David Schoenfield’s take: The time is now for the Nationals, and if you can get Chris Sale, make it happen. Giolito was considered the top pitching prospect in the minors entering 2016, but he hasn’t dominated at the upper levels of the minors and was terrible in 21 innings with the Nationals (26 hits, seven home runs, more walks than K’s, and his fastball velocity averaged “just” 93.3 mph). His stuff has backed up, and the command of his fastball and curveball need improvement. Is he a future ace or mid-rotation starter? Robles could be a star after playing well in Class A at 19, but he’s likely two or three years away.
Mark Saxon’s take: Last season, 90 percent of Dyson’s plate appearances came against right-handed pitchers. If the Cardinals platoon Dyson with Tommy Pham in center field and move Randal Grichuk to left, they would still have a more dynamic fielding unit than they had in 2016, when Brandon Moss and Matt Holliday often were playing the outfield.
David Schoenfield’s take: Hey, the Mariners just acquired a pitcher who threw a no-hitter! What, you don’t remember Heston’s no-hitter against the Mets in 2015? He had a solid rookie season with the Giants that year, posting a 3.95 ERA while relying heavily on an upper-80s sinker. The Giants weren’t buying into him, however. They signed Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, and Heston pitched just five innings in the majors in 2016 and eventually went down to Triple-A with an oblique injury.
He’ll be something like the No. 6 starter for the Mariners and was attractive because he still has options left. This wouldn’t preclude Jerry Dipoto from considering another veteran starter, such as Doug Fister, or maybe another minor trade.
Toronto was desperate when it signed Ryan. The Yankees are not.