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Yesterday’s three-way trade between the Mariners, Rays and Indians was wonderfully complex. The Mariners continued their rebuild, trading away Carlos Santana‘s age 33 and 34 seasons for Edwin Encarnacion‘s age 36 season and the 77th pick in the 2019 Draft (the Indians’ Round B Competitive Balance pick), while saving a total of $10 million of future salary commitments.

The Indians got Santana and also also 23 year old 1B/LF Jake Bauers from the Rays. Bauers got a lot of playing time with the Rays in 2018, but he was pretty awful, and he looks like he’ll need a full year in AAA in 2019. Still, he’s young and he’s got some talent. Although the Indians took on salary in the trade, it actually frees up salary space for them in 2019, because Santana will cost the Tribe about $10 million less this coming season than Encarnacion would have.

Yandy Diaz looks like the most interesting player in the trade. 1940 gas station photos Although he is already 27 and hasn’t played much in the majors, a lot of that has to do with the fact that he’s Cuban defector who lost a couple of seasons in the immigration process. He looks like he can play adequate defense at third, and his career AAA slash line is .319/.415/.432 in more than 1,200 plate appearances. If he can add some power, he could still potentially be a dark horse All-Star candidate at the hot corner.

The KBO’s Lotte Giants today announced the signing of former Philadelphia Phillie Jake Thompson. gas under 2 dollars What is interesting about this signing is that Thompson is not yet 25, which makes him extremely young to be signed by an Asian team, particularly in light of the fact that Thompson is not yet 25 years old and has had some significant major league success (4.87 ERA across 116.1 IP). Players of Thompson’s age and past major league success usually aren’t ready to give up on their major league dreams.

Obviously, it’s largely about the money. Thompson will earn $900,000 if he sticks with the Lotte Giants through the 2019 season. After being designated for assignment by the Brewers last season, Thompson was a free agent who was reasonably looking at minor league contract that would not have paid him more than $650,000 for major league service time. Thompson didn’t pitch particularly well in 2018 either in the Show or at AAA, although he probably impressed Lotte with six very strong starts in the Dominican Winter League through November 18th.

Also, Thompson’s signing likely reflects the new reality that MLB-system players going to the Asian majors can easily return to MLB later after they have succeeded in Asia. la gas prices map Two big seasons in the KBO, and Thompson could potentially return to MLB for his age 27 season on the kind of guaranteed money deal that Merrill Kelly just received from the Arizona Diamondbacks (two years plus options for a $5.5M guarantee). Even if he isn’t a big success in South Korea, Thompson can still return to AAA in 2020 at age 26 with $900,000 (less South Korea’s new higher taxes for foreign players) in his pocket.

Former San Francisco Giant Albert Suarezis another former major leaguer who appears to have turned a strong winter league performance into an Asian majors contract. The 29 year old Venezuelan has been signed by NPB’s Yakult Swallows after leading the Venezuelan Winter League in strikeouts through today’s date. He had a mediocre 4.97 ERA at AAA Reno (a very tough place to pitch) in 31 appearances including four starts with no major league appearances in 2018, so his winter league effectiveness no doubt helped him get an Asian contract for 2019.

Here’s a weird story from the world of baseball. You probably don’t remember Dutch right-hander Loek Van Mil. He never made the majors and is mostly remembered in the U.S. for being, at 7’1″, the tallest professional pitcher in baseball history. electricity distribution losses He did manage to pitch parts of four seasons at the AAA level and peaked with seven games pitched for NPB’s Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2014.

Anyway, now age 34, Van Mil has continued his professional baseball career the last few years pitching in the Netherlands’ professional league (it plays a 42 games season) in the summer and in Australia’s professional league in the Northern Hemisphere winter. A day or two ago he was out hiking in the what the Aussies call the Bush somewhere outside of Canberra during some off-time while his team, the Brisbane Bandits, was on a road trip, when he suffered a major fall which broke multiple bones and caused bleeding on the brain.

He was reportedly unconscious for roughly 24 hours until another hiker found him, after he had failed to show up at the ball park for the Bandits’ next game. While he is still in critical but stable condition, the bleeding on his brain has been stopped, he’s coherent and talking, and he is expected to recover. It almost certainly means the end of his pro baseball career, but his health is obviously far more important. gas dryer vs electric dryer singapore I certainly hope that Van Mil fully recovers, but I have to say that it is a weird, weird way to end one’s professional baseball career.

What was initially reported as a traffic accident in which baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed is now being reported by the Venezuelan authorities as the result of an ambush by criminals that caused the relevant SUV to crash. Apparently, this is a common tactic by criminal gangs in Venezuela, who throw large objects in front of moving vehicles to cause them to stop or swerve and crash so that the occupants can then be robbed.

The latest news is simply one more small piece of evidence about how bad things are now in Venezuela. The VWL is considering banning its players from traveling to or from away games by any means other than the team bus, which are protected by what ESPN describes as “security forces” — I don’t know if this means simply armed guards or whether Venezuela’s national police or military guard the team buses — given the importance of protecting VWL players, who are ripe targets for criminals, for their propaganda value, it would not surprise me at all if the Venezuelan government is directly involved in protecting team buses.