Mark Trumbo Trade Tree

Well, there goes one option for first base. The Angels have traded Mark Trumbo to Arizona in a three team deal with the White Sox. Obviously Trumbo’s power plays anywhere but you have to think they would have been better served getting one of the many available outfield options.

Arizona has used five draft picks, four amateur free agents and one waiver claim to end up with Trumbo, Patrick Corbin, A.J. Schugel and a PTBNL. Most of those parts left via the Dan Haren deal.

Not pictured here is Hector Santiago going from Chicago to Los Angeles. (Click to embiggen)

Mark  Trumbo Diamondbacks

Ian Kennedy Trade Tree

In the course of last week’s trade deadline, a simple question came across my twitter feed:

This was referring to the Diamondbacks trading Ian Kennedy to San Diego for reliever Joe Thatcher and a minor league reliever. Let’s see if it’s true. (click to embiggen)

Ian Kennedy Diamondbacks

Arizona still has some hope to come out okay in these deals if Daniel Hudson can come back from his second torn UCL to be the same pitcher he was before. He’s only 26 this year so time is on his side. But for now, @BigMike05 is right. Joe Thatcher is the only active piece the Diamondbacks have from trading Max Scherzer to Detroit.

Justin Upton Trade Tree

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.

Justin  Upton Braves

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.

Justin  Upton Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks Wrap Up

Scores:
Monday: 4-0 Win vs. Arizona. Bedard rebounds with a good start. Box score.
Tuesday: 10-4 Loss vs. Arizona. Grilli’s first blow up in months. Box score.
Wednesday: 7-6 Win vs. Arizona. Walker knocks in 5. Box score.
Thursday: 6-3 Loss vs. Arizona. Bats can’t outpace 3 2-run HRs. Box score.

Season Record: 63-48, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.5 games back

Notes: This series easily could have gone better. Arizona is a good team and appears to be an even match for the Pirates. The Bucs left 51 men on base in the series, almost 13 per game. Third base (Pedro Alvarez and Josh Harrison) had zero hits in the series. Every otehr position except for pitcher had at least three. Erik Bedard was the star of the pitching staff with seven shutout innings. The other pitchers combined for a 6.21 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 29 innings.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Marte, S, LF 15 3 6 3 2 4 2 0.400 0.471
McCutchen, A, CF 15 4 6 2 1 2 2 0.400 0.412
Walker, 2B 15 3 4 7 0 4 7 0.267 0.250
Snider, RF 13 3 6 1 0 3 6 0.462 0.462
Sanchez, G, 1B 11 2 5 1 0 1 5 0.455 0.455
McKenry, C 8 1 2 1 0 1 5 0.250 0.250
Jones, G, RF, 1B 8 1 2 0 2 0 1 0.250 0.400
Barmes, SS 8 0 2 0 0 1 3 0.250 0.250
Harrison, 3B 8 0 0 0 0 2 10 0.000 0.000
Mercer, SS 7 1 1 2 0 2 0 0.143 0.125
Barajas, C 7 0 1 1 0 2 4 0.143 0.125
Alvarez, 3B 6 0 0 0 2 2 2 0.000 0.250
Correia, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Bedard, P 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500
Karstens, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.000
Rodriguez, W, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
Presley, PH 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000 0.500
  Totals 131 18 36 18 8 28 51 0.275 0.317

Batting
Doubles (6): Barmes 2 (13), Snider (3), McKenry (10), McCutchen (22), Walker (25)
Triples (1): Marte (2)
Home Runs (4): Marte 2 (4), Walker (13), Mercer (1)

Fielding
Errors: Alvarez 2 (18), Jones 2 (5), Mercer (1)
DP: (Snider-Walker-Jones)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Bedard (W, 6-12) 7.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0.00 0.29
Correia (W, 9-6) 6.0 6 4 3 3 5 0 4.50 1.50
Karstens 6.0 8 3 3 0 4 1 4.50 1.33
Rodriguez, W (L, 7-11) 6.0 7 4 4 2 2 2 6.00 1.50
Locke 2.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Qualls (H, 13) 2.0 3 1 1 0 1 0 4.50 1.50
Resop (H, 7) 1.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.60
Hughes, J 1.7 5 5 5 1 2 2 27.00 3.60
Watson (H, 12) 1.3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 0.75
Hanrahan (S, 33) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00
Grilli (H, 26)(BS, 2)(L, 1-4) 1.0 4 4 4 0 1 1 36.00 4.00
  Totals 36.0 36 21 20 7 26 6 5.00 1.19

Transactions: Optioned OF Alex Presley to AAA. Recalled LHP Jeff Locke.

