Tag:Milwaukee Brewers
Posted on: July 31, 2008 5:25 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2008 5:32 pm

My Take: The Sabathia trade

Everyday, I will asess every major deal done before the Trade Deadline. I start with the Brewers-Indians trade

Milwaukee Brewers Get:

  • C.C. Sabathia/LHP

Cleveland Indians get:



This truly is a hard trade to asess. At first, I thought, if the Brewers don't make the World Series and they cannot re-sign him, they will have lost a great prospect in LaPorta and one average pitching prospect in Bryson, but LaPorta was blocked by many obsticals. Ryan Braun has made leftfield his home in Milwaukee, and the Crew already have a top notch third base prospect named Mat Gamel. Rightfield as well is blocked off but by Corey Hart. The only other option would be firstbase, where a mammoth lies in Prince Fielder. LaPorta is pretty much blocked off in the Brewers organization. Also in the trade was lefty reliever Zach Jackson, who has posted a 1.08 ERA since joining Cleveland's AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons. The other prospect acquired by the Indians was Rob Bryson, who has posted a solid 2.38 ERA since being with Cleveland's Single-A team, the Lake Couty Captains. However, before the Sabathia acquisition, I didn't believe the Brewers could make the playoffs. Thats what puts the Brewers as my winners in this trade. They got last years AL Cy Young award for a Top notch prospect, a career AAAA pitcher and an average pitching prospect. pretty good if you ask me.

Posted on: February 24, 2008 12:26 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:16 am

MLB Spring Training trades......

1: player photo Brian Roberts to the Chicago Cubs for Ronny Cedeno, Eric Patterson and Tyler Colvin

I have heard so much stuff about how Roberts wouldn't be a big help for the Cubs. Both Roberts and DeRosa have almost identical career lines, but Roberts will give you way more extra base hits, steals and possibly a few more home runs. I don't see why the O's want another pitcher in this deal when they have 11 battling for 2 rotation spots. I would rather get Cedeno, who fills the gap at shortstop left by Tejada, get Patterson to take full-time second base duties and get a good future outfielder in Tyler Colvin.

2: player photo Joe Blanton to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and Joey Votto

As much as it would hurt the Reds offense getting rid of Votto, exchanging Bailey for Blanton would be great. Hatteberg could probably cut it for a few more seasons and you could always place Adam Dunn at 1B. Hatteberg has one skill thou, walking. The guy gets on base like a machine. Blanton would emmidiatley give the Reds a pretty good Top 3 of the rotation while Bailey can fight for a rotation spot in Oakland and Votto works with Daric Barton at 1B.

3: player photo Joe Crede to the San Francisco Giants for Erick Threets and Rajai Davis

Crede to San Fran has been rumored for some time and I believe it will happen sooner rather than later. Threets is a hard throwing reliever who could fit nicely in the merky White Sox bullpen and Davis, another out of options player, could make a very nice bench player and definitley a great pinch runner.

4: player photo Coco Crisp to the Atlanta Braves for Blaine Boyer

Nobody is currently in the running for Coco but I don't know how the whole Kotsay experiment will work out and I don't know if Matt Diaz can handle a full season starting gig. Francouer is the only above average player in the outfield and the Braves could bring up a guy like Brandon Jones, but they could always use a CF for now.

5: player photo Vicente Padilla (and cash) to the Colorado Rockies for Jose Capellan

Its obvious, any deal involoving Padilla will mean the Rangers have to give cash up, but its for a very good cause. The Rockies currently have a rotation wiith Jeff Francis, Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook, Jason Hirsh, Kip Wells and possibly Mark Redman. Thats not too good. Padilla is not great, but they are not give much up in return. Basically for the Rockies, they get a below average pitcher to add to the rotation mix and get money to pay his salary for a hard throwing righty that has potential but has serious control problems.  

6: player photo Chris Capuano to the New York Mets for Gustavo Molina and Jason Vargas

Capuano has potential. He just never shows it. He has his moments, except last season when he eclipsed the 5.00+ ERA but he could be used as a very nice bullpen addition in the Mets pen. The Brew Crew would be getting a young southpaw who has yet to find his groove and a young catcher in the most historical position families in baseball.

7: player photo Jason Botts to the San Diego Padres for Wil Ledezma

The Rangers have a super surplus of outfielder, they must get rid of either Botts, Nelson Cruz or David Murphy. Botts has less trade value, but could snag a young southpaw like Ledezma since the Pads need a corner outfielder, which is a match for Botts.

8: player photo Dan Johnson to the San Francisco Giants for Merkin Valdez

The Giants have a whole at 1B. There best option is Rich Aurilia, meaning they need a new starter. Johnson is not all that great, but could grab a guy like Merkin Valdez who is out of options and could win a spot in the A's roation or bullpen.

9: player photo Nick Johnson to the New York Yankees for Chase Wright

The Yankees have basically nobody at first base. They have Shelly Duncan and thats about it. Johnson is a low risk- high reward players. Johnson is coming off a season ending injury. Many Red Sox (and yankee) fans remember the 4 straight home runs off of Chase Wright.

10: player photo Xavier Nady to the San Francisco Giants for Fred Davis

The Giants don't have much at either OF or 1B. If they aquired Dan Johnson, it would give them an adequate resting player when Nady is on a day off. He could also potential fall into a starting spot in the outfield.


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