Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Estrada, Heyward, Kemp and Meyers Just Some of the Biggest Names Traded In Baseball

Baseball 2015 TradesThis has actually turned out to be one of the most exciting off seasons in modern baseball history. There are so many trades to discuss. Let’s take a look at some of the most noteworthy in baseball at this time.

Adam Lind for Marco Estrada - This wasn’t one of the bigger trades, but this trade signals the Brewers are done playing games at first base. Lind isn’t the best player out there, but he will put up good numbers in Milwaukee. Estrada was also about to fall out of favor with the Brewers, so they won’t miss him much, if at all.

Jason Heyward to St. Louis - The Cardinals and Braves got the off season festivities started with a bang when they announced the trade that sent Jason Heyward to St Louis for Shelby Miller and several other players. The Cardinals needed an outfielder after the tragic accident involving Oscar Tavares, the best outfield prospect in the game a year ago. Hayward is expected to start in right field, and Miller will give the Braves rotation the boost it needs.

Matt Kemp - the biggest trade so far this off season has been the trading of outfielder MattKemp to the Padres. The Dodgers already had four big names under contract, and Joc Pederson is now big league ready. Clearly they had to dump one of those contracts, and they will be paying most of Kemp’s remaining salary.

Will Myers - The Padres are going for it, and Myers has a ton of power and will be asked to protect Kemp in the Padres order.

Sir Didi Gregerious - The Yankees entered the off season with a priority of finding a new shortstop to replace the legendary Derek Jeter. In one of the more intriguing trades of the off season, the Yankees grabbed something from the stash of the Diamondbacks and traded for defense whiz Didi Gregerious. His bat has yet to show up in the major leagues, and it may never do so. Still, his glove will keep him here for quite some time.

Jimmy Rollins - Long time Philadelphia Phillie Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Dodgers. This trade signifies the Phillies as finally being ready to put up the white flag and rebuild. Rollins will solidify the shortstop position in Los Angeles.

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