Tags: Luhnow, Jeff

Yordan Alvarez, a Forgotten Deadline Pickup, Is Taking a Star Turn

BALTIMORE — The Houston Astros have mastered the art of the high-impact midseason trade. In 2017 they got Justin Verlander, an ace who helped lead them to their first World Series title. Last season it was reliever Ryan Pressly, who has since become an All-Star. This summer they welcomed starters Zack Greinke and Aaron Sanchez,…

On Baseball: How the Slugging Catcher Became an Endangered Species in the Majors

SURPRISE, Ariz. — After the Kansas City Royals departed for a spring training road game last month, their general manager, Dayton Moore, stayed behind at the team’s training complex to watch prospects on the back fields. It was from there, more than a decade ago, that a longtime coach, Bill Fischer, had called him excitedly…

2019 M.L.B. Season Preview: Stuffed to Its Seams

BRADENTON, Fla. — The first player drafted this decade was Bryce Harper, who is now starting a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The third player drafted was Manny Machado, who is now starting a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres. Tucked within that $630 million sandwich, with the second…