Trade Tree: Erik Bedard

Erik Bedard has been a big part of the Pirates’ pitching renaissance this season. Tonight, he starts for against the Orioles, the team that drafted and developed him.

Bedard broke out in 2007 as an ace pitcher for the 4th place O’s. Instead of building around him, Baltimore decided to trade in in what turned out to be a franchise changing deal.

Bedard (and David Hernandez) became seven players, five of whom are still are still with the organization. The key to this being a good trade for Baltimore is Adam Jones – a good player the last four seasons who is putting up MVP caliber numbers this year.

So what did Seattle get on their end? Bedard has always been an effective pitcher when healthy, he just has trouble staying healthy. In his first three seasons in Seattle Erik made only 30 total starts. 2011 was his first injury-free season in Seattle, but it was also the last year of his contract. The Mariners decided to trade him to a contender at the deadline before another malady could put him on the shelf.

The M’s are left with two toolsy outfield prospects and the visions of what Bedard might have been. It’s going to take one of Chih-Hsien Chiang or Trayvon Robinson turning into a major league regular for Seattle to recoup the value they sent away.

Trade Tree: Matt Garza

Today’s mound opponent, Matt Garza, has been a key component of two major trades in his seven-year big league career. His stint in Minnesota was covered in last week’s Johan Santana Trade Tree, but Garza is starting for the Cubs today so let’s look at what the Cubs gave up for him.

Garza’s a good pitcher and it took a lot of talent for the Cubs to get him. Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee were top prospects then and still have plenty of shine left. In addition to that, Ray’s fans were also treated to The Legendary Sam Fuld era.

In summary, the Rays received Garza for Delmon Young, who has not panned out despite all of his talent, had Garza for his age 24-26 season, then as he got expensive spun him for a boatload of talent. The lesson? Beware deals with this Tampa Bay front office. They always seem to come out at least an extra 2% ahead.

Garza tries to help the Cubs avoid a sweep by the Pirates today at 1:35. Erik Bedard goes for the Bucs.

Trade Tree: Johan Santana

I started throwing this together after Philip Humber‘s perfect game a few weeks ago and since the Pirates faced Johan Santana last night it seemed like a good time to bring it out. If people like it I can keep doing Trade Trees for players and teams other than the Pirates.

The 2007 Twins were at a crossroads, one several teams had known before and others would see again. Their ace pitcher, the best pitcher in baseball at the time, was going to be a free agent after the next season. They had been unable to agree with him on a contract extension. It was time to talk trade. The Yankees offered Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes and other prospects. The Red Sox offered Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, and Justin Masterson. The Mets were able to get the deal done with this offer:

A sturdy pack of prospects, but nothing too exciting. What have the Twins done with those players though? That’s an interesting tale to be sure:

Branden Harris ties Johan’s trade tree to that of Chuck Knoblauch, meaning a good chunk of the last two decades of Twins history is listed here. All told, The Twins started with four players (three draft picks and one Rule 5 pick) and turned them into twenty-two players, four of which are still in their organization. In between they had six outstanding season of Johan, seven good years from Knoblauch, and several seasons of supporting work from the other 24 players listed. It’s a mixed bag of results in all of the individual deals, but you can say that about any team’s transactions. These deals helped the Twins to nine winning seasons and six playoff appearances.

Weekend Wrapup

Weekend scores:
Thursday: 1-0 Loss vs Philadelphia. Boxscore.
Saturday: 2-1 Win vs Philadelphia. Boxscore.
Sunday: 5-4 Win vs Philadelphia. Boxscore.

Season Record: 2-1, tied for 2nd in the Central.

Pretty easy to do the combined box this week, since it’s just the season totals.

Player Pos     G      AB      R      H   RBI    BB    SO      AVG
Tabata, J LF 3 14 0 3 0 0 1 0.214
Presley, A LF 3 13 0 4 2 0 2 0.308
McCutchen, A CF 3 11 1 4 1 1 2 0.364
Walker, N 2B 3 10 0 1 0 1 1 0.100
Barmes, C SS 3 9 0 0 0 0 2 0.000
Barajas, R C 2 7 0 1 0 0 2 0.143
McGehee, C 3B 2 6 1 2 1 0 0 0.333
Alvarez, P 3B 2 6 2 1 1 0 3 0.167
Jones, G 1B 2 6 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Hague, M 1B 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0.250
McKenry, M C 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0.250
McDonald, J P 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.000
Bedard, E P 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Harrison, J 3B 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
McLouth, N LF 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.000
Karstens, J P 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Navarro, Y 3B 2 0 1 0 0 2 0         —
97 7 19 6 5 20 0.196

