the years the Mitts have made hundreds of trades. Like yours
some have been great, others have been flopperoonies, and most are
relatively even.When I joined a different league I decided to track my
and I've found it helpful to look back and see whether my thinking was
clear or faulty.Unfortunately my written records in the CBL
sketchy and barely go back more than a year. The earliest one
I'll list below has been pieced together by recollection and may not be
100% accurate. It's the "Barry Bonds Trade".You'll
find the trade and then usually a comment as to what I was trying to do
at the time.
2/7/20 Cubs trade Matt Adams to Mitts for Hernan Perez
a trade that's almost too small to mention we have a move of Bargain
Bin players. Don's a Cubs fan with Hernan Perez having received a
minor league deal from the Cubs. I'm a Mets fan with Matt Adams
just inking a similar deal from the Amazins' A match made in
heaven. We both admit that these guys could still be cuts either
before or during the waiver draft. But for now, it's a deal.
1/29/20 Comets trade Leury Garcia to Mitts for Daniel Murphy
Mitts drafted Jon Berti with the idea that he'd be the short side of a
platoon in LF with Joc Pederson. Pedes got his LF-3. Berti,
a jack of several positions, got a 3 but it was at SS and not in the
OF. Being someone who really hates putting 4s in the OF I looked
around for a team that could use Berti in his best situation which
would be as a part-time SS who really clubs lefties. A few teams
fit, one of which was Eric's Comets. We couldn't seem to find a
fit for Berti but along the way Eric mentioned that his DH vs lefties
was going to be Leury Garcia who put up a high BA that way but without
big pop. My DH vs lefties was to be Daniel Murphy who clubbed
them well and went up big in the clutch (Leury drops bigly in the
clutch). So among some other offers I suggested Murph for Leury.
In this case I'll make Berti the DH vs lefties (and Bregman's
backup at SS) while we'll let Leury partner up with Pederson in left.
1/2/20 Mitts trade Amir Garrett + to Icons for Guillermo
had a bit of excess at relief pitching and a need for a junior running
mate for CFer Mark Canha. Bob's Icons have Trout to cover CF but
a relief squad that ebbs south after his top two relievers. So it
was a pretty much natural fit. Bob has his eyes more on 2021 than 2020
so while Garrett will undoubtedly help the '20 pen I'd imagine the Bob
sees the lefty as having more long term upside than does Heredia. I would have been happy to
have traded a RH'd RP to the Icons but tend to like the balance of a
two-lefty bullpen which this swap leaves me.
11/6/19 Puckered Penguins trade Christian Vazquez + Penguins #1 to Mitts for Mitts #1, Mitts #2 + Manny Pina
biggest holes the Mitts had going into the 2019 draft were catcher and
CF. Like everyone else starting pitching is a mess so it's almost not
worth counting. Carl and I had a number of discussions about Christian
Vazquez and we agreed that if he was in the draft this year he'd likely
be a 2nd rounder. His offensive and defensive season he had for the
Red Sox was top grade. The only thing holding him back was his
history of not being able to hit. This easily could have been his
career season. The first round flip was only one spot (Carl will draft
10th and I'll draft 11th this way) and I wasn't going to let that
kabosh a trade. Carl logically wanted a backup catcher back and it
came down to Pina, good defensively and a huge bat vs LHP, or Chance
Sisco, young, decent offense against righties, but poor defensively.
I opted for the version of the deal that kept Sisco. It's not fun
being out of the 2nd round but not doing this deal meant drafting a
catcher and the draft is not a real good one for that position
especially knowing that several other managers needed to fill that
1/14/19 Mitts trade Sluggers #6 to Ungulates for Lucas Duda
Murphy as a 1b-5, 2b-5 was obviously only going to be the Mitts' DH vs
RHP. But Murph had only 328 ABs. Even with his 20% bonus this
would only get him thru two, perhaps three, blocks. The Mitts
needed another bat good against righties to fill the role of DH.
Looking around I decided to get a price from Matt on Lucas Duda
who at this time is a free agent. It's anybody's guess whether
he'll get signed to a major league deal let alone get 200 or more major
league at bats in 2019. The "dude" does hit righties
reasonably. I asked Matt for a price and he suggested Kevin
Plawecki. This was almost funny since I'd have been happy to
trade KP for Duda YESTERDAY. But what changed was that the card
ratings issue came with bad news about Roberto Perez who'd been
ticketted to be the Mitts' catcher against lefties. His card came
out a good bit worse than expected. This elevated Plawecki to the
25 man roster so I had to decline Matt's idea. He countered with
the Sluggers' 6th which I thought totally reasonable.
12/29/18 Crabs trade Adam Warren to the Mitts for Roenis
team lacked a LH'd RP while the Mitts had 3 of them (counting Elias as
a reliever even though he's technically a SR). I suggested this
lefty for righty swap thinking that Warren was at least comparable, if
not better than, the last two guys in the Mitts' pen, Clippard and
12/19/18 Mitts trade Marcus Semien to A's for Hurricanes' #4
A's were another team needing a shortstop to face lefty pitching.
