Showing posts with label Trades. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trades. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Hinske Trade

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.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Yankees Acquire Chris Stewart

You may remember Chris Stewart because he was with the Yankees organization last year, but don't feel bad if you don't. He spent most of the year in AAA and was 1 for 3 with the Yankees. Anyway, the Yankees re-acquired him today, for a PTBNL. Hopefully this is more due to his relationship with Hughes and Kennedy and not to add depth because of Posada's injury. I would expect the former.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Elijah Dukes

There's been a lot of rumors surrounding Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher recently, and one of them will likely be traded before Spring Training, though I don't really think that's necessary. However, if we were to trade say, Xavier Nady, I think it would be a good idea to trade for a center fielder. The Nationals have a known interest in Nady, and they also have a troubled outfielder named Elijah Dukes. Dukes has had a lot of problems off the field in his career, and they were all pretty serious. However, his upside is enormous. He won't hit for a great average, but it won't be Adam Dunn bad, and he also walks a lot (15.3% walk rate), with good pop (.209 career IsoP). He is a plus defender at the corners, but I'm not sure how well he can play center, but he shouldn't be unbearably bad, and if he lives up to his offensive potential it will be well worth it. Just what is that offensive potential? In roughly half a season last year, he put up an .864 OPS and a .382 wOBA at just 24 years old. At age 30, Xavier Nady put up similar numbers: an .867 OPS and a .374 wOBA.

This move also solves a future problem. Dukes is under team control for another five years, while Nady will leave after next year. In 2010, Dukes can shift over to right, with Swisher in left (I'm not sure but I think Dukes has a better arm) and AJax in center. So instead of competing with probably five or six other teams for a thirty year-old Matt Holliday or re-signing an aging Johnny Damon, we can just use our young stud outfielder in right.

However, there are plenty of caveats to this move. First of all, would the Nats do it? Dukes's trade value is slightly deflated because of his legal troubles, but I don't know how low it is in the eyes of Jim Bowden. To be honest, I really don't know if we could get Dukes + for Nady, or if Bowden would even take a straight-up swap seriously. Second, there's Dukes' aformentioned legal troubles. I ussually don't care at all if a guy has been arrested or has had other problems, as long he plays well, I like him. But Dukes might be a different story. He has been arrested four times, has five children with four women, and threatened to kill his wife and child. Last year, the Nationals hired an ex- police officer to follow him around and keep him out of trouble, and he had no problems last year. So it is possible he has turned a corner. I mean, Josh Hamilton has done it, why can't he? So what we have to do is weigh the potential for an offensive monster who plays good D (once we move him to a corner) against the possibility that he goes back to his old ways and ends up struggling to stay on the field. What do I say? I say if a Nady-Dukes swap is availible straight up, do it. If we have to give up Swisher instead, I would want some more from the Nats. What do the rest of you think.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Trade Idea

We`re heading into January and most of the big free agents are already off the table. The Yankees have accomplished most of thier goals already. Now they may be looking to shed some payroll by trading one or two of Swisher/Nady/Damon/Matsui. Yesterday I outlined why Nady would make the most sense to be traded. Now, here`s my ideal trade scenario.

The Giants yesterday signed Randy Johnson to a one year deal. This adds to what was already a surplus of pitching. Their biggest problem is a lack of offense. They had one of the worst lineups in the league last year and, truthfully, are really missing Barry Bonds. They pretty much sucked last year but the Randy Johnson signing indicates they may be looking to compete in 2009 and in the NL West, anything can happen.

Jonathan Sanchez is a lefty with great stuff for the Giants. He`s coming off two bad years and the Giants may be willing to trade him. Hidden behind his high ERA's are some pretty nice periphereals. He's 25 years old and now would be a great time to buy low on him.

On the other hand, we have the Yankees. They`ve got a glut of corner outfielders and trading Nady makes a ton of sense for various reasons. Nady is coming off a career year and some are calling it his breakout year. Brian Sabean and the Giants could take a gamble on Nady hoping to get a star and compete in 2009. The Yanks could also throw in Phil Coke as a solid B level prospect.

