Predictions for the MLB trade deadline are far too early. Which celebrities might sellers work with? By hitting eight home runs in his first ten games with the Cubs, the 29-year-old rookie equaled a contemporary record. Can he continue his incredible run?
Duffy was born on January 4th, 1984 in San Diego, California. He plays third base for the Chicago Cubs. His wife's name is Alexis Taylor and they have one child together named Tatum James. He attended high school in Lake Stevens, Washington and college at Western Kentucky University.
Danny Duffy started his professional career in 2005 when he played for two teams in the Seattle Mariners system. In 2006, he played 51 games and hit.275 with 16 homers and 69 RBIs. In 2007, he played only 52 games because he injured his ankle and never returned to the field.
In 2008, he joined a new team, the Kansas City Royals, and played there until 2011. In 2012, he came back to baseball after two years out of the game. This time, he signed with the Cubs and made an immediate impact by hitting.300 with 1 homer and 11 RBIs in April before taking off from there. Currently, he is playing good baseball and is expected to be a key member of the Cubs' lineup for many years to come.
Since then, he's been one of baseball's greatest first basemen, racking up a.861 OPS in five seasons with the Cubs. He's only 27 years old, but he's already made three All-Star teams, hit 30 or more home runs in each of the previous three years, and amassed 22 WAR in Cubs uniforms. What's more, his $17 million salary this year is the least he'll ever make.
The Cubs traded him to the Angels this offseason because they thought he was getting too expensive. But he still managed to win the MVP award last season when he had one of the best campaigns of all time.
He has two children -- a son named Charlie who is 4 years old and a daughter named Lucy who is 1 year old -- and lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
Lucy's father died in August 2016 after a battle with cancer. He was 38.
Wade Boggs was born on January 4th, 1974, in New York City. He grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, and attended Milton High School where he played baseball for the school's team.
After graduating from high school, Wade Boggs decided to pursue a career in baseball. He signed with the Boston Red Sox but never appeared in a game for them because he spent most of his time sitting on the bench due to an injury problem.
The Diamondbacks signed the soon-to-be 30-year-old shortstop to a four-year contract deal during the summer. It's a reward for his improvements at the plate. All advanced data (wRC+, contact rates, plate discipline, hard-hit %, barrels, and so on) demonstrate that the improved bat is real. Last year with the Cleveland Indians, he had a.283 average; in 2015, with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he had a.293 mark.
Ahmed was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2003 and traded to the Seattle Mariners that same year. He spent seven seasons with the Mariners, hitting over.300 each year and earning three straight All-Star appearances before being traded to the Indians in 2010. In 472 games over eight seasons in Cleveland, he has a.272 average.
He'll play the middle infield positions for the Diamondbacks, who are looking to take the next step forward after several years of disappointment. They finished last in the National League West in 2015 after posting a league-best 93 wins the previous season.
Team president Derrick Hall said earlier this month that he believes the Diamondbacks are on the cusp of becoming a force again. "I think our fans are going to be really excited about what we're about to do," he told MLB.com. "We have some good young players and a lot of talent throughout the whole organization."
The 32-year-old has 219 big-league games under his belt, but given his terrible performance the previous two seasons, he'll most likely be forced to settle for a minor-league deal in free agency. The Cubs designated Workman for assignment on Thursday, according to Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune. His contract will expire at the end of the month.
Workman was drafted by the Cubs in the second round of the 2004 draft. He spent seven seasons with their organization before being traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2012. In four seasons with the Red Sox, Workman went 24-8 with a 3.12 ERA.
The right-hander made his major league debut on April 7, 2006, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He took the loss as Boston fell to 1-3 that day. Workman finished the season 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA in eight starts.
In 2007, Workman improved upon his rookie campaign by going 12-6 with a 3.38 ERA in 28 appearances (27 starts). He led all rookies in wins and was second in saves behind José Valverde (112). It was also the first time in MLB history that a player had at least 10 wins and 100 strikeouts while allowing three or fewer home runs every game.