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…


Minor Notes: 8/13/15

Some recent news: The D’Backs and Blue Jays made a minor deal with Toronto acquiring veteran utility infielder Cliff Pennington in exchange for minor league shortstop Dawel Lugo. Pennington is a true utility player as he can handle short as well as second and third base, and he should give the Blue Jays some solid…


Jon Gray: a one pitch debut

I first saw Jon Gray in spring training of 2014, and I saw exactly what many scouts saw when he was drafted: an absolutely explosive fastball, inconsistent command, and what could be a major league change and slider. In that game he challenged then-Oakland Athletic Yoenis Cespedes to a 99 mph fastball, and he nearly…


Rays, White Sox name new amateur scouting directors

The Rays and White Sox will have new directors heading their Amateur Scouting department going forward. The Tampa Bay Rays promoted Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting Rob Metzler to Scouting Director, with his predecessor RJ Harrison becoming a senior advisor to Scouting and Baseball Operations. Harrison had been the scouting director since 2006. The White…


MLB Trade Deadline: Breaking Down the Carlos Gomez Trade

After a false start last night, Carlos Gomez is finally on the move. The trade: Astros acquire: Carlos Gomez-OF, Mike Fiers-RHP, international bonus Money Brewers acquire: Brett Phillips-OF, Domingo Santana-OF, Josh Hader-LHP, Adrian Houser-RHP With the fruits of their rebuilding starting to payoff the Astros are going for it this year. This deal however, sets…

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