Thursday, August 1, 2013

Baseball Trade Deadline Recap

Baseball Trade Deadline recap Yesterday was the last day for MLB teams to make non-waiver trades. This trade deadline was one of the most boring because barely any trades were made. There were only 7 trades made in the last 24 hours. I will recap all the trades for you

. Indians get: RHP Marc Rzepczynski
Cardinals get: Juan Herrera
Analysis: The Indians want a stronger bullpen and they believe they got the piece they need. Rzepczynski has struggled this year in 10.1 innings and a 7.84 ERA plus a 9/4 K/BB.

 Juan Herrera seems to be someone to watch in an already strong Cardinals farm system. He gets on base, hits for a nice average, and has some speed. He won't hit for much power but that is not what shortstops are known for.

 A's get: Alberto Callaspo
 Angels get: Grant Green
 Analysis: The Angels were expected to make a run at the playoffs after signing Josh Hamilton and already having Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in their lineup but that has not worked out so far. Alberto Callaspo is 30 years old and was acquired by the A's to help them win back-back divisional titles.

 Grant Green is a 25 year old who is a great minor league hitter with a career .306 line in 4 minor league seasons. He struggled a bit in his big league debut but he has the potential to hit for a good big league average with some power and speed.
 Red Sox Get: Jake Peavy and Bryan Villarreal
White Sox Get: Avisail Garcia, Clueluis Rondon, Francellis Montas, and JB Wendelken
 Tigers get: Jose Isglesias
Analysis: In what might be the biggest trade deadline deal of the season 7 total players were moved. Jake Peavy would not help the W. Sox as they are rebuilding, Bryan Villarreal will most likely fit in the big leagues as a reliever but he has struggled with his command in 7 big league games this year.

 Avisail Garcia has potential to be a 20-20 guy but does not have a very good eye. Cleuluis Rondon is playing very well this year with a .276 average with 6 steals and 1 home run. His lifetime average doesn't look the best a .216 but he has potential. Francellis Montas is struggling this year with a 5.70 ERA in the low minors but he has nice command for a power pitcher but has a HR/9 of 1.1. JB Wendelken has some potential as he is doing very well this year with a 2.77 ERA in 27 relief appearances he has a pretty good strikeout rate and his walk rate is slightly under 3.

 Jose Islgesias has been one of the Red Sox top prospects and has done very well this year. He most likely will be in the major leagues for the Tigers when Jhonny Peralta is suspended. He has a lifetime .257 minor league average and is hitting .202 this season in AAA. He has some speed which can help the power hitting Tigers
 Diamondbacks get Joe Thatcher, Matt Stiles, Compensation Round B pick
 Padres get Ian Kennedy
Analysis Joe Thatcher has done very well for the Padres this year with an ERa of 2.10 and 2+ strikeouts in 30 innings but the Padres are rebuilding and he obviously does not fit into their plans. Max Stites has the potential to be a star reliever with a lifetime minor league ERA of 1.53 and a 2.08 one in AA. He strikes out a lot of hitters and barely walks any. He is definitely someone to watch.

 Ian Kennedy seemed to be a future star after a great 2011 but has struggled since then and was sent to the Padres. The Padres home ballpark is a pitchers park and he has an advantage there. He is under team control until 2015 and he has until then to turn it around.

Royals get Justin Maxwell
Astros get Kyle Smith
Analysis Justin Maxwell has struggled with injuries this year and has a MLB lifetime batting average of .222. He strikes out a lot and has decent speed. Kyle Smith has done pretty well this year with a ERA of 2.85 and an 8.3 K/9. He could potentially fit in the back end of a big league rotation.

 O's get Bud Norris and International Signing Bonus Slot 91
 Astros get L.J. Hoes, Josh Hader, and Competitive Balance Round A pick
Analysis Bud Norris has done fairly well this year with a 3.91 ERA in 126 innings but the Astros are rebuilding. He is a solid pick up for the O's who need a pitcher for the stretch drive. He is mainly a ground ball pitcher but can still strikeout hitters.

 L.J. Hoes is a hitter with potential who can be an outfielder for the Astros for a while. He has already seen some big league time and is 0-9. He is a lifetime .286 minor league hitter with speed and some power. Josh Hader has impressed as a starter this season with a 2.65 ERA. He has had some struggles with his command but it is expected for a young minor league pitcher.

Dodgers get: Drew Butera
Twins get: PTBNL
Analysis: Butera has appeared in one big league game last year facing 4 batters and striking out one. Wait he is a catcher. Butera isn't really much and will most likely play a limited roll. He is not a very good hitter and is more know for defense. But he has also made a big league pitching appearance.

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