More fun morning linkage: over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man has the second installment of what is shaping up as a regular feature: tracing baseball transaction family trees.
The idea is simple: player A is traded for player B who leaves via free agency with the compensation pick turning into Player C and on and on until you reach a current player. You’ve probably engaged in such exercises yourself in the past. The Common Man just expands it over time and breadth and makes actual graphical transactional trees.
Last week TCM did it with the Twins and Chuck Knoblauch and the Astros and Glenn Davis. Those were fun, but they only go back to the 80s. This time he does it with the Mets and John Matlack, that titular 4th round pick of the 1967 draft, tracing how he ultimately became David Wright. So to speak.
This is the kind of thing you can get lost in after a while. But that’s OK. I talked to your boss and your significant other and they both told me that you got nothin’ better to do.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are among the teams that have contacted the Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mariners enter play Wednesday 51-48, six games out of first place in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Adding an impact bat like Bruce could help in their effort to reach the postseason.
Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have handled the bulk of the playing time in left field. While Smith has hit well, Aoki has not. Bruce came into Wednesday’s game against the Giants batting .271/.324/.567 with 24 home runs and a league-best 78 RBI.
Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his controlling team declines his $13 million club option for the 2017 season by paying him a $1 million buyout. If he’s traded mid-season, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer, so the club option may be more enticing than it looks at first glance.
A third-inning two-run home run by Adam Rosales off of R.A. Dickey put the Padres up 2-0, but it also helped the Padres tie a National League record. The Padres have homered in 25 consecutive games, matching the 1998 Braves, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1941 Yankees. The major league record is 27, set by the 2002 Rangers.
The Padres hit three in total on Wednesday in an 8-4 victory against the Blue Jays. One of those dingers was an eighth-inning solo shot by rookie Alex Dickerson, who has now homered in four consecutive games himself. The one he hit on Monday is worth watching, as it got into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre.
As the Padres recently traded Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Jays, Dickerson is likely going to see regular playing time. That’s especially true if he keeps hitting like this.