2018 TRADE REVIEWS: JULY EDITION

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JULY WAS A SPICY ONE, as trade deadline months tend to be.

 

(Note:  All stats updated through August 1st, only highest level or largest sample size or both shown for the prospects cuz fuck you. Also note MLB Comps are lazier than ever and no longer limited to active players because laziness I have become thee. Also note I may forget a Rights Player trade or waiver order trade or draft pick trade or blah blah fucking blah and almost certainly have, but in my defense I never really give a shit whom you drafted with some pick you acquired for trading Jon Lester….)

 

 

DATE / TRADE CURRENT #s / MLB COMPS NOTES / WINNER
Sat, Jul 28
11:50 AM

 

WOOD traded Daniel Murphy, Wsh 2B to BBS
BBS traded A.J. Minter, Atl RP to WOOD
BBS traded Michael Soroka*, Atl SP to WOOD
BBS traded Michael Wacha*, StL SP to WOOD

 

Murphy:  .341 OBP (125 ABs), 6 2Bs, 4 HRs, 10 Rs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB

 

Minter:  3-2, 42.1 IP, 2.98 ERA (2.29 FIP), 49 Ks (10.42 K/9), 11 Holds, 6 Saves

 

Soroka:  2-1, 25.2 IP (5 GS), 3.51 ERA (2.85 FIP), 21 Ks (7.36 K/9)2 QS

MLB Comp:  Tim Hudson. HOT START.

 

Wacha:  8-2, 84.1 IP (15 GS), 3.20 ERA (4.22 FIP), 71 Ks (7.58 K/9), 7 QS

 

I think Wacha is probably the same shit he has always been, I also think Murphy is a broken down homophobe, I also think THE BONERS DID PRETTY GOOD HERE Soroka could be a guy Minter is a guy already I LIKE THIS ONE FOR THE BONERZ YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY / Morning Wood
Sat, Jul 28
11:32 AM 

BEAR traded Willy Adames, TB SS to OGFC
OGFC traded Justin Smoak, Tor 1B to BEAR

Adames:  .264 OBP (119 ABs), 2 2Bs, 4 HRs, 15 Rs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB

MLB Comp:  Xander Bogaerts, alllllways Xander Bogaerts

 

Smoak:  .360 OBP (354 ABs), 28 2Bs, 17 HRs, 47 Rs, 55 RBIs

 

Gonna MOSTLY decline to comment on my deals, other than to comment a bit. I think one of these guys may one day be good I think one of these guys is good now, I also blame my High Minors bats for AT LEAST 5 of my team’s losses this year they’ve been piss poor.
Fri, Jul 27
12:28 PM 

BEAR traded Cal Quantrill, SD SP to WOOD
WOOD traded Lorenzo Cain, Mil CF to BEAR

Quantrill:  (AA) 6-5, 117 IP (22 GS), 5.15 ERA (4.25 FIP), 101 Ks (7.77 K/9)

MLB Comp:  Ryan Madson ohhh I went there.

 

Cain:  .394 OBP (348 ABs), 18 2Bs, 1 3B, 8 HRs, 55 Rs, 30 RBIs, 19 SBs

 

Again here, one MAY be good in time (although there’s likely better options in FA as we speak in terms of prospect ranks and such) and one is good now. Particularly in an OBP league. And we needed a playoff push clearly.
Fri, Jul 27
10:26 AM 

RCBD traded Carlos Carrasco, Cle SP to GSW
GSW traded Miguel Sano, Min 3B to RCBD
GSW traded Sixto Sanchez, Phi SP to RCBD

Carrasco: 13-5, 123 IP (20 GS), 3.66 ERA (3.26 FIP), 138 Ks (10.22 K/9), 12 QS 2 CGs

 

Sano: .276 OBP (164 ABs), 11 2Bs, 7 HRs, 19 Rs, 28 RBIs

 

Sanchez:  (A+) 4-3, 46.2 IP (8 GS), 2.51 ERA (2.68 FIP), 45 Ks (8.68 K/9)

MLB Comp:  Either Pedro Martinez or Antonio Bastardo.

 

I certainly GET this one for both sides, the Warriors were trying to combat injuries plus feel you can never have too much pitching plus Sano was sucking and down in AAA. The Dudes wanted to move along from Carrasco roster constructionally and likely thought Sano was better than his #s and would be back soon, plus Sixto looks gooooood. The amount of Os I just put in “good” there means I prefer the Sixto side o’ things. / Bad Dudes
Thu, Jul 26
1:12 PM 

BEAR traded Cody Bellinger, LAD 1B to LTBS
BEAR traded Fernando Tatis Jr., SD SS to LTBS
LTBS traded Jose Altuve*, Hou 2B to BEAR

Bellinger:  .351 OBP (272 ABs), 17 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, 41 Rs, 32 RBIs, 4 SBs

 

Tatis Jr.:  .365 OBP (302 ABs), 17 2Bs, 1 3B, 14 HRs, 53 Rs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB

MLB Comp:  Carlos Correa if he works, Tim Beckham if he doesn’t (mwahaha)

 

Altuve:  .365 OBP (302 ABs), 17 2Bs, 1 3B, 14 HRs, 53 Rs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB

 

