SHUT THE HELL UP YOU HYPOCRITICAL MORONS!!!!
-Yeah, I’m talking to all the writers claiming the Yankees were big losers at the trade deadline. I find it funny that these people bash the Yankees for opening the vault all the time and spending $200 million on payroll. Now they bash them for NOT adding more payroll? Ubaldo Jimenez was way too expensive. Three top prospects for a guy with a 4.08 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in interleague play? Yes, it’s only 79.1 innings but it tells me something. It also tells me something when a team like the Rockies, who need pitcing in that ballpark, trade what appears to be a front of the rotation guy who’s signed on the cheap. Hmmm. Prospects flame out all the time, but that doesn’t mean you trade 3 or 4 of your best for one pitcher, especially when Baseball America and other outlets, rank those prospects in the top 50 in the world. Erik Bedard? Glass. Rich Harden? Already broken glass. I applaud Cashman for his discretion. The Yankees have enough to win the World Series right now.
Rockies RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland for LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Alex White, RHP Joe Gardner and 1B Matt McBride.
-Wow Cleveland. A make or break move. The Indians acquired Ubaldo Jimenez in the hopes that he can lead them to a division title this year. Then, as discussed above, he’s signed on the cheap for 2 more years. The problem is they potentially gave up a ton. 2010 first round pick Drew Pomeranz is a 22-year old left hander who’s 6’5”. In 91 innings this year between Single and Double-A, he has a 1.98 ERA with 112 strikeouts. He could be in the Rockies rotation sometime in 2012 and a fixture in 2013 and beyond. They also gave up 2009 first round pick Alex White. The 22-year old right hander had a 3.60 ERA in three starts in Cleveland before going down with a finger injury. The trade clearly gives them a better chance to win right now but a smaller market/payroll team like Cleveland is really taking a risk when they give up two rotation pitchers like this. There’s a reason Colorado wanted to unload Jimenez (concern over drop in velocity?) so they did amazing with this haul.
Astros OF Hunter Pence to the Phillies for RHP Jarred Cosart, 1B Jonathan Singleton, RHP Josh Zeid and PTBNL
Astros OF Michael Bourn to the Braves for OF Jordan Schafer, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Paul Clemens and RHP Juan Abreu.
-Ed Wade (GM of the Astros) is insane. He gets a nice haul from Philadelphia in the Hunter Pence trade and then simply gives away Michael Bourn to Atlanta. Are you serious dude? You couldn’t get 1 of Mike Minor, Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran or Arodys Vizcaino? Um, you do realize it takes parts to rebuild right? You can’t rebuild using air!
Rangers 1B Chris Davis and RHP Tommy Hunter to the Orioles for RHP Koji Uehara.
Rangers LHP Robbie Erlin and RHP Joe Wieland to the Padres for RHP Mike Adams.
-Jon Daniels (GM of the Rangers) is the anti-Ed Wade. It was a stroke of pure genius getting Koji Uehara and Mike Adams. Between those two and Neftali Feliz, the Rangers made the game a 6 inning affair. Even Ron Washington shouldn’t be able to screw this up. They gave up a lot and they will hope Chris Davis doesn’t finally turn into the 30-homer monster people have expected for three years now, but clearly he wasn’t helping them now. We’ll see what happens in a few years when Tommy Hunter, Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland aren’t around to fill the void in the rotation but something tells me if the Rangers are sporting some championship bling, they won’t care at all.
-How sad is it when Erik Bedard is the healthy option? The Red Sox had a deal in place to acquire Rich Harden for first base prospect Lars Anderson. They backed out when they read the medical report. Did you really need a medical report to know that Harden is an arm explosion waiting to happen? The Sox gave up a lot (in terms of bodies) for the brittle Bedard but in two starts against Texas this year, Bedard has a 3.75 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Besides, Boston always has the money to restock the cupboard anyway. They didn’t give up any top prospects, just middle of the roster potential players.
-YAY PIRATES!! Teams with no money have to do the little things right to win. The Pirates were basically getting negative production from left field and first base. In getting Derrek Lee, they get a player who’s still one of the better defensive players at his position. In addition, he’s been ripping the ball since the break to the tune of a .906 OPS. The Pirates pick up the $2.3 million he’s owed and in exchange, they merely give up a 24-year first base prospect who’s still at Single-A and hitting .282. No biggie. The Ludwick acquisition I’m much less excited about but he does have 64 RBI on the year. People talk about his weak home numbers because he plays in Petco but he’s still just a .258/.300/.398 player on the road. That being said, he’s still better than Matt Diaz, Xavier Paul and Steven Pearce and it cost only cash considerations of a player to be named later. If the PTBNL is nothing, good move.
