Quick Hits: Tanaka, Eaton, Cardinals, Reds

Mike Hegan, a longtime former player and broadcaster, passed away on Wednesday at age 71.  Hegan posted a .712 OPS in 2452 PA over 12 seasons with the Yankees, Brewers and Athletics from 1964-77, picking up a spot on the 1969 AL All-Star team as a Seattle Pilot (before the franchise moved to Milwaukee) and earning a World Series ring with the A's in 1972.  After retirement, Hegan moved to the broadcast booth and spent 12 seasons as a Brewers TV broadcaster before moving to his hometown of Cleveland in 1989 and spending 23 seasons calling Indians games on both TV and radio.  The MLBTR staff sends our condolences to Hegan's family and friends.

Here's the latest from around the majors…

  • Masahiro Tanaka's posting period opened this morning and the Yankees have already contacted Tanaka's agent Casey Close, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.  Earlier today on MLBTR, we collected more Tanaka-related news, and I opined that Tanaka's market may be larger than expected.
  • The Mariners will also be "a factor" for Tanaka, a baseball official tells Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News.  “They have a following in Japan. They enjoyed what they had when Ichiro (Suzuki) was on the team.  They want the chance for moves like getting [Robinson] Cano to pay off.  And they envision [Felix] Hernandez paired with Tanaka at the top of the rotation," the official said.
  • The White Sox are confident that the torn left UCL that sidelined Adam Eaton for half of the 2013 season is no longer a problem, GM Rick Hahn told CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes.  “The elbow injury wasn't something we felt, and our medical people felt, would be a long‑term issue….We certainly paid attention to what he looked like coming back from that injury, but it was the kind of thing that shouldn't be a lingering issue," Hahn said.  Hayes also talks to Eaton himself about his recovery from the injury.  Chicago acquired Eaton as part of the three-team trade with the D'Backs and Angels that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona and Tyler Skaggs/Hector Santiago to L.A.
  • The Cardinals' low-profile additions of Peter Bourjos and Mark Ellis could pay big dividends and make the team better in 2014, MLB.com's Lyle Spencer opines.
  • The Reds' window for making a big trade "may be closing," MLB.com's Mark Sheldon writes.  The team should make a few moves in January, however, and could add a free agent bat if a discount price can be found.
  • Former Mariners GM Bill Bavasi contacted SB Nation's Rob Neyer about Bavasi's trade of Shin-Soo Choo to the Indians in 2006.  While Bavasi said he was under pressure from Seattle's upper management to improve the club, he doesn't excuse himself for moves that backfired, saying "the Choo and [Asdrubal] Cabrera trades were a product of my own stupidity and good work by the Indians."
  • Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith lists three potential suitors for 10 of the top remaining free agents.
  • Finally, it was on this day in 1919 that arguably the most important trade in baseball history was agreed upon — Red Sox owner Harry Frazee's deal to sell Babe Ruth to the YankeesCBS Sports' Dayn Perry has some of the history behind the infamous sale, and MLB FanCave tweeted a picture of the actual transfer contract.


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45 Comments on "Quick Hits: Tanaka, Eaton, Cardinals, Reds"


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Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 6 months ago

Felix, Kuma , Tanaka , Walker, Paxton #unreal seriously would there be any other rotation better?

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Puig Power
1 year 6 months ago

Since three of those options are unknown, yes there are better rotations. It certainly has an opportunity to be special.

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bhambravesfan
1 year 6 months ago

Nationals: Strasburg, Zimmerman, Gio, Fister, Roark/Detwiler
Reds: Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Leake, Cingrani
Dodger: Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Haren, Billingsley/Beckett
Cardinals: Wainwright, Wacha, Lynn, Miller, Kelly/Garcia
Those all are more proven with just as much upside if you take your fan goggles off

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jayson
1 year 6 months ago

That Reds rotation isn’t better, actually.

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Haewon Kim
1 year 6 months ago

Felix and Kuma are already number 1’s and it is very likely that Tanaka and Walker can be as well. Also pitching in the AL. This rotation can be better than any of the ones you’ve listed.

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HaloHero
1 year 6 months ago

Do NOT expect Kuma to come close to how he performed last year. His peripheral stats show his low numbers were a product of good luck (low percent of BABIP). He is not the ace most mariners fans make him out to be- a solid #3 starter, but not an ace.

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Haewon Kim
1 year 6 months ago

good luck? How about a damn good Splitter?

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MilkMeMore
1 year 6 months ago

he said proven -.-

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1 year 6 months ago

Dodgers if they trade for Scherzer

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northsfbay
1 year 6 months ago

It will be fun following the rumors. We have a Tanaka to Mariners rumor.

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drwheelock
1 year 6 months ago

Woohoo Finally!

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livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 6 months ago

Potentially it could be great but you never know with prospects!