So we have this:

Yankees Receive: Jonathan Sanchez

Giants Receive: Xavier Nady + Phil Coke

I`ll elaborate on the full impact of this trade later, I`m kind of tired right now. Think this is a fair trade guys?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Coco Crisp Traded to Kansas City: Boston's Black Population Decreases Another 20%

Remember when the Red Sox said that they wouldn't trade Coco Crisp unless they got a nice return? Well, they got Ramon Ramirez. Now, Ramirez is a solid reliever and had a very good year last year, and was once traded by the Yankees for Shawn Chacon, but he is far from what the Sox front office thought Coco could bring back in a deal. The Jacoby Ellsbury era has officially started.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Yanks Acquire Nick Swisher

As Charlie already said, the Yankees have traded for Nick Swisher. Like both Nate and Charlie I love this trade. Its strange how we heard nothing about this trade before it happened other than speculation on RAB (good job by them).

Swisher is a criminally underrated player. He's not the best hitter for average but he walks enough that his OBP stays high. He`s coming off a career low but that seems to be largely because of luck. His BABIP was a mere .251 last year. His EQA, even at its worst last year, was .267. With a bounceback in BABIP, which can be expected, he could get it back over .300 easily. The other aspect of this trade I love is Swisher's versatility. He play all three outfield positions as well as first base. Its not set in stone but I think he may be the answer for centerfield we`ve been looking for. He`s not a great defender in center but he`ll get the job done. He`s under control for a few more years and he`s not expensive at all.

They also got Kaneoaka Texiera. Also he`s still in the low levels of the minors, his stats look good and he could be yet another solid bullpen arm who may find his way to the majors. I don't know much about him but his stats are better than Nunez's, the other reliever in the trade. He`s not a big deal but I like him as a throw-in.

They gave up Jeff Marquez, Wilson Betemit, and Jhonny Nunez.

Marquez is a sinker-slider guy who was one of the Yankees top pitching prospects a year ago. However, his ceiling has never been very high and he had a bad, injury filled year in 2008. I don't mind giving him up at all.

Wilson Betemit we all know about. When he was traded for Proctor I liked it but he never amounted to anything with the Yankees (although neither did Procotor with the Dodgers). He doesn't hit much and his defense is middle of the road. Its easy to find guys like Betemit.

Jhonny Nunez was aquired at mid-season for Alberto Gonzalez. It was a low-level trade most people didn't even know about. He put up some okay numbers but he`s really nothing special. He`s probably about on par with Texiera. His numbers look a little worse than Texiera's though.

I love this trade, Cashman got a steal here.

YANKEES TRADE NOTHING FOR SWISHER!!!!!

YANKEES ACQUIRE 1B/OF NICK SWISHER AND RHP KANEKOA TEXEIRA FROM THE WHITE SOX
IN EXCHANGE FOR INF WILSON BETEMIT AND TWO MINOR LEAGUE PITCHERS

THEY GOT HIM FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!

Update by Nate: The two minor league pitchers are Jeff Marquez and Johnny Nunez. Marquez was once a solid prospect but his numbers have decreased significantly recently, and is now not much of a prospect. Johnny Nunez put up decent numbers after being acquired for the Nationals for Alberto Gonzalez, but he is a relief pitcher, and doesn't profile as a closer, so he's really a spare part. Betemit has shown potential, but has not produced very much and should be replaceable.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cano for Cain?