Good chance this looks GREAT for Doch in a few years, particularly if Tatis Jr. arrives and rakes or if age/injury robs Altuve of his value (off to a HOT START there). Lotta swing n miss in the games of the two kids here but that is perhaps just the game these days. I regret nothing though.
Wed, Jul 25
4:45 PM 

RCBD traded Jed Lowrie, Oak 2B to LTBS
LTBS traded Kevin Maitan, LAA SS to RCBD

Lowrie:  .352 OBP (406 ABs), 27 2Bs, 1 3B, 17 HRs, 48 Rs, 68 RBIs,

 

Kevin Maitan:  (R) .306 OBP (134 ABs), 5 2Bs, 3 HRs, 21 Rs, 13 RBIs

MLB Comp: Ronnie Belliard

 

I suspect there was something else involved in this too, but I mean maybe there wasn’t? Either way Kevin Maitan is a chubby piece of shit. / BackdoorSliderz
Fri, Jul 20
6:50 PM 

XYZ traded Jon Lester, ChC SP to RCBD

Lester:  12-4, 125.2 IP (22 GS), 3.22 ERA (4.66 FIP), 99 Ks (7.09 K/9), 10 QS Look I hate Jon Lester as much as the next guy BUT it is very possible he outpitches the FIP all year somehow and gives the Dudes a couple clutch starts on a playoffs push. And who gives a fuck about those goddamned draft picks or whatever, ergo. / Bad Dudes
Thu, Jul 19
12:30 PM 

XYZ traded David Dahl, Col CF to WOOD
WOOD traded Brandon Crawford, SF SS to XYZ

Dahl:  .309 OBP (91 ABs), 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, 8 Rs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs

 

Crawford:  .352 OBP (376 ABs), 24 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 10 HRs, 45 Rs, 43 RBIs, 3 SBs

TRULY there are no winners here, this was some sort of weird procedural thing and I am annoyed I even typed it out. BUT also Dahl’s teeny line there hints at the massive upside should he ever get it together so I meannnn if you’re comfortable with the roster dead spot (he wasn’t Dahl is an FA), but also Crawford has been decent this year soooo… / X*Rayz
Wed, Jul 18
11:30 AM 

OGFC traded Josh Naylor, SD 1B to XYZ
XYZ traded Justin Smoak, Tor 1B to OGFC

Naylor:  (AA) .394 OBP (408 ABs), 20 2Bs, 1 3B, 14 HRs, 59 Rs, 65 RBIs, 4 SBs

MLB Comp:  Pedro Alvarez

 

Smoak:  .360 OBP (354 ABs), 28 2Bs, 17 HRs, 47 Rs, 55 RBIs

 

Smoak eventually fetched Adames whom is a higher ranked prospect (but also one about to lose minors eligibility but I digress) so by transitive property… / Trout Fishing Club
Tue, Jul 10
12:06 PM 

RCBD traded Sonny Gray, NYY SP to WOOD
WOOD traded Jose Alvarado, TB RP to RCBD

Gray:  8-8, 103.2 IP (21 GS), 5.56 ERA (4.42 FIP), 99 Ks (8.59 K/9), 7 QS

 

Alvarado:  1-3, 45 IP, 2.40 ERA (3.01 FIP), 46 Ks (9.20 K/9), 20 Holds, 4 Saves (2 BS)

 

Sonny Gray is fucking atrocious and getting him off your team is always a win. / Bad Dudes
Mon, Jul 9
10:47 AM 

BEAR traded Luis Urias, SD SS to OGFC

BEAR traded Carter Kieboom, WAS SS (Rights Player) to OGFC
OGFC traded Amir Garrett, Cin RP to BEAR
OGFC traded Cal Quantrill, SD SP to BEAR

 

Urias:  (AAA) .378 OBP (366 ABs), 20 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 7 HRs, 63 Rs, 36 RBIs, 2 SBs

MLB Comp:  Jose motherfuckin Altuve! Or like Jorge Polanco or something.

 

Kieboom:  (AA) .327 OBP (140 ABs), 9 2Bs, 2 HRs, 17 Rs, 9 RBIs, 1 SB

MLB Comp:  Jedd Gyorko

 

Garrett:  0-2, 51.1 IP, 3.68 ERA (3.83 FIP), 60 Ks (10.52 K/9), 19 Holds (2 BS)

 

Quantrill:  (AA) 6-5, 117 IP (22 GS), 5.15 ERA (4.25 FIP), 101 Ks (7.77 K/9)

MLB Comp:  The aforementioned Ryan Madson

 

Amir has suckedddd since he’s been acquired and even if he had NOT sucked he’s a one year rental, turning Quantrill into LoCain is nice but I like Urias a lot an Kieboom could end up being a steal eventually so fine declaring a victor here / Trout Fishing Club
Sat, Jul 7
5:24 PM 

OGFC traded Justin Verlander, Hou SP to LTBS
LTBS traded Brendan Rodgers, Col SS to OGFC
LTBS traded Dylan Cease, CWS SP to OGFC

Verlander:  10-6, 148.2 IP (23 GS), 2.24 ERA (2.87 FIP), 190 Ks (11.50 K/9), 18 QS 1 CG

 

Rodgers:  (AA) .342 OBP (357 ABs), 23 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 17 HRs, 49 Rs, 62 RBIs, 12 SBs

MLB Comp: Troy Tulowitzki or Alex Bregman or Trevor Story or JJ Hardy or a guy that never makes the league cuz PROSPECTS, JJ Hardy was rude though.

