phillips at second base.
Phillips, 36, is batting .291 this season with 11 homeruns and 52 RBIs. Phillips has stayed healthy the season and it's played in 120 games for the Atlanta Braves.
He was acquired this off-season after being traded from the Cincinnati Reds. Phillips waived his no trade clause to join the Los Angeles Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly set to acquire all-star outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Upton is owed nearly $89 million left on his long term deal. He can opt out of his deal after the season.
Upton, 29, is having an all-star caliber season. He is batting .279, with 28 HRs and 94 RBIs. He has also tallied 37 doubles this season.
Upton will provide some power in the Halo's line up. He will provide insurance for Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics to acquire veteran outfielder Rajai Davis, per Evan Drellich of CSN New England.
The addition of Rajai Davis will help the Red Sox in the long haul. Boston's starting center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., hit the disabled list earlier today. Davis will help fill Bradley Jr's absence. Davis is a valuable asset because he can play all three outfield positions and he is one of the best on the bases.
At 36-years-old, Davis still plays like he is 24 years old. Last season, he led the American League in stolen bases (43). Also, he helped contribute to the Cleveland Indians' magical postseason run. He also hit a game tying home run off of Chicago Cubs' closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series.
This season with Oakland, Davis is batting .233 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs. He is fourth amongst American League players for stolen bases, which he owns 26 of this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson from New York Mets, per Marlins' sideline reporter, Craig Minervini.
Granderson, 36, is a three-time all star. In his fourth season with the Mets, the lefty swinger has hit .228 with 19 HRs and 52 RBIs in 111 games this year. Granderson is a durable outfielder. He has the capacity to play all three outfield positions. He will provide excellent leadership for the Dodgers' young sluggers. Granderson will enter free agency at the season's end, and it is unclear if he will play next season.
The Mets will recieve a player to be named later.
Before the Mike Trout era in Anaheim, Jered Weaver was the Los Angeles Angels' Halo. June, 30, 2006 is a date many Angels fans may recall. It's the date that Jered Weaver would change the landscape of baseball in Anaheim, California.
Since he was called up to the major leagues as a 23-year-old in 2006, Weaver has always been special. His fastball was never overpowering, but the way he could maximize his pitches, was. He was able to utilize all his pitches throughout his 12-year-career.
Entering the 2006 season, he was ranked as Major League Baseball's #57th best prospect, according to Baseball America. He was considered to be polished, and could use his high 80's fastball towards his advantage.
When he emerged on the scene later that year, he stunned hitters with an incredible breaking ball. Hitters were not used to Weaver's craft. The righty finished fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year award voting, as he finished the season 11-2, with a 2.56 ERA in 19 starts. He was basically unhittable that year, allowing 6.8 H/9.
Lets fast forward now to the 2010 season. Weaver, now 27, had just led the Angels to three consecutive postseasons. The next three years would be considered to be his "prime" years. He used the 2010 season as his turning point. The past two seasons, he had an inflated ERA of 4.33, then 3.75.
In 2010, he appeared is his first all-star game. He finished the year 13-12, and had an ERA of 3.01. He also led the American League with 233 strikeouts in 224.1 innings, and he came up short of the CY Young award.
A year later, Weaver had arguably the best season of his career. His 2.41 ERA, was the second best in the league. Also, he came in third in wins with 18 of them, despite recording eight losses. Once again he was hard to hit, as he had a remarkable 7.0 H/9 that year. It was good enough for his second career all-star appearance, and he was the runner up of the CY Young award.
After the 2012 season, he started to lose some steam. His fastball lost some momentum and his curve was never the same.
In 2016, he started to regress. He posted a 5.06 ERA with the Angels and allowed 37 home runs. He made it the full year with his 82 mph fastball, but when he hit free agency after earning $23 million, the Halos were not interested in a reunion with their 2004 first-round pick.
When Weaver hit the open market, the San Diego Padres were in need of a veteran pitcher for the 2017 season. The Padres signed the 34-year-old to a one-year, $3 million deal.
Yesterday, Weaver hung up his cleats and called it quits after going 0-5, with a 7.44 ERA in nine starts, with the Padres.
In a statement released by the Padres yesterday, Weaver said that his body can no longer compete like he wants to.
Now, to the question I want to ask you. Does Jered Weaver deserve to receive hall-of-fame recognition? I say yes.
