Yanks trade Greene, get SS

The Yanks traded Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers today, and in a 3-way deal, got back SS Didi Gregorious from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greene, a rookie last year, went 5-4, 3.78 (ERA+ 103) for the Yankees.

Gregorious is a lefty hitter who won’t turn 25 until February. He has basically platooned the past two seasons for the D-Backs, hitting .252-7-28, OPS+ 94 in 2013 in 103 games, and .226-6-27, OPS+ 81 this past season. He has played in less than 200 games in his career.

Gregorious’ 162 g. average is .243-11-48, OPS+ 88.

Offensively, it doesn’t appear to add much, but Gregorious has a good defensive reputation. Then again, he hasn’t turned 25 yet, so maybe his bat will pick up.

As a cost move, Gregorious is under team control (and with some of the Yanks’ big contracts, this is important) through 2019.

In other news, a Veterans Committee will be choosing from some 1950s-1970s players for the HOF on Monday. These are players who were very good, but weren’t voted in by the writers. Some names are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant, Maury Wills and Reds GM Bob Howsam.

Dale Scott, umpire, came out as gay. It’ll may be interesting to see how boo-birds react from the stands next year, if at all.

Ex-mlb pitcher Sadecki dies at age 73.

Ray Sadecki, who went 135-131 in a major league career that spanned 18 seasons, passed away recently at age 73.

Sadecki played for the Cardinals 1960-1966, Giants 1966-1969, Mets 1970-1974, Cardinals again in 1975, Braves 1975, Royals 1975-1976, Brewers 1976 and back with the Mets in 1977. He was on the 1964 WS Champion Cardinals and the 1973 NL Champion Mets.

He won 20 games in 1964 for the Cards, and started two games in the WS, winning Game 1. He was 1-0, 8.53 in the Series.

His ERA was 3.78, ERA+ 98 for his career. His average season was 10-10, 3.78.

In 1968, the Year of the Pitcher, Sadecki led the majors in losses (18) despite an ERA under 3.00 (2.91).

He was 5-4, 3.39 as a spot starter, middle reliever for the 1973 Mets, and relieved in four of the WS games that year, giving up one run in 4 2/3 innings.




Boston binge.

It isn’t official, but it appears as if the Red Sox are landing both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” off the free agent market.

“Minor” Yankees news.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has signed on with the A’s. Even if just a “novelty act,” Venditte was entertaining.

The Yanks have sold the contract of Zelous Wheeler to a Japanese team.

Stanton, Martin and a big trade.

Giancarlo Stanton was given a —- wait for it —- 13 yr.  $325MM contract by the Marlins today. Ridiculous.

Russell Martin signed with the Blue Jays.

The Cards and Braves pulled off a trade in which Justin Heyward (RF) goes to the Cards for P Shelby Miller.

Yanks’ prospect named AFL MVP

1B Greg Bird, who got up to AA last year, was named the Arizona Fall League MVP. Bird had a fine AFL and topped it off with a massive HR in the AFL All-Star game that had to go some 450 feet.

Here is a link to more about Bird:



For more on various prospects and winter ball, check out this post from the LOHUD Yankees blog.



Trout, Kershaw MVPS; Dark dies

Mike Trout was named the unanimous MVP in the American League yesterday, and Clayton Kershaw became the first N.L. pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to win the CYA and the MVP in the same season.

Kershaw is the third Dodger pitcher to be the CYA winner and the MVP in the same season, following Don Newcombe (1956) and Sandy Koufax (1963). When Newcombe and Koufax won, the CYA went to only one pitcher in all of baseball. With all due respect to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, this year’s AL CYA winner, had those rules been in effect today, it’s safe to presume Kershaw would have been the CYA winner had there only been one award as it was from 1956-1966 and not have it split across leagues as it is today.

Alvin Dark, a SS and later manager, died yesterday at the age of 92. Dark played for the Boston Braves from 1946-1949, winning the NL pennant with them in 1948, the NY Giants from 1950-1956, winning the NL pennant in 1951 and the WS in 1954, the St. Louis Cardinals 1956-1958, the Chicago Cubs 1958-1959, the Philadelphia Phillies 1960 and the Milwaukee Braves 1960.

He managed the SF Giants to the 1962 pennant and the 1974 A’s to the World Championship. He won the AL West with the A’s in 1975.

He managed the Giants 1961-1964, KC A’s 1966-1967, Cleveland Indians 1968-1971, Oakland A’s 1974-1975 and SD Padres 1977.

He was a 3x All-Star and ROY in 1948.

He also was a fine football player (LSU) who was drafted by the Eagles.

His MLB debut was delayed due to WWII. When he won the ROY voting in 1948, he was 26 years old.

He was a .289 hitter with 126 HR in his career.

He finished 3rd in the voting for 1948 MVP (won by Musial), and hit .322 when the Braves won the pennant. In 1951, for the Giants, he hit .303, led the NL with 41 doubles and hit .417 in the WS. In 1954, he hit .293, had 20 HR and finished 5th in the MVP voting (won by Mays). He hit .412 in the WS that year.