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Brewers trade pitcher Chase Anderson to Blue Jays


Robert Murray reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are acquiring right-hander Chase Anderson from the Milwaukee Brewers. Scott Mitchell of TSN is reporting that the Jays are sending back minor league first baseman Chad Spanberger. He’s 24 and he struggled at Double-A last year so, no, he’s not really a prospect.

The Brewers needed to decide by today whether they were going to pick up Anderson’s $8.5 million club option for 2020 (he also has a $9.5 million club option for 2021). By dealing him to Toronto, that’s now the Jays’ problem. It’s likely that the Brewers were set to decline the option and in dealing him they’ll at least get a little something for their trouble.

Anderson is worth more to the rebuilding Blue Jays than he is to the contending Brewers at the moment. He’s a back-of-the-rotation guy for Milwaukee but could be more of a mid-rotation innings-eater for a club that is less likely to contend. As it is, he posted a 4.21 ERA and 124/50 K/BB ratio over 139 innings in 2019, falling prey to the long ball a bit too much. He’s a league average starter with upside, basically, and the Jays didn’t have many guys even that good in their often terrible 2019 rotation.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, no doubt seeks to upgrade their rotation and feels it can put the $8.5 million to better use.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).