Aug.31 Trade Deadline Maneuvers Part 1
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst and Website Owner) Follow @mlbreports
I think the big 6 FT 5 players is just the kind of guy the Baltimore team has missed over the year.
The Designated Hitters slot has been abysmal – and if Morse can to the back of his bubblegum card, this move will pan out.
All of a sudden having a 7 – 9, with a 25 – 30 HR powers in Morse, added with veteran Brian Roberts (if healthy) and Nate McLouth, could add a speed element when the team swings around back to the top of the lineup.
It is good for depth and when consider the team is only 5 games out of the 2nd Wild Card Spot, this is plausible with 3o games left.
Chris Tillman has asserted himself an up and coming #2 Pitcher on the team. I must say, him doing this 2 years in a row, has made a believer out of me now.
The man is 24 – 7 over his last 31 decisions – and has a mid tier 3 ERA – competing in a donnybrook of a Division. Yesterday’s win over Boston was just another example of how much the 25 year old has bailed the club out of a losing streak.
You know Buck Showalter will have his guys ‘game ready’ for the challenge.
Cards pick up John Axford.
John Axford was one of baseball’s best stories a few years ago, before he has had a kamikaze last 2 years, He has pitched much better this year as not being the Closer.
This will not solve every issue for St. Louis down the stretch drive, but is never hurts to have an extra arm on a team filled with youngsters. If you look at the prior years Bullpen arms, they have certainly been decent for the team.
The Indians pick up Jason Kubel.
I like the aggressiveness of this move too. Kubel can get hot at times and carry a team for a month. He is far better suited to be relegated to DH duties – rather than play in the field.
The Veteran is a definite upgrade over Jason Giambi. With a 40 Man Roster in September – you also can keep Giambi in the fold as a dangerous PH – when you need a Walk or a late inning HR.
This is a decent move for the Pirates. Byrd is playing way above his career numbers, however if Starling Marte comes back in time for the playoffs, Byrd could be great insurance.
You can always platoon him in the OF with Garrett Jones even after that if needed. Byrd may also be a vital bench player down the pennant race.
Jose Tabata is still in the fold playing well, but he does not have the power like the other guys have. Tabata would be better suited for a defensive replacement or Pinch – Runner.
John Buck is a seasoned Veteran. You just never know when an injury is around the corner. I have confidence that the Catcher could match Russell Martin for offense.
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Posted on August 30, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, Players: Fantasy Baseball Articles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @chuckbooth3024, adam jones, AL East, arizona diamondbacks, baltimore orioles, boston red sox, brian roberts, buck showalter, bud norris, chris davis, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cleveland indians, Edward Mujica, franciscio rodriguez, garrett jones, jason giambi, jason kubel, john axford, john buck, John Mozeliak, Jose Tabata, manny machado, mark rzepcynski, marlon byrd, matt wieters, miami marlins, milwaukee brewers, nate mclouth, new york mets, new york yankees, nick markakis, octavio dotel, pnc park, scott feldman, st louis cardinals, starling marte, tampa bay rays, toronto blue jays. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.