I wanted to wait until the range numbers came out before deciding
the value of Semien. He ended up a ss-3 (I still a ss-2 could
have been justified) which made him pretty much a 4th round talent.
So we were able to do this swap quickly.
12/3/18 Mitts trade Jordy Mercer +
Felix Hernandez to the Sluggers for Joc Pederson + Sluggers #6
the time the Sluggers wanted a shortstop to face lefties to platoon
with Dejong who only hits righties. While the Mitts had Semien at
the time the question was whether Sems would get a 2, 3, or 4 defensive
grade. Mike told me he'd do the above listed deal if I were to
successfully acquire Mercer. I knew the Larks were weak at 3B so
thought we could work something like this out. Pederson will be
the Mitts' LFer against RHSP.
trade Matt Duffy to Larks for Jordy Mercer + Larks #6
suggested this to Bill who had little going on at 3B while he had
Mercer sitting third string at SS. This swap allowed me the ammo
to make the deal the next day with the Sluggers that brought Pederson
11/29/18 Mitts trade Jorge Bonifacio to Larks for David Freese
one can look at this and say, "why would the Mitts ever want another
3Bman?". And certainly on the face of it this is silly. After all
with Bregman, Justin Turner, Matt Duffy and a young Yandy Diaz in the
minors, the Mitts are certainly overrun at that one position. When we
selected Joey Rickard at the end of the draft it was clear that he'd be
a better corner OF platooner than would be Bonifacio who we'd expected
to use. This made Jorge a candidate for the minors. Scanning rosters
I noticed that Bill's Larks were covered in center and right but his
other OFers all were poor vs lefties. He was already advertising
Freese's availability so I suggested this move. The Mitts will keep
marketing Duffy and then use Freese to cover 3B when Turner can't
(Justin is not unlimited). Meanwhile the key to Freese is his 1B
rating. Carlos Santana is only so-so vs righties. We can use Freese
at 1B vs some of the more backwards righthanders.
11/18/18 Mitts trade pick 117 to Comets for Roberto Perez
one is so small that it's almost not worth mentioning. Mitts got
late into the draft and were unsure about which catcher to use vs
lefthanded pitching. Plawecki would offer bad defense and high
onbase. Gattis hit lefties OK but played so few innings at
catcher that his defense would be atrocious and he might not get a
defensive rating period. Eric's Comets had three catchers all of
whom hit better against righties. I private messaged him saying
I'd give up my upcoming pick #117 for any of his three catchers and he
selected Roberto Perez who is a great defender with a high on-base
percentage against lefties. Of course his BA is ridiculously low
and there's no power to go with it. Like I said, not a biggie.
11/20/17 Bombers trade Hernan Perez to Mitts for Brad Brach + Sandy Leon
add came out quite a bit pricier than we'd expected. When Mitch
advertised Hernan's availability it became clear that this player could
do multiple things if we could get him onto the Mitts. The Leon part
of the deal was not too hard since Sandy, at best, was headed back to
our minors and might have ended up cut before or after the waiver
draft. He does represent a modest upgrade at backup catcher for the
Bombers so I could see where they could make use of him. Mitch was
hoping to perhaps nab Felipe Rivero but I just couldn't see moving our
best RP even though in Brach we've given up our #2. Here's how I see
Perez fitting in (1) his SS rating will allow us to move Marcus Semien
to the minors since he was the only other SS rated player we had other
than Bregman. If Sems retains his ss-3 we might even consider putting
him up for trade in mid December (2) If Perez gets a 2B-3 while both
Lowrie and Neil Walker get 2B-4 then we likely platoon Hernan with
Lowrie freeing us to perhaps trade Walker and his power card to someone
in need of help at 2B or 3B or 1B. (3) If Perez gets a 2B-4 but is OK
in the OF then he can platoon with Markakis even if it means forcing
Duvall from LF to RF. So the player really fits our needs and
depending on how the ranges come out it sets the table to possibly do
other stuff later on.
11/13/17 Mitts trade Austin Jackson + Mitts #7 to the Huskers for Carlos Gomez
told me recently that he's not the biggest fan of Carlos Gomez's
hacktastic approach and the Mitts, reallly not in great shape in CF,
were eying Gomez before, during, and now since the draft. Chris
said he had his eye on Austin Jackson and the Mitts grabbed him a bit
before he could get to him. Given Gomez's somewhat better defense
(Gomez likely CF-2, Jax likely OF-3) and the fact that Gomez
offers more ABs a draft pick was used to even out the deal. For
the Mitts it means that Jon Jay can be used primarily vs LHP either in
CF (if he retains his CF-3) or in RF as Markakis' platoon mate.
It's our hope that Gomez can hold down the fort while Brett
Phillips develops into the Mitts' CF of the future.