 

Cease:  (AA) 2-0, 34.2 IP (6 GS), 2.34 ERA (2.87 FIP), 49 Ks (12.72 K/9)

MLB Comp:  Keone Kela if he gets bullpen’d, for I do not see color. Perhaps more of a Vince Velasquez if he does not.

 

I absolutely get the OGTFC deciding to ship out Verlander in what looks to be a lost year, and Rodgers+ certainly ain’t a bad package and Lacey may grow to miss him, but also Verlander has been oh so good this year so I’ll give it to the guy pushing his chips into the middle we are suckers for that sorta thing. / BackdoorSliderz
Wed, Jul 4
11:55 PM 

BBS traded Estevan Florial, NYY CF to RCBD
BBS traded Alex Reyes*, StL SP to RCBD
RCBD traded Max Muncy, LAD 3B to BBS
RCBD traded Austin Gomber, StL SP to BBS
RCBD traded Robert Gsellman, NYM RP to BBS

Florial:  (A+) .346 OBP (185 ABs), 10 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, 25 Rs, 18 RBIs, 8 SBs

MLB Comp:  Raw as fuck so this one is tricky, could be Keon Broxton could be Aaron Hicks could be who knows.

 

Alex Reyes:  0-0, 4 IP aka just enough to put him over his minors limit (1 GS), 0.00 ERA (4.50 FIP), 2 Ks (4.50 K/9)

 

Muncy:  .387 OBP (270 ABs), 11 2Bs, 1 3B, 24 HRs, 48 Rs, 48 RBIs, 2 SBs

 

Gomber: 1-0, 22.1 IP (1 GS), 3.22 ERA (4.46 FIP), 18 Ks (7.25 K/9), 1 QS

MLB Comp:  Jordan Montgomery

 

Robert Gsellman:  6-2, 59 IP, 4.27 ERA (4.35 FIP), 54 Ks (8.24 K/9), 10 Holds 5 Saves (5 BS)

 

I kinda love Max Muncy also kinda think Gsellman can still be a useful 2018 piece also kinda VERY skeptical as towards what Alex Reyes becomes and Florial doesn’t make it twitch for me, therefore I like this one for the Banana Slugs and I am unapologetic about it fuck you Mike. / Banana Slugs
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2018 TRADE REVIEWS: JULY EDITION

2018 TRADE DEADLINE PREVIEW: BUYERS SELLERS IN-BETWEENS YOU KNOW THE DRILL…

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The trade deadline will soon be upon us, ESPN is yelling at me on my team page about this fact, and I voted for it to come much sooner than this but the democratic system felt otherwise. NEVERTHELESS when it arrives we will be in a unique position in the league, as this is the first second year of the shortened season format and the second third year where all players will be kept into the offseason. Ergo, the deadline is going to be CLOSELY followed by the playoffs and ERGO 4-for-1 trades aren’t useless in the way that they might have been for teams in a pre-dynasty format. Certain teams no doubt have their eyes on the prize for 2017 2018, certain teams might be all but mathematically eliminated (or actually mathematically eliminated) from contention for 2017, and certain teams might be somewhere in between. What follows is a brief preview of what are IN MY HUMBLE OPINION the Buyers, Sellers, and In-Betweens in the Backyard this season. Will also dig in a bit about possible trade targets, areas of weakness or strength, etc. etc. etc. for each. Just fucking read it or fucking don’t what do I care……..

So that was mostly just regurgitated from last year but whatever still mostly works…..

 

THE BUYERS

 

 

BELL ROAD BEARS:  8-7, CURRENT #5 SEED

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Perhaps an upgrade on offense (power numbers ain’t great, steals ain’t either), perhaps another reliable starting pitcher, CATCHER I GUESS.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  High Minors SS Willy Adames, a going-through-growing-pains SS Scott Kingery, a where-does-the-true-talent-lie OF Brandon Nimmo, Rights Player 3B Nolan GormanLow Minors OF Fernando Tatis Jr. JK NO….

ANALYSIS:  The Bears went from the second hottest team to one of the league’s coldest, having dropped 3 outta 5 for A VARIETY OF REASONS. They still are in decent shape to grab the 4 or 5 seed but also could run the risk of falling out of the playoffs ENTIRELY if a 2 game losing streak continues on to three or four games. When in such a position it is prudent to not ignore the trade market, and perhaps the Bears could decide they don’t want to sit through some of the growing pains on some of their younger players and package them for something of a bit more consistency.

 

 

 

LACEY TOWNSHIP BACKDOORSLIDERZ:  7-8, CURRENT #6 SEED 

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Perhaps an upgrade at closer or a speedster to help out in the SBs cat.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  Rights Player SS Keston HiuraRights Player SS Royce Lewis, Rights Player SP Casey Mize, Low Minors SP Michael Kopech, Low Minors OF Heliot Ramos, I dunno just about any prospect…..

