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MLB Trade Talk 2

The MLB trade market is starting to take shape. We know who the buyers and sellers are for the most part with a few interesting clubs still not tipping their hands. The following are a list of trades in the last 48 hours and my opinion on them.

cueto2The Cincinnati Reds traded away All-Star starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for 3 pitchers. They recieved left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Finnegan was selected by the Royals in the first round of last year’s draft. He made seven playoff appearances in 2014, and has split time between Triple-A Omaha and Kansas City this year. The 25-year-old Lamb, a fifth-round pick in 2008, was 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Omaha.

The Reds were not going to make the post-season so they might as well trade their star pitcher, who is in his walk year, and see if any of these pitchers can help there re-building process. I understand why the Royals feel as though they have to go for it this year, as they currently sport the best record in the American League and have a great bull pen with their weak spot being their starting rotation. The Royals were close to last in both starters ERA and innings pitched per start.

The only question I have is can they sign Cueto beyond this up-coming year? They did not want to sign James Shields last year, and if they do the same with Cueto this off-season then they just gave up quite a haul for a 3 month rental.Tyler-Clippard--Oakland-A-s-jpg
The New York Mets have made 2 different moves that netted them 3 new faces to their 25 man roster. A couple days ago they pulled off a trade for both Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves. Now they make another move aquiring right handed relief pitcher Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics for promicing young RHP Casey Meisner. Meisner has a 2.35 ERA over two levels, but has peaked in High A this season. He’s just 20, and remains at least a couple seasons away from making an impact at the majors.

I was confused about this move at first, the Mets’ bullpen members are actually performing verry well. The team’s relievers combined to post a 2.89 ERA, which ranks 6th in the league. The club’s 3.40 FIP was also solid. Clippard was aquired to take innings away from lesser players currently in the Mets bull pen, and could make this bull pen much like the Royals of the National League. Bobby Parnell’s 2.70 ERA doesn’t look bad on the surface, but he’s nearly walking as many batters as he’s striking out this year. Alex Torres has also been erratic on the mound. He’s struck out more than a batter per inning, but his control is awful and he’s given up a ton of home runs. And until I did some aditional research I did not realize that because of his suspension for a banned substance, that Jenrry Mejia will not be able to be on the Met’s post-season roster if they do make it, so Clippard will be able to provide insurance for that spot as well.

victorinoThe Boston Red Sox also made a move yesterday. They essentially traded an outfielder so they could create a space for Rusney Castillo. They sent fan favorite and right fielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim and cash considerations for infielder Josh Rutledge. Rutledge is cheap, and under team control through 2018, but he’s not very good. He’s spent nearly all season in Triple-A, and has a career .259/.308/.403 slash line. This trade does nothing signifigant for either club.

But the trade that seems to be the most signifigant, or at least the one receiving the most attention, is the unusual trade between the Colorado Rockies and the Toronto Blue Jays. First of all this deal has still not been confirmed by either club, but by multiple reports and sources over the last few hours.

Based on what’s been reported thus far, Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins are heading to the Toronto Blue Jays the return for the Rockies is reportedly shortstop Jose Reyes, young fireballer Miguel Castro, top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and one more unnamed prospects.

troy_tulowitzkiTulowitzki, 30, is a career .299/.372/.514 hitter, who averages 29 homers and 102 RBIs over 162 games. He’s a five-time All-Star and he’s under contract until 2021. But, he doesn’t come cheap, though, as he’ll make $20 million annually until 2019, $14 million in 2020 and potentially $15 million in 2021 through a team option. On the downside: Tulowitzki has a substantial injury history, which could lead to some fear in Toronto, where the turf has caused trouble for players.

But how much better is Jose Reyes? He’s owed $22 million in each of the next two seasons and has a rough injury history, plus he is already 32 years of age. The Rockies are a team in rebuilding mode and Reyes does not seem to fit the bill. But then again the Blue Jays already score more runs than any other team in MLB, yet they just traded for another big time hitter when what they really need is pitching.

In my opinion both these teams did this trade to set up other trades before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Because as it stands currently, this may be a “blockbuster” trade because of the names involved, but for the 2 teams involved this trade makes no scense for either of them.

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