2012 MLB Trades And Deadline Deals Revisited for Contenders: Who Won and Lost
Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer): Follow @chuckbooth3024
I love the new era of baseball. One thing the 2nd Wild Card team enabled this year was a flurry of transactions right near the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, plus we even saw a bunch of trades between Aug.01-31 as well. I am not going to breakdown the trades for who went the other way (unless both teams were in contention) since we have a dedicated page for that here. What I am going to do is see who made out well with their new player. I will tell you right now that the hands down winner was the San Francisco Giants for picking up Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence. Marco Scutaro hit .362 for the Giants and smacked 90 hits in 61 games. He has parlayed another 19 hits in 59 AB during the playoffs (.322).
I am going to be writing a series of payroll breakdowns for each MLB team in the offseason. I have already compiled reports for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals. These reports can be found in my author archives here. In addition to this, I am going to write another piece on Payroll Strategy specifically geared towards making runs at trades near the deadline. Look for those in the coming weeks. The work never ends here, and we will have you game ready for spring training when it comes to all of the clubs.
Trades Revisited for Teams that ended up in playoff contention:
A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees:
A.J Burnett sported a classic season back in the NL. He found his control with a 3.0 SO/BB ratio and he pitched 200 Innings for the club. Halfway through the year Burnett was in NL Cy Young contention with a sub 3.00 ERA and a 14-3 record. He was a Bargain for 2 Million this year.
Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox from the Boston Red Sox:
Kevin Youkilis started out the year hitting .233 with 4 HRs and 14 RBI for the Red Sox in 166 AB. Once in the White Sox Lineup, he hit .236 but added 15 HRs and 46 RBI with 47 Runs in 292 AB for his 80 Games. His OPS with the Chicago Club was .771 as oppose to .692 with Boston. His projected totals would mirror those of a 30 HR, 100 RBI guy with about 100 runs scored for a full season. The White Sox should pick up his 13 Million Dollar/1 YR option. Of course they could also try to bargain with him to add a second year to that for around 2-3 Million in order to make it more cost conscious for a 2 year window. The “Greek God of walks” also racked up 37 Walks while with Chicago. It is was a great move for the Southsiders who just faded down the stretch.
Jim Thome from the Minnesota Twins to the Baltimore Orioles:
Jim Thome parlayed his brilliant stretch of Interleague play with the Phillies into a trade to the Orioles. In 101 AB for Baltimore, Thome hit .257 with 3 HRs and 10 RBI. Unfortunately, he also went 2-15 (.133) in the playoffs. Thome still hit 8 HRs in 163 AB in the regular season and could be a nice fit as a PH back on a National League Club in 2013.
Omar Infante’s defense has meant more to the team then his offense, yet he has been a clutch player for the club. He hit .257 with 4 HRs and 20 RBI after the trade. Infante was one of the best players in the Oakland A’s ALDS series (going 6 for 17), and scoring 6 runs. Anibal Sanchez went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA for the Tigers and he had a key victory in the ALCS, with 7 shutout innings. He also was a tough luck loser in the ALDS series vs Oakland, where he scattered 2 earned runs in 6.1 Innings. He is 1-1 with 1.35 ERA in the playoffs so far before pitching in the World Series Game #3 tomotrow . These two guys have been nice fits for the Tigers.
Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees from the Seattle Mariners:
Ichiro reverted to his former self in Pinstripes. The Future Hall of Famer hit .322 with 73 hits in 67 games. He also stole 14 bases for the New York team. It was a great move the Yankees. In the post season, Ichiro added another 11 base knocks, including a .353 average in the ALCS vs the Tigers. He was one of the only guys on the team to hit at all. I hope the Yankees re-sign this guy to match however long Derek Jeter plays.
Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Houston Astros:
Despite a free-fall for the Pirates, Wandy managed to sport a 5-4 record with a 3.72 ERA. It was a good move for the Pirates, who still have him under contract for 2014 at just over $10 Million Left.
Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Miami Marlins:
After a horrible start for the Marlins, Hanley still had decent power numbers when he was traded to Los Angeles Dodgers with 14 HRs and 46 RBI in 93 Games. In 63 games with the Dodgers, he hit .272 AVG with 10 HRs and 44 RBI. His numbers were definitely better with the West Coast club. 44 RBI in 63 games would be on pace for about 110 RBI for a full season.
Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from the Milwaukee Brewers:
Greinke followed his 9-3 Won-Loss Record (and a 3.44 ERA start with the Milwaukee Brewers,) by going 6-3, with a 3.53 ERA for the Los Angeles of Anaheim. he finished the year going 15-5 overall-and will be a hot commodity in Free Agency.
George Kottaras to the Oakland Athletics from the Milwaukee Brewers:
In 27 games with the Oakland A’s, Kottaras hit 6 HRs and drove in 19 RBI in 85 AB. These are outstanding power numbers and he also slugged .471. Kottaras had similar power numbers per AB in Milwaukee, but was used on a regular basis by the A’s. This guy has a bright future in Oakland.
Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox from the Minnesota Twins:
Liriano went 3-2 with a 5.4o ERA for his 12 starts with the White Sox. His numbers were almost the same with Minnesota for ERA wise, however he was 3-10 with the Twins at the time of the trade. I think this was an okay move for the White Sox and beat the alternative of pitching rookies down the stretch.
Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers from the Chicago Cubs:
Surprisingly enough, Soto continued to struggle once he made the move to the Rangers. His power numbers were pretty good for the Rangers despite hitting .199, with hitting 5 HRs and 25 RBI in just 148 AB. For the Cubs, his numbers were .196 with 6 HRs and 14 RBI in 176 AB. He provided good innings at catcher while Napoli was healing up.
Paul Maholm (Pirates) and Reed Johnson (Cubs) to the Atlanta Braves:
Maholm went 13-11 for the year. He was 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA with the Cubs, while he was 4-5 with a 3.54 ERA for the Braves. He should have had better numbers with Atlanta but was not given enough run support. Reed Johnson hit .270 for the Braves in 100 AB.
Travis Snider to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Toronto Blue Jays:
Snider was a bust with the Pirates hitting .250 with 1 HR and 9 RBI in 128 AB. This also cost the club Brad Lincoln. Some experts say that losing this middle reliever was an unsettling turn to the stability of the pen. Snider still has a lot to prove in the coming years.
Brandon League to the Dodgers from the Seattle Mariners:
League was a great pickup for the Dodgers, in 28 games appeared in he was 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 6 Saves. He struck out 27 guys in 27 Innings and took over for Kenley Janzen when he went down with a heart injury. His Seattle numbers featured a 3.63 ERA.
Kurt Suzuki to the Washington Nationals from the Oakland Athletics:
Suzuki had a nice mini-renaissance in the Captiol District, where he hit .267 with 5 HRs and 25 RBI in 43 Games. His OPS climbed to .721 after starting the year with a.589 OPS with the BAY area franchise. It was a great risk/return for the Nationals. He is still on the books for 2013 and 2014 at about 5.7 Million Per. He is either great trade bait or insurance in case of a slow return by Wilson Ramos.
Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Philadelphia Phillies:
The Big Man struggled with his trade out to the West Coast. He went 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA in 10 starts. His WHIP was 1.422. The Big Kentucky native has lost some serious bargaining power as he hits free agency.
Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants from the Philadelphia Phillies:
While Pence only hit .219 with the Giants in the regular season with the club, he still plated 45 RBI in 59 Games. This was done in only 219 AB. Pence has also struggled in the postseason, however with his clutch Game #7 hit (triple broken bat hit), and his game-winning run in Game #2 (karma anyone?) have been extremely important.
Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Philadelphia Phillies:
Shane Victorino struggled with the Dodgers, hitting .245 with 26 runs. Victorino will not get the kind of $ he wants on the FA Market with his late season swoon.
Joe Saunders to the Baltimore Orioles from the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Saunders went 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA for the Orioles down the pennant race in the AL East Division. Joe Saunders also pitched a great game for the Wild Card contest versus the Rangers in which they won. Saunders allowed 1 earned run in 5.2 Innings. He duplicated the same numbers versus the Yankees in the ALDS in a no-decision. Saunders has upped his value for pending Free Agency.
Ryan Roberts to the Tampa Bay Rays from the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Roberts had a brutal year of hitting. His numbers actually were worse with the Rays, where he hit .214 with 6 HRs and 18 RBI in 187 AB. With Arizona, he hit 6 HRs and drove in 34 RBI in 252 AB with the NL team.
Gonzalez had a tough year all around, and only hit .297 with 3 HRs and 22 RBI with the Dodgers. They were numbers similar to his entire year totals of .299 with 18 HRs and 108 RBI. A-Gon still clubbed 47 doubles and had 66 XBH. Josh Beckett went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 7 starts. He has given the Dodgers some promise for next years big guaranteed contract plus 2014 of 17 Million Per. Nick Punto hit .286 in 35 AB for the Dodgers and should be a nice back up infielder for the Dodgers next year.
Stephen Drew to the Oakland Athletics from the Arizona DiamondBacks:
Stephen Drew hit .250 with 5 HRs and 16 RBI in 150 AB for the Athletics after being acquired. He provided offense from the position they were not receiving from Cliff Pennington. The club went 29-12 from the time they picked up Drew to clinch the AL West. Drew has a 10 Million Dollar Mutual Option for 2013 or a 1.35 Million Dollar Buyout.
Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers from the Chicago Cubs:
Ryan Dempster went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA for the club. The ERA was bloated because of his first few games. Overall, considering the team was right about .500 for the rest of the year from the time he joined, you have to say he was pretty good for the club.
Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds from the Kansas City Royals:
Broxton did just a little bit of everything once he assumed a bullpen spot for Cincinnati. He was 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA and collected 4 Saves in 22.1 IP. The man had a WHIP of only 1.03. Broxton is a Free Agent for 2013.
Gaby Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Miami Marlins:
Gaby’s career has been plunging downward since his rookie campaign. He only hit .241 with 4 HRs and 13 RBI in 116 AB for Pittsburgh. These are not starting first baseman qualities.
In honor to my buddy Ken Lee (@seeal30 on twitter) and fellow MLB Reports Writer Robert Whitmer (@rwhitmer), I will post a picture of Kevin Youkilis to end this piece.
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