Here's to a great week!
Here's a detailed look not only into the Ken Giles trade (which saw Houston give up two big name prospects in Vince Velasquez and Mark Appel), but also the ever-changing value of relievers. A good read and could certainly apply to questions the Tribe might have in regards to making moves in the back end of their bullpen.
A reliever never will throw as many innings as a starter. In trading Appel and Velasquez, the Astros gave up potentially a combined dozen-plus years of control over starting pitchers - of years before they can become a free agent - for five years of control of a bullpen arm who gets three or four outs in games he pitches.
Bullpens are volatile. Relievers are volatile. The baseball world knows this. The trade doesn't immediately scream high-minded, value-seeking move, which is what the Astros are known for.
The Blue Jays are working towards installing a dirt infield at the Rogers Centre in time for the start of the 2016 season. Toronto's infield has featured dirt cutouts around the bases and pitcher's mound, so this will be a rather significant change. The only other artificial playing surface in Major League Baseball can be found in Tampa Bay, which does at least feature a dirt infield.
Mike Matheny was less than pleased after hearing Jason Heyward's comments on some of the reasons he chose to sign with the Chicago Cubs instead of the St. Louis Cardinals. Heyward made it clear that he was concerned with the Cardinals core and their age, especially when compared to the Cubs core. As for Matheny, I would be unhappy too, seeing that he's going to have face those uber-talented and young Cubbies 18 times a year.
The veteran second baseman reportedly was unwilling to waive his no-trade clause without some valuable concessions and thus Washington seems to be looking elsewhere. The rumor mill has Howie Kendrick no as a potential target for the Nationals.
A long look here from a Tigers blogger on just how important health will be for Detroit in 2016.