How 2017 Dodgers, Rage Trade Can Inform Unusual MLB Offsen


Dodgers and Rage completed trades within four days of each other in December 2017, designed to clear their payroll.

Lines can be drawn from those decisions in Los Angeles and Tampa Bay playing in the 2020 World Series. For example, if the Rays still have Ivan Longoria (traded on December 20, 2017), it is suspected that they may have signed Charlie Morton for the same annual value.

But this deal is worth rethinking more than what matters to those clubs, because the philosophy behind them is going to play this offseason more than ever. Money is always central to all decision making. However, the coronovirus epidemic saved the team’s revenue in 2020 and is more of a threat to 2021.

Most clubs have tried to slash payroll or reorganize it to spend later or at a more (better than expected) date. Some clubs in a spending position – courtesy phone calls to you, Mr. Cohen of the Mets – may be able to get players for low returns as long as they are willing to accept the contract.

Let us revisit the decisions of the Dodgers and the Rays as to how the concepts may be factors in this insult:

15 December 2017

The Dodgers acquired Matt Kemp from the Braves for Charlie Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy. Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy owed as much as Kemp, but in contracts that were scheduled to expire after the 2018 season. Kemp spanned two more years through 2019.

With just Kemp on their 2018 payroll, the Dodgers fulfilled their mandate to go under the luxury-tax threshold and reset their tax rate to the lowest percentage. The Braves carried more payrolls in 2018, but that was done later that year. In 2019, he signed for Josh Donaldson roughly the cost of Kemp who remained in Atlanta. The two teams have won three division titles in the three years since the deal and have faced each other in this year’s NLCS.

It’s about the horizon – when do you want to spend money or get out of spending it? Will we see teams trying to make versions of Dodgers-Braves to reconfigure the paroders?

This theory was central when in a column earlier this week I proposed a trade in which the Yankees would, unsurprisingly, transfer Giancarlo Stanton to the Cubs of U Devish, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel. Concept: The Cubs will now save ($ 51 million between 2021–23, including $ 30 million in 2021), while the payroll was looking to slash and the Yankees would save later ($ 98 million from 2024–27).

In theory, the Cubs could make a similar trade with the Rawls for Nolan Arenado or the Phillies if they wanted to reunite Chris Bryant with Vegas friend Bryce Harper. There are many types of constraints including no trade block. It is just emphasizing that many organizations are going on hunger strike to reduce the 2021 payroll. At the time of leaving any club to gain talent for low club / prospect returns (money again, courtesy call for Mr. Cohen) there should be at least, interesting discussion about how to reorganize the dollar .

December 20, 2017

Longoria for the Giants, for Matt Croke, Stephen Woods, Christian Arroyo and Denard Spann. For the Rays – and the size of their payroll – it was as if the Yankees were able to trade Stanton. The Rays were preferring to run out of long money (owing $ 88 million to Longoria through $ 20 million), and to do so they included $ 14.5 million in the deal to the Giants and Span’s $ 13 million contract ( Which is a large number for rays).

Tampa Bay was essentially ready to bear the short-term financial pain as they were concerned with Longoria’s dollar and possible aging declines to hurt their near future. This was unpopular, as Longoria is probably the best player in franchise history. And it was more unpopular because it was part of a financial purge.

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The Rays had 22 players making $ 1 million or more in 2017 and only two remained until the end of the waiver trading period in August 2018: Kevin Kirmair and Sergio Romeo, who made at least one in 2017 to remain in Tampa Bay Was signed. This was considered as a disturbance / surrender. Rage has won the Major’s fifth-most games, excluding 2018-20.

This is a copycat league and there is nothing that owners would like to do more than just a payroll cut, especially in these revenue-challenged times. Some clubs are making rounds to make big cuts, perhaps none larger than Indians. He had not already opted for the $ 10 million 2021 saves 2020 MLB leader Brad Hand. He is expected to tackle star shortstop Francisco Lindor and make $ 20 million in 2021 before beginning his walk year.

But what if they are like the rays of 2017-18 and decide to keep going? Carlos Carrasco has two years with $ 27 million left (or three on $ 38 million if his 2023 option is raised). With both options, 2020 AL MVP finalist Jose Ramirez has three years with $ 33 million left. If, for example, Cleveland would give up on a $ 9.025 million contract to Ander Inciterat, would the Braves build a package around the Austin Riley and have prospects for Carrasco and Ramirez? Imagine an infusion of Freddy Freeman, Ozzie Albis, Dansby Swanson and Ramirez (plus Ronald Acuna Jr. and Travis D’Arnaud in the same lineup).

What would the Marlins or Tigers have to give their young pitcher with defensive catcher Whiz Roberto Perez, who is worth $ 5.5 million next year with a $ 7 million 2022 option?

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