ANALYSIS:  The BackdoorSliderz reallllly don’t have a tremendous amount of weaknesses at this time, they only make the buyers list due to their precarious playoff positioning. An impact closer or an impact steals guy (perhaps the X*Rayz have grown tired of Billy Hamilton‘s struggles?) could provide justttt enough of an edge to assure this team of a playoff spot, while also improving their odds of making noise once settled into said playoff spot. One never really knows how attached other owners are to their particular prospects but the BDSliderz would certainly have some interesting names both in their minors and their rights system, should they show a willingness to deal any of them.

 

 

 

ROJO’S RENEGADE FORCE:  8-6-1, CURRENT #4 SEED

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Some steals help, some rotation help, a closer if they’re feeling froggy (they never are).

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  SP Julio Urias, Low Minors 1B Brendan McKay, High Minors OF Victor Robles, Low Minors OF Corey Ray, High Minors OF, again just basically check their minors system and cross out the untouchables (of which there should be none most of the time, is generally what I say)….

ANALYSIS:  The Renegade Force is positioned fairly okay in terms of their chances of punching a ticket to the Backyard Bracket, however they also haven’t won since mid-June so TIME TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR. And should they look in said mirror they just may discover some vulnerability in pitching and in speed, some of their older ace types are struggling mightily in the dog days o’ summer here and they currently roster only one player that’s stolen more than one base in the last 30 days (Kipnis with 2, team leader is Springer with 6). So yanno FAR BE IT FOR ME to ever try and convince the RRF to not punt categories, that is not something I do, but generally one shouldn’t punt steals in the playoffs (see last year’s champeen for confirmation bias) particularly if they are also punting Saves. That’s like a QUICK 0-2 hole and that could be trouble. Worth. Looking. Into.   

 

 

THE SELLERS

 

 

Q-TIP CITY MORNING WOOD:  1-14, CURRENT #10 SEED

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  PITCHING AND PROSPECTS. They have a few pieces on offense, of course they could use a few more who cannot, but pitching has been big foible this season for the Bonerz. Also they could use a bit of a restocking of the minors system they’ve gutted a few times over at this point.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  Honestly they’ve been KINDA picked clean but uhhhh OF Lorenzo Cain, 1B Carlos Santana, perhaps OF Justin Upton or 2B Daniel Murphy or some shit, OF Starling Marte if they wanna capitalize on the recent stretch o’ dongs....

ANALYSIS:  Oh, BONERZ. Not to be outdone by his inaugural season, Shane has somehow managed to improve his team’s overall stats while decreasing his team’s winning percentage. VERY IMPRESSIVE. Less impressive is the prospects this team has amassed in a reaction to all of the talent that has made its way out of town in a short amount of time. Vlad Guerrero Jr. would have been a real crown jewel but instead he got stolen by an evil in-law, and the prospects aren’t particularly promising. Not that there’s an automatic need to stock a non-playoff team with prospects but THIS TEAM could perhaps use an additional one or two, unfortunately THIS TEAM has already given away most of their biggest trade chips. And so here we are. A franchise picked all but clean.

 

 

 

OCEANGATE TROUT FISHING CLUB:  4-9-2, CURRENT #9 SEED

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Better management, better pitching, better balance in a rather top-heavy lineup.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  OF Michael Brantley, 2B Brian Dozier, 1B Justin SmoakYadier Molina if I get desperate…..

ANALYSIS:  OceanGate is once again set to miss the playoffs DESPITE HAVING THE GREATEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY. It is a team sport folks. They also have Betts and therefore NO EXCUSES, blame your ho-hum Cubbie seasons and Trea Turner seasons all you like. Unlike our other seller the OGTFC minors system is actually in okayish shape, and like our other seller most of the OBVIOUS sell candidates have already done been sold (mostly thinking of Verlander). So yea tough deadline market is the entire point of this pointless article.

 

 

 

THE IN-BETWEENS

 

 

RIVER CITY BAD DUDES:  6-9, CURRENT #7 SEED OR #8 SEED OR WHATFUCKINGEVER

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  A longterm 2B worth a goddamn, starting pitching cuz I kinda say that for everyone except Ryan and Brian and Doch at this point.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  SP Jake Arrieta, SP Carlos Carrasco based on rumors and innuendo, all da prospects if they decide they are GOIN’ FOR IT….

ANALYSIS:  On one hand the Bad Dudes are PERILOUSLY CLOSE to missing the playoffs and not being able to cite that dumb statistic about making the playoffs every season as if anyone gives as hit. ON THE OTHER HAND, they will not be interested in anything resembling a “rebuild” of any kind and won’t be formally eliminated by our trade deadline. So tough to say if the Bad Dudes look to move any more pieces, having already parted with some deadline currency in SP-eligible holds fellas and 2018 breakout Max Muncy. Should they see an opportunity to unload a guy they’ve grown tired of they may do so, particularly if the Backyard landscape looks cold to them and their playoff chances look particularly fleeting by Saturday AM. But also maybe they’re done dealing.

 

 

 

POINT LOMA X*RAYZ:  6-9, CURRENT #8 SEED OR #7 SEED OR WHATFUCKINGEVER

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Hard to look at this team and not think they could stand to upgrade here and there on either side of the ball, so take your pick.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  SP Jordan Hicks, SP Kenta Maeda, SP JA Happ but not really…..

