And so we begin the 2009 trade deadline tag. A little earlier then I expected but that's okay.
First a look at the players in the deal:
Eric Fryer- Fryer came over from the Brewers in the trade that sent them Chase Wright. Other than that I don't know to much about him. I do know that he didn't appear on any of the Yankees prospect lists I raed before this year and he's done nothing to move onto them so far this year. He's hit .250/.333/.344 this year in A+ ball after hitting .335/.407/.506 last year in A ball. He was originally a catcher but hasn't seen much time there since his rookie year. If he has a ML future, its as a corner outfielder. He's also 24 which seems a little old to still be in A ball. No great loss here.
Casey Erickson- I don't know much about Erickson either. I don't recall seeing him on any top prospect lists either. Anyway, he's a 24 year old reliever in A ball. His numbers this year are undeniably good, a 2.54 FIP is always nice, and his numbers in past years are also good but you would hope that at 24 and being a reliever, he would be at least in Trenton by now. He's a non-prospect . I'm really at a loss as to what the Pirates might see in him. Their moves just don't make any sense to me.
Eric Hinske- Hinske has never truly lived up to the potential that many people say in him when he won the Rookie of the Year award as a young third baseman for the Blue Jays. He stuck around with Toronto for a couple years before being acquired in mid 2006 by Boston to bolster their bench. Hinske played the part well providing them with some power and demonstrated his versatility at first, third, and both corner outfield spots. He would be brough back in the the same role in 2007 for them but was much less succesful. He has never been an average hitter but its tough to hit .204 and still be useful. The Red Sox let him go but he caught on with the Rays and enjoyed a career renaissance with his most valuable year since his rookie season. His EQA jumped from .269 and .256 in his year and a half with Boston to .288. This past offseason he found very little interest but still managed to wring a one year, 1.5 million dollar deal from the Pirates and started out well with a .280 EQA. The question with Hinske is whether we're getting the Pirates/Rays version of him or the Red Sox version of him. If his resurgence is for real then we're getting a very solid bench player who can spell A-Rod, Texeira, Matsui, Damon, and Swisher as well as anybody and quite possibly better than Nady. The Pirates are also pickin up half of what little remains on his contract.
All in all I think this was a very nice under the radar move by Cashman. Its not a huge flashy acquistion like, say Huston Street or Matt Holliday, but in a tight division like the AL East when things could be decided by a game or two, this one guy could be a difference maker while Fryer and Erickson will probably amount to nothing. I have no idea what the Pirates were thinking though. It doesn't make sense to me for them to sign this guy and then trade him and pick up his one year contract in a trade for two guys like Fryer and Erickson.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Hinske Trade
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