On a day the MLB did everything they could to make sure you knew that San Francisco Giant Madison Bumgarner and Arizona Diamondback Paul Goldschmidt were being actively shopped, we did have a couple real moves. News that soon-to-be former Dback Patrick Corbin was in Philadelphia today still does not change my opinion that he will be joining the New York Yankees. Here’s the moves that actually happened on November 27:
JESSE CHAVEZ GOES BACK TO TEXAS
Jesse Chavez just told a few of his teammates “If I’m not wearing this next year –points to Cubs logo on shirt– I’m done.” https://t.co/1dnrmmrhIz
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) October 3, 2020
Chavez started in Texas last season before finishing the season as a Chicago Cub. The above tweet is what happens when microphones catch your words in the heat of the moment. Here’s our resident Texas Ranger fan assessment of the deal -
Not sure how I feel about this. Chavez pitched a ton last year and was very effective but he’s about to be 35.Two year deal for that? Nahh if it was one year I’d be more excited. I’m just kind of meh… about it. Dylan Fry
PIRATES WITH SNEAKY GOOD SIGNING
Lonnie Chisenhall in the right situation is a good signing. Pittsburgh is a good situation.
Great signing for our 4th OF
— Pirates.nationn (@piratesnationn) November 27, 2020
A band-aid solution to Gregory Polanco missing the start of the season due to shoulder surgery, Chisenhall (who himself is tagged as injury prone) has the opportunity to get his career back on track. The career Cleveland Indian would love to bring back 2016 when he had a career 418 plate appearances.
DETROIT TIGERS SIGN THEIR NEXT PITCHER TO FLIP AT TRADE DEADLINE
Left-hander Matt Moore and the Detroit Tigers are in agreement on a one-year deal that guarantees him between $2 million and $3 million, pending a physical, sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 27, 2020
In a rant that one day will be a stand alone article, the Tigers have signed a veteran pitcher presumably with the hope of flipping him at the trade deadline for prospects. Last season the Tigers signed pitcher Mike Fiers hoping for a bounce back year. They got it and traded him for two prospects.
The 2013 All-Star, Moore thought he hit rock bottom in 2017 but found out last season he was not quite there yet. Baseball is a game of second chances and the Tigers are a team still in the awkward phase of realising they held onto their core of Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez too long. I would bet a shiny nickel or twenty that Moore will not end the season in Detroit.