He was a premier pitcher for nearly a decade. He led the Angels to at least 20 wins when he pitched, multiple seasons. How can someone who had a remarkable career not get votes to enter the hall-of-fame?
My message to all the 2023 Hall-of-Fame class voters.....do not consider your vote based off of his last three seasons. Before the 2015 season, his career ERA was a spectacular 3.29. Just because he never won a CY Young Award or Most Valuable Player Award, doesn't mean he isn't Hall-of-Fame worthy!
I personally wish Jered Weaver a happy retirement and I congratulate him on an outstanding player career.
The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for $500,000 in international spending money.
Hatcher, 32, has struggled with the Dodgers this season. Once a catcher, Hatcher converted to a pitcher nearly nine seasons ago in the Miami Marlins organization. This season, Hatcher is 0-1, with an unpleasant 4.66 ERA in 26 relief appearances. Even though his numbers are not pretty, it is impressive how he has put together a 10.5 K/9 ratio this season, which is a career high. Also, his walks numbers are down to a stunning 2.9 BB/9 ratio, which is his lowest since he put together a career low 1.9 BB/9 in 2014. Hatcher has a high-end fastball that can reach the upper 90's. He tends to be a ground ball pitcher.
Hatcher will add veteran experience to Oakland's bullpen. He is eligible for arbitration after the season, and he is set to hit free agency after the 2019 season.
The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox have agreed to a deal that will send veteran reliever Tyler Clippard to Houston, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The Astros have suddenly bolstered their bullpen, by acquiring the eight-year veteran reliever. Clippard joined the south side of Chicago, from the Bronx, nearly three weeks ago, and is once again packing his bags. The Astros currently sit 72-45, and have a steady 12 game lead over the second place Los Angeles Angels for first place in the American League West division.
Clippard, 32, has had his ups and downs this season with the White Sox and Yankees. In 51 relief appearances, Clippard has a record of 2-6, with a 4.27 ERA. The two-time all-star has an impressive 10.5 K/9 ratio, this season.
Clippard will elect free agency this offseason.
The White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a deal that will send infielder Neil Walker and cash considerations to Milwaukee, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The addition of Walker will slightly improve the Brewers' offense. Walker will likely start at second base on a regular basis. Current starters, Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard have not impressed Milwaukee's front office.
Walker, 31, is putting together an average season. He is batting .264 with 10 HRs and 36 RBIs in 265 at-bats this season. Walker accepted the Mets' qualifying offer last fall, which was worth $17.2 million for one year. Since Walker now has been traded mid-season, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer this offseason, and will elect free agency.
The Mets will acquire a player to be named later.
The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
The Indians have quickly filled a position that they needed to cover. Their star outfielder, Michael Brantley, was placed on the disabled list earlier today due to an ankle sprain. Bruce will cover Brantley's spot in the lineup and Bruce's big time power will provide the Indians with an advantage.
Bruce, 30, is a three time all-star. He has put up all-star caliber numbers this season with the Mets. He is batting .258 on the season with 29 HRs and 75 RBIs. Bruce will be a free agent after the season.
The lefty will join the club tomorrow, as they hold a record of 60-51 entering play this evening. Bruce will help the Indians maintain their American League Central lead. They have a 3.5 game advantage over the Kansas City Royals.
The Indians will cover the rest of Bruce's contract. He is owed about $3 million.
The Mets will receive Low-A reliever Ryder Ryan in return.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez from the Atlanta Braves for minor league catcher Connor Joe, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Rodriguez to the Pirates is the first move of the August waiver trade season. The Pirates enter play this evening with a record of 53-56 and sit 4 1/2 games behind the Cubs for possession of the NL Central division. The Pirates plan to utilize Rodriguez in multiple ways. He can play all four infield positions and all three outfield positions.
Rodriguez, 32, has played only a month in a Braves uniform. He was expected to miss the whole season but came back earlier than expected after he was involved in a car accident in January. He needed surgery to repair his badly injured left shoulder, as a result of the car accident.
Rodriguez has appeared in only 15 games this season. He has two home runs and 3 RBIs in 37 at-bats, with a batting average of .162. Rodriguez will rejoin his former team where he spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Rodriguez is signed through the 2018 season. He agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million this past offseason with the Braves.