-The Padres are winners. Well done Jed Hoyer. Yes, they kept Heath Bell but he wants to stay and is willing to give them a slight discount in exchange for a 3-year deal. Even if he leaves, the Padres will get two compensatory draft picks which could easily turn out better than what they were offering. Then, by trading Mike Adams, they received Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland from Texas. Erlin is a 20-year old already pitching at Double-A. In three seasons in the minors he has a 9.6 K/9 and a 1.1 BB/9 rate. That’s fantastic. Get a guy like that pitching in Petco and you’ve got yourself a middle of the rotation starter for a long time. Joe Wieland is also an impressive hurler who actually just tossed a no-hitter on Friday night. On the year he has a 1.80 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 129.2 innings. All that with only 15 walks. He’s still just 21-years old so the Padres traded a reliever they picked up off the scrap heap from Milwaukee, used him for a little over one season and turned him into two pieces of their future rotation. Nicely done.
-The Phillies acquisition of Hunter Pence makes a lot of sense only for the right now. With all the parts in that offense, the Phillies are still only 12th in baseball in runs scored. While Pence is hitting .306 his BABIP is a whopping .365. He’s getting very lucky and is probably still just a .280 hitter. More concerning is he’s now striking out 19.7% of the time when in the last two years he was at 16.8 and 16.0 respectively. He gives the Phillies a more secure option in 2011 but I don’t think he’s any better long term than Domonic Brown. Of course the good news is the Phillies got to keep Brown too. So for 2012, the outfield can be Victorino, Pence and Brown. Nice job.
-Kudos to Frank Wren, GM of the Braves, for scoring Michael Bourn from Houston without giving up ANY of his top 4 pitching prospects. Again, really Ed Wade?
-GM Bill Smith (Twins) is lucky he still has a job. Depending on which news source you believe, he was on the verge of trading Denard Span for Drew Storen and some junk. The Nationals somehow balked because of the insistence on Storen. Idiots. Storen has a live arm but he’s a reliever. You trade relievers for everyday centerfielders. Span is a legit leadoff hitter with excellent on base skills and a 90% contact rate. He’s also a plus defender in center field who’s 27-years old and signed cheaply through 2015.
-Boo Detroit!!! Doug Fister? Yes, I see the 3.33 ERA too but he pitches in Safeco and has arguably the best defense behind him. His 0.43 HR/9 is insane because of his home ballpark. His xFIP is really a 3.91. I understand Detroit isn’t a hitters paradise but he’s Doug Fister? You traded Charlie Furbush (that’s his real name people), Casper Wells and two more prospects for Fister and David Pauley? Hmm, I wonder if this was the type of deal most dumbass writers thought the Yankees should make? This is what happens when you make desperation moves people. I think the Tigers were better off keeping their parts and just allowing 20-year old Jacob Turner to stay in the rotation.
-Add baseball ruin to the financial ruin in Los Angeles. They couldn’t get Hiroki Kuroda to drop his no-trade clause and then they trade their top hitting prospect, outfielder Trayvon Robinson, to get involved in the 3-team deal that sent Erik Bedard to Boston, in order to acquire catcher Tim Federowicz and two pitching prospects. Robinson is 23 and has hit .293/.375/.563 with 26 homers at Triple-A this year. Future star. What they received was a defensive catcher. He was Boston’s 21st best prospect. HAHAHA. Not 21st in the nation, simply 21st in the Boston organization.
-Bravo Seattle. Now that Bill Bavasi is no longer destroying that franchise, I can say things like this. They traded Erik Bedard, Josh Fields, Doug Fister and David Pauley and received Trayvon Robinson, Chih-Hsien Chiang, Charlie Furbush, Francisco Martinez, Casper Wells and one of Detroits top 3 draft picks from 2010 (3B Nick Castellanos, RHP Chance Ruffin and LHP Drew Smyly). If it’s Castellanos, it’s robbery but chances are it’s one of the two arms. Still a great haul for nothing. I discussed Robinson earlier but Chiang, who they received from Boston, is a 23-year outfielder who is hitting .338/.399/.647 with 18 homers at Double-A this year. He and Robinson can fill two outfield spots for a long time.
-Why is Melky Cabrera still on the Royals? This was a clear case of sell high. They have Lorenzo Cain killing it at Triple-A and Cabrera is blocking the way. Plenty of teams wanted to acquire a bat and Cabrera had the stats to get them a very solid prospect. Don’t get that one.
-Finally, the Orioles. By getting Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis, they received two extremely solid prospects for Uehara. Hunter figures to fill a mid to back of the rotation and Davis once again is mauling Triple-A pitching. Between him and Mark Reynolds, the O’s could have 60-80 homers in the middle of their batting order. Unfortunately they may combine to hit .222.