Quick Hits: Trout, Tigers, Marlins, Rockies

The Cubs were scheduled to play the first ever night game at Wrigley Field on this date 24 years ago, but the game was rained out, so it wasn't until the next day that the Cubs officially welcomed night baseball to the North Side of Chicago. Here are today's links, as the Cubs visit the Padres in San Diego…

  • MLB executives discussed a possible Mike Trout extension with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus (link at ESPN.com). Trout could break records as an arbitration eligible player if he continues playing at an MVP level, so it might be surprisingly expensive for the Angels to lock the 21-year-old up.
  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland gives president and GM Dave Dombrowski a ‘gold star’ for his work acquiring Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante and Jeff Baker, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports. Leyland’s top priority was a pitcher, so getting Infante in the same trade as Sanchez was a bonus. “When it worked out that we got both of them at the same time, that was pretty good," the manager said.
  • The Marlins will be willing to spend this offseason, but they’ll do so carefully, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro writes. Team president David Samson says the Marlins aim to remain competitive, despite their disappointing 2012 season. “We’re not rebuilding, we’re retooling,” he said. For more of his comments on the team click here.
  • The Rockies have some interest in Yorvit Torrealba, who was recently placed on release waivers, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports (on Twitter). However, it’s not clear how he’d fit on the Rockies with both Ramon Hernandez and Wilin Rosario healthy.

19 Responses to Quick Hits: Trout, Tigers, Marlins, Rockies Leave a Reply

  1. Melvin McMurf 3 years ago

    a little early to talk extension with trout

    • C B 3 years ago

      Also, isn’t it technically tampering to discuss another team’s player and what you’d be willing to pay him?

      • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

        Not really since he’s under team control. If he was a free agent and another team announced they’d be willing to pay him x dollars then that could be seen as tampering.

        • jb226 3 years ago

          I think it’s the other way around. It would be a really bad move to announce what you would pay a free agent publicly, but you’re not doing anything wrong. Tampering involves players under contact of another party.

          I think CB is right; discussing what you would pay another team’s player is probably tampering. In this case it’s not a particularly big deal because Trout’s under control for so long that by the time he could do anything about it the specifics of the situation would completely change, but I still don’t like it. There’s too much room for mischief.

      • BlueCatuli 3 years ago

        Nope. They’re giving their opinion. They’ve made no contact with him whatsoever.

    • nepp 3 years ago

      Well, if they could get him under contract to something like Longoria (or even double that), it would be the greatest bargain in the history of baseball.

      Trout has inner-circle HOF upside.

    • BlueCatuli 3 years ago

      You obviously didn’t read the article and totally missed the point.

  2. Gothapotamus 3 years ago

    With his time in 2011 and 2012, he’ll have 1+ year of service time at year end, but won’t be enough for a Super Two, meaning two more years at the 500k range and three years of arb. Considering Longoria got 6/17 with literally no service time a few years back, could be a pretty decent pay day for Trout.

    It’s hard to speculate where to start and very unprecedented (CarGo closest comparable, but had one more year service time). You figure he’d get a raise in his two pre-arb years to about $2m over those two years. The arb years get tricky. 6, 8, 10? (that’s more than the $23m CarGo got for his three arb years after having two years of service time) That would make the deal 5/26 through his arb years. Maybe throw in an option for a 6th year at $20m with a $4m buyout to make the deal 5/30 guaranteed with potential to be 6/46. Even with the option exercised, he’d still be a free agent when he was 27.

    To guarantee him any money is a risk, considering if he would falter, they could always non-tender him – but at the same time, at this pace, he’s looking like a $25m per year guy in his final year of arb.

  3. WeDontNeedToFinPracticeRANDY 3 years ago

    Did Dombrowski have to “miss recess” for his Cody Ross trade?

    • gamaize 3 years ago

      I think the Miguel Cabrera trade may have let him back in.

  4. Trout is still 2 years away from arbitration eligibility (he had 83 days of service time coming into this season). He could break records, but I’d want to see more first. Let him earn his raise. Because the Angels didn’t call him up until April 28 or so, he won’t come close to Super Two status next year.

  5. nepp 3 years ago

    Yeah, its totally flukish that he’s having one the greatest seasons in MLB history…in his Age 20 season.

  6. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Coudn’t fall any faster than fellow ROY candidate Yu Darvish, who has gone from a “lock” as ROY winner in May to pretty consistently hammered since then.

    Then? There Will Middlebrooks, who seems probably destined to finish 2nd-3rd this season in the voting, but has holes in his swing and a lack of patience period at the plate.

    No.. Trout has blistering speed, good enough power to all fields and plays a pretty good CF, or LF as a just turned 21YO. A true 5 tool player and lock as ROY, doing far better than the (pre season) far more hyped Bryce Harper so far.

    On the open market? Sky would be the limit for his worth right now.

  7. baseball52 3 years ago

    Slow bat? What the? What are you watching it in slow motion?

  8. Robert Gaito 3 years ago

    Cespedes has some sliiiightly better numbers than Middlebrooks (They’re practically the same), but I will give that Yo has 5 more games under his belt this season, which may give him the edge. Haven’t been watching many Sox games, so I can’t comment on Middlebrooks’ defense.

    Trout has decent bat speed, not really that of a massive power hitter, but pretty good considering his other tools.

  9. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Forgive me Robert for leaving out Cespedes.. Yes.. He and trout “should” stick around as top players for multiple seasons. I still give trout top billing, even over Cespedes and yes.. Cespedes should garner more votes than Middlebrooks this year.

    Middlebrooks is a decent glove man at 3b, but like I mentioned above.. he seriously lacks plate patience and hope he can improve on that. A Mark Reynolds/Butch Hobson type with a 3x better glove will not do in Boston

  10. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

    Another rookie having a good year is my man Wei-Yin Chen. He may barely crack the top 5 and most years would be a contender for ROY. Ridiculously strong class this year

  11. johnsilver 3 years ago

    See? Everytime go and name names, i get into trouble when it comes to lists and trade proposals, in this case, for forgeting yet another outstanding rookie and yeah.. Chen actually is having a better “complete” season than Darvish and should finish ahead of him and maybe even Middlebrooks. If he doesn’t? simply because he wasn’t “hyped” as much as Middlebrooks, trout and especially Darvish, who hasn’t pitched well since May.

    Thank you also for the correction and apologies if left anyone else off of the rookies “list”.. can’t think of anyone else ATM.. yet.. LOL

  12. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

    Not trying to correct you,just wanted to share some love for my man crush Mr. Chen

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