The royal family has acquired bowler Luke Weaver from the Arizona Diamondbacks for third baseman Emmanuel Rivera, According to John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM in Phoenix It was confirmed by several sources.
Weaver is a 28-year-old right-hand man who has been suffering from inflammation in his right elbow this season. He’s only played 12 games, most of them in relief, with a 7.71 ERA, but 2.69 FIP and 19 hits in 16 1/3 innings. It was the start of most of his seven seasons in the major leagues as he started his career 81 times and a total term of 4.76. He has struggled with injuries for most of his career, only making more than 20 appearances in a season once, in 2018. He had a forearm strain in 2019 that left him limited to 12 starts and an injury to his right shoulder in 2021 made him Limited to 13 posts. .
Weaver was originally a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2014 out of Florida. American Baseball ranked him a #50 prospect in baseball before the 2017 season and he had a 3.88 ERA in 60 1/3 innings for the Cardinals that year. The following year, he scored in the highest professional level 136 1⁄3 Innings with a 4.95 ERA and was part of a group of three players traded in Arizona for first All-Star Paul Goldschmidt.
Weaver throws a fastball at speeds of 93-94 mph with a cutter and a shift. Ben Clemens writes in Fangraphs that Weaver could be a good candidate for improvement on the right hand.
I’ve written a lot of words about crushing the perpetual bowler, but I think it basically boils down to this: If Weaver can combine his new fast form with a change command, I’m interested in him. Changing it was, at times, an excellent secondary move even against right-handers. Even in 2021, when he was tattooed on the field in general, he got swing hits for 17.5% of his changes from right to right. That, combined with the cutter against the right, and the Fastball/changeup diet for the left, should make for a solid start in the major league.
Weaver is eligible to judge for the second time this year and brings in $2.875 million. He has another year of control of the club before he becomes eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.
Emmanuel Rivera has made 92 appearances over the past two seasons with the royal family and hit .243/.294/.378 with seven games at home. He was originally a 19th-round pick in 2015 from Puerto Rico, but the strength he displayed in Triple-A never translated into the major leagues, and his defense showed flashes but was inconsistent.
The trade is kind of a scratch in that Weaver isn’t a cheap player, but he wasn’t particularly good. Losing Rivera shouldn’t hurt too much because he looked like a substitute. The royals could definitely use more depth, and it would be interesting to see if they had a start and Weaver as he did in the past or if he keeps coming out of the pen.