Trades seem to be something everybody likes to talk about and there were a couple yesterday, so let’s get at it:
Trade #1: The New York Stankees obtained Todd Frazier and two RHP’s from the Chicago White Sox for RHP Tyler Clipard, OF Blake Rutherford (a big prospect – #30), a LHP and another OF.
- Yankees. What is the purpose here? Frazier is 31, so it’s not a long-term gig. He has a .207/.328/.432 line – so it’s not hitting – though he does have 16 HR and 44 RBI – so I guess the answer is anything this guy can give will help. But I’m wondering if the real gem of this trade is David Robertson (4-2, 2.7 ERA with 13 of 14 converted saves – with the White Sox!). I’ve heard the Yankees have a dumpster fire for a bullpen and they need help. The third player P Kahnle sounds like he could be a strong performer down the line.
- Chicago has decided to go into Houston type tank mode. From what I’m reading, they have picked up 10 of the top 100 prospects in baseball. Trust the process I guess.
Trade #2: Detroit trades Catcher J. D. Martinez to Arizona for three prospects.
- For Detroit, waving the white flag makes sense here and trying to build for the future makes even more sense. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more moves out of Detroit including possibly the unthinkable and trading Mr. Kate Upton (err, Justin Verlander). But my question is why do you trade a Catcher, particularly one who performs offensively? For a AA 3B, a single-A SS, and another SS below that? I guess the answer may lie in the future – does Detroit go all out and trade more? Do they give in to a “trust the process” philosophy and try to rebuild everything?
- Arizona is building for a potential meeting against the Dodgers in October, and hey, they have just as much as chance at that as anybody else in the NL. A Catcher with offense (.305 BA, 16 HR, 39 RBI) is always a good thing, but again, this is a player that goes on the market at the end of the season. Even if he does stay into next season, can he continue to perform?
My guess is that our friend Harvey would have liked this deal.
What happened in MLB last night?
- Bartolo Colon was pitching for Minny last night, but the Yankees had a five run fifth that and that was it – the Yankees won 6-3. Damn.
- Wait, San Francisco won a game? And this one was against Cleveland? What the hell is going on with Cleveland???
- The Dodgers are now 30-4 in their last 34 games. Simply amazing. Who can stop these guys, or better question – are they peaking way too soon?