Hello everyone and welcome to the weekend! How was that feeling, waking up and remembering that the Sailors acquired Luis Castillo? Pretty cool. We’ll probably watch the rest of the Deadline action from the sidelines, but who knows? Here’s what’s happening in baseball right now.
In the news of sailors…
- Marc W at USS Mariner provided thoughts on the acquisition of Castillo.
- Dan Szymborski at Fangraphs too analyzed Castillo’s trade for both teams.
- Jerry Dipoto made a very classic no-commitment comment regarding what the team will do next. I’m willing to bet they’re still in the rental market. I’m still pretty surprised they didn’t get Brandon Drury in that deal with Cincinnati; it would have been a great way to get Abraham Toro some much-needed time in Tacoma.
Dipoto said they would be open to other moves but didn’t seem overly optimistic about adding a position player, noting Haniger would return soon.
—Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 30, 2022
- A reminder to people who are concerned about the state of the Mariners farming system…this team now has a few years to rebuild this system, and they have already proven that they can identify and grow quite effectively.
The #Mariners are in the unique position of being awarded a “second” first-round draft pick at the end of the first round if Julio Rodriguez wins ROY, according to ABC News. Also in the lottery for a Comp B pick. Additionally, SS Felnin Celesten signs in January. Their farm is doing well.
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) July 30, 2022
- For example, here’s a guy to watch out for when it comes to the next wave of leads from Mr.
Seattle may have stolen one in the 6th round in 2021. RHP Bryan Woo (Cal Poly) was all the way to 99 this year, striking out 38 in 25 IP with 6 BBs. Woo moves beautifully on the mound. Sublime athlete. The command needs to improve and the broken ball needs to be tweaked. Will debut in Everett next week.
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) July 29, 2022
Around the league…
- Well, that explains why we haven’t seen a ton of movement so far. Although the barrage somehow broke with the Mariners deal.
Interesting perspective from an executive with a team competing in the trade market: “Teams always seem to be hoping for lopsided deals. … Eventually something will give.
The executive wasn’t just talking about Soto either. Sellers across the league are trying to capitalize.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 29, 2022
- The Padres would be moves closer to $100 million, five-year extension with starting pitcher Joe Musgrove.
- Ben Clemens at Fangraphs closed its ranking of business valuesplacing Julio in 4th place and mentioning that he might be in contention for first place.
- There is no season like the season of speculation! Given how many very public indications we’ve had that Willson Contreras will be traded, I’m shocked that hasn’t happened yet.
Willson Contreras deleted everything related to the Chicago Cubs from his Instagram.
—Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) July 29, 2022
- Between Elly De La Cruz, Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo and Matt McLain, the Reds are set to have the entire infield in a few years.
- With the MLB Draft With the trade deadline just weeks away, team executives are exhausted and hoping for a change. Zach Buchanan of The Athletic has the story. ($)
- Joey Gallo has had a nightmarish season under the league’s brightest lights. Gallo is disappointed with his performance and seems to indicate that he is thinking of leaving the Yankees soon in this piece by Lindsay Adler at The Athletic. ($)
- Steam is building a union of minor league baseball players.
An American League general manager in the minor leagues:
“I think they should have a union to negotiate better wages. It would also eliminate the bureaucracy that exists to enforce things like the minor league housing policy that doesn’t apply equally to every person.”
—Joon Lee (@joonlee) July 29, 2022
- Congratulations to the Issaquah team!