Category: Transactions

Flurry of Trades as Deadline Nears

(GAME DATE: July 29, 2019) — A handful of trades, including a potentially big game-shifter for the Lake League’s West Division, have been executed as the July 31st trade deadline in the Bull League looms.

The Calgary Inferno (39-64) were involved in two this month, sending RHP Brian Johnson and a minor leaguer, Christopher Wicks, to Arizona in exchange for two minor leaguers from the Cowboys.

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Battle Creek, Seattle Confirm Trade

The Battle Creek Attack and Seattle Salts opened the off-season trading period with a three-player deal that will see veteran Attack catcher Mike Jennings go to Seattle for 2B Jon Fulcher and minor-league CF Matt Birdsong.

Jennings has hit .200 through six seasons in the major-level, but had sort of a “break out” year in 2017 after hitting 24 HRs, 54 RBIs, and scoring 44 times despite a .190 average and 132 strikeouts over 95 games.  Continue reading “Battle Creek, Seattle Confirm Trade”

Star C Signs Pact with Brawlers for Astonishing $23 million

Boston Bralwers management got a shot in the arm today as Guido Groeneveld announced he would re-sign with the organization at a rate of $23,200,000 per year. Currently in his last contract year, he was making $24,600,000 just $400,000 ahead of fellow catcher Bill Ross (Kingston Cannons).

While some have questioned hiring a 35-year-old man, most fans and sportswriters appear receptive as Groeneveld is still an A list player.

Groeneveld is hitting .292 for the season with 16 home runs, 46 RBIs and 55 runs scored. He has 94 hits in 322 at-bats and played in 80 games. The ten-time All-Star has won the Platinum Glove for defense at the catcher position (2009), and twice won the Gold Crown for offense as a catcher (2008, 2011).

Boston, the second wild card entry to the Lake League playoffs, are currently ahead of the league leading Montreal Metros in Elimination Round play 2 games to none, and play Game #3 today at home.

Deucey Re-signs with Oxen after Throwing Masterpiece

Ohio ace starter A.C. Deucey has re-signed with the Oxen for a rumored $16.8 million over two years, it was announced today, just one day after he threw a complete game shut-out against the New York Minutemen during Elimination Round action.

No doubt the masterful performance yesterday will solidify his role in the Oxen rotation, and reassure the team management of his worth.

His season performance was spotty, with a 6-7 record and a 4.43 ERA, but supporters of the young star believe this was mainly as a result of inconsistent fielding and lack of run production during the year, and that the pitcher has great fundamentals, such as a low WHIP of just 1.21.

Deucey joined the team in a free agent signing in 2014 after one year with Arizona, and several mediocre seasons with San Diego.

Deucey re-signed with Ohio for a reported $16.8 million over 2 years
Deucey re-signed with Ohio for a reported $16.8 million over 2 years

Star SP Signs Pact with Ravens

A throng of media gathered as Mario Cardoza announced that he had come to terms with the Ravens and that he would be sticking around town another 2 years. Cardoza is set to draw $12,800,000 in pay over that time.

On the season Cardoza has compiled a 8-4 mark with a 3.27 ERA in 15 starts. In pitching 93.2 innings he has 79 strikeouts and 28 walks while limiting the opposition to a .232 batting average.

Cardoza has been with the Ravens since joining as an international scouting discovery in 2001, though he did not start playing until 2004 when he was placed in the Single-A level Lubbock farm team as a reliever. He broke into the Bull League major level in 2009 and made the AEL All-Star team in 2015.

Ducks Make Big Offer to Kareem

The Toronto Ducks are rumored to have made a big offer to star catcher Gula Kareem, whose contract expires at the end of this season.

The South African phenom originally joined the organization as an international free agent in 2012, playing his first year in 2013. He has been platooned at the catcher position, most recently with Hong-ryul Oh, the Korean veteran, since joining the team, but this year took a more active role as the starter while home run hitter Oh was moved to the DH for much of the year.

Kareem has struggled to break out, and many feel he hasn’t been worth the salt that’s been paid for him – his first year contract was $3.4 million, and for 2016 he won an arbitration contract of $4.95 million. But this year his numbers have been more productive, including double-digit homers.

Scouts have referred to his fielding as “inconsistent” but the Ducks are rumored to have offered over $6 million for his continued services through 2017.

Ducks are rumored to be talked contract extension with star catcher Kareem
Ducks are rumored to be talked contract extension with star catcher Kareem