The MLB Trade rumors on Joe Gunkel to Los Angeles Dodgers and Eric Hosmer to New York Mets have gained steam recently. The Dodgers have acquired Gunkel from Baltimore Orioles and will send cash or a player to be named later in return.
Baltimore recently claimed young fireballer Miguel Castro. Hence, Gunkel was designated for assignment. The 25-year-old will become the latest hurler to make the move to the Dodgers. The Los Angeles team is always gathering rotation depth.
Joe Gunkel’s form for the O’s
Gunkel had a decent 2015 season after from the Boston Red Sox to the O’s via trade. The man from Boynton Beach, Florida threw 104 1/3 innings of 2.59 ERA ball with 6.0 K/9 against only 1.3 BB/9.
Joe continued his command last tear. However, he gave up more hits and earned runs. He worked to a 4.02 ERA in 161 innings — most of them at Triple-A.
Mets needs an upgrade at first base production
Meanwhile, The New York Mets are a win-now team, who are looking to make the playoffs for a third straight season and win the World Series. On the other hand the Kansas City Royals are a team, who are in desperate need of a good start.
Eric Hosmer was a major reason why the Royals defeated the Mets in the 2015 World Series. Hence, the New York team requires an upgrade at the first base production. The prospect of them making a run at Royals first baseman Hosmar is a good possibility.
Heading into play on April 10, first base production (.273/.360/.591) hasn’t been a source of trouble through the first two Mets series of the season. It’s actually been one of the few offensive bright spots in a first week devoid of big-time run scoring, according to nj.com.
However, it could change quickly with Lucus Duda coming off an injury-plagued season. Wilmer Flores is better suited for part-time duty and Jay Bruce a neophyte at first base. Hence, the idea of the Mets needing an upgrade at the position isn’t hard to imagine.
Hosmer, soon-to-be free agent owns a .277/.334/.427 slash line since entering the bigs in 2011. Over that span, he’s hit 103 home runs and knocked in 474 runs while averaging 148 games played per season.
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