The Mariners make their trades official
We’ve known about the big moves the Mariners have been planning to make over the recent days as they continue a massive teardown of a solid roster. On Monday, these deals started to become official. Alex Colomé was sent to Chicago for Omar Navarez in the smallest deal of the day. That one was fine both ways. The last move was shortstop Jean Segura heading to Philadelphia along with relievers Juan Nicasio and James Pazos in exchange for young infielder J.P. Crawford and first baseman Carlos Sanchez. This one I don’t understand for Seattle. Segura’s defense is a bit of a question mark (not the same as calling it bad) but he’s clearly the best player in this deal. The Phillies also got two solid, if not great, relievers all for the price of a 24-year-old former prospect who hasn’t put up an OPS of at least .800 since Rookie Ball and a first baseman whose contract the Phillies were desperate to rid themselves of. I know the market for Segura wasn’t that great, but if that’s the case you don’t have to trade him. Then, there’s the big Robinson Canó/Edwin Díaz deal. I’ve made my opinion fairly clear on this one in recent days, and I’m mostly confused by both sides. The more I think about it the more I like it for the Mets, but again it’s largely dependent on whether or not they trade Noah Syndergaard.
Dave Roberts get a four-year extension
In the World Series, the Red Sox got to face off against — and eventually beat — a former Boston postseason legend in Dave Roberts. The former baserunning extraordinaire is of course the manager of the Dodgers, but after their second consecutive loss in the Fall Classic there was some question about whether or not they’d go in a different direction with the top spot in their dugout. Shortly after the season L.A. picked up the option for their manager, indicating he’d be back at least one year. On Monday, they made sure it’d be even longer. Roberts and the Dodgers agreed to a four-year extension. He has been with the franchise for three years now and has won 91, 104 and 92 games, winning the division every year and as I said making two straight World Series. He’s certainly not perfect, but Roberts shuffles a team that has a tremendous amount of depth and keeps everyone mostly healthy. If he can’t break through within the next couple of years things could change, but for now keeping Roberts around is a no-brainer.
Patrick Corbin could sign soon
The top free agent pitcher on the market this year is clearly Patrick Corbin, and it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be on the market too much longer. Jon Heyman is reporting that a deal could be done “soon.” It’s seemingly been a three-team race for the lefty, with the Yankees, Nationals and Phillies leading the way. Obviously, there’s always a chance for a mystery team to emerge and shake things up. My official uninformed guess is that the Phillies land him. Corbin is coming off a fantastic season at the perfect time, and he is seemingly going to parlay that into a massive deal. The southpaw broke out in 2018, striking out over 11 per nine innings with a 3.15 ERA, a 2.43 FIP and a 2.74 DRA. He’s also just entering his age-29 season, and there have been rumors he could get up to six years. Corbin is very talented, but I’d be wary of betting so large on a guy with one big season like this. Of course, I will probably be eating those words if/when Corbin is shutting down the Red Sox in the Bronx next August.