Skip to content

RiveEcuador.com Posts

Cron DFA'd as Rays shuffle 40-man roster

Comments closed

The Rays designated first baseman C.J. Cron for assignment and added five players to their 40-man roster ahead of Tuesday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 Draft.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rangers add Volquez, 3 others to 40-man roster

Comments closed

Veteran pitcher Edinson Volquez, who signed a two-year Minor League contract with the Rangers last spring, has been added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Also added to the roster were pitchers Taylor Hearn and Wei-Chieh Huang, and outfielder Scott Heineman.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Greene returns to Compton for turkey giveaway

Comments closed

He wasn’t on the guest list, nor was he recognized among the contributors and sponsors in the pre-event ceremony, but Hunter Greene arrived, to very little fanfare, just as the first people were filtering through the long line Tuesday at Compton’s 14th annual Turkey Giveaway.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers add Supak, Stokes to 40-man roster

Comments closed

The Brewers added right-hander Trey Supak and outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. to their 40-man roster on Tuesday to shield them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft, but they also left unprotected three others on MLB Pipeline’s list of Milwaukee’s top prospects.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yanks get Paxton for top prospect, 2 others

Comments closed

The Yankees officially acquired left-handed pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners on Monday night for three prospects, including lefty Justus Sheffield, ranked by MLB Pipeline as New York’s top prospect and the No. 31 prospect in the game. Also headed to Seattle are Double-A outfield prospect Dom Thompson-Williams and righty pitcher Erik Swanson, ranked as the No. 22 prospect in New York’s farm system.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Looking ahead at next year's free-agent class

Comments closed

Free-agent season is just getting started, and one of the challenges of assessing free agents sometimes can be separating what they did in the last year of their most recent contract and what they can expect to do in the future.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs in need of major overhaul? Don't be silly

Comments closed

If the Cubs’ 2018 qualifies as a train wreck of a season, plenty of teams would sign up. But somehow, in the weeks since the Cubs lost the NL Wild Card Game to the Rockies, the narrative has become that they are broken, that significant change is needed. This is silly.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

17 'unbreakable' baseball records

Comments closed

The saying, “Records are made to be broken,” is about as old as the existence of sports records themselves. But in baseball, some achievements truly stretch the limits of that adage.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5 potential fits for Dallas Keuchel

Comments closed

Dallas Keuchel matured through Houston’s lean years and then helped anchor their rotation through three postseason runs and a World Series title. Now, it’s time for Keuchel to cash in, but which teams would be a fit for him this winter?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Together again? Potential Hot Stove reunions

Comments closed

Sometimes baseball’s Hot Stove season provides a reuniting of players with clubs they’ve played for previously. Here are 11 such reunions (not straight-up re-signings) that could conceivably happen this offseason.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Will Machado stay at shortstop after he signs?

Comments closed

Manny Machado has been one of the game’s best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Walk-off home run, injury end AFL title game

Comments closed

The Peoria Javelinas captured this year’s Arizona Fall League title with a thrilling extra-innings, walk-off victory over the Salt River Rafters on Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Indians have options to improve outfield

Comments closed

Cleveland’s outfield was an issue in 2018, and it looks to be even more of one in 2019 now that Michael Brantley and others may leave as free agents. Fear not, Tribe fans. We have ideas.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

6 things to know about Machado's defense

Comments closed

Manny Machado is one of the two biggest names in this year’s free-agent class, but will Machado play shortstop or third base next year?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mets mum on 2019 payroll, Thor trade talk

Comments closed

Speaking Friday at a “Metsgiving” charity event in Queens, Mets chief operating owner Jeff Wilpon said he didn’t want to discuss whether his payroll would increase or decrease with new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen making decisions.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Betts, Yelich win first career MVP Awards

Comments closed

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday, adding an appropriate finishing touch to a magical year for a team that won a franchise-record 108 regular-season games and its fourth World Series in 15 seasons, and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich earned the NL MVP honors after leading Milwaukee to an NL-best 96 wins and a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Betts caps honors season with AL MVP Award

Comments closed

A batting title, a World Series championship, a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and a baby daughter had already made 2018 the most gratifying year in the life of Mookie Betts. And then there was a sweet capper on Thursday, when the superstar right fielder of the Red Sox was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, winning the award in a romp.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hazen faces multilayered paths for 2019

Comments closed

The best way to envision what D-backs general manager Mike Hazen and his staff are facing this offseason is to picture a room filled with different sets of domino chains.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bucs to continue exploring options at SS, RF

Comments closed

The Pirates added to their infield mix on Wednesday by acquiring utility man Erik Gonzalez in a five-player trade with the Indians, but they’re not done looking for a shortstop or a short-term solution in right field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award in runaway

Comments closed

In the end, it wasn’t close. A summer full of hand-wringing about wins and losses, the value of pitcher WAR and the nature of run prevention seemed a distant memory on Wednesday, when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America crowned Jacob deGrom the National League Cy Young in a blowout. Garnering 207 points to Max Scherzer’s 123, deGrom became the sixth Cy Young Award winner in Mets history.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

In predicting Harper's team, survey says …

Comments closed

After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The case for each AL MVP finalist

Comments closed

The 2018 American League Most Valuable Player Award race has yielded three tremendous all-around players as finalists in Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez and Mike Trout. Each slugged more than 30 home runs while stealing more than 20 bases, as well as playing strong defense at his respective position. It’s no easy decision to name one MVP from this trio, but that’s exactly what will happen when the winner is announced Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Here’s the case for each finalist.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The case for each NL MVP finalist

