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SP Jarrod Parker - 28 years old. 3.36 ERA, 1.38 WHIP with a .336 BABIP. A solid 3-5 WAR player (even in his injury-shortened 2016 season he earned 2.4). Parker is a solid, reliable pitcher. An ace for us, but probably a mid-rotation option for a contender. It would be interesting to see what he could do in front of an actual defence. Arb eligible at the end of the year, wants $9.5m, estimate is $7.5m. Worth every penny, but realistically we're not going to win yet and pitching help is a lot closer than offensive help for us right now.
CL Dan Runzler - 32 years old. 2.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP. Runzler's been great for us since arriving from LA. Better, statistically, than he was with the Angels (depending on which stats you look at of course). Recently moved into the closer role and has notched up 13 saves this year, blowing only 2. Saved 19 consecutive opportunities dating back to last season. The 9 runs he's given up this year came over 4 games - nobody's perfect all the time, right? - meaning he's had 34 scoreless outings. According to my scouts, he's actually still improving too. Contract is up this year and he wants $4.5m over two years. As with Parker, I'd be more than happy to pay this but a losing team doesn't need a closer. A few contenders could use setup guys though...
UTIL Tyler Kuhn - 30 years old. .332/.383/.392. Naturally a left fielder, Kuhn has appeared all over the outfield, and shortstop and at 2B this year (the latter being where he represented the NL in the All Star Game). Nobody's ever accused him of having power, but he doesn't strike out. He doesn't walk, either, but why would you when you can hit? Kuhn hits lefties almost as well as righties, well over .300 against both. He also seems happy to take a pay cut next year, requesting around $800k. Anyone interested in a cheap all-star?
In the bargain bin:
As usual, Joe Blanton is on the block. Joe Blanton will always be on the block. Joe "Block" Blanton, that's his name. Not to be confused with Joe "Bland" Block. (NB: I actually like Joe Block but the "joke" was too "good" to pass on).
I know it doesn't look like it, but we do actually want to win at some point. Can't be trading away our future.
We're looking for AA/AAA level prospects (under 26) at the following positions:
1B. It's a strange position to need, but... we don't have anyone above A-ball, and that guy's a converted catcher.
C. We need a strong defensive caching prospect who can handle a bat (vs. righties at the very least). This is another position where we don't have anyone above A-ball, and that guy might not make it.
CF. Oscar Taveras pushed our top prospect off a cliff, lost his balance and fell down with him. Now we need help. Michael Conforto is still going to save us, don't worry, but It's Not The Right Time Yet .
SS. We're very happy with our shortstop right now, but if he goes down it gets ugly fast and he's the type of player who's skillset doesn't mesh well with the ageing process.