ANALYSIS:  The X*Rayz TOO find themselves in a tricky position, needing to win out for a chance to make the Backyard Bracket and avoid snapping their own slightly smaller playoffs streak meh. A team outside of the playoff hunt RARELY has need for an SP-eligible holds guy unless they think he’s gonna make a fine RP only, jury absolutely out on Hicks there. And aside from that it is a matter of either attempting to add a piece or two or attempting to unload a guy that you think is sorta peaking in value, and that guy may be Kenta Maeda and the team that desires him may be mine.   

 

 

GARDEN STATE WARRIORS:  12-3, CURRENT #1 SEED

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Fresh bodies to cover all these damn injured players and/or extra DL slots.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  Low Minors SP Sixto Sanchez, Low Minors SP Forrest Whitley, Low Minors SP MacKenzie Gore, Low Minors SP Jason Groome, all the Low Minors SPs pretty much, also a couple Rights Player OFs (BaddooAdell) they are willing to deal…..

ANALYSIS:  Look the Warriors are fuckingggg cruissssssingggg so far be it from me to act like they need to make a deal, however The Baseball Gods have been doing their best to knock them off their perch and they currently have like eleventee DL’d players. Couple that with a looming matchup with the Isotopes in Week 17 that very well may have the #1 seed on the line and you have at least the POTENTIAL for the Warriors to at least be CONSIDERING dealing from a position of strength to shore up some injury-created holes. And that position of strength would be a stacked system of Low Minors pitchers waiting to graduate to a stacked rotation. Warriors could probably spare one or two or three if a deal made sense, though a 9 game win streak likely means there is no impetus to do so at this time. FEEL FREE TO ASK THOUGH, other teams. Otherwise this deadline is shaping up to look dead.

 

 

ASTORIA ISOTOPES:  11-3-1, CURRENT #2 SEED

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Pitching, one can never have too much pitching and behind Chris Sale and Keuchel there’s the surprising Tylers (Skaggs/Anderson) and then crickets.  

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  1B Miguel Cabrera (Bonerz written all over it), 2B Robinson Cano,  Low Minors OF Leody Taveras,  Low Minors SP Justus Sheffield, Low Minors SP Shane Baz, Low Minors SP Michel Baez, High Minors SP Corbin Burnes…..

ANALYSIS:  Another team cruising towards the Backyard Bracket and a possible bye, the Isotopes also have the interesting wrinkle of being able to possibly trade AGING DL’d or suspended stars to a team that believes they still will have real value in 2019. Trading players at their lowest possible value has been a bit of a theme in 2018 let’s keep it going. ALTERNATELY the ‘Topes could choose to part with some prospects if there’s pitching available that provides a clear upgrade to their staff. That is. The if. However. Or just ship out a prospect to upgrade the team in general (SP holds guy?) because flags fly forever and I haven’t seen the Isotopes win a playoff matchup in seemingly forfuckingever. See also this “flags fly forever” thing as the reasoning why I am suggesting they need pitching while also suggesting they trade some pitching that is just around the corner, THE ‘TOPES HAVE NEVER FELT CLOSER TO A TITLE.

 

 

 

BARNEGAT BANANA SLUGS:  10-5, CURRENT #3 

POSSIBLE NEEDS:  Power hitting to kinda fill in after the beautiful moment when Jesus AguilarMax MuncyTrevor Story, and Eddie Rosario all regress ever so slightly at precisely the same time.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIPS:  Rights Player OF Brandon Marsh, Rights Player 3B Alec Bohm, Low Minors OF Kyle Lewis, Low Minors OF Taylor Trammel, Low Minors SS Bo BichetteHigh Minors SP Mike SorokaLow Minors 3B Vlad Guerrero Jr. I KID I KID I KID…..

ANALYSIS:   Barnegat is a team I almost threw in the “Buyers” section above because they could be a little luck and a little hot streak away from grabbing themselves a bye, yanno the bye they acted like they had clinched after a 7-1 start and have subsequently choked away by going 3-4 since? That bye. BUT I mean the Banana Slugs are still comfortably in the playoffs and nobody loves projecting their prospects more, so getting them to part even with the washouts (looking at you Kyle Lewis) could be tricky. I am confident Slugs management shall be doing its due diligence however.

 

 

I am also confident I am mostly out of things to say in this, BORING DEADLINE last year’s felt like it had more promise. See below for last year’s closing commentary when I felt the world was still full of wonder and possibility, I do not remember how many teams had ERAs over 4 at that time but we currently have 5 so that may be tied or topping it.

 

 

 

 

2017 closing statements – So there you have it. A bit of a preview of where IN MY HUMBLE OPINION all of your teams fall, and then an attempt to spice up the deadline by identifying possible trade chips and team needs and then just floundering and declaring everyone could use pitching. CUZ EVERYONE CAN, this is the most ERAs over 4 that this league has ever seen (probably a juiced baseball issue but still). So there. You have it. Happy Trading everybody….

