Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has been following the Adrian Gonzalez situation pretty closely this winter, but recent talks between the Red Sox and Padres are going nowhere. For now, that is.
At conflict is the players San Diego
will receive in return. New general manager Jed Hoyer has asked for
Clay Buchholz and either prospect outfielder Ryan Westmoreland or
right-hander Casey Kelly. As of now, the Red Sox aren’t receptive to
the asking price, but all things considered, it’s a pretty reasonable
return for two years of team control on Gonzalez. They may be more inclined to bite the bullet and make a deal if Jason Bay leaves via free agency.
Expect some continued to-and-fro
over the course of the winter between the clubs, but the most
interesting note from Cafardo’s piece is a teammate of Gonzalez
indicating that Boston would be the first baseman’s preferred
destination should he be traded. The Mariners and Mets, among others,
are also rumored to have varying degrees of interest in the 27-year-old
Everyone is well aware of how good Angels outfielder Mike Trout is at the game of baseball. The 26-year-old is already an all-time great, having won two MVP awards — and arguably deserving of two others — and the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award. He has accrued 54.2 WAR, per Baseball Reference, which is right around the threshold for a Hall of Fame career. Trout does it all: he draws walks, he hits for average, he hits for power, he steals bases, he plays good defense.
But here’s an achievement that is amazing even for a player like Trout: he has yet to strike out this spring. In 41 Cactus League plate appearances, he has 10 hits (including a triple and two homers) and six walks with zero strikeouts. Across his career, Trout has a 21.5 percent strikeout rate, right around the league average. He isn’t usually such a stickler for avoiding the punch-out, but this spring he is.
To put this in perspective, 134 players this spring have struck out at least 10 times, according to MLB.com. 938 players have struck out at least once. The only other players to have taken at least 10 at-bats without striking out this spring are Humberto Arteaga (Royals, 23 AB), Tony Cruz (Reds, 18 AB), Oscar Hernandez (Red Sox, 10 AB), and Jacob Stallings (Pirates, 18 AB).
According to Angels assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento, the lack of strikeouts hasn’t been a conscious effort from Trout, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Ho hum. The best player in baseball is apparently getting even better.