I just read this article on NoMaas, in which Lane Meyer makes the case for a trade of Robinson Cano to San Francisco for Matt Cain. I strongly recommend reading the article, because Lane makes a very interesting case, and says it much better than I can. To summarize, Cain is a young, durable, talented young arm under control for the next three years. I love Cano, but this trade does seem to make a lot of sense. The only question I would have about a trade like this is whether or not this would be selling low on Cano, considering he is coming off such a poor year. However, I think Cain is a good bounty for Cano, even if last year had never happened. Considering there is a replacement availible on the free agent market in Orlando Hudson, I think this trade is both realistic and beneficial for both teams.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Manny Talks Heating Up

There have been talks on going that the Sox have been in discussion with the Marlins and possibly the Pirates to swing a three way deal. Will Carroll believes that the Commissioner's Office has received word of the players involved in the deal. Though they have not agreed on the prospects yet here is how the trade is looking now: 
  • Marlins get Manny Ramirez, one prospect (BOS), and cash (likely Ramirez’s remaining salary) 
  • Pirates get Jeremy Hermida and three prospects (two FLO, one BOS) 
  • Red Sox get Jason Bay and John Grabow
Peter Gammons says talks will continue into tomorrow. We will keep you posted as the news gets out.

This is good news for the Yankees, Man-Ram always rips on the Yankee pitching. I think he will adjust well in Florida. He can do whatever the hell he wants and no one will care, because no one watches the games. He said this to ESPN Deportes today: 

“The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me. During my years here I’ve seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn’t want them to try to turn the fans against them. “The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy. I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don’t deserve me. I’m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price and I don’t have peace here"

What a Guy.
























Please Trade Me

LaTroy Hawkins Traded to Astros

Recently DFA'd LaTroy Hawkins has been traded to the Houston Astros for Matt Cusick. Cusick is a 22 year old second baseman currently in A-ball. I don't know what level he will play at for the Yankees, but here is some background info on him: He was a tenth-round pick out USC in 2007. While at USC, he had an OPS over .800 all three years he played there, including a .970 OPS his second year. Last year he had an .807 OPS in 92 games at Low-A. So far in High-A this year, he has an .832 OPS.

Breaking: Yanks Trade for Pudge

I don't have a link yet, but i just saw this on ESPNEWS. According to Buster Olney, the Yankees have traded Kyle Farnsworth to the Tigers for Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. I like this trade for the Yankees. Farnsworth is average at best, and the Yankees have guys in the minors who could easily replace him. Pudge has an OPS+ of 101 this year, so he's about a league average pitcher, which is solid out of the catcher spot, and he plays plus defense. This isn't a season changing move, but it should definitely help the Yankees.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Washburn to Yankees Close to Done

MLBTR is reporting that Washburn to the Yankees may be done within 48 hours. Olney suggests that the move is a salary dump with $13-14MM still owed to Washburn ($3-4MM in '08, $10.35MM in '09). I hope they dump Kei Igawa to the Mariners.

Nady Trade Reconfigured

According to Pete Abe, the last two players in the trade for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte are not Phil Coke and George Kontos, but Jeff Karstens and Dan McCutchen. I don't like this trade as much anymore, but I still like it a lot. McCutchen will end up being better than Coke and Kontos, but Karstens is basically worthless.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Trade Analysis

So you all know the trade right now: Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte for Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, Phil Coke and George Kontos. While it's hard to say for sure until a few years from now, I would say the Yankees won this trade. Nady is a good righty bat who will step in and help immediatley. The same goes for Marte, as he gives us the good lefty we have wanted all year, and gives us an excuse to DFA LaTroy Hawkins. Also, these are not rentals. Marte has a $6 million option for next year, and will probably be a type A free agent if the Yankees let him walk. Nady still has two arbitration years left, and could step in as the everyday right fielder next year if Bobby Abreu walks. He also gives us some versatility because he can play first base. Now to the guys we sent away. Tabata is the centerpiece of this deal. He could be great, but he could just as easily be bad. He is nineteen years old, and has some nice tools, but he's almost all projection at this point, and probably wouldn't have helped the big club very soon anyway. Some people are very high on Ross Ohlendorf, but I am not. I think he could be a solid number three starter one day, but I believe that is his ceiling. That's valuable, but the Yankees have a crowded future rotation, which may become more crowded if the Yankees sign CC Sabathia. I see Coke and Kontos as spare parts who may be number five starters or decent middle relievers one day, but could very easily flame out in the minors.

