MLB Trade Deadline Recap – Part I

Royals newly acquired SP, 29 year-old Jonathan Sanchez

As the July 31st trade deadline fades into our rear-view mirror, teams are gearing up for the home stretch. Playoff contenders are looking to shore up missing pieces, bottom feeders are looking to snag deals for their rebuilding process, and GMs are looking to ship fat contracts far away in hopes of a deep splash in the FA pool this off season. While there have been a multitude of trades over the last few days, I will tell you all you need to know about em in this Recap series.

07/14/12: (CIN-ATL) Reds get Todd Redmond (SP), Braves get Paul Janish (IF)

The Braves needed immediate help in the IF due to Simmons’ one month DL stint. Janish has been below average with an OBP of .298, lacks power, and his glove is decent at best. Redmond had been subpar as well but Cincinnati wanted more pitching depth. He was initially sent to the minors but was called up when Votto hurt himself; he has yet to make an appearance.

07/20/12: (KC-COL) Royals get Jeremy Guthrie (SP), Rockies get Jonathan Sanchez (SP)

Both pitchers were struggling and a change of scenery was in order. Sanchez posted a 7.76 ERA with the inability to strikeout opponents (44 BB and 36 Ks). Remember, Sanchez was acquired from SF for 2012 All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera and is only two seasons removed from his no hitter and World Series run. Another team will do him good. On the other hand, many pitchers tend to falter in Colorado and Guthrie is a perfect example. While Guthrie is no All-Star, he averaged a back-of-the-rotation 4.12 ERA, and 197 IP per season over five seasons with Baltimore.

07/20/12: (HOU-TOR) Astros get Francisco Cordero (RP), Ben Francisco (OF), Asher Wojciechowski (SP), Carlos Perez (C), Joe Musgrove (SP), David Rollins (SP), Player-to-be-named, Blue Jays get J.A. Happ (SP), Brandon Lyon (RP), and David Carpenter (RP)

Through one of the bigger trades in July, the Astros and Blue Jays accomplished a fair amount. Toronto received major-league pitching depth and Houston added more players to their rebuilding phase. The Astros were able to be done with Lyon’s and Happs’ mediocre play and at the same time ship a reliever that might have reached his peak last season in David Carpenter. OF Francisco is serviceable at best and Cordero is merely a shadow of the past, but the minor leaguers are what deserve a second look. C Perez is playing for Houston’s affiliate Lancaster and will hope to regain bat presence after a step back in 2011. Righty Wojciechowski has done well this year in the Florida State League (7-3, 76 K, 22 BB, 93 IP) after a poor 2010/2011 campaign. RHP Musgrove could pan out to be the best player in this trade. Drafted in the 1st round of the supplemental draft, this groundball pitcher has a proven arsenal that includes a sinking fastball, curve, and splitter. 22 year-old LHP Rollins has the most potential to progress quickly. Averaging an 8.2 K/9 and a 2.66 ERA over 126 IP, Rollins has terrific command and has let out very few HR these past two seasons. Even with Toronto’s rotation almost fully recovered from injuries, they need more pitching depth if they want to make an impact in the A.L. East or Wild Card.

07/21/12: (HOU-CHI) Astros get Matt Heidenreich (SP), Blair Walters (SP), Player-to-be-named, White Sox get Brett Myers (RP)

Chicago addressed a major need in their bullpen and Houston continued to reap players to its farm system. Initially a SP for the Phillies, Myers was a solid number 2-3 in their rotation. While he did perform closer duties for a time, he was sent back to the starting role when traded to the Astros. However, GM Luhnow decided to put him in the relief role and planned to move him, along with other large contract-players by the deadline. A veteran presence in that young bullpen will help their push for the postseason. RHP Heidenrich has faired well in single A but struggled in 3 starts at AA. He needs to lower his hit count because that is where the runs are coming from. Walters needs more time to develop (struggled in both A and AA) but has a high velocity and K-BB ratio (Career: 165-41) for a LHP.

While the first few trades are not too exciting, they set the stage for teams to be more aggressive as the deadline neared. In Part II of the Recap series, I will talk about Han-Ram and Greinke’s move to opposite sides of Los Angeles, Ichiro as a Yankee, and the Pirates aggressive win-now mentality. Stay tuned…

How do you think these teams did before the deadline? Leave your thoughts with us in a comment.

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About Kenny A

Kenny has a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University. He enjoys philosophy, law, sports, and data science.

Posted on July 31, 2012, in Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Trade Analysis and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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