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CLEVELAND (AP) Nothing splashy http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , just sensible.making a blockbuster trade.Riddled by injuries to outfielders all season, Cleveland acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers before Tuesday’s deadline for 21-year-old infield prospect Willi Castro.The AL Central-leading Indians also received right-hander Kyle Dowdy.Although they had been linked to talks involving more high-profile outfielders like superstar Bryce Harper, Adam Jones and others, the Indians opted to make a deal that wouldn’t be too damaging to their future. Manager Terry Francona had high praise for his front office.”They did a really good job. It’s not easy,” Francona said. ”We have some parameters which we know are in place. We’re not going to be the Dodgers or the Red Sox. But we don’t want that to get in the way of us winning, and I think they’ve done an unbelievable job of making us better.”The 30-year-old Martin is a steady hitter and strong fielder who will take away runs for Cleveland’s pitching staff. He leads the league with nine assists.He also gives Francona another option in center field with Bradley Zimmer done for the season following shoulder surgery and Tyler Naquin on the disabled list with a hip injury.”It’s been a position that’s been a little bit in flux for us for a balance of the season, so we explored a lot of alternatives to try and address and improve our outfield options,” team president Chris Antonetti said. ”And we were really pleased to be able to acquire Leonys Martin. We think he’s a great complement to our roster. He provides us a very good defender in center field who’s a good baserunner, capable of playing both center and right, and is also a very good offensive player against right-handed pitching.”The Indians made a second move before the deadline, acquiring outfielder Oscar Mercado from St. Louis for outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres.Because of injuries, Cleveland was down to Greg Allen and 37-year-old Rajai Davis as their center fielders. Also, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall is out with a nagging calf injury.”When it was all said and done, you’re like Charlie Morton Jersey , `OK, what can really impact us?’ A center fielder that compliments Raj,” Francona said. ”I think sometimes people lose track of, OK, what’s your roster and what compliments what?”Martin has twice been on the disabled list this season with a left hamstring injury, but Antonetti is confident he’s healthy and ready to help the Indians immediately.The trade for Martin followed Cleveland fixing its worrisome bullpen. On July 19, the club sent top prospect Francisco Mejia, a switch-hitting catcher/outfielder, to the San Diego Padres for All-Star closer Brad Hand and sidearmer Adam Cimber.That major move may have impacted the Indians’ willingness to get into a bidding war for Harper, who remains with Washington.Martin batted .251 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 336 plate appearances this season for the Tigers, who were 18 games behind Cleveland at the deadline. Martin has scored 78 runs in his first season with Detroit.The Cuba native has a .248 average with 47 homers and 205 RBIs in 699 games with Texas, Seattle, the Chicago Cubs and the Tigers.The Tigers began rebuilding in earnest last season, when they traded J.D. Martinez http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , Justin Upton and Justin Verlander. Their trade candidates this year were a little less prominent, but they were able to move Martin.”It came about from their need in center field. I had a couple other inquiries on Martin. Cleveland was the most aggressive. They obviously had, probably the biggest need at this point,” Detroit general manager Al Avila said. ”We had identified Castro as the guy that would be the main guy in the deal, and quite frankly, we held off to the end there to be able to get him.”Martin has a $1.75 million salary, of which the Indians are responsible for $573,925. He has earned $600,000 in bonuses based on plate appearances, and would earn $100,000 each for 350 and each additional 25 through 475 plus $50,000 for 500.More importantly, he is under club control through next season through arbitration.Dowdy, 25 Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey , is 8-8 with a 4.74 ERA between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo this season.Castro batted .245 at Double-A Akron with five homers and 39 RBIs.— Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesUnlike other top starting pitchers from past Major League Baseball offseasons, it shouldn't cost a team $200 million to sign Patrick Corbin as a free agent. Or even $150 million for that matter.That doesn't mean he can't become a bust.Though the Arizona Diamondbacks six-year veteran 2014, which he missed while recovering from Tommy John su n't cost as much as David Price, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke or Jon Lester, his price is still going to exceed nine figures. Nick Cafardo of theBoston Globespeculated that something in the five-year, $100-125 million range is in order.That might sound like a discount after the season Corbin just had.The left-hander earned his second All-Star nod, as he pitched 200 innings and set new career bests in ERA (3.15), strikeouts (246) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.13). The 29-year-old won't win the National League Cy Young Award, but he's bound to get some love from voters nevertheless.As far as Corbin's free-agent value is concerned, prospective suitors may be especially enthused with how he evolved as a pitcher in 2018.Before the season, he was a fastball-slider pitcher who got by on the sheer quality of his pitches. Because of a significant dip in the average velocity of his fastball, 2018 might have spelled the death of both that approach and Corbin's time as a top-of-the-rotation starter.Instead, Corbinaltered his pitch mix to feature more two-seamers than four-seamers Nolan Ryan Jersey , plus a brand new curveball that he made up on the spot in an April outing against the San Francisco Giants. He also got hitters to swing and swing and missat his slider like never before.That had something to do with how good Corbin was at disguising his slider as a fastball:Rob Friedman PitchingNinjaPatrick Corbin, Fastball/Slider combo.猸曪笍馃拃 8NCRLFiR37As Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said toZach Buchananof The Athletic in June: "I think there's finish to [Corbin's] pitches, even though it might not be the same velocity.It's effective. That's all that really matters."In all, the rate at which Corbin struck hitters out (30.8 percent, to be exact) was no accident. His contact rate was lower than ever before, and it wassecond only to American League Cy Young favorite Blake Snell among qualified starters.But while teams will assuredly line up to pay Corbin this winter, prospective suitors should realize his career year wasn't entirely the result of skill.Consider the disparity between how much batted balls hurt Corbin and how much they should have hurt him. For the first time since 2015, Corbin's expected slugging percentage was higher than his actual slugging percentage, according to Statcast data:The average launch angle off him was mostly par for the course, while his average exit velocity was up from 2017. Thus, Arizona's efficient defenseand the power-suppressing effect of Chase Field's new humidor may have aided him.This alone is something that Corbin's top suitors need to carefully consider before signing him to a nine-figure deal. That goes double for the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, specifically. Both struggled on defense in 2018. Both also call a bandbox home.To wit, quite a few of Corbin's fly balls and line drives that missed being homers at Chase Field would have landed beyond the fence at Yankee Stadium:Image courtesy of BaseballSavant.MLB.comThe D-backs' home field and defense may not be the only thing Corbin misses if he departs for another team. He's also bound to miss his catchers.With the help of Alex Avila, Jeff Mathis and John Ryan Murphy http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , a career-high 10.7 percent of Corbin's takes outside the strike zone resulted in called strikes. In total, only Kyle Freeland and teammate Zack Greinke received more favorable callsoutside the zone throughout the year.Along with his adjusted pitch mix, this helps explain why Corbin was comfortable pitching outside the strike zone more frequently. If those favorable calls go away in tandem with lesser strike framers on a new team, he'll have to go back in the zone more often. If so, his diminished fastball velocity could quickly go from a non-issue to a major issue.This is where it's worth reiterating that Corbin isn't some kind of clueless hack when he's on the mound. He knows how to use the stuff he has, and he can miss bats with the best of 'em when he's on.Nonetheless, teams must be wary about believing that Corbin's 2018 dominance is sustainable. A move to another team will likely strip him of the advantages he enjoyed in Arizona, rendering him less of a No. 1 and more of a No. 2 or even a No. 3.Which is to say: Give him $125 million at your own peril. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs, Brooks Baseball, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball Savant.

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