Washington’s stunning trade for a new quarterback should reverberate around the league; a half-dozen teams that weren’t involved with the deal suddenly saw their offseason plans change or come into focus.
The deal (and Smith’s subsequent extension) obviously suggest Washington will be moving on from incumbent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will hit unrestricted free agency.
“It was then I knew that I could compete on this level,” Acuna said. “I got the taste and now I’m even more hungry. I’m here to prove myself worthy.”
He followed his 2017 spring training showing with a line of.325/.374/.522, along with 21 home runs and 44 steals over 139 games across three minor league levels. Then, before he went home to Venezuela for the winter, Acuna lit up the Arizona Fall League. In 23 games, he hit seven home runs and slashed 325/.414/.639.
“I’ve been telling people about this kid for a while now,” Jones said. “He’s got every tool and then some. Ronald is a rare talent. We are lucky to have him in the organization.”
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Even the most casual of baseball fans have been exposed to WAR, despite it being a fairly new invention FanGraphs did not publish the first WAR leaderboards until 2008 but despite its popularity as a metric, its calculation is nowhere near as intuitive as something like batting average or ERA. So if you’ve ever wondered how WAR is calculated, what it means, and how to use it, here’s the article for you.
When the 2016 Mets lost first baseman Lucas Duda to injury, they desperately needed a player to step in and take Duda’s slot. All the big-name free agents had already signed, so the Mets traded for James Loney. At that point, Loney spent the first half of the season at Triple A El Paso.
Outfielder Eloy Jimenez, commonly considered the top prospect in Chicago’s system and one of the best in all of baseball, spent just a few weeks at Double-A at the close of the 2017 season where he hit.353 in 18 games but his sights are set on making his major league debut this year.