 

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2018 TRADE DEADLINE PREVIEW: BUYERS SELLERS IN-BETWEENS YOU KNOW THE DRILL…

2018 TRADE REVIEWS: JUNE EDITION

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You should have the general feel down by now, I simply listicle all the trades in the month in ESPN transaction summary form and fill in some bullshit for each. So LETS……do that. And maybe should these ever get interesting or should the deadline get crazy this will be tweaked but yanno……who even knows what the deadline is at this point. JULY TRADES…. 

Note for these belated “reviews”:  all stats are current-ish, so not necessarily reflective of the numbers at time of trade, but still who really gives a shit….

 

RECENT ACTIVITY
DATE / TRADE CURRENT NUMBERS / MLB COMPS NOTES / WINNER
Mon, Jun 18
10:25 PMWOOD traded Arodys Vizcaino, Atl RP to XYZ
XYZ traded Hunter Greene, Cin SP to WOOD
Vizcaino:  2-2, 31.2 IP, 1.71 ERA (3.19 FIP), 33 Ks (9.38 K/9), 15 Saves (2 BS)

Greene:  (AAA) 3-7, 63.1 IP (16 GS), 4.69 ERA (3.49 FIP), 80 Ks (11.37 K/9),   , Cin SP to WOOD

MLB Comp: (a real rosy one)  Noah Syndergaard

Hunter Greene has the chance to be prettttty special and Vizcaino is yanno just a closer and stuff, so gonna give this one to the team that got a potential top tier SP / MORNING WOOD AND ABOUT TIME
Mon, Jun 11
12:14 PMOGFC traded Addison Russell, ChC SS to RCBD
RCBD traded Luis Castillo, Cin SP to OGFC
Russell:  .351 OBP (272 ABs), 17 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, 41 Rs, 32 RBIs, 4 SBs

Castillo:  5-8, 98.1 IP (19 GS), 5.58 ERA (4.72 FIP), 94 Ks (8.60 K/9), 5 QS 

Addi is CERTAINLY having his best year to date despite the middling power numbers, Castillo is struggling mightily, but still SHOULDN’T SELL LOW in this particular sitch IMHO OGTFC
Sun, Jun 10
1:10 PMWOOD traded Zack Greinke, Ari SP to LTBS
LTBS traded Carlos Santana, Phi 1B to WOOD
LTBS traded Mitch Keller, Pit SP to WOOD
LTBS traded Yoshihisa Hirano, Ari RP to WOOD
Greinke:  9-5, 114 IP (19 GS), 3.39 ERA (3.60), 117 Ks (9.24 K/9), 10 QS  

Santana:  .365 OBP (302 ABs), 17 2Bs, 1 3B, 14 HRs, 53 Rs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB

Keller:  (AA) 9-2, 86 IP (14 GS), 2.72 ERA (3.73 FIP), 76 Ks (7.95 K/9)  (AAA) 0-1, 8.2 IP (2 GS), 13.50 ERA (5.39 FIP), 13 Ks (13.50 K/9)  

MLB Comp: I don’t knowww howz about Kevin Gausman

Keller might one day be pretty good but uhhh even if so, not the best of hauls here for Greinke and sneaky nice piece in a one Carlos Santana. At least he won the other one up there / BackdoorSliderz
Thu, Jun 7
7:33 PMLTBS traded Austin Riley, Atl 3B to XYZ

(and I am sure some freaking draft pick was involved but whatever)

Riley:  (AAA) .345 OBP (102 ABs), 3 2Bs, 4 HRs, 10 Rs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB  (AAA) .394 OBP (99 ABs), 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 6 HRs, 17 Rs, 20 RBIs

MLB Comp: Slower Nicholas Castellanos sure why not.

I will just make this easy on myself and go with the non-draft pick side…. / X*Rayz
2018 TRADE REVIEWS: JUNE EDITION

2018 TRADE REVIEWS: EQUALLY UNINSPIRING MAY EDITION

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Don’t let my adorable friend above fool you, these trades are mostly meh. WHICH I GET. Season is young, deadline is not near, everyone is mostly .500 except for the few that aren’t. I get it. But I will be DAMNED if I cover these in much detail at all. Let’s get to it….

Note for these belated “reviews”:  all stats are current-ish, so not necessarily reflective of the numbers at time of trade, but still who really gives a shit….

 

DATE / TRADE CURRENT NUMBERS / MLB COMPS NOTES / WINNER
Thu, May 31
11:14 PM 

GSW traded Dylan Bundy, Bal SP to XYZ (for MacKenzie Gore, SD SP)

Bundy:  3-7, 68.2 IP (12 starts), 4.46 ERA (4.74 FIP), 83 Ks (10.88 K/9), 7 QS 1 CG

Gore:  8 IP and 9 ER and 10 Ks across 3 A ball starts.

