MLB Notes: December 4, 2013

So I hear there were few big transactions yesterday. I’m not sure how to quite make sense of it all just yet, but here’s a few guys that are on the move:

  • Though there is a rumor he may be quickly moved to Toronto, the Marlins signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a 3 year, 21 million dollar deal. The south Florida native, most recently with the Red Sox, played in 121 games in each of the past two seasons – the most he’s ever completed in a season. The .272 batting average Salty posted this year was the best of his MLB career, though he might have had a stroke of luck, seeing as a .372 BABIP is high, and uncharacteristic for him. His 3.6 WAR was also a career high.
  • Former Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler is on his way to Houston for pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes. In each of his last 3 seasons in Denver, Fowler has posted at or above a 2.2 WAR and has had a BABIP over .320 – which Coors Field certainly may have assisted.
  • Somehow, Oakland‘s bullpen is getting stronger. Billy Beane shipped Seth Smith to the Padres for relief pitcher Luke Gregerson. In each of his past 2 seasons in San Diego, Gregerson has posted over an 8.5 K/9 and an ERA under 2.8. He has a knack for stranding inherited runners, and in 2013 he posted a 1.0 WAR.
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