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.
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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.
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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.
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Posted on December 10, 2012 by David Kaleida
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.
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.
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Posted on December 4, 2012 by David Kaleida
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.
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Posted on November 21, 2012 by David Kaleida
Jeremy Guthrie just signed a three year, $25M deal with the Royals. MLBTradeRumors had predicted he would sign with the Pirates so that’s more than enough for me to consider this as semi-relevant. (Guthrie was also Pittsburgh’s third round draft pick in 2001 but did not sign.) Knowing the Pirates’ desire to improve the depth of the starting rotation, it’s likely they considered Guthrie as a possibility.
But that’s neither here nor there now that Jeremy has chosen to stay in Kansas City. How did the Royals get him?
He struggled hard in the thin air of Colorado — certainly not the first or last pitcher to do so. In KC, Guthrie turned back into exactly what was expected – a league average pitcher who can take his turn every time up. How did the Rockies get him?
Colorado traded the talented but inconsistent Jason Hammel, thinking they were getting the Guthrie that eventually showed up in Kansas City. Hammel had a breakout year for the upstart Orioles, becoming the pitcher the Rockies thought they were getting from the Rays at the start of the 2009 season. Man, it’s tough being a pitcher in Denver.
Just to complete the tale, how did the Orioles get him?
So that’s the story of Jeremy Guthrie: a consistently average pitcher twice traded by teams looking for a younger pitcher with a little more upside.
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