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 Posted: Fri Nov 6th, 2015 09:31 am
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Might as well start things off with a 6 player trade:

To Seattle - RHP Nathan Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league OF Boog Powell

To Tampa Bay - 1B/OF Logan Morrison, RHP Danny Farquhar and INF/OF Brad Miller



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Logan Morrison and Brad Miller have been traded to the Rays.



The Rays and Mariners have announced a six-player trade that sends first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison, righty reliever Danny Farquhar and utility man Brad Miller to Tampa Bay in exchange for righty starter Nathan Karns, lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser and outfield prospect Boog Powell.

The trade is the first for new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, who took over last month. He replaced Jack Zduriencik, who was let go during the team's disappointing 2015 season. Dipoto resigned as Angels GM at midseason after losing a power struggle with manager Mike Scioscia. Owner Arte Moreno sided with Scioscia.

Miller, 26, is the key piece for the Rays. He's a career .248/.313/.394 (101 OPS+) hitter who can play shortstop -- a position of need in Tampa -- but also has experience all over the infield and outfield. Expect to hear quite a bit of "the next Ben Zobrist" talk when Miller is discussed, though that is rather optimistic.

Morrison, 28, gives the Rays another option at first base, designated hitter and the corner-outfield spots. James Loney is entrenched at first base, but DH is open and the Rays like to rotate players in the outfield based on platoon matchups. Morrison is a career .246/.326/.416 (106 OPS+) hitter.

The Mariners got two nice years out of Farquhar -- he had a 3.34 ERA (110 ERA+) in 126 2/3 innings -- before he fell apart in 2015, pitching to a 5.12 ERA (74 ERA+) in 51 innings. Seattle originally acquired him from the Yankees in the Ichiro Suzuki trade. Farquhar is a bounce-back bullpen candidate for Tampa.

As for the Mariners, they're clearing up their first base/DH logjam by moving Morrison while also rebuilding some pitching depth. The team can now play Mark Trumbo at first base and Nelson Cruz at DH while letting some better defenders roam the spacious Safeco Field outfield.

Karns, 27, is the main piece heading to the Mariners. He pitched very well this past season, his first full year as a big leaguer, posting a 3.67 ERA (107 ERA+) in 147 innings across 26 starts and one relief appearance. Karns struck out 145 batters. He figures to step right into Seattle's rotation alongside Felix Hernandez and Taijuan Walker.

Riefenhauser, 25, has bounced back and forth between Triple-A and the majors the last two seasons. He has a 6.30 ERA (64 ERA+) in 20 career big-league innings and a 2.71 ERA in 113 Triple-A innings. Riefenhauser will be in the mix for a bullpen job come spring training.

The Rays acquired Powell, 22, from the Athletics in the Zobrist trade last offseason. He hit .295/.385/.392 with 16 doubles, three home runs and 18 stolen bases in 114 games split between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015. MLB.com ranks Powell as the 13th-best prospect in Tampa Bay's system.

The years-of-control aspect is important for this trade. Miller and Farquhar won't become free agents until after the 2019 season while Morrison will be a free agent after next season. Karns is under the Mariners' control through 2020 while Riefenhauser and Powell both have all six years of team control remaining.

The Rays are hoping Miller turns into their long-term shortstop, or, at the very least, becomes a supersub who can capably play multiple positions. They have the pitching depth to spare, which is why they moved Karns. Dipoto, meanwhile, is trying to make his roster a bit more flexible.








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CanadianHorseman wrote: Might as well start things off with a 6 player trade:

To Seattle - RHP Nathan Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league OF Boog Powell

To Tampa Bay - 1B/OF Logan Morrison, RHP Danny Farquhar and INF/OF Brad Miller











OF Boog Powell is not related to the former Orioles first baseman.

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lobo316 wrote: OF Boog Powell is not related to the former Orioles first baseman.
Unless it's a family name his parents must have named after the Baltimore slugger. 



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The Los Angeles Dodgers made qualifying offers to Zack Greinke, Howie Kendrick, and Brett Anderson, ensuring the team receives draft-pick compensation if it loses those players to free agency.

Each player has one week to mull over the one-year deal, but no player has ever accepted a qualifying offer. If all three players sign elsewhere this winter, the Dodgers will receive three compensatory picks between the first and second rounds of the 2016 draft. Any team that signs a qualified free agent, meanwhile, will forfeit its first unprotected pick in next year's amateur draft.

Greinke, 32, opted out of his six-year contract earlier this week following a sublime 2015 season, enabling the veteran right-hander to either negotiate a new deal with the Dodgers or sign with another team as a free agent. A three-time All-Star, Greinke fashioned a 1.66 ERA - the fourth-lowest single-season mark since the mound was lowered in 1969 - with a 0.84 WHIP over 222 2/3 innings.

