12:02pm: The Dodgers stood out as the likely “frontrunners” from the start, tweets Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. However, he adds that the Nationals and Phillies both still have Diekman on their radar.
11:53am: The Royals “could be getting closer” to a trade involving left-handed reliever Jake Diekman, tweets Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Both the Braves and Dodgers have been showing strong interest in the southpaw, he adds.
Diekman, 32, is playing out the season on a one-year, $2.25MM contract, though he’s also owed a $500K buyout on a $5.75MM mutual option that doesn’t seem likely to be exercised (as is the case with virtually all mutual options). That puts the remaining obligation to Diekman around $1.3MM between now and season’s end.
While Diekman’s 4.75 ERA isn’t going to excite most fans, he’s also notched a hefty 13.6 K/9 mark and kept the ball on the ground at a 48-4 percent clip. Left-handed opponents have batted just .213 and slugged .255 against him. As has oft been the case for Diekman throughout his career, though, control has been an issue. He’s averaged five walks per nine innings pitched this season and plunked another eight hitters. As such, Diekman has yielded an overall .213/.362/.255 line to lefties and a .211/.331/.358 line to right-handed hitters.
Diekman is technically controlled beyond the 2019 season, but mutual options are almost never exercised by both parties. Typically, if a player performs well enough to justify that salary, he’s inclined to test the open market. And if a player doesn’t perform up to that standard, the club will of course buy the option out. Perhaps the changing landscape of free agency will make a player such as Diekman — one with limited earning power but who could justify a net $5.25MM decision with a strong finish — more likely to exercise his half of the provision, but there’s limited historic precedent.
Yes, please. His cumulative stats are somewhat misleading. When he’s on he’s one of the best, he’ll have one or two atrocious appearances and then be really good for a week or two and then lose the strike zone again. If the fastball command is there, he’s virtually unhittable.
Get in there Theo!!
Just what Atlanta needs, another pitcher who walks people.
Yeah, but this one actually doesn’t give up a lot of hits and strikes a bunch of people out.
His FIP is solid this year too despite the walks so seems to have gotten some bad luck to date – I think he’s a solid pickup for whoever winds up with him. Wish it was the Red Sox but I doubt it.
Dodgers need a LHP in the pen who can rack up ks.
Not much different from the Zac Rosscup failure. Lefty that was supposed to be good against lefties but didn’t end up getting lefties out. Walks a lot of batters. I get the whole matchup game but this seems like a waste of a prospect to give up and roster space. Get what you pay for.
Give up your top two prospects+ and you can have Vasquez.
Go cheap…. still have the wildcard.
Bidding war. Go Royals.
Where u at Mo? The Cards need a lefty!!!
Not much better than what they have. Not worth a bidding war.
This shows AA’s lack of confidence in Blevins and Minter
Did I miss something is it officially Atlanta ???
How? Blevins is what he is, a LOOGY, and minter is young and has been inconsistent. You can never have enough relief pitching, especially lefties. Calm down
How to what? No lefty besides Newcomb has been consistent or healthy in the bullpen. Hense these rumors. Shouldnt be a surprise.
If this is the first “big” trade to go off it will be telling as to the “sellers market.”
Diekman is barely above replacement level so you’d expect a C level guy for him, maybe #25-35 in most organizations. If he picks up a real nice 45 or even a 50 (perhaps 9-18 in most orgs) it will be very interesting
He’s coming back to Philadelphia where he had success
Perfect fit for the Braves. Zero impact and the Braves get to retain their farm system contendership championship..
hopefully it’s Atlanta or Washington so he can blow some games against us.
I’d take him on the Phillies. Pen needs a lot of help and healthy arms.
I’d guess the Braves offer someone like Trey Riley and a filler. Will be interesting to see the real result
Meh level trade.
This is a win for KC. Trading another marginal pitcher for a asset.
I like this move for the Dodgers. Not only would it bolster their pen, it would be one less lefty a contender could acquire to use against LA in the playoffs.
He would be an upgrade over Blevins!
This would be a solid piece to the puzzle if AA and the Braves could land him. They need more then 1 bullpen piece so this would be a start!
omg Dodgers please trade for someone really good
Hey LA! Forget 32-year old southpaw lefty Jake Diekman with his limited team control and even worse pitching control. Instead, how about setting your sights on 25-year old up-and-comer Aaron Bummer from the White Sox who won’t be arbitration eligible until 2021 and a potential free agent until 2025?
All Rick Hahn would ask for in return is lefty hitting OF Alex Verdugo. I’m sure he’d also be happy to throw in another non-core veteran or two from the White Sox active roster and/or a couple of prospects outside of the White Sox top four or five that the Dodgers might find useful. lol
I think the White Sox are going to hold onto Bummer. I think they have him pegged as the closer if they trade Colome.
Then again if they could actually get Verdugo it would be worth it haha…They wont but you can dream right
Sure, just toss in Luis Robert and you’ve got a deal.
Can we throw Brian Flynn in the package As well?
Diekman is the perfect pickup for Friedman. A $2.50 value marked down to $1.98.
If hand, Smith, and Watson arent available there’s not much more than this from LHP relievers on the market.
True, the pickings have suddenly become pretty slim, but I was hoping they’d go after Alex Colomé. He’s been just as good against lefties as Diekman and can also be trusted to close.
Kind of ending my hope of such a bold move, Friedman in an other interview published today says he hopes the fans don’t want the Dodgers to be “stupid” where it comes to trades. I translate this as meaning we should never want the Dodgers to sacrifice any of the future to win a World Series. Um, no, I think somewhere close to 100% would.
That interview closed with the (I thought) insulting idea that trades don’t guarantee success. Well, duh. Everybody who cares to knows that already. What Friedman must know and for some reason doesn’t seem to want to say is, these trades aren’t designed to guarantee anything, they are designed to improve the chances of success.
Situational LH bullpen arm could be had with control until 2024.
Lefties hitting .197 with a .295 slugging, career .213 avg and .290 slugging.
His name is Tim Mayza, and the Blue Jays have other attractive pieces for contending teams.
An Astro need. They’re devoid of a lefty in the pen and that was exposed in late innings versus the A’s Matt Olson. Management states that they don’t need a LH but it sure would be nice.
Kinda hard to get excited about a guy that’s 0-6 with a 4.75 ERA
Odds that Zaidi is planning on getting him so he can go and flip one of Watson or Smith for more prospect value than he gave up for Diekman but without imperiling the bullpen?
Do you want a probability on that?
I’m probably too high.
Well, it is legal now.
His stats are garbage. Who cares about the strikeouts if he’s giving up a ton of runs.
46 comments and not one mentioning the A’s or Beane…really says a lot lol