Series Preview: The Diamondbacks

Current record: 61-46, 2nd place in NL Central, 4.5 games back

Up Next: Arizona Diamondbacks, 55-53, 3rd place in NL West, 4.0 games back

Season Series: 2-1

Notes: The D-backs are hanging in the NL West race and have the best run differential (+32) in their division. Their moves at the deadline were trading 3B Ryan Roberts to Tampa Bay, acquiring 3B Chris Johnson from Houston and trading RP Craig Breslow to Boston for RP Matt Albers. They also recently got SS Stephen Drew back from injury. LF Jason Kubel and 1B Paul Goldschmidt have led the offense with OPS’s of .913 and .902.

Familiar Faces: None

Probable Pitchers
Monday: LH Wade Miley (12-6, 126.2 IP, 95 K, 2.98 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)
vs. LH Erik Bedard (5-12, 104.1 IP, 100 K, 4.83 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)

Miley was an All Star this year and has the numbers to back it up. Bedard starts for the second Monday in a row after having his turn pushed back again.

Tuesday: LH Patrick Corbin (3-4, 45.0 IP, 35 K, 3.60 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)
vs. RH Jeff Karstens (4-2, 56.0 IP, 42 K, 3.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)

Karstens pitched very well in his last start, but wasn’t very efficient and only went 5 innings. He’ll look to stretch that out farther this time.

Wednesday: RH Ian Kennedy (10-8, 141.0 IP, 123 K, 4.15 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
vs. RH Kevin Correia (8-6, 110.1 IP, 52 K, 4.49 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

Well, look who’s back. Correia gets a spot start after being bumped from the rotation for Wandy Rodriguez. Kennedy was a Cy Young candidate last year but has returned to his expected level of production this season.

Thursday: LH Joe Saunders (5-8, 113.1 IP, 79 K, 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
vs. LH Wandy Rodriguez (7-10, 143.2 IP, 98 K, 3.82 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)

Wandy was okay Friday vs Cincinnati, but Pirate fans are looking for him to step it up and dominate in his third start for the club.

No lineups yet.

Bucs’ Trades = Win

Interesting deals by the Pirates at Saturday’s trading deadline. Gone are:

Bobby Crosby, SS (to Diamondbacks) .224/.301/.295
Ryan Church, OF (to Diamondbacks) .182/.240/.312
DJ Carrasco, P (to Diamondbacks) 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 7.3 K/9
Octavio Dotel, P (to Dodgers) 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 10.8 K/9
$500,000 cash (to Dodgers)
Javier Lopez, P (to Giants) 2.79 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 5.1 K/9

The pitchers will be missed. All were effective and part of a strong bullpen. Crosby and Church were ineffective to put it nicely. The thing that all of these players have in common is that none of them were part of the long term plan and all are (or should be) easily replaceable for next season. In return the Pirates received:

Chris Snyder, C (from Diamondbacks) .231/.352/.426
Pedro Ciriaco, SS (from Diamondbacks) (AAA) .259/.278/.392
$3,000,000 cash (from Diamondbacks)
James McDonald, P (from Dodgers) (AAA) 4.41 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 8.1 K/9
Andrew Lambo, OF (from Dodgers) (AA) .271/.325/.420
John Bowker, OF (from Giants) (AAA) .310/.388/.594
Joseph Martinez, P (from Giants) (AAA) 3.32 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.2 K/9

That’s a Ryan Doumit clone with better D, 2 rotation candidates, one OF who could come up now, one young OF who projects very well, a toolsy SS prospect, AND a wad of dough. If there’s anything not to like here I can’t see it. For more analysis and detailed breakdown on the young guys check the blogroll to the left. There have been several good articles written since Saturday.

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