Tag "Ian Kennedy"

Arizona Diamondbacks 2022 Season Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to be around .500 last year. Unfortunately, they finished with the worst record in the NL. What will the 2022 season hold for the snakes?

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Phillies Add Gibson and Kennedy

The Philadelphia Phillies added Kyle Gibson to their rotation and Ian Kennedy to their bullpen in a deal with the Texas Rangers.

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2021 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Texas Rangers

The Rangers are clear sellers, though their level of aggressiveness remains unclear. While it would be wise to trade any player above the age of 30 with an expiring contract, Texas does have to field a team and also doesn’t want to allow itself to get fleeced. Thus, make no mistake: the Rangers are more than comfortable with sitting pat if they so desire.

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2021 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies may be under .500, but they rank second in their division and are just four games back from the first-place New York Mets.

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2021 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Let’s break down what the Blue Jays must do at the upcoming trade deadline in order to succeed down the stretch this season.

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Kansas City Royals 2019 Season Recap

The Kansas City Royals finished the season 59-103. While they weren’t in the basement of the American League Central, they did have the fourth-worst record in the Major Leagues. This bodes well as they will have the fourth pick in the Amateur Draft come June of 2020. The Royals are going to need prospects like that to pan out if they hope to reach the pinnacle of the sport as they did just four years ago.

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What Could Have Been: Diamondbacks Edition

While they are certainly overachieving this year, only being 1.5 games behind the Phillies for the second wild card, even after losing Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock to free agency, among others, and trading away Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks could have been great. They could have been serious World Series contenders for years. Yes, I will go that far. Even if they sneak into the playoffs this year, they probably won’t go very far.

So let’s look back at some of the major players the D-Backs traded away over the last ten years. The team could’ve been built for greatness if they held onto these pieces.

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The Worst Contracts In MLB History: AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Outfield –  Eloy Jiménez – 6yrs $43 Million

Before contract: .000 AVG, Average Home Runs Per Season, 0  Average RBI Per Season 0

After contract 2019: .253 AVG,  Home Runs Per Season  12, Average RBI Per Season 29 RBI

The White Sox gave Jiménez a contract without ever stepping onto a major field. They have a lot of promise in the Dominican slugger, but the start of his career has not met expectations. Currently sitting at a -0.1 WAR his 28.4% strikeout rate is highest of any his professional seasons, and his .479 since his 2015 season in Class A.

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