Jul 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) fields a ground ball to begin a double play against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Cardinals 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Breaking down the Andrelton Simmons trade

The Braves and Angels gave the 2015 offseason its first blockbuster with the Angels acquiring shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Angels acquire: Andrelton Simmons-SS, Jose Briceno-C Braves acquire: Sean Newcomb-LHP, Erick Aybar-SS, Chris Ellis-RHP The headliner of this deal is Simmons, who is the best defensive player in baseball. Simmons is an excellent shortstop with outstanding range…

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Breaking Down the Trevor Williams trade

In a rare October trade, the Pirates have acquired prospect Trevor Williams. The trade: Pirates acquire Trevor Williams-RHP Marlins acquire Richard Mitchell-RHP The timing of this deal suggests that this move is compensation for the Pirates allowing the Marlins to hire pitching guru Jim Benedict to be their VP of Pitching. That idea is furthered…

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Minor Notes: 9/11/15

FRONT OFFICE NOTES The Cubs officially hired Jared Porter to be their new Pro Scouting Director and Special Assistant (announcement via Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune). Porter was the first person to leave Boston after Dave Dombrowski replaced Ben Cherington as the Red Sox top Baseball Ops executive. *** Meanwhile the Red Sox also…

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Minor Notes: 8/31/15

FRONT OFFICE NOTES The Mariners made a major change to their Baseball Operations department as they fired General Manager Jack Zduriencik. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times does a great job of outlining the consistent turmoil of the Zduriencik era. Mariners President Kevin Mather said he’d like the next Mariners GM to be experienced in the…

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Breaking Down the Utley, Byrd trades

The two teams fighting for the NL West each made a move to improve their lineups while dealing with injuries. Trade: Dodgers acquire: Chase Utley-2B Phillies acquire: Darnell Sweeney-UTL, John Richy-RHP The Phillies continued their rebuilding by trading away franchise icon Chase Utley, who now joins his long time double play partner, Jimmy Rollins in…

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Minor Notes: 8/19/15

The Red Sox announced that they have hired former Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski to be their new President of Baseball Operations, with General Manager Ben Cherington leaving the organization as the release says Cherington “declined the opportunity to continue as GM”.  This is a surprising development, as it was when Dombrowski left the Tigers…

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