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David King
1 year 6 months ago

it defiantly gives them a chance to win every night and a rotation that could do some real damage in the playoffs and for years to come

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TheRealRyan
1 year 6 months ago

There is a better chance that Walker and Paxton will both be busts, than of either one even being able to average 1.5 fWAR/season. Tanaka has never thrown an MLB pitch and Kuma has had 1 season of success and will be 33.

With a lot of luck and some good breaks, it could be a very good rotation. More than likely, it will be one star, two good SP and two very inconsistent SP.

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Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 6 months ago

the last time 5 years top starting pitchers in minors Kershaw, David Price, Strasburg, Matt moore, Shelby Miller, Dylan Bundy, Gerrit cole

doesn’t look like better chance of bust

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TheRealRyan
1 year 6 months ago

Here are some others that also were top SP prospects during this time. Dice-K, Phil Hughes, Andrew Miller, Franklin Morales, Joba Chamberlain, Neftali Feliz, Brett Anderson, Tommy Hanson, Brian Matusz and Jeremy Hellickson. These are all SP who were ranked in the top 10 overall prospects between 2007-2012.

Other top SP prospects in this time have been Homer Bailey, who struggled mightily for his first 3+ seasons, Clay Buchholz, who has made 20+ starts only twice in five seasons and Aroldis Chapman who is a reliever. It’s too early to throw in the towel on prospects such as Trevor Bauer, who struggled at AAA last year, but he was also a top prospect during this time.

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Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 6 months ago

I said top 5 bro not top 15

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TheRealRyan
1 year 6 months ago

I was looking at top 10 guys and got a little confused because Kershaw, Miller and Cole were never BA top 5 prospects. Dice-K, Hughes, Chamberlain, Hanson, Matusz, Buchholz and Bailey all were top 5 prospects though.

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The_Sports_Dude
1 year 6 months ago

At first I couldn’t believe that BA could miss that badly on Kershaw since he was the top HS arm in the 2006 draft, but you’re right. Kershaw was #24 in BA’s 2007 list, then #7 in 2008, and he would’ve risen higher if he wasn’t fast-tracked.

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Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 6 months ago

but whatever

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TheRealRyan
1 year 6 months ago

Scott McKinney wrote a very good piece on this subject for a Royal’s site. If you look up, success and failure rates of top prospects, you should be able to find it easily. He looked at 14 years of top prospect data and I feel like the results are a little bit eye opening. It’s a great read for us baseball fans that like this site and prospects in general.

It’s easy for all of us to get hooked on the hype of our team’s next great savior. The player who will be a perennial all star and win multiple MVP and Cy Young awards and we will chant his name as he leads us to the promised land. Unfortunately, it rarely happens. Most of the time, they struggle to be even average players. Sometimes it’s because of injury, sometimes they lose their skills or aren’t as good as everyone thought. A lot of times, it’s some combination of all three. Unfortunately, this is the good battle that we all fight as baseball fans.

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Jonathan Barlock
1 year 6 months ago

It will be one of the better rotations. I like the Nationals rotation a lot

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kungfucampby
1 year 6 months ago

Man that Angels/Dbacks/Sox trade was good for everyone involved except Arizona.

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Kingmojo101
1 year 6 months ago

Not really, Skaggs gets replaced by aj shugel he can possibly be a John lackey type pitcher.but I do agree they gave up alot to ad Santiago and eaton on the deal

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Cannon Fodder
1 year 6 months ago

Rest in peace, Mike Hegan. It was a pleasure listening to your Indians broadcasts throughout the years.

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Nicholas Koch
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees don’t learn, japense pitchers NEVER work out for them. Except Kuroda. Maybe I’m wrong ?

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Lance Pistachio
1 year 6 months ago

The sting of the Igawa signing seemingly kept them away from Darvish. They’d be foolish to never sign another Japanese player just because they failed once in the past

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Dynasty22
1 year 6 months ago

Tanaka is in a different league compared to those other guys.

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Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

It’s true, Tanaka is currently still in the NPB, whereas he’s talkin about players in the MLB! Totally different leagues!

…I’ll show myself out now.

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Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

Yu Darvish would like a word with you.

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drwheelock
1 year 6 months ago

Iwakuma and is CYA-3 award does too.

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Dawson Carlson
1 year 6 months ago

The guy said “Yankees don’t learn, japense pitchers NEVER work out for them” keyword “Yankees”

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livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 6 months ago

So simply because he is Japanese that would mean he would not work? Can’t say that I agree with this line of thinking whatsoever.

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Dawson Carlson
1 year 6 months ago

Wang was pretty good for them too.. but i think he was from Taiwan or Korea or something ….

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Gunner65
1 year 6 months ago

Sometimes the best moves are not making those big stupid moves and overpaying for marginal talent especially on a small market team . .