Best Case/Worst Case: QBs

Best Case/Worst Case: QBs
Patrick Daugherty breaks down the best and worst-case scenarios for the league's top 32 quarterbacks.
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Red Sox acquired LHP Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles for LHP Andrew Miller.

Ben Cherington continues to have an outstanding day. Boston held out for a top prospect in Miller negotiations, and they finally got one from a rival. Rodriguez was recently ranked by MLB.com as Baltimore's No. 3 prospect. "Initially more of a command-and-control lefty, Rodriguez has grown into his lanky frame and has seen his velocity jump as a result," the site's scouting report reads. "He now throws his fastball in the low 90s, with good sink and movement. Rodriguez pairs his fastball with a hard changeup and a tight slider, both of which grade out as above-average offerings." Rodriguez projects as a middle-of-the rotation starter.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 31 - 3:17 PM

Orioles acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.

It's likely that Boston didn't want to ship Miller to a division rival, but there wasn't a lot they could do when Dan Duquette put Rodriguez on the table. This is a steep price, but Baltimore absolutely had to bulk up its bullpen for the stretch run, and they weren't going to do better than Miller. The left-hander boasts a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year and now teams with Zach Britton and Brian Matusz to give Baltimore an elite trio of southpaw relievers.
Jul 31 - 3:13 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees are making a late run at David Price.

But the Daily News beat writer sees it as "unlikely" that the Yanks will match the Rays' lofty asking price and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says there's "no chance" it'll happen. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported an hour ago that Tampa Bay is "definitely" going to move its ace left-hander by the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, but the clock is ticking. The Tigers, Dodgers, Mariners, and Pirates are among the other clubs with reported interest.
Jul 31 - 3:12 PM

Blue Jays placed 1B/DH Dan Johnson on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

Johnson has acted as an emergency bat to plug multiple injury holes in Toronto's lineup, posting a .235/.349/.382 slash line in limited at-bats. He might not be needed again once healthy.
Jul 31 - 3:04 PM

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, the Indians have traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals.

Zach Walters, a 24-year-old infielder with good numbers this year at Triple-A, is headed to Cleveland in return. Cabrera will play second base in Washington, with Ian Desmond remaining at shortstop and Anthony Rendon covering third base while Ryan Zimmerman recovers from a severe hamstring strain. Cabrera was batting just .246/.305/.386 in 97 games this season for the Tribe, but he has decent power for a middle infielder.
Jul 31 - 2:59 PM

Padres acquired RHP Stephen Kohlscheen and OF Abraham Almonte from the Mariners for OF Chris Denorfia.

As a throw-in, San Diego could have done worse. Kohlscreen, a Southern League All-Star this year, should be able to carve out a career as a middle reliever. Across work with the Mariners' Triple- and Double-A affiliates this year, he's gone 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA with 55 strikeouts over 38 relief appearances. He's averaged more than a strikeout per inning in five minor league seasons.
Jul 31 - 2:56 PM

Padres acquired OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen from the Mariners for OF Chris Denorfia.

A classic case of using an asset that has lost value to your organization (Denorfia is likely to be retired by the time San Diego returns to the playoffs) to buy low on an intriguing asset. Not long ago, Almonte was batting leadoff in the Mariners' Opening Day lineup. After a couple good games, he looked completely lost at the plate, and was banished to the minors in early May. Almonte, a former Yankees' farmhand, hammered the ball to the tune of a .300/.394/.482 slash line in the minors last year, but he's yet to pick up the pieces this year. Even so, his acquisition is a low-cost, worthwhile gamble for the Padres.
Jul 31 - 2:51 PM

Mariners acquired OF Chris Denorfia from the Padres for OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen.

Seattle had to do something to fortify an uninspiring outfield consisting of Endy Chavez, James Jones, and Dustin Ackley, and Denorfia will have to do. He never offered a ton with the bat, and provides even less now (.242/.293/.319), but is a good defender who the M's can comfortably slot into all three positions as needed.
Jul 31 - 2:45 PM
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