2013 MLB Trade Grades
The deadline has come and gone and this year was one of the quietest in recent memory. Which teams got what they wanted?
Baltimore Orioles acquire Bud Norris from the Houston Astros for two minor league prospects and a future draft pick –
I’m pretty perplexed by this trade by the Orioles. I thought they might want to make a run at Cliff Lee or another high profile pitcher to help bolster their starting rotation, but instead they went out and got Bud Norris. The losses the Orioles took weren’t that bad because Josh Hader and LJ Hoes didn’t exactly fit into the team’s long term plans, but why Bud Norris? For someone who suddenly became a hot topic in the trade deadline discussion, Norris really isn’t all that good to warrant it. His career ERA is a 4.33 and in his best season, he was only 6-11 with a 3.77 in the National League, which is as mediocre as can be. Now you throw him into a division race in a year where he’s got a 3.9 ERA and expect him to pitch some high leverage games down the stretch of the season when he’s never tasted postseason experience or anything close to a playoff push. The Orioles might think they were being too clever for their own good on this one, puzzling to say the least. The biggest need for the Orioles was at pitching and the DH position and they barely strengthened their pitching and did nothing to help that DH spot. Adam Dunn would’ve fit in perfectly at Camden yards.
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Baltimore Orioles Grade: C
Houston Astros Grade: B
Arizona Diamondback’s starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for relief pitcher Joe Thatcher and minor league prospect Matt Stites-
I love this trade for the Padres. They get Ian Kennedy, who is just two years removed from a 21 win season and bring him back home to southern California where he can thrive in Petco Park because of the low home run rate there. Kennedy is struggling this season, but the confines of Petco Field will do wonders for him and there’s a solid chance he can become the ace of that pitching staff. Joe Thatcher presents the Diamondbacks with a great situational lefty, but was he really worth getting rid of your potential number two starter for a long time to come? I think not. Kennedy still has plenty of room to improve, but he’s still pretty young and there is no reason why he can’t recapture his 2011 greatness. The Diamondbacks were all too happy to give Kennedy away within their division, it might come back to haunt them when the playoff race starts to heat up.
Arizona Diamondbacks Grade: C
San Diego Padres Grade: B+
Boston Red Sox Acquire Pitchers Jake Peavy from Chicago White Sox and Brayan Villarreal from the Detroit Tigers. Chicago White Sox acquire top power prospect Outfielder Avisail Garcia, Pitcher Francelis Montas, 1st baseman JB Wendelken and infielder Cleuluis Rondon from the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Tigers receive Jose Iglesias-
This is the blockbuster trade of the year so far, so let’s break it down. First we have the Red Sox, who are currently fighting for first place with the Tampa Bay Rays and they were in need of some starting pitching. They get it with Jake Peavy and while he may not be as good as he once was, he’s still very serviceable as a pitcher. The good with Peavy comes his veteran presence and confidence on the mound. He still has great velocity and movement on his pitches, so that’s not the problem. The problem is that Peavy has never pitched in a division as hardcore as the AL East is this year and he might not be used to the level of intensity the division games take on. The Red Sox are basically relying on Peavy to be the ace of the staff until Clay Bucholtz gets back from his injury of the week, that’s a lot of pressure on someone coming from one of the most pathetic teams in baseball.
On the Detroit Tigers side of things, they lose their top prospect Avisail Garcia (big, big, big mistake) in order to acquire Jose Iglesias as insurance for when Jhonny Peralta gets his suspension for his PED usage. Iglesias is a once in a generation glove in the vein of Omar Visquel (David Ortiz said he was even better) and his bat was at one point in the season producing a scorching .400 average. Since then though, that average has plummeted and he’s currently in an 11 for 66 slump that led to the Red Sox deeming him expendable. I don’t think they needed to scrap Garcia already for a light hitting shortstop whose ceiling is relatively low when Garcia’s is sky high.
The White Sox came away the big winners of this trade in my opinion as they get a great prospect in Avisail Garcia who is already major league ready along with slew of prospects including the 100 MPH throwing Montas. The White Sox were going nowhere fast this year and instead of doing a firesale of their whole team like I assumed they would, they at least sold their most valuable piece and got some big returns for it. Players like Montas and Garcia should be vital players to this team in the next couple of years and that’s good news to a franchise that hasn’t seen much success as of late.
Boston Red Sox Grade: B
Detroit Tigers Grade: D
Chicago White Sox Grade: A