Joel Hanrahan Trade Tree

Three weeks ago the Pirates re-signed reliever Jason Grilli to a two year contract. Many observers expected that move to signal the impending trade of closer Joel Hanrahan. Last Tuesday, the other shoe finally fell and Hanrahan was shipped to the Red Sox with IF Brock Holt, for RP Mark Melancon, OF/1B Jerry Sands, IF Ivan De Jesus and AA pitcher Stolmy Pimentel.

Hanrahan will be missed, but Melancon should be able to step into a late inning role fairly easily. The other three pieces have their pros and cons as well: Sands has big time power but doubts as to whther he can adjust to major league pitching. Pimentel has a big fastball but major control issues. De Jesus is similar to Holt – decent bat but stretched defensively at any position but 2B.

All in all, I like this trade for the Bucs. They were able to buy low on Melancon and sell high-ish on Hanrahan. It’s almost an even trade right there; the other pieces just add the potential for this be a huge deal in the Pirates’ favor.

Joel  Hanrahan Pirates

If you’re interested in the Red Sox side of the deal, I’ve updated the trade tree of their blockbuster deal with the Dodgers from this past season, adding a Mark Melancon branch.

Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox

 

Happy Holidays

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas (or Krampus if you were naughty) and got all the gifts you wanted. I’m back from moving to a new house and spending the holidays with my family. Look for my write up of the Joel Hanrahan trade next week, followed by catching up on was was a busy trading season in December.

In the meantime, I’ll just sit back and watch my new DVD of game 7 of the 1960 World Series …

Pirates Sign Francisco Liriano

Reports out of Minnesota say the Bucs have signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a 2 year/$14M deal. Liriano is expected to join the rotation as the #4 starter, creating a competition for the final spot between Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson.

The 29 year old lefty has struck out an outstanding 9.1 batters per nine innings in his career and can be very effective when he limits his walks. Unfortunately, his control has been very erratic since tearing an elbow ligament during his fantastic rookie season.  Still, there’s some upside here and $7M a year is not bad considering what what the going rate for pitching has been this winter.

UPDATES: Multiple sources say that Liriano won’t take his physical until after the holidays, so this deal won’t be official for a while. Jon Heyman reports that the deal is actually for just under $13M, so hooray for saving a little cash.

James Shields/Wil Myers Trade Tree

The Royals and Rays made a big trade Sunday night. Both teams are trying to win now – The Royals by rebuilding their rotation with James Shields and Wade Davis and the Rays by reloading with young, cheap talent.

You see something interesting when you follow this tree from start to finish for the Royals. Effectively they have used six draft picks, four since 2008, and turned those into four players who are slated to start for the team this season. Along the way they got a few good years from Mike MacDougal and a few excellent years from Zack Greinke. Who knows what Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi will turn into with the Rays, but in a vacuum I think most teams would take that kind of return on their draft.

James Shields Royals

 

Coming soon: the Cleveland/Cincinnati/Arizona three way trade tree.

Michael Young Trade Tree

Michael Young was traded to the Phillies over the weekend, ending his eleven and a half year stint in the Rangers organization. Young leaves Texas as their all time leader in several categories: games, plate appearances, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, sac flies, total bases and grounded into double plays. Looking back, I had forgotten that Young was not originally drafted by the Rangers. He was acquired in a trade deadline deal for Esteban Loaiza, who himself was acquired from Pittsburgh in a deadline deal two years prior.

Michael  Young Rangers

For the Phillies, they fill their hole at third base with a past-his-prime player who doesn’t field very well anymore. He should fit right in.

Michael  Young Phillies

Yunel Escobar Traded to Tampa

This is just a quick update to the trade tree I made for the big Marlins/Blue Jays trade. Miami has flipped SS Yunel Escobar to the Rays for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. I saw Dietrich play several times at Georgia Tech and he always looked solid to me.

Jose Reyes Marlins

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