MLB Comp:  Cole Hamels

Bundy has games where he looks unhittable (7 QS hint at that), other times he gets rocked. Worth the gamble sure, but Gore’s eventual upside likely surpasses Bundy’s. / WARRIORS
Thu, May 31
8:19 PM 

RRF traded Jordan Hicks, StL SP (and waiver claim spot) to XYZ
XYZ traded Marcell Ozuna, StL LF to RRF

Hicks:  2-1, 29 IP, 2.48 ERA (4.19 FIP), 16 Ks (4.97 K/9), 5 Holds

MLB Comp:  Mauricio Cabrera

Ozuna:  .320 OBP, 6 2Bs, 4 HRs, 21 Rs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs

Hicks THROWS REAL FAST but that is about all he does, doesn’t get many swings and misses and walks more than he strikes out. Ozuna can rebound, this is better than dropping him but yea. / RRF
Tue, May 15
8:40 PM 

RCBD traded Marcus Stroman*, Tor SP to LTBS
LTBS traded David Dahl*, Col CF to RCBD

Stroman:  0-5, 37.1 IP (7 starts), 7.71 ERA (4.60 FIP), 32 Ks (7.21 K/9), 1 QS

Dahl:  .309 OBP, 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, 8 Rs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs

Hindsight has been unkind to this trade, cuz AT THE TIME I would applaud the Dudes giving up a pitcher I have always found to be mediocre for a potential 5 cat stud. Now that “stud” is out like 8 weeks and on waivers and starting to appear like he will always be out like 8 weeks. / Bad Dudes
Tue, May 8
11:37 PM 

XYZ traded A.J. Puk, Oak SP to RCBD
RCBD traded Brad Boxberger, Ari RP to XYZ

Puk:  He had TJ surgery in early April.

MLB Comp:  Andrew Miller

Boxberger:  1-2, 20 IP, 1.80 ERA (3.08 FIP), 27 Ks (12.15 K/9), 13 Saves

I do not have much faith in AJ Puk future starting pitcher, but future impact reliever might be plausible. MIGHT. Boxberger is helping out now though. / X*Rayz

 

 

2018 TRADE REVIEWS: EQUALLY UNINSPIRING MAY EDITION

2018 TRADE REVIEW(S): BORING APRIL TRADES EDITION

 

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HER NAME ON THE PROGRAM IS APRIL, so I figured she can spice this boring shit up a bit….

 

Let’s phone this one in trade reviews are tedious….

 

 

DATE / TRADE CURRENT NUMBERS / MLB COMPS NOTES / WINNER (in my humble opinion)
Fri, Apr 27
1:47 PM

 

BABA traded Garrett Richards, LAA SP to RCBD
RCBD traded Cesar Hernandez, Phi 2B to BABA
RCBD traded Jonny Venters, TB SP to BABA

Richards:  3-1, 27.2 IP (6 starts), 4.88 ERA (4.56 FIP), 37 Ks (12.04 K/9), 1 QS

Hernandez:  .406 OBP, 5 2Bs, 3 HRs, 21 Rs, 11 RBIs, 5 SBs

Venters:  0.00 ERA (4.47 FIP), ZERO Ks, 1 Hold

 

 

 

Richards is having reallll issues getting deep into games but when he’s on he is pretty excellent. Cesar grossly underrated OBP 2B. Venters being listed as an SP is a travesty. I’ll give it to the Dudes for G-Rich’s upside going forward, though it shrinks with every passing day. / Bad Dudes
Mon, Apr 23
6:42 PM

 

XYZ traded Luiz Gohara, Atl SP to LTBS
LTBS traded Jon Lester, ChC SP to XYZ

Gohara:  Gettin’ shelled in AAA currently, 9.51 K/9 and 4.91 ERA (2.75 FIP) in 29.1 MLB innings last year.

MLB Comp:  CC Sabathia with a lot more velo.

 

Lester:  2-1, 33 IP (6 starts), 2.73 ERA (4.58 FIP), 27 Ks (7.36 K/9), 3 QS

  Lester certainly seems like he is trending down over the past two years, not sure I trust the mileage on that arm. Gohara on the other hand throws heat but has control issues, and a terrible body. INJURY CONCERNS. Still like the upside for him, but again another even deal. / BackdoorSliderz
Mon, Apr 23
5:52 PM

 

LTBS traded Blake Snell, TB SP to XYZ
XYZ traded Mitch Keller, Pit SP to LTBS

Snell:  4-1, 42.1 IP (7 starts), 2.55 ERA (3.14 FIP), 45 Ks (9.57 K/9), 5 QS

 

Keller:  2.73 ERA (3.88 FIP) and 8.80 K/9 in 29.2 AA innings this season, 3.12 ERA (2.50 FIP) and 11.68 K/9 in 34.2 AA innings last season.

MLB Comp:  CC Sabathia with a lot more velo.

  Keller might be great as soon as next season, but Snell is looking prettttty great now after a rocky couple of seasons. So I will take the guy that seems like he’s figured it out over the guy that might hit some bumps in the road prior to that. Likely a good deal for both sides though. / X*RAYZ
Mon, Apr 23
3:45 PM

 

RRF traded Teoscar Hernandez, Tor LF to LTBS
LTBS traded Michael Chavis, Bos 3B to RRF

Hernandez:  .333 OBP, 8 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, 15 Rs, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs

 

Chavis:  SUSPENDED 80 games for PEDs, evidently had good Raw Power but WAS IT REAL?

MLB Comp:  Trevor Plouffe cuz fuck him.

Michael Chavis got popped for PEDs but was like 78th best prospect according to MLB.com, I am not impressed.

