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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/1/19

Carl Edwards Jr.’s fresh start; the DBacks acquire Mike Leake; why buyers sold and sellers bought

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FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: Carl Edwards Jr. was an interesting acquisition by the Padres (along with international pool money), and it could be a chance for him to have a change of scenery. He’s dealt with demotions and a change in mechanics to improve his command, he may finally be able to find his stride in San Diego.

Baseball Prospectus | BP Staff ($): The Diamondbacks made a solid move in acquiring Mike Leake, in that he has consistently given teams starts for almost a decade, and despite the fact the team is in rebuild with the loss of Zack Greinke, this gives them a more respectable look as they head towards the finish line.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): This was an odd trade deadline in that buyers sold and sellers bought, against conventional wisdom. One reason, like with the Yankees, was that they felt the price was just too high for, say, Robbie Ray, and good teams value their prospects a lot more than they used to. In the Mets’ case, for example, they know the thin free agent market ahead and see Marcus Stroman as a cheaper, more viable Zack Wheeler replacement. Whether it was money or prospect concerns, teams zigged when we all thought they’d zag.