I love that at this point we've probably moved from confusing our league members about why all this other crap is here to confusing people in New Zealand about why we took a break from writing about their soccer team. (Teddy)
- Waived Francisco Cervelli, C, New York (AL) [6/15]
- Traded Raul Ibanez, OF, Philly and Kendry Morales 1B/Moron, Anaheim and their 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft to The Little Green One for James Shields, SP, Tampa Bay and Denard Span, OF, Minnesota [6/17]
- Released Luke Hochevar, SP, Kansas City [6/17]
But I actually like the Denard Span pickup even more for this team--they need steals and runs, and he's replacing the Dessicated Remains of Johnny Damon and Single Season Fluke Carlos Quentin, both fairly fungible parts. Now the price was sizeable--Morales is a fun keeper for 2011 and a 3rd rounder is nothing to sneeze at. Still, they've probably added 5-8 points through this deal while sacrificing nothing for this year. You really can't ask for much more than that out of a trade. (El Angelo)
I'm a little more intrigued that he managed to slip Raul Ibanez in as part of the deal; that doesn't seem like someone who'd be going in this direction in a trade like this. I'm slightly less high on Span than you are, so I like the deal slightly less. That said, points for managing to turn the malignancy of Morales's leg break into, if not lemonade, at least tumorade. (Teddy)
The Situation Room
- Traded Justin Upton, OF, Arizona, Fausto Carmona, SP, Cleveland and Drew Stubbs, OF, Cincy to pastywhite tyrone for Chad Billingsley, SP, Los Angeles, Jonathan Broxton, RP, Los Angeles and Corey Hart, OF, Milwaukee [6/16]
- Signed Hong-Chi Kuo, RP, Los Angeles [6/17]
- Signed Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Houston; Released Brandon League, RP, Seattle [6/18]
To illustrate my rationale for this trade, let's play name that outfielder:
OF #1: .326 OBP, 11 HR, 40 R, 34 RBI, 10 SB
OF #2: .341 OBP, 8 HR, 31 R, 41 RBI 3 SB
#1 is Justin Upton, #2 is Delmon Young, who we'll get to in a little bit but will note was waiver wire material this week. Now I recognize that Upton's probably better than he's shown this year, but at this point, the man remains potential over performance, partially because Arizona sucks, and partially because he's still 23 for crissakes. He hits three spots of keeperdom level next year, which is a lot for a guy who to me, hasn't quite established himself as the star everyone thinks he is.
So cashing him in now was my mission, and in return, I've received a stud closer, a potential stud pitcher, and a useful outfielder. All are potentially keepable for next year, or worst, can be flipped for other component parts. Upton, by contrast, wasn't drawing a ton of interest in the trade market--most competitors were either set in outfield or didn't want to swallow his low OBP. This isn't to say I snookered the competition, but instead, I just took a stand on an opinion on a guy I'm less high on than I was 4 months ago. (El Angelo)
- Released Reid Brignac, SS, Tampa Bay [6/17]
Damn, Tampa is deep in the MI. If I was allowed to take the translated minor league stats of their AAA MI, I'd do it in a heartbeat. (Teddy)
Jeters Never Prosper
- Signed Jason Hammel, SP, Colorado [6/13]
Yes, in my house we call this "pulling a Cueto". (Teddy)
The Little Green One
- Signed Clint Barmes, SS, Colorado; Released Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore [6/15]
- Woke up from a drunken haze, realized what he had done and waived Barmes; Signed Delmon Young, OF, Minnesota [6/16]
- Traded James Shields, SP, Tampa and Dernard Span, OF, Minnesota to Enrico Palazzo for Kendry Morales, 1B, Anaheim, Raul Ibanez, Waiver Wire Bait, Philly and their 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft. [6/17]
- Released Ibanez; Signed Hideki Matsui, DH, Anaheim and Alex Gordon, 3B, Omaha [6/18]
So yeah it's not a bad deal, and it's certainly not a net negative for this team going forward, but I wonder if they're just swapping out some pitching and steals for additional home runs. What I can say unequivocally is that I like the trade better than signing a mummified Asian and a guy in AAA. If you're going to intentionally tank Andy, try being a little more subtle. (El Angelo)