Kendrick, who was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels last winter, enjoyed a fine season, too, hitting .295/.336/.409 (107 OPS+) with nine home runs and 22 doubles in 117 games.

Anderson's inaugural campaign in Los Angeles went swimmingly, as well, as the oft-injured 27-year-old logged a career-high 180 1/3 innings with the Dodgers, posting a 3.69 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP in 31 starts.

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The Houston Astros have made a qualifying offer to outfielder Colby Rasmus, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced.

Rasmus can either accept the one-year, $15.8-million offer or test the free-agent market.

Houston will receive draft-pick compensation if Rasmus signs elsewhere.

Rasmus, 29, hit .238/.314/.475 with 25 home runs and 61 RBIs in 137 regular-season games, but really established himself with the club following a .412/.583/1.176 tear with four homers over six postseason games.

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The Baltimore Orioles extended $15.8-million qualifying offers to Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, and Wei-Yin Chen on Friday, guaranteeing themselves draft-pick compensation should any of those players sign elsewhere as free agents.

Each player has one week to mull over the one-year deal, but no player has ever accepted a qualifying offer. If all three players sign elsewhere this winter, the Orioles will receive three compensatory picks between the first and second rounds of the 2016 draft. Any team that signs a qualified free agent, meanwhile, will forfeit its top unprotected pick in next year's amateur draft.

After stumbling through a rough 2014 campaign, Davis rebounded nicely this season, leading the majors with 47 homers (and a 31 percent strikeout rate) while posting a .923 OPS over 160 games. Since 2013, no player has hit more home runs than Davis, who turns 30 in March.

Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft, was limited to 75 games this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. The 29-year-old hit .267/.319/.422 (100 OPS+) with eight homers in 2015, but only caught on consecutive days a total of four times.

Chen, finally, enjoyed the finest season of his MLB career in 2015, posting a career-best 3.34 ERA (124 ERA+) with a 3.73 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 191 1/3 innings, another career-high.

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The Washington Nationals made some interesting decisions prior to Friday's 5 p.m. ET qualifying offer deadline.

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond have been offered one-year, $15.8-million deals by the club, but outfielder Denard Span was not extended an offer.

Zimmermann and Desmond now have seven days to consider their deals, and the club will receive compensatory draft picks should they sign with another club. Span is now a free agent.

Zimmermann, 29, has spent his entire seven-year career with the Nationals, compiling a 70-50 record with a 3.32 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He will likely reject the qualifying offer and command a multiyear deal on the open market.

Desmond, 30, couldn't replicate the awesome offensive production he enjoyed in 2014, but will surely generate tons of interest in free agency from teams looking for help up the middle. He hit .233/.290/.384 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 156 games.

Span, 31, hits for a high average and his speed will be highly coveted by suitors this fall. He hit .301/.365/.431 and stole 11 bases during an injury-plagued campaign in which he dealt with back and hip problems.

No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer.

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The Seattle Mariners have issued right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma a qualifying offer, the club announced shortly before the 5 p.m. ET deadline Friday.

Iwakuma can return to the club on a one-year, $15.8-million contract or elect free agency.

The Mariners will receive draft-pick compensation if Iwakuma decides to move on.

Iwakuma, 34, was limited to 20 starts due to lat and finger injuries, but is 47-25 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in four seasons with the Mariners.

No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer.

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Though the Blue Jays are expected to lose several members from their 2015 rotation this winter, right-hander Marco Estrada could be back in Toronto next season, as the veteran received a $15.8-million qualifying offer Friday afternoon.

Estrada, who turned 32 in July, has one week to make a decision, though no player has accepted a qualifying offer since this system was introduced in 2012. If he rejects the one-year offer and heads to free agency, he will force the team that acquires him to forfeit their first pick in the 2016 draft, while the Blue Jays will receive a compensatory pick after the first round.

Acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers last offseason, Estrada opened the 2015 campaign in Toronto's bullpen, but was thrust into the rotation in early May. In 28 starts, Estrada fashioned a 3.28 ERA (4.43 FIP) with a 1.06 WHIP, limiting opponents to a .208 batting average, while posting the 17th-highest soft-hit ball rate (20.8 percent) among qualified starters.

Estrada shined in the postseason, too, crafting a 2.33 ERA with a 15:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three starts, while staving off elimination in both Game 3 of the American League Division Series and Game 5 of the league championship series.

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The New York Mets announced Friday they've given second baseman Daniel Murphy a qualifying offer.

