Tagged 2013

Has Justin Smoak Finally Arrived?

Amid Seattle’s disappointing first half, the subsequent prospect promotions and the complete flame out by Dustin Ackley, another former top prospect that’s flailed away at big league pitching for several seasons has had a coming out party of sorts. Justin Smoak, the centerpiece of the Cliff Lee deal with Texas and twice named among game’s…

Matt Thornton Trade Reaction

  After losing Andrew Miller for the rest of the season to a foot injury, the Boston Red Sox reacted quickly on Saturday night, agreeing to send minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs to the White Sox for southpaw reliever Matt Thornton. Thornton, 36, has been one of the more dominant relievers in the game since…

Savvy Cubs Acquire Some Potential Big League Value

  In a move that’s slightly reminiscent to the prude deals that came to define the Theo Epstein-era in Boston, the Chicago Cubs have acquired hard-throwing right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Washington Nationals for minor league hurler Ian Dickson. After being designated by the Nationals on June 4, due to the same inconsistent control…

Is Ji-Man Choi the Real Deal?

Note: My first book: The 2014 Prospect Digest Annual, which is currently on sale on Amazon for $2.99. Find out where Ji-Man Choi ranks among the game’s top prospects.  _____________________________________________________________________________________ Ever since signing with the Mariners in early July 2009, Ji-Man Choi has done one thing really, really well: hit. Through the first three-plus seasons…

A’s Acquire Lowrie at a Steep Cost

The Oakland A’s filled one of the team’s bigger holes on Monday evening, acquiring shortstop Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros in exchange for first baseman/designated hitter Chris Carter and a pair of prospects. Also heading to Houston is replacement level reliever Fernando Rodriguez. From the A’s perspective, the organization adds a solid defensive shortstop…

My (Non-Existent) Hall of Fame Ballot

The announcement for the newest members of the Hall of Fame is scheduled for January 9, and the emotional overreactions that follow will likely keep the community abuzz until pitchers and catchers report. And up until now I’ve avoided throwing my hat into the proverbial ring. The view from the outside — away from the…