The 1B logjam is a solid point, and one I hadn't considered. But I'm really high on Morales, and think it was worth selling off whatever unkeepable parts the team had to bring him on board. If you have 3-4 pillars in your lineup, you can fake the rest. (Teddy)
Suck It, Silver
- Signed Gavin Floyd, SP, Chicago (AL) and Aaron Heilman, RP, Arizona; Released Will Ohman, RP, Baltimore and Brainless Joe Blanton, SP, Philly [6/16]
That might even be true. Damn. That said, let's not get too excited about Aaron Heilman, who (a) won't see a ton of chances for a terible team, and (b) is Aaron Heilman. (Teddy)
- Traded Chad Billingsley, SP, Los Angeles, Jonathan Broxton, RP, Los Angeles and Corey Hart, OF, Milwaukee to The Situation Room for Justin Upton, OF, Arizona, Drew Stubbs, OF, Cincy and Fausto Carmona, SP, Cleveland [6/16]
- Signed R.A. Dickey, SP, New York (NL); Released Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado [6/18]
For all I said earlier about being underwhelmed by Justin Upton, he's probably the best player in the 6-person deal between me and Ironhead, and there's plenty to be said for getting the best guy in a deal. I'm not quite sure how it works in the grand scheme of keeperdom, but a nucleus of Gonzalez, Upton, Pedroia and Reyes is pretty damn solid.
As for signing The Curse of the Flying Hellfish, my guess is that Ironhead saw that 33% of his hitting roster comprised of Mets but his staff had none, and is dying to recreate Willie Randolph's wet dream. Those of us trying for the Race to the Bottom should be pissed he didn't pick up John Maine, I suppose. (El Angelo)
The Spam Avengers
- Called up Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland from the prospect list; Released Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Houston [6/13]
- Traded Grady Sizemore, OF, Cleveland and Tim Hudson, SP, Atlanta to Wu Tang Financial for B.J. Upton, OF, Tampa Bay and Rafael Soriano, RP, Tampa Bay [6/17]
- Signed Aubrey Huff, 1B, Baltimore; Released Luke Scott, OF, Baltimore [6/17]
As to the big trade, it depends a bit on your perspective. There's no doubt that had we done the draft again, Alex wouldn't have bothered with Sizemore at #4, for the very concerns that I presciently predicted back in March. That said, your team is your team, and turning a guy who was producing nothing into a useful outfielder and a closer is productive. It does show that the owner smells blood because it's clearly a win now move: he's not keeping Upton at +3 and Soriano may not be closing come next year. Still, considering they're in the top 3 while getting painfully little from Cliff Lee, Jimmy Rollins and Travis Snider, it's the right move. (El Angelo)
First off, excellent job of jumping off of Tim Hudson at the top of the chair lift. As with Morales, Sizemore was reduced to just a bargaining chip, so shoving him into the middle made sense. BJ Upton, though, is a little bit of an enigma to me; the power has just disappeared, mainly because his % of balls hit in the air has declined for 3 straight years. 2007 now looks like a HR/FB%-induced fluke. He can still run, though, and scores a lot of runs in that Tampa offense. But he might be a two-category guy going forward, and a healthy Sizemore is a lot to pay for that. (Teddy)
The Revenge Society
- Signed Brandon Lyon, RP, Houston; Released Erick Aybar, SS, Anaheim [6/17]
- Signed JJ Putz, RP, Chicago (AL); Released Frankie Francisco, RP, Texas [6/18]
Trying to keep track of crappy teams closer's situation can be a part-time job, which apparently the Haters enjoy. So out goes Texas' latest disaster, and in comes Houston's over paid middleman and a Putz, for the potential of adding a couple of saves. There's no real harm here because they've lost nothing in the process, but I can't say I'm excited about adding to potential replacement closers for 2 horrible teams. (El Angelo)In soccer this is referred to as "putting in the hard yards." closer chasing is just one of the chores around here, along with occasionally signing Brandon Lyon and making fun of Corey's brother.
