Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Daily Hot Stove Wrap Up 11/13

Chris's computer had a little malfunction so he sent the wrap up to me to post.  So without further ado, here is Chris Niermann and the November 13, 2012 Daily Hot Stove Wrap Up.

Today is Tuesday, baseball fans. Like my co-workers say, if Monday is like when the relatives you can't stand visit, Tuesday is like when they've been there a week. Let's face it: Tuesday sucks as bad as Monday. Thank God for baseball to get us to hump day tomorrow. Here's to your daily Hot Stove update for Tuesday.
 
The Toronto Blue Jays are close to acquiring starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, and catcher John Buck from the Miam Marlins according to John Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.  The Marlins will receive infieldersYunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Nicolino, and catcher Jeff Mathis. This trade is not done yet, but sources are thinking it could be done Wednesday as the particulars are being worked out.

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No surprise here. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout both won the NL and AL Rookie of the Year awards respectively. It wasn't much of a surprise, and the only question next is which talented youngster will take the next step. Is a Trout/Harper MVP 2013 campaign too soon?

Jon Paul Morosi reported that Torii Hunter has visited Detroit this afternoon. Hunter expects to sign relatively soon (in the next two weeks) and the Rangers are another team rumored to be most interested in the veteran outfielder's services. As a Tiger's fan, I would be thrilled at this acquisition. A veteran bat and solid defender (even at 37), Hunter would help the Tigers both on and off the field.

The Atlanta Braves are rumored to have an interest in OF Cody Ross. Raise your hand if you give a damn about the Atlanta Braves...that's what I thought.

The Yankees are reported to have "preliminary discussions" with OF Raul Ibanez. If anything else, Ibanez can provide a power bat in the 9th inning of a playoff game when the Yankees are down by three runs.

RP Rafael Soriano may regret turning down the Yankees qualifying offer.
Teams are more reluctant than ever to sign closers to pricey, long-term contracts with closers becoming more inconsistent and volatile than ever last year. If Soriano gets less than what he wants, he can blame Heath Bell.

Speaking of relievers, Jonathan Broxton could be one of the next big names to go. Buster Olney also lists JP Howell, Jeremy Guthrie, Joe Sanders and Jason Grilli as other pitchers who could be looking to cash in the market this summer, yay baseball.

The Chicago Cubs have signed SP Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract. Baker has average stuff, above average control/command and below average health the past few season with the Minnesota Twins. Think of this as a low risk/high reward signing for the Cubbies who look to rebound from last year's rebuilding efforts.

Does anyone want Kevin Youkilis? Up to six teams may have interest in the 1B/3B veteran, even though his stats drastically declined last year, batting only .235 and he has hit the DL five times the last four years.

The AL and NL manager of the year will be decided tonight. The winner will undoubtedly be the Manager who took a crap team and made them respectable. My call is Buck Showalter and Davey Johnson but who really knows Any of the candidates (Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker in the NL, or Bob Melvin, Robin Ventura of the AL) I'd be okay with.

UPDATE (6:54PM) Davey Johnson has won the NL Manager of the Year Award joining Bryce Harper as the two Nationals with hardware.

More stuff is happening as baseball keeps heating up. Expect the rest of this week and the weekend to be full of surprises and shockers as we continue to track God's greatest game to man.

For Chris Niermann and the Full Count Hot Stove Wrap Up, peace out.