Trade Deadline Reaction: Quality Guys Moved At Deadline

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone. On this day, there were certainly some fireworks and blockbuster moves made. The deadline saw World Series champions, All-Stars, a Cy Young winner, and a Home Run Derby champion all change uniforms in the matter of hours.

This was the first trade deadline in recent memory that saw more perennial guys moved from 25-man rosters than prospects between teams. While it will certainly be fun to see how all of these moves play out come October, one underlining takeaway from today’s events is the quality of people that wound up packing bags and cleaning out lockers on their way to a new destination.

When Jon Lester was moved, there was an outcry in Boston that they truly lost one of their own. Lester’s career in Boston saw him beat cancer, win two rings, and toss a no-hitter. He was a guy that did a lot for the team and city. If he returns next year is unknown, but for the rest of this season, the loss of their ace will really have an effect of an empty void in that Red Sox clubhouse.

Fans in Oakland were also shocked to see Yoenis Cespedes depart from their locker room. The St. Louis Cardinals won a game today, but their clubhouse could have told a different story. They lost two members that were viewed as good, quality guys. David Price is no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Price was one of the faces of the Rays and no longer having him in the clubhouse is a shocker for Tampa.

Not only was Major League talent moved for other Major League talent to “better teams”, the type of quality, character guys is what makes this deadline memorable. Every player will say that this is the nature of the business, but to just think about these long-tenured guys in some cases, and their families being moved is a mix of emotions for those clubhouses.

Tomorrow, the A’s, Red Sox, and the rest of the teams will move forward as business as usual. Some will be competing for pennants, and others will be playing out the final two months before the winter. But on this day, these blockbuster moves are great to see, but they also come with a different set of emotions as teams say goodbye to their fellow brothers. It is a much different feeling then just seeing players to be named later complete these moves on the final day of July.

 

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Cliff Lee suffers Left Flexor Strain

 

Official word: Lee has recurrence of left flexor pronator strain. Given that he missed two months last time, I’d say the season is done for him.

 

Reporter for CNS Philly reporter Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCNS) has reported that Cliff Lee has re-aggravated the injury that made him sit out two months of the season.

This is a big blow to the Phillies who were hoping to trade Lee after the deadline and try and free some money in the process. The team hasn’t made any official statement on what will happen going forward. It is safe to speculate that Lee with be put on the 15-day DL or even the 60-day DL to try and free up a 40 man roster spot. Its been a lost season from not just Lee but the Phillies in general and this just adds to the problems.

 

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Anthony Ranaudo to make Major League debut

via: firebrandal.com

via: firebrandal.com

It was reported Thursday night by Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that Anthony Ranaudo would make his Major League debut Friday night against the New York Yankees.

Ranaudo has enjoyed a lot of success at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2014 pitching to a 12-4 record with a 2.41 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 49 walks in 119 1/3rd innings pitched.

The Boston Red Sox are looking to see which of their young prospects will fill the shoes of recently departed number one starter Jon Lester and it is just Ranaudo’s turn in the carousel.

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Astros Land Moran/Marisnick from Miami for Cosart

 

The Miami Marlins and Houston Astros swap six players just before the trade deadline.

The Astros will send Jarred Cosart, Kike Hernandez and Austin Wates for Marlins top prospects Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran and Francis Martes. This is a wait and see deal but at first glance and name value the Astros look to have won this trade.

Jarred Cosart: P

Cosart had a very strong rookie season having an ERA of 1.95, but what stood out was his high BB/9 and his very high FIP.

Cosart has also been struggling with his control this season as well walking 3.95 batters per nine innings. With the control issue also comes the higher ERA and high FIP. Though he still has a great amount of talent that BB% may become a problem for him down the line if the Marlins can’t get him under control.

K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 BAA WHIP ERA ERA- FIP FIP-
2014 5.80 3.95 1.47 0.54 .263 1.46 4.41 114 4.02 104
2013 4.95 5.25 0.94 0.45 .218 1.35 1.95 49 4.35 110
Career 5.51 4.39 1.26 0.51 .248 1.42 3.57 92 4.13 106

 

Kike Hernandez: 2B/OF

Enrique (Kike) Hernandez was a surprise call up last month when injuries to the Astros outfield forced them to convert the 2B to the OF. Hernandez is enjoying a successful rookie campaign and showing some skills that could make him a dependable MLB player. He’s still young but is showing an impressive amount of plate discipline for his age having a BB% of 9.0% and a K% of only 12.4%.

The downside is that he’s not a major power threat, only having one season hitting over fIve HR’s. He’s not particularly fast either having an average wSB in the minors of -0.1. In the end he could just end up an average player with good OBP skills but his versatility could make him one of the more valuable pieces.

BB% K% AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA wRC+
2014 Majors 9.0% 12.4% .284 .348 .420 .768 .136 .319 .340 117
AAA 6.2% 8.7% .337 .380 .508 .887 .170 .346 .388 131
AA 7.0% 7.0% .325 .372 .475 .847 .150 .333 .386 144

 

Colin Moran: 3B

Drafted in the 2013 draft as the 6th pick overall, this is one of the better pieces in the trade. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus both had him ranked as the number two prospect in the Marlins system. He’s not the best defender for his position and he’s not very fast but he is a very strong contact hitter. Possibly a 10-15 HR guy but is more of a line drive hitter than a power threat. He’s still young and needs time to develop but for now he is the 3B of the future for the Astros.

Scouting 20-80 score

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Jake Marisnick: OF

Drafted in the 2009 draft and taken in the 3rd round, Marisnick has been praised for being one of the best all around players even being called a 5-tool player. He does have issues with his contact ability and can struggle against off-speed and other secondary pitches. Overall Marisnick has made it to the majors once with the Marlins but it was very limited. The Astros could use a good outfielder so we can expect to see him when the roster expands if not sooner.

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Astros land a big haul

via: underconsideration.com

via: underconsideration.com

The Houston Astros traded starter Jarred Cosart, shortstop Enrique Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates to the Miami Marlins for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes and the Marlins 2015 compensation pick.

The headliner of this trade for the Marlins is 24-year-old starter Cosart who has really begun to come into his own pitching to a 9-7 record with a 4.41 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 51 walks in 116 1/3rd innings pitched. The Marlins were in search for a young arm to put into their rotation and they have found just that but have they over paid for the right-handers services?

Miami gave up a top 100 prospect in Marisnick and dealt their first round pick from last years draft who the Astros considered taking with the number one overall pick.

Moran hasn’t exactly lit up the scoreboards down in Jupiter but he has been solid, slashing .294/.342/.393 with five home runs, 33 RBI and 34 runs scored. The third baseman could become the best player in this trade in no time.

Marisnick is likely to become a fixture in the Astros starting lineup right off the bat, he hasn’t played well in his few stints in the majors but he also hasn’t been given a lot of opportunity. The outfielder has slashed .167/.216/.167  in limited time with the Marlins, but things should change rapidly.

The Astros are absolutely walking away today as one of the biggest winners of the 2014 Trade Deadline.

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Reaction to Andrew Miller heading to Baltimore

Via: wikipedia.com

Via: wikipedia.com

On Thursday afternoon the Boston Red Sox dealt lefty reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for another left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez  is a highly regarded prospect in the Orioles farm system and ranked number three overall. The 21-year-old is 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 29 walks in 82 2/3rds innings pitched. He profiles as a middle of the rotation arm and is on the fast track to the majors.

Miller has had the best season to date pitching out of the Red Sox bullpen going 3-5 with a 2.34 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 13 walks in 42 1/3rds innings pitched. This adds another dangerous lefty to the already solid Baltimore bullpen.

However Miller is a free agent at the end of the season and look for Boston who is putting together a solid roster for 2015 with the 2014 trade deadline to make a play for the left-handers services.

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Tigers acquire David Price in three-team blockbuster

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to send left handed pitcher David Price to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team blockbuster that includes the Seattle Mariners, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The other members of the deal include Austin Jackson, who is departing from Detroit and heading to the Mariners. Drew Smyly is going to the Rays from the Tigers. Nick Franklin is leaving the great northwest and heading to the Rays.

The Rays will also be receiving minor league shortstop Willy Adames in the deal.

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Report: Nationals Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera

The Washington Nationals have acquired shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians for infielder Zach Walters, tweets Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cabrera, 28, is hitting .246/.305/.386 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 97 games for the Indians this season. He’ll be a key piece for the Nationals down the stretch as Ryan Zimmerman is likely to miss the majority, if not the rest of the season with a grade 3 hamstring injury.

Walters, 24, originally came up in the Arizona Diamondbacks system but was acquired by the Nationals a couple years ago. He entered the season as Washington’s No. 14 prospect, according to Baseball America. His offensive game has been less than stellar as he’s batting .205/.279/.462 in 43 plate appearances.

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AL East Notes: Price, Rays, Red Sox, Lester, Lackey (MLB Trade Deadline 2014)

Is the Price right for the Tampa Bay Rays?

The likelihood of David Price being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays with today’s trade deadline approaching continues to be a source of intrigue around baseball.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post apparently believes that Price is indeed going to be on the move.

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, trade talks surrounding Price have intensified. Earlier today the Boston Red Sox traded left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Yeonis Cespedes. With Lester now off the market, it’s believed that there is increased interest from a handful of teams for Price.
The Cardinals have since gone out and capitalized on the Boston fire sale. They acquired starting pitcher John Lackey from the Red Sox today for right-fielder Allen Craig and starting pitcher Joe Kelly. It’s another aggressive move by the Cardinals who were also mentioned as a potential suitor for Price if a deal could have been reached. Yesterday the Cardinals traded for Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians.

The Red Sox don’t appear to be done either according to Morosi. Reportedly they are nearing a deal that will send Andrew Miller to the Detroit Tigers. The irony with this is that the Tigers are another of the teams that has been identified as a potential suitor for Price. As unpredictable as this day has turned out so far, I won’t count out Detroit for Price just yet.

With the Cardinals and Athletics aggressively active today it brings attention to if the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners will now intensify their reported interest in Price as counter-measures within their respective divisions.

Tampa Bay came into today with a 53-55 record on the season; a chance at the division is slim although they are within striking distance for a wild card spot. It’s still time for some more moving and shaking, however the market that was there for Price is beginning to decrease with interested teams looking at other options instead. We’ll see if the Dodgers and Mariners decide to make a move.

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Rays expected to move David Price before Deadline

The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to ship David Price before the 4:00 ET deadline, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The Mariners and Pirates could be the front runners along with the Dodgers if they are totally aggressive on meeting the Rays’ asking price.

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