Quick Hits: AFL, Sanchez, Breakouts, Prado

Earlier today, the league announced the Arizona Fall League contributions of every MLB team. Ben Badler of Baseball America has broken the players out by roster and made note of some of the most interesting ones to track.

Here’s more from around the league …

  • Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez said today that he is worried he may not be able to return to the rotation during the regular season, as Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. The club’s rotation already looked in need of depth, with Justin Verlander still a question mark, but it remains to be seen whether Detroit will have the means and motivation to make yet another significant addition.
  • Often times, the most interesting free agency, arbitration, and extension cases involve players who have just posted breakout years. But it is difficult to know which ones are the product of luck and opportunity, and which are a result of real skill development or adjustments. ESPN.com’s Keith Law provides a list (Insider link) of the ten players whose breakthroughs are, in his view, likely to be sustainable.
  • Martin Prado has been vital to the Yankees, but the deadline deal to bring him in came together in hectic fashion, GM Brian Cashman tells John Harper of the New York Daily News. The Yanks and Diamondbacks had talked over a deal heading into July 31, but seemed to be at a standstill over the prospect return. Arizona GM Kevin Towers ultimately called to say that he would lower his asking price, but Cashman had just agreed to take Stephen Drew (and, more importantly, $3MM in salary) from the Red Sox. “It was a crazy, pressure-filled time frame,” said Cashman. “I had my entire scouting crew and my analytics staff in the office all day, trying a lot of different ideas.”


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20 Comments on "Quick Hits: AFL, Sanchez, Breakouts, Prado"


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Ivan
10 months 10 days ago

Can someone please tell us who are on keitg law’s list? You dont need to include the scouting report on any just the names.

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bobbleheadguru
10 months 10 days ago

Tigers should get Qualls and Feldman at the deadline without giving up Ray, Moya or McCann.

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Ivan
10 months 10 days ago

That only leaves you with Davis to trade. Thats not enough.

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bobbleheadguru
10 months 10 days ago

Two solid A or AA prospects should do it…. because Feldman is owed $20MM for the next two years.

Feldman has a Verlander-like ERA this year (that is NOT a good thing), but he would be better than random minor league pitchers this year (Farmer, Ray, Lobenstein).

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10 months 10 days ago

Why would you want Feldman eating up money Detroit doesn’t have? Does Detroit send Porcello away for magic beans like Fister to make room for him?

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bobbleheadguru
10 months 10 days ago

Each playoff game the Tigers play will bring in about $5MM in revenue (on average).

If Feldman can win 2 games that Ray/Farmer/Lobenstein cannot, it is worth it. That is how desperate the Tigers are right now.

…As for Porcello, the Tigers have a lot of money freed up (no Scherzer contract) to actually choose between a Big Contract for Porcello or a Bigger Contract with Price. They will likely sign one of them this offseason.

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10 months 10 days ago

The raises for Price and Verlander will almost entirely negate Scherzer and Hunter salaries.

I love the way Illitch invests in this team, but the way they’ve spent their money is laughable. It’s a shame that they’ve fallen earlier than anyone expected, but it’s hardly surprising.

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bobbleheadguru
10 months 10 days ago

What is so laughable?

They sell 3,000,000 tickets per year and have the #1 Share-Of-Market in TV ratings of all 30 teams.

They put money into the team instead of pocketing it… And I still can have a 3rd row lower level 1/2 season tickets for about $27/ticket/game.

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10 months 10 days ago

They’re way too top heavy and that’s not going to change anytime soon. They sign their stars to unnecessary market value extensions years before they need to.

The team operates at a loss. Which is noble, but it’s not a good business strategy.

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tune-in for baseball
10 months 10 days ago

As a team in the Midwest the Tigers don’t have the luxury to charge the average fan wallet breaking prices for tickets,parking , beer ,etc like the teams in other markets, but the owner does not look at his team as just a money making machine. He wants a World Series title and leave a legacy of a franchise ready to compete every year. It took the signing of Pudge in 2003 to convince other FA to come and in 2006 they made it to the World Series. Signing future Hall of Fame players that will wear the Old English “D” on their caps is an investment in that dream.

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10 months 10 days ago

What’s your point? They have a bloated budget, a top heavy roster. a WS contention window that’s closing faster than they’d like.

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tune-in for baseball
10 months 10 days ago

Fallen?? Where?? Those who don’t live in the Detroit market area put too much value in national media PR. Just because the Tigers are not leading their league by 15 games by now they have fallen? Granted they have performed worse than expected but still are in the thick of a pennant race and/or Wild Card spot. You speak as if they were 15 games back and in last place. The Tiger faithful are still alive and well.

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dskirsa
10 months 10 days ago

No – Feldman is a waste of money/minor leaguers and helps us very little this year. He wouldn’t make but a few starts this year and offers little in the playoffs. Your “if” on Feldman is a big if. Trading for him brings marginal value at best to the Tigers as they finish the year.

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tune-in for baseball
10 months 10 days ago

My guess is DD is already allocating $$$$ to sign both this winter.

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tune-in for baseball
10 months 10 days ago

Fister would not sign a contract with Detroit and now Washington because he wants to return to the West Coast. He was a 2 year rental while Porcello can be re-signed. Ray and Krol are 22 and 23 with many years of control at a reasonable cost and upside. You must think all prospects or kids under 25 are “magic beans”. You write that Detroit is top heavy but mock the deals made to get low cost players into the fold. Most teams do the same . Why do you not like the Tigers doing the same.

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hozie007
10 months 10 days ago

There are reports Qualls has said he doesn’t want to go to Detroit and wants to stay in Houston. It doesn’t sound like this one will happen.

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bobbleheadguru
10 months 10 days ago

Does he have a no trade clause? If not, it is not up to him.

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Ivan
10 months 10 days ago

he probably doesn’t but it’s bad PR for the Astros by trading someone who WANTS to stay and play for them and also Qualls isnt going to pitch to his full capability in detroit he he doesn’t want to be there.

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tune-in for baseball
10 months 10 days ago

No he doesn’t but it will put too big of a price tag on him for Detroit to pull the trigger.

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East Coast Bias
10 months 10 days ago

Apples to oranges. Cubs are in a massive rebuild. Yankees are fighting for a playoff spot.