Comments closed

The finalists in the 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Award race include a perennial MVP candidate and a pair of stars who ascended to superstar status last season. While the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado had twice finished top-5, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich had never finished higher than 19th. It all makes for an exciting and intriguing announcement Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Here’s a look at the case for each finalist.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Is Kimbrel best reliever available? Maybe not

Comments closed

Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brantley may have advantage on market

Comments closed

Although he’s battled his share of injury problems, Michael Brantley has proven to be a well-rounded player throughout his career, and he enters free agency after hitting .309 with 17 homers, 76 RBIs, 12 steals and only 60 strikeouts over 143 games this past season. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Melvin wins 3rd Manager Award, Snitker his first

Comments closed

A’s manager Bob Melvin and Braves skipper Brian Snitker were named the 2018 Managers of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Acuna, Ohtani named Rookies of the Year

Comments closed

Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year, and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ruthian effort nets Ohtani AL ROY Award

Comments closed

Shohei Ohtani, who became the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 pitching appearances and 20 homers in a season, was named the 2018 winner of the American League’s Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, beating out Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres and Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rangers part ways with pitching coach Brocail

Comments closed

The Rangers informed pitching coach Doug Brocail on Monday that he will not be returning next season. Brocail had been Texas’ pitching coach since 2016, after spending six seasons as a special assistant to the general manager, and later pitching coach, for the Astros.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The case for each AL Manager of the Year finalist

Comments closed

It’s difficult to make an argument against any of the three finalists for the 2018 American League Manager of the Year Award. In many other years, Alex Cora of the Red Sox would have been a runaway winner after leading Boston to the most wins in franchise history and a World Series Championship — in his first year at the helm of the team. But nobody in the league did more with less than Oakland’s Bob Melvin and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash, who turned young, low-cost rosters largely devoid of star power into a shocking 97 wins and an AL Wild Card Game berth for the A’s and 90 wins for the Rays.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Nine stars we could see traded this offseason

Comments closed

This offseason seems to have a different feel regarding the trade market. That is, big names appear to be in play. Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Kluber. James Paxton and Billy Hamilton. This doesn’t mean any of them will be traded.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The case for each AL Rookie of the Year finalist

Comments closed

The 2018 American League Rookie of the Year will be announced Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network, and with a two-way sensation the likes of which we haven’t seen since Babe Ruth, along with two Yankees sluggers being the finalists, the results — like the race — will be intriguing.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The case for each NL Rookie of the Year finalist

Comments closed

The National League Rookie of the Year race was tightly contested, with the three finalists each turning in an outstanding campaign worthy of recognition. The Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr., the Nationals’ Juan Soto, and the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler each shined in big moments for their respective clubs, making the choice for the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 2018 a very difficult one. With the announcement of the winner coming Monday, here’s a look at the case for each finalist.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Altuve aims to be '120 percent' ready for spring

Comments closed

Speaking to reporters Sunday for the first time since he underwent major surgery on his right knee last month, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve maintains he’ll be fully recovered in time for the start of Spring Training in three months.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5 teams that should gamble on Pollock

Comments closed

Risk is plentiful on the free-agent market, but there may be no player this offseason who stands out as more of an intriguing gamble than A.J. Pollock.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Most interesting teams by Hot Stove situation

Comments closed

Here is MLB.com writer Anthony Castrovince’s annual list of the team from each division with the most interesting Hot Stove situation.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

7 reasons why No. 7 belongs in the Hall of Fame

Comments closed

Selected by his hometown team with the first overall pick of the 2001 Draft, Twins franchise icon Joe Mauer debuted with Minnesota in 2004 and never wore another uniform throughout his 15-year Major League career. After officially announcing his retirement on Friday, there’s no doubt that Mauer will go down as one of the greatest to ever wear a Twins uniform.

But five years from now, when he is eligible for induction to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, will he also go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

15 of the biggest free-agent splashes in history

Comments closed

The Phillies are pursuing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency this offseason. Which teams have pulled off signing multiple stars in the same offseason? Here are 15 teams who made that type of splash.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Who will be dealt? Each team's top trade chip

Comments closed

Free agency will garner most of the headlines during baseball’s Hot Stove season, but this is also a time for MLB’s general managers to discuss a plethora of trade options. Some clubs may be looking to shed salary, while others could be looking ahead at next year’s free agents. One thing is certain: Teams are more willing to trade than ever before, meaning we’ll see a number of moves in the weeks and months ahead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

How history projects Harper's, Machado's futures

Comments closed

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were picked first and third overall in the 2010 Draft. Both debuted in the Majors just two years later, Harper as a teenager and Machado shortly after his 20th birthday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

6 NL first-timers among Silver Slugger honorees

Comments closed

The list of 2018 American League and National League Silver Slugger Award winners announced on Thursday night on MLB Network includes quite a few past recipients of the offense-based honor. Most notably, Mike Trout won for the sixth time, Jose Altuve for the fifth, and Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado for the fourth apiece. But the list also includes the first two-time winner … within the same season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J.D. first to win 2 Silver Sluggers in same year

Comments closed

J.D. Martinez had such an impressive offensive season that he pulled off an unprecedented feat on Thursday, becoming the first player to win American League Silver Slugger Awards at two positions in the same season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5 Hot Stove takeaways from the GM Meetings

Comments closed

CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner returned to the Bronx, the Mariners and Rays consummated yet another trade and player agents met with club officials to gauge valuations in a market headlined by Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Patrick Corbin.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sanchez to undergo surgery on left shoulder

Comments closed

Gary Sanchez will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this offseason relating to an injury and pain he’s experienced since the 2017 season, general manager Brian Cashman revealed on Wednesday to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog