31 July 2013

Breaking down the deals of the 2013 MLB trade deadline

It may have been a relatively quiet final day until the trade deadline at 4:00 EDT today but nevertheless, we saw some pieces move around Major League Baseball. Here's some of my insight on each of the deals that have been made.

Indians receive RP Marc Rzepczynski
Cardinals receive Minor League SS Juan Herrera
A minor move for both clubs but a solid one regardless, in my opinion. Rzepczynski has been awful this year and thus has been in Triple-A much of the year but considering how weak the lefties are in the Cleveland bullpen, he's worth a gamble. Herrera has not reached beyond the lower levels of the minors but has played well where he has been. He could be a keeper and is only 20.
Cleveland: B
St. Louis: B

Athletics receive 2B/3B Alberto Callapso
Angels receive Minor League 2B Grant Green
Callapso is a solid acquisition for the A's as he should upgrade their weak second base production right away, but they may have overpaid in giving up Green. Yes, Green was awful when he was in the show earlier this year and is not as highly thought of as a prospect before, but he still has upside and is talented. A solid move by Anaheim, who is not going anywhere this year.
Oakland: C+
Anaheim: B+

Red Sox receive SP Jake Peavy, RP Brayan Villarreal
White Sox receive Minor League OF Avisail Garcia, Minor League P Francelis Montas, Minor  League INF Cleuluis Rondon
Tigers receive INF Jose Iglesias
This was of course a big deal for everybody involved here, but perhaps not more so than for the Red Sox, who made the biggest splash last night by adding Jake Peavy to a solid rotation, even with Jon Lester struggling and Clay Buchholz on the DL. Peavy is an excellent starter but he does come with a reputation for being brittle, but the risk should be worth it for a club fighting hard to get back to the postseason, but will they regret giving up a talent like Iglesias? Villarreal is wild but he does throw hard. The Tigers should be more than happy to acquire the young infielder, who should fill the void of Jhonny Peralta if he gets suspension. The White Sox had no reason to hold onto Peavy and they get some intriguing prospects in return, particularly Garcia who has a big bat.
Boston: B+
Chicago: B+
Detroit: A-

Royals receive OF Justin Maxwell
Astros receive Minor League P Kyle Smith
This is another one of those minor deals in which both clubs benefit. The Royals needed another outfielder with little depth and the injuries to the king of mediocrity, Jeff Francouer, and Maxwell brings a solid bat that could platoon with someone to help the Kansas City lineup. Houston had no reason to hold onto him and now they get a young and raw arm in Smith who has shown solid strikeout ability in the A-level.
Kansas City: B
Houston: B+

Padres receive SP Ian Kennedy
Diamondbacks receive RP Joe Thatcher, Minor League P Matt Stites
Arizona has really struggled this year at the back-end of their bullpen, sitting with the second-most blown saves in baseball, and I do like Thatcher, a strong lefty arm, and Stites can throw some gas as well, I think that they may have overpaid a little. Yes, Kennedy has been disappointing this year and may have been shuffled out of the rotation already, but the best you can get for him is a lefty specialist? For the Padres, it makes sense to take a chance on a guy that won 21 games a couple years ago in a great pitchers' park.
San Diego: B+
Arizona: C+

Orioles receive SP Bud Norris
Astros receive Minor League OF L.J. Hoes, Minor League P Josh Hader
This is a good move for Baltimore but an even greater move for Houston. Bud Norris is not a top-level hurler but he is young, is under team control for a couple years and is very cheap. He gives the O's some much-needed pitching depth. But as I've stated before, the Astros have no reason to hold onto anybody and thus in return for Norris, they get a talented outfielder in Hoes, who is quite speedy and has a patient approach at the plate, and a potential keeper in Hader, who throws very hard.
Baltimore: B
Houston: A

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