- Traded Aroldis Chapman, SP, Toledo Mud Hens and their 6th round pick in the 2011 draft to Wu Tang Financial for Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado [6/17]
- Signed Freddy Sanchez, 2B, San Fran; Released Turbo Lopez, MI, Seattle [6/18]
In stark contrast, they've decided to address their 2B problem by throwing overboard Turbo Lopez--the same guy they claimed "showed signs of life" just days ago--for Fabulous Freddy Sanchez. I'll say this: Sanchez does get hits, and this team is DAFL in OBP. The problem is he does nothing else: no home runs, no steals this year, de minimus walks, and under 15 runs and RBI's to date. So we'll call the whole set of transactions a net positive for the team by ignoring the rancid smell of craptitude that Sanchez emits, as Teddy crosses his fingers for Brian Roberts to return soon. (El Angelo)
Dude, when did you write this? Is this just really dry satire? Tulo's out 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist, without ever playing a single inning for my team. I am fucked. For those wondering why anyone would dump assets early in a season, here's your answer. Jon was 12 hours away from just releasing Tulo back into the world for nothing this offseason.
I will say that if I'm somehow still close come August 15, the Tulo/Roberts/Beltran cavalry will make for a fun stretch run. (Teddy)
Wu Tang Financial
- Traded Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado to Gowanus Superfunders for Aroldis Chapman, SP, Toledo Mud Hens and their 6th round pick in the 2011 draft [6/17]
- Traded B.J. Upton, OF, Tampa Bay and Rafael Soriano, RP, Tampa Bay to The Spam Avengers for Grady Sizemore, OF, Cleveland and Tim Hudson, SP, Atlanta [6/17]
- Signed David Dejesus, OF, Kansas City and Kris Medlen, SP, Atlanta; Released Jamie Moyer, AARP Candidate, Philly [6/18]
So we've got a strange couple of deals here: the Worst Keeper of 2010 and the 19th pick of the 2010 draft for the 4th pick of the 2010 draft, plus the 2nd best SS in baseball for a prospect taken in the 3rd round of last year's draft. I get the strategy behind the deals, I'm just not sure I like it.
The glass half-full approach is that this team is clearly going nowhere fast and Tulo and Upton were not keepable for next year. By making both deals, they're staring at a keeper list of Sizemore-Werth-Pence-Sandoval-Weiters-Alvarez as their hitters for the next two years, which is a fun nucleus. Add to that whatever bounty they get for Javi Vazquez and Zack Greinke, who probably should be dealt and not kept at +3 each, plus a top 3 pick and suddenly you have a team that could easily compete next year.
The problem is I actually don't love any of these guys that were acquired. Tim Hudson is not keeper material. Grady Sizemore looks permanently broken to me, and equally problematically, is on a shitty team that won't net him a lot of RBI's and runs. Aroldis Chapman's at least a year away and is sporting a 4.11 ERA in Triple-A. The sixth round pick is small beer. And they gave away an actual closer in Soriano with two more years of cheap keeper status.
So in sum, the moves make sense and are perfectly defensible, I just don't like them. (El Angelo)
Le Dupont Torkies
- Signed Brennan Boesch, OF, Detroit; Released George Sherrill, RP, Los Angeles [6/13]
- Signed Jonny Gomes, OF, Cincy; Released David Freese, 3B, St. Louis [6/14]
Hey, both moves make the team a little better (especially Jonny Gomes, whose skills mesh wonderfully with this team's shortcomings). The question is whether there's something coming up that will make them a lot better, because that's what's required.