Breaking News

The Yankees have traded Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, Phil Coke and George Kontos to the Pirates for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte! More details as they come. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Yankees after Washburn

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are taking a look at Jarrod Washburn. This is from MLBTR:

Washburn, 34 in August, has a 4.75 ERA in 110 innings this year.  For what it's worth, he has a 3.03 ERA in 62.3 innings since May 25th. That's cherry-picking, though - 4.50-4.75 is Washburn's level.  He can chew up 190 innings at the back end of a rotation.

Washburn is owed $10.35MM in '09, and has limited no-trade protection.  Olney believes it would mainly be a salary dump, and the Mariners might consider something like Kei Igawaand a secondary prospect. Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn't struck a deal with the Ms since '03, when he worked with Pat Gillick on an Armando Benitez for Jeff Nelson swap.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Should The Yankees Trade Moose?

Paul Sullivan, a comedian and a Red Sox fan who has made appearances on Cold Pizza (I know, those are some pretty amazing credentials) posed this question on his blog today. Sully thinks the Yankees should trade Moose now, while his value is high, because the Yankees are in a rebuilding year and could get an "impact" player for the future. For one, I'm not ready to give up on this season just yet. The Yankees are currently 3.5 games behind the Rays for the Wild Card spot, and as of today, have a positive run differential. They have won 17 of their last 26, and according to Replacement Level, have outscored opponents by 1.2 runs/game over that span, good for a 98-64 record when projected over the whole season. So the first part of Sully's argument is not really true. But say the Yankees decide they don't have a good chance this year, and officially deem it a rebuilding year, maybe through some declaration from Hank the Tank. What would Mike Mussina net in a trade? Probably not the "impact" prospect Sully believes he would. Which teams would be interested in his services? Let's look at some pitching-starved NL teams, the most realistic trade partners. The Braves, Phillies, Cardinals and Brewers seem like the best candidates. Would the Braves be willing to give up Jordan Schafer, Brandon Jones or Gorkys Hernandez? Would the Phillies give up Carlos Carrasco, Adrian Cardenas or Joe Savery? Would the Cardinals give up Colby Rasmus? Or the Brewers Matt LaPorta? I can almost guarantee the answer to all those questions is no. For one, Moose has been better than expected thus far, but is really just a hair above average, with a 106 ERA+. Also, he is a 38 year-old reliever with diminished stuff who seems destined for a collapse (I hope that doesn't happen, but its just a feeling I have). Maybe most importantly, he is owed $13 million this year. Given that combination, you're simply not going to get an A level prospect for a half-year rental. Now let's look at the upside of keeping him. If Moose continues to pitch this way, he will gain Type A free agent status. That means that the Yankees will get the first round pick of the team who signs him, plus a supplemental round pick. With those two draft picks, the Yankees will likely get better players than they would acquire through a trade.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

What? You Want an Aging Left Fielder?

I saw this post on MLBTR about the Padres' outfield situation. Basically, they want a better left fielder to sure up their outfield. Immediately, I thought MATSUI! or Damon. Of course, the Yankees would have to keep part of their salary, but we could probably get a decent return, along with the added roster flexibility. MLBTR mentions Wilfredo Ledezma and Clay Hensley as possible trade candidates. I would be happy with either one of those guys as part of a package, but we would need more than one of those two. I have a feeling they wouldn't want to part with Kevin Kouzmanoff, but there's always a chance, considering he's blocking top prospect Chase Headley (I'm assuming Kouz could play first). Not saying anything will happen, but I think the Yankees should at least explore this.

Friday, February 8, 2008

News and Notes

Random stuff from a slow news day:

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bedard Deal All But Finished

Erik Bedard is currently in Seattle for his physical, which means that Adam Jones and George Sherrill have already passed theirs. A press conference is expected tomorrow, and the deal should soon be made official.