Welcome to the Valley, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. We already love you. Meanwhile, the Braves continue to extend every single one of their players, Chase Field shot off indoor fireworks, and we are grading Ketel Marte’s 2022 season.
MLB trades for top prospects like Gabriel Moreno don’t happen often. The Arizona Diamondbacks know the pain of trading away a young player only to see them flourish elsewhere. While we have no way to actually look into the future, we have a feeling this one that will haunt Toronto for a very long time. At least…we hope it will.
We are still bubbling about the Christmas Eve eve trade that will bring Gabriel Moreno and Lourdes Gurriel Jr to Arizona in exchange for Daulton Varsho and tools to be named later. Is Moreno the final piece to the D-backs core they have been trying to establish? And how will Gurriel fit into the lineup?
The D-backs did some last-minute Christmas shopping and completed a stunning trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that will send outfielder Daulton Varsho with all of his tools to Canada in exchange for Gabriel Moreno, the number three prospect in MLB, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Get our immediate reaction to this trade and our thoughts on who we feel may have won this deal.
The Diamondbacks have moved in a younger direction over the last two seasons, which begs the question does Madison Bumgarner fit in this starting rotation for Arizona any longer? We discuss some potential routes the D-backs could go in 2023 with their aging gunslinger.
Never challenge a man that has more money than Santa. Jacob deGrom fired some shots in his introductory press conference with the Rangers, and Steve Cohen may have taken it personally. We are also remaking our favorite Christmas movies with D-backs players.
After signing what was the biggest free agency contract for a shortstop in MLB history with San Francisco, Carlos Correa has unexpectedly pivoted to a new deal with the New York Mets upon discovery of medical issues that reportedly came up during his physical with the Giants.
With Opening Day just 100 days from now, MLB teams are trying to do everything they can to improve their roster through free agency, and the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to be thrift shopping in the same bargain bin as the Arizona Diamondbacks. Also, Jesse and Derek’s friendship is forever changed after today’s review of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
The MLB Hot Stove stays hot as Dansby Swanson finds a new home with the Chicago Cubs, J.D. Martinez heads to L.A., and Justin Turner matches his hair to his sox. We discuss which of these moves makes us sad and are also answering your Mailbag Monday questions.
Dan Szymborski and Fangraphs released their 2023 ZiPS projections for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and things are getting exciting. We are discussing Corbin Carroll and Brandon Pfaadt being projected to be two of the best players on the team as well as how much stock you can put in these projections. Remember, as Dan says, incorrect projections are either caused by flaws in the physical reality of the universe or by skillful sabotage.