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Trades Are Coming In Fast This Winter

A.J. Preller has been really active trying to replenish his prospect pool after making a big splash in his rookie offseason. The Padres finished a dismal 74 - 88. At least he recognizing the error of his ways - and trying to eradicate his mistakes. He dealt his two best Relievers already, stockpiling 6 prospects in return.

A.J. Preller has been really active trying to replenish his prospect pool after making a big splash in his rookie offseason. The Padres finished a dismal 74 – 88. At least he recognizing the error of his ways – and trying to eradicate his mistakes. He dealt his two best Relievers already, stockpiling 6 prospects in return in the trades.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Onwer) 

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It seems everyday now that there is a new MLB Trade to discuss.  I love it.  Nothing is better than this kind of thing during a long offseason.  I thought we would take a minute to break down what has occurred so far since the World Series ended.

The Mariners, Padres are doing multiple trades trying to revamp their teams cosmetically.

The trade I like for both clubs the most is probably the John Ryan Murphy to the Twins for Aaron Hicks deal.

The Mariners are going through a serious Bullpen revamp, and now have added Leonys Martin from the Rangers to add depth to the players beyond the grass in Seattle currently. Seattle is going to need many more transactions to improve this fall, but are off to a good start.

The Mariners are going through a serious Bullpen revamp, and now have added Leonys Martin from the Rangers to add depth to the players beyond the grass in Seattle currently. Seattle is going to need many more transactions to improve this fall, but are off to a good start.

Brad Miller, Logan Morrison and Danny Farquhar from the Seattle Mariners to Tampa Bay Rays for Nate Karns, Boog Powell and C.J. Riefenhauser.

I am quite surprised on this deal from the Mariners side, unless they make another forthcoming deal to acquire a legitimate First Baseman.  Mark Trumbo and Jesus Montero are more like Designated Hitters than capable fielders.

The Rays are hell bent on acquiring all of the Mariners 2014 Infielders.  That’s Miller, Nick Franklin and Logan Morrison now all on the Roster.

The M’s really got rid of spare parts with Ketel Marte assuming the everyday spot at SS for Seattle anyway.

Karns is the key to the deal for the Mariners. Clearly Tampa Bay had enough Starters to warrant trading the man.  He should make a nice back end of the rotation guy for the M’s.

Miller is a decent offensive SS/2B option.  Again he may usurp Nick Franklin for playing time.  A .730 OPS is a little above average for a middle infielder these days.  He could be the Starting Shortstop if he can beat out Tim Beckham in 2016 Spring Training.

Morrison is more of a flier than anything.  He can’t seem to stay healthy long enough to put up great numbers.  His OPS continues to dip since a great rookie season.  He is an extra OF/1B/DH for the club.

The prospects they have in the Minors don’t scream to be promoted at the position either.

John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees to the Twins for Aaron Hicks.

A great deal for both clubs.  While a backup Catcher doesn’t seen much for a former top rated prospect who improved during 2015, the backstopper position as a whole is scarce right now, and Murphy may be the clubs Catcher for the next 5 or 6 years once Kurt Suzuki leaves.

The Twins may limit Suzuki to under 485 Plate Appearances in 2016 – to nullify a Vesting Option in 2017 for $6 MIL now that they have a guy who take hacks as a backup.  a .61o OPS for Suzuki also may not guarantee the starting position for the former A’s player either.

Aaron Hicks is 26 and can play all over the Outfield.  Beyond the grass, the Yankees are featuring 2 32 year olds and a 39 year old next season.  Chances are he will see lots of action as the 4th OF.

I wouldn’t even be surprised to see New York make a deal with Brett Gardner now – or midway though next season.

Andrelton Simmons and Jose Briceno from the Braves to the Angels for Erick Aybar, Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.

It was a good deal for the Angels, and they had no players signed up to play Infield this year.  Even if that meant forking out a $2.5 MIL payment to the Braves to take on Aybar.

Atlanta frees itself of a $53 MIL deal for the next 5 years, for a guy who while as an elite defender, has been regressing at the plate. The Braves get more financial flexibility to enter their new ball park in 2017.

All other players are not really relevant here.  This was a salary dump for the most part.  Having said that, Simmons will help all of the Angels pitchers, and if they can surround him with enough offensive players, his contributions will be enough.

Joaquin Benoit from the Padres to the Mariners for Nelson Ward and Enyel De Los Santos.

The Mariners had a problem closing out games with Fernando Rodney and T0m Wilhelmsen, and no both are gone.  Benoit is a low risk pick up with only 1 YR and $8 MIL left on his deal. 

Carson Smith now has help at the end of games.

Craig Kimbrel from the Padres to the Red Sox for Manuel Margot, Javy Guerra, Logan Allen and Carlos Asuaje.

This is A.J. Preller doing damage control for his mistakes made last year.  San Diego is not in a position to win many games for a few years, so having an elite Closer earning upwards of $13 MIL per season was hurting the rebuild.

Preller acquired 6 total prospects for dealing his best two Relievers.  He saves a fortune on payroll, and maybe 3 of these guys pan out long term.

Sam McWilliams from the Phillies to the D’Backs for Jeremy Hellickson.

The Phillies had no Starting Pitcher even register double digits in wins for 2015.  Depth in the rotation has to be an optimal plan.

Hellickson has been less than stellar for about 3 years now, however may find himself at near the top of the Starting Staff for the Phightins.

Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass from the Rangers to the Mariners for Tom Wilhelmsen and James Jones.

This move was made because the Mariners already made the deal for Benoit.  The club needs a Major League ready CF.  I would not be comfortable with this team heading into the 2016 year without signing another CF or LF with some pop.

Martin is at least a good defender and has great speed. The Mariners also re-signed Franklin Gutierrez to a 1 year deal, so maybe if you combine these guys two totals for the year, you may have an above average CF for numbers.

With Seth Smith patrolling a OF spot – and Mark Trumbo likely taking some reps in the OF, it is nice to add to the Outfield spot.

RF/DH Nelson Cruz may also have that year where he is hurt despite putting up back to back 40 HR campaigns and stay off the Disabled List.

Martin might play every game even just to be a defensive replacement. Having a capable MLB OF on the roster also opens up the possibility to trade Trumbo or Smith too.

 Craig Kimbrel has been the best player acquired by anyone in the offseason thus far. With a career 1.63 ERA and 225 Saves this man is utterly filthy on the hill for a team. Boston traded 4 prospects for the guy, but he will helo an aging Relief Core in Boston with instant legitimacy. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Craig Kimbrel has been the best player acquired by anyone in the offseason thus far. With a career 1.63 ERA and 225 Saves this man is utterly filthy on the hill for a team. Boston traded 4 prospects for the guy, but he will helo an aging Relief Core in Boston with instant legitimacy. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

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