Trade Tree Thursday – Milt May

I’m going to try to make this a regular feature here so it seems like a good time to lay out a basic explanation of the charts. First, a key:

Each chart is built around the perspective of a single player, for a specific franchise. The last chart was Freddy Sanchez as seen from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ point of view. If you looked at Freddy from the San Fransisco Giants POV, its much simpler:

The intent is also that each player can only appear in one chart per stint with a franchise. Freddy Sanchez’s Pirates chart is also Mike Gonzalez‘s chart, and Adam LaRoche‘s chart, etc.

Today’s Trade Tree subject was suggested by Jay on the Pirates email list. Milt May was drafted in 1968 and spent his career as a backup catcher. His tree is mostly linear – Reuss to Rhoden to Drabek – but check out the branch off of Pat Clements (click to embiggen):

Some key pieces of the lumber company are on the right side of the tree. Also, I for one never knew that John Tudor and Brian Harper were ever Bucs.

Who has an idea for next week’s chart?

UPDATE 5/17: Thanks to The Common Man for telling me how to find the draft pick compensation for free agents. With that new information, here’s an addendum to the above chart that continues off of Doug Drabek.

Freddy Sanchez Trade Chart

Last week’s Jason Bay trade chart was so popular I decided to make another one. Here’s the breakdown of the Freddy Sanchez trade. Click to embiggen:

Not nearly as productive as the last chart. The Pirates did well to get Freddy Sanchez and cash for what ended up being Scott Sauerbeck and Jeff Suppan, but all they have to show for it now are three two questionable prospects.

I enjoy making these charts. Any requests for another one?

UPDATE 4/18: Curtis Lyons points out that Argenis Diaz is currently in AAA for Detroit. That’s what I get for going from memory on that one. Thanks, Curtis!

UPDATE 5/17: I updated the chart to correct the Argenis Diaz mistake and to match the formatting of the later charts.

If the season ended today…

…is a silly thing to think. But I’ve got to crow while I can.

NL Wild Card Standings
W L Perc. Back E#
Pittsburgh 4 2 0.667
San Diego 3 2 0.600 0.5 157
Florida 3 2 0.600 0.5 157
New York 3 2 0.600 0.5 157
Chicago 3 3 0.500 1.0 156
Los Angeles 3 3 0.500 1.0 156
Atlanta 3 3 0.500 1.0 156
Arizona 2 3 0.400 1.5 156
San Francisco 2 4 0.333 2.0 155
Milwaukee 2 4 0.333 2.0 155
St. Louis 2 4 0.333 2.0 155
Washington 1 4 0.200 2.5 155
Houston 0 5 0.000 3.5 154

Hansen Released, Jason Bay Trade Chart

Today the Pirates released Craig Hansen, who has pitched 22 innings in the past two years due to a nerve injury in his shoulder. This has brought about some haranguing about the Jason Bay trade since the Pirates currently have no major league players to show for the deal. Here is the trade mentioned, with the current status (as related to the Pirates) for each player.

Basic view of the Jason Bay trade.

But that’s not the whole story. Bay didn’t just appear out of thin air; he was acquired in a trade for Brian Giles, who was acquired in a trade for Ricardo Rincon. If you step back far enough things get pretty interesting. Here is the entire chart of players traded or signed that went into the acquisition of Jason Bay, or were spoils of a related trade. It is a large graphic, so please click on the image to see the whole thing.

For Ricardo Rincon, Rob Mackowiak and Roberto Hernandez the Pirates now have three major leaguers, one depth pitcher and one good prospect. They also had five seasons of Brian Giles, five of Jason Bay, three of Oliver Perez, two of Xavier Nady and two and a half of Damaso Marte. Not a bad haul for two relief pitchers and a 53rd round draft pick.

UPDATE 5/17: Updated the chart to match the formatting of later charts.

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