Teoscar on the other hand has been impressive and hits the shit outta the ball. Would rather have. / BackdoorSliderz

Mon, Apr 23
11:05 AM

 

BABA traded Marwin Gonzalez, Hou SS to XYZ
XYZ traded Andrew Miller*, Cle RP to BABA

Gonzalez:  .320 OBP, 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 10 Rs, 17 RBIs

 

Miller:  1-0, 10 IP, 0.00 ERA (1.59 FIP), 17 Ks (15.30 K/9), 1 Save, 4 Holds

  Gonzalez’s positional versatility can be helpful but he’s still kinda MEH. Miller is injured but back soon and v. good. / BABADOOKS
Wed, Apr 4
3:21 AM

 

OGFC traded Andrew Miller*, Cle RP to XYZ
XYZ traded Jay Bruce, NYM RF to OGFC

Miller:  1-0, 10 IP, 0.00 ERA (1.59 FIP), 17 Ks (15.30 K/9), 1 Save, 4 Holds

Bruce: .308 OBP, 6 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 9 Rs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs

Jay Bruce is MEH, previous year’s numbers be damned. Miller is the best Holds guy in the league (when healthy). / X*RAYZ
2018 TRADE REVIEW(S): BORING APRIL TRADES EDITION

2018 Trade Review: Bruce – Miller, NOW WITH LESS ASSAULT

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Only cuz Heroy noted nobody discussed it. FINE we will fucking discuss it ya baby……

 

 

 

 

THE TRADE?

  • Apr 4, 3:21 AM in the gotdamned morning
  • OGFC traded Andrew Miller, Cle RP to XYZ
    XYZ traded Jay Bruce, NYM RF to OGFC

 

 

THE WHO?

Fishing Club Return

JAY BRUCE, 31 year old Mets RF and a guy that can hit some dingers, nobody is saying that he can’t hit some dingers.  .324 OBP, 29 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 36 HRs, 82 Rs, 101 RBIs, 1 SB for 2 teams across 555 ABs in 2017.  SO real good XBH numbers, and can he keep it up? I dunno probably can. You always wonder if going to the Mets saps morale (Todd Frazier already feels less joyous to me) and if the Mets training staff increases DL stints but WHAT DO I KNOW, and Jay is still fairly young and has fairly consistent underlying numbers that point to the basics in those numbers being mostly repeatable. More time in the OF and less time in the 1B maybe leads to more time off but maybe….not. I am not sure of anything today. 

 

X*Rayz Return

ANDREW MILLER, 32.88 year old southpaw reliever for the Indians and the best non-closer reliever in alllll of baseball. 4-3, 27 Holds, 2 Saves, 95 Ks in 62.2 IP (15.43 K/9), 1.44 ERA (1.99 FIP) in 2017. What is there really to sayyyyy here, Miller is the best holds guy in a holds league. Usually by a pretty sizable margin. And I doubt that changes this year and I’m sure he grabs a few saves to boot (more if Allen gets injured) and a bunch of Ks and bam business as usual.

 

 

 

THE WHY?

Uhhhh not too sure really. Seems the OGTFC were desperate to move Miller, perhaps for an OF, I hope for an OF cuz there’s probably better non-OF bats on the waiver wire right now. And seems the X*Rayz just took what was given to them. #analysis

 

 

THE WINNER?

THE X*RAYZ. I like the X*Rayz side here because TO ME Jay Bruce is still a borderline replacement-level bat, particularly now that he’s got the Mets stank on him. Nothing like a trip back to the Mets to drag down your morale and your numbers. So yea Jay Bruce is like, guy that may be outperformed by Corey Dickerson and Andrew Miller is best holds guy in league that counts holds. Gotta give this one to the latter side. THIS WAS RELATIVELY BORING THOUGH pick up the pace, league.

2018 Trade Review: Bruce – Miller, NOW WITH LESS ASSAULT

2018 TRADE REVIEW: A BARNEGAT BAUER OUTAGE?!?!

 

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THE TRADE?

  • Mar 28, 5:38 PM
  • BBS traded Jake Lamb, Ari 3B to WOOD
    BBS traded Rick Porcello, Bos SP to WOOD
    WOOD traded Trevor Bauer, Cle SP to BBS

 

THE WHO?

Banana Slugs Return

TREVOR BAUER, 

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/trevor-bauer-major-league-baseball-censored-article-1.3865623

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20829464/cleveland-indians-pitcher-trevor-bauer-loses-drone-park

https://deadspin.com/trevor-bauer-had-a-rough-start-and-then-went-on-a-twitt-1819311300

https://deadspin.com/we-regret-to-inform-you-that-trevor-bauer-is-at-it-agai-1792215724

 

https://deadspin.com/5984242/is-trevor-bauers-terrible-new-rap-song-a-diss-track-directed-at-miguel-montero

 

 

just need to note the one tweet a little bit harder here:

@GManfan64 @Apple @Twitter lol ummm. Lol yeah. You say that to one of the most scientific baseball players in MLB. Ok lol

— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) February 10, 2017

 

 

Morning Wood Return

DOESN’T MATTER I’ve got all I need here…

 

 

THE WHY?

I dunno man.

 

 

THE WINNER?

THE MORNING WOOD. The Morning Wood win this trade. lol umm Trevor Bauer go away lol. Or at least log off the Twitter Ok lol.

 

 

 

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2018 TRADE REVIEW: A BARNEGAT BAUER OUTAGE?!?!