Murphy can elect to accept the one-year, $15.8-million contract, or become a free agent. He has seven days to consider the offer.

The Mets will receive draft pick compensation if Murphy signs with another team.

Murphy posted a respectable .281/.322/.449 slash line with 14 homers and 73 RBIs in the regular season, but boosted his value with an incredible postseason. The 30-year-old hit .328/.391/.724 with seven home runs and 11 RBIs to power New York's push to the Fall Classic. However, his mind-blowing offensive output was overshadowed by a pair of defensive miscues in the World Series.

No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer.

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Despite stumbling through a brutal 2015 campaign, impending free agent Jeff Samardzija received a $15.8-million qualifying offer from the Chicago White Sox on Friday, guaranteeing the club draft-pick compensation if the right-hander signs elsewhere this winter.

If Samardzija rejects the offer - he has one week to decide - the White Sox will receive a compensatory pick in the 2016 draft, between the first and second rounds, while the team that acquires the 30-year-old will forfeit their first unprotected pick in the draft.

No player has accepted a qualifying offer, however, since this system of compensation was introduced in 2012, though Samardzija may be inclined to take the one-year deal after managing a 4.96 ERA (79 ERA+) with a 1.29 WHIP over 32 starts in 2015.

Samardzija, an All-Star in 2014, also allowed the most hits (228) and home runs (29) in the American League this season, while posting his worst strikeout rate (17.9 percent) since 2010, when he threw 19 1/3 innings for the Chicago Cubs.

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The Chicago Cubs made a qualifying offer to outfielder Dexter Fowler, the team announced.

Fowler can now accept the one-year, $15.8-million deal, or test the free-agent market. He has seven days to make up his mind.

The move ensures the Cubs will receive draft-pick compensation if Fowler signs elsewhere.

Fowler, 29, had a solid first season with the Cubs, hitting .250/.346/.411 with 17 homers and 46 RBIs in 156 games.

No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer.

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Eager to increase Miguel Sano's defensive versatility this offseason, the Minnesota Twins have asked Estrellas Orientales, the youngster's Dominican Winter League club, to give him some reps in left field over the next few weeks.

The 22-year-old didn't log a single inning in the outfield throughout his minor-league career, and received the majority of his playing time with the Twins last season as designated hitter, receiving only the occasional start at third base. Though Sano thrived as the club's primary DH, smashing 18 homers with a .916 OPS (146 OPS+) over 80 games in his rookie season, manager Paul Molitor wants him to play the field more in 2016.

"I don't want Miguel Sano to be a DH next year full time," Molitor told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I've got to look for a way to get him on the field. It might not work out. He’s going to play a little bit this winter. We’re going to expose him to some work down there. I don’t know how many games he’ll play, but I know he’s going to get some work on that."

With Trevor Plouffe entrenched at third base, though, and Joe Mauer set to reprise his role as the club's everyday first baseman, left field seems like the most sensible fit for Sano.

"We'll see," Molitor said. "It might be far-fetched. We've got an opening in the outfield. We've got (Aaron) Hicks and we have (Eddie) Rosario and we have (Byron) Buxton. Who's going to be ready? We've got (Max) Kepler on the way and we've still got (Oswaldo) Arcia in the system. I've got to look for a spot to get (Sano) on the field defensively, and right now I think that's one place I would at least consider."

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lobo316 wrote: The Houston Astros have made a qualifying offer to outfielder Colby Rasmus, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced.

Rasmus can either accept the one-year, $15.8-million offer or test the free-agent market.

Houston will receive draft-pick compensation if Rasmus signs elsewhere.

Rasmus, 29, hit .238/.314/.475 with 25 home runs and 61 RBIs in 137 regular-season games, but really established himself with the club following a .412/.583/1.176 tear with four homers over six postseason games.
I think there's half a chance Rasmus takes this, and tries to put in a better 2016 to bump his value up a bit. 

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Famous Mortimer wrote: lobo316 wrote: The Houston Astros have made a qualifying offer to outfielder Colby Rasmus, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced.

Rasmus can either accept the one-year, $15.8-million offer or test the free-agent market.

Houston will receive draft-pick compensation if Rasmus signs elsewhere.

Rasmus, 29, hit .238/.314/.475 with 25 home runs and 61 RBIs in 137 regular-season games, but really established himself with the club following a .412/.583/1.176 tear with four homers over six postseason games.
I think there's half a chance Rasmus takes this, and tries to put in a better 2016 to bump his value up a bit. 
Definitely seems like more than he'll get in a multi year, especially given his age and his reputation. He should take it. 

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