Posted on February 5, 2013 by David Kaleida
Houston made a surprising trade last night, flipping Jed Lowrie (and Fernando Rodriguez) to Oakland for Brad Peacock, Chris Carter and Max Stassi. This continues the Astros’ trend of adding useful pieces to their rebuilding franchise.
When Houston decided to not extend the contract of aging franchise star Lance Berkman, they traded him to the Yankees for Jimmy Paredes and Mark Melancon. After a good season of relief they moved Melancon to the Red Sox for Kyle Weiland and Jed Lowrie. And now after one productive but injury filled season Lowrie is gone too. That’s a great series of deals, continually adding both big league players and minor leaguers that might add more value. (Click to embiggen)
The trade tree for the Oakland side of this deal
will have to wait a few days because it ended up containing Mark Mulder, Rich Harden, and the recent John Jaso trade among others and is a total mess can be seen right here.
Filed under: baseball, Trade Tree | Tagged: Astros, Brad Peacock, Chris Carter, Fernando Rodriguez, Jed Lowrie, Jimmy Paredes, Kyle Weiland, Lance Berkman, Mark Melancon, Max Stassi, Trade Tree | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 24, 2013 by David Kaleida
The Diamondbacks finally completed a deal for Justin Upton, netting a five-player package from the Braves headlined by versatile Venezuelan Martin Prado. Also going to Atlanta is 3B Chris Johnson, who has the unenviable task of replacing future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. Total assets used: Three draft picks and two amateur free agents to get a potential MVP left fielder and a platoon thirdbaseman.
Arizona had for some reason soured on Justin Upton, with even the team owner talking shots at him for not being healthy. Still, they valued him highly enough that they held out for a pretty good deal. Prado may not be a power hitter, but he’s a very productive one. Randall Delgado replaces some of the young pitching the D-Backs have traded away this off-season. And when you consider that they got three other prospects too, there’s a chance for this to go very well for Arizona.
Filed under: baseball, Trade Tree | Tagged: baseball, Brandon Drury, Braves, Chipper Jones, Chris Johnson, Diamondbacks, Justin Upton, Martin Prado, Nick Ahmed, Randall Delgado, Trade Tree, Zeke Spruill | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 3, 2013 by David Kaleida
The Hall of Very Good is breaking down the cases for the key candidates on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. I was happy to help out a fellow Baseball Blogger Alliance member by writing a little bit about Roger Clemens.
The BBA conducts it’s own Hall of Fame vote each year. I’ll most my ballot next week when those results go live. The results of the BBWAA voting will be released Jan 9.
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Posted on December 31, 2012 by David Kaleida
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.
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.
Filed under: baseball, Pirates, trade, Trade Tree | Tagged: baseball, Brock Holt, Ivan De Jesus, Jason Grilli, Jerry Sands, Joel Hanrahan, Lastings Milledge, Mark Melancon, Nyjer Morgan, Pirates, Red Sox, Sean Burnett, Stolmy Pimentel, Trade Tree | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 21, 2012 by David Kaleida
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.
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Posted on December 13, 2012 by David Kaleida
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.
Coming soon: the Cleveland/Cincinnati/Arizona three way trade tree.
Filed under: baseball, Trade Tree | Tagged: Alcides Escobar, baseball, Derrick Saito, Jake Odorizzi, James Shields, Jeremy Jeffress, Jordan Parraz, Lorenzo Cain, Mike MacDougal, Mike Montgomery, Patrick Leonard, Rays, Royals, Trade Tree, Tyler Lumsden, Wade Davis, Wil Myers, Yuniesky Betancourt, Zack Greinke | Leave a comment »