Doubles: McGehee 2 (2), McCutchen (1), Barajas (1), Harrison (1)
Homers: Alvarez (1)

SB: McCutchen 2 (2), Tabata (1), Presley (1)

Errors: McGehee (1), Alvarez (1), Walker (1)
DP: 4 (Barmes-Walker-Jones, Alvarez-Walker-Jones, Barmes-Walker Hague, McDonald-Barmes-Jones)

Bedard (L, 0-1) 1 1 7.0 6 1 1 1 4 0 1.29 0 26 81
Karstens 1 1 6.0 5 1 1 1 2 0 1.50 0 23 85
McDonald 1 1 6.0 4 2 2 2 3 1 3.00 0 23 82
Cruz (W, 1-0) 2 0 2.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 2 9 33
Hanrahan (W, 1-0) 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0.00 1 8 39
Grilli 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0 4 21
Hughes 1 0 1.0 1 2 0 2 1 0 0.00 0 7 30
Meek 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0 3 17
Resop 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 0 5 18
Watson 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 3 12

Three solid starts from Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens and James McDonald. Pedro Alvarez getting hold of one. Matt Hague‘s first major league hit and RBI.
Exciting: Two late inning comebacks  and walk-off hits from Alex Presley and Andrew McCutchen.
Bad: The bats, but Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee can do that to any team.

Transactions: Traded Brian Tallet to San Diego for a PTBNL or cash. A quick trade tree for this one:

Up Next:

Today: Off
Tuesday: 4:10p at Los Angeles Dodgers (Probable pitchers: Kevin Correia vs Clayton Kershaw)
Wednesday: 10:10p at Los Angeles Dodgers (Erik Bedard vs Chad Billingsley)
Thursday: 10:10p at Los Angeles Dodgers (Jeff Karstens vs TBA)

2012 Opening Day Roster with Trade Tree

The Pirates made their final roster moves yesterday, putting Chris Leroux, Charlie Morton and A.J. Burnett on the Disabled List and adding Juan Cruz to the 40-man roster. Here’s the to current roster for today’s 1:35 game vs. the Phillies.


LF Alex Presley
RF Jose Tabata
CF Andrew McCutchen
2B Neil Walker
1B Garrett Jones
C   Rod Barajas
3B Pedro Alvarez
SS Clint Barmes


C Michael McKenry
IF Matt Hague
IF Josh Harrison
IF Casey McGehee
IF Yamaico Navarro
OF Nate McLouth


Erik Bedard
Jeff Karstens
James McDonald
Kevin Correia


Juan Cruz
Jason Grilli
Joel Hanrahan
Jared Hughes
Evan Meek
Chris Resop
Tony Watson


A.J. Burnett (15 day)
Charlie Morton (15 day)
Gustavo Nunez (60 day)
Chris Leroux (60 day)

In honor of the best day of the year, I updated last year’s Whole Team Trade Tree to show how this current squad was built. (Click to embiggen.) Now play ball!

Updated Trade Tree – Jack Wilson

Back in December Arizona selected Brett Lorin from the Pirates in the Rule 5 draft. Lorin wasn’t going to make the team, so on Saturday the Pirates worked out a deal with the Diamondbacks, sending them the rights to Brett Lorin in exchange for minor leaguer Robby Rowland. This gives me reason to revisit a trade tree for the first time since I started doing them. So, without further ado, here is your updated Jack Wilson Trade Tree.

Here’s the original Jack Wilson Trade Tree, if you’re interested in that.

April Fool’s Day Trade Tree – Ed Ott

If I were a major league ballplayer and someone told me I was being traded on April 1st, I’d think someone was trying to pull one over on me. However, trades do happen, even on days known for their practical jokes. Ed Ott was your average useful catcher: not great with the bat but solid behind the plate with a good arm. I remember Ott being one of my favorites as a young child, mostly because his name was easy to say and remember. Coming off of a decent 1980 season, Ott was dealt to the Angels with Mickey Mahler for Jason Thompson. The Pirates had a promising young catcher named Tony Pena ready to step in and needed a replacement for aging Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. Thompson was then immediately dealt to the Yankees for first baseman Jim Spencer and minor leaguers Greg Cochran and Fred Toliver, but the commissioner blocked the deal. This turned out to be a big boon for the Bucs. Spencer was instead dealt to Oakland midseason and was done the next year. Cochran never made the majors and Toliver bounced around as a middle reliever before ending his career pitching in 12 games for the 1993 Pirates. Thompson started at first for four years, hitting 31 HR and making the All-Star team in 1982.

Thanks again to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects for bringing this deal to my attention. Be sure to read This Day in Pirates History for more on this deal and the Tony Pena/Andy Van Slyke trade which happened six years later to the day.


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