11/12/17 Mitts trade Jake McGee + pick 105 to Crabs for Huskers #2 in 2018
told the league he would move the Huskers #2 in exchange for a good
pitcher, starter or reliever. I suggested McGee to him
since Jake has a good card and generally a solid history as a backwards
LH RP. Ted suggested the pick for one of my other lefty RPs but I
declined but countered by adding a 6th round pick to McGee in
return for the #2 in the next draft. That worked to our mutual
11/12/17 Mitts trade Michael Brantley to Ungulates for Jon Jay
small trades take virtually no thinking at all. This is not one
of them. The Mitts' headed to the offseason in sorry shape as far
as starting pitching and totally empty in CF. The Ungulates,
starting a rebuild, wanted draft picks and/or rebound candidates.
Matt made both Adam Jones and Jon Jay available. Of course, we
wanted Jones, the more established player with a regular job, lots of
ABs and power. But our trade pieces were limited and we just
don't move draft picks all that often. Matt had interest in
Brantley who will have a good offensive card and if (a big IF) he can
come back healthier in 2018 figures to be the kind of rebound guy the
Ungulates want. Jay is an on-base guy and what mostly has scared
us off has been defensive metrics that make me think he won't retain
his CF-3 rating. Going into the draft it will be our attitude
that if Jay gets a 4 in CF but hopefully retains a 3 elsewhere, like in
right, then we can use him as a platooner with Markakis. In any
case it was just too lopsided having three LFers, no CFer, and a
RFer who is adequate at best vs RHP.
3/9/17 Sluggers trade Sluggers #8 to Mitts for Erick Aybar
This is a
quick simple Bargain Bid deal. The plan was to keep Aybar in the
minors as the 7th guy out of 8. In round 1 of the Waiver Draft
we'd lop off the #8 guy. If we opted to take someone else in
round 2 - probably 60-40 that we would - then it would have been Aybar
3/6/17 Mitts trade Jon Papelbon to Larks for Larks #7
Bill emailed me a question regarding rosters and cut-downs. After
replying I double checked something about his roster and noticed that
he lacked a closer of any kind. One of his relievers was a
closer-1 but no one else had even that. I suggested Papelbon to him and
assigned me a Bargain Bin price of a 7th rounder. Bill liked it
as a cheap solution to the problem. This ups the Mitts' draft
pick count back up to 8 although most of them are late ones.
3/2/17 Mitts trade Steve Pearce + Corey Dickerson to the Sluggers for Adam Duvall + Tyler Lyons
This one came together quickly and
almost by accident. I mentioned to Mike that Pearce would fit
well with the Sluggers who needed help at 1B which is Pearce's best
position. We didn't care for Ichiro or Pagan but liked
Duvall. A one-for-one wasn't going to work so I added in the
power potential of Corey Dickerson in return for a decent LH'd
reliever. Lyons will bump Alvarez to the minors and will take
over the #2 LH RP role on the team. It somewhat alters what our
strategy during the waiver draft may be. I'll miss the two
hitters that we've traded but a Duvall/Rosario time share in LF
(Rosario vs hard RHSP and Duvall against everyone else) is
functional. We've given up a decent amount of offense against
lefties but LF goes from playing a 3 (Rosario) half of the time and a 4
(Pearce and Dickerson) the other half to having Duvall's 2 out there
most of the time.
2/17/17 Mitts trade Dallas Keuchel + Mitts #5 to Bombers for Matt Duffy
Once we laid out our starting rotation it became clear that
Keuchel was headed to our minors. He's an excellent bounce-back
candidate so we offered him up in trade. Mitch expressed interest
and where he had some excess I was still smarting from spending so much
of the off-season trying to make the team's shortstop situation
passable. The Bombers are solid at short with Cozart and Tim
Anderson. The Mitts have just Semien and the backup this year
would be Bregman whose major league future is more likely to be at
3B. Duffy was very familiar to me given that I drafted him onto
my SBA team in February of 2016 in round 2 of that draft. He
figures to be the Rays' shortstop this season and between Semien and
the Duffster I am hoping to not have as big a mess at the position as I
did this offseason. An interesting question now is who becomes
the short half of the Mitts' 3B platoon (Justin Turner is excellent
against righties but unimpressive against southpaws). The
candidates are Duffy who has just a 702 OPS against lefties but a
delicious 3B-1 rating or Alex Bregman whose bat is a bit better but
whose glove is 2e34. I'm leaning towards Duffy because he does
have good on-base numbers (22 hits, 16 walks) but Bregs is the guy good
in the clutch (up +8 while Duffy is a downer at -9).
1/4/17 Mitts trade Mitts #6 to Hurricanes for Cory Gearrin
came out of the draft down a couple of relief pitchers. We
figured our depth at catching and starting pitching would, along the
way, get us some relief help. But the catchers (Wolters and
Chirinos) did not bring back relievers and to date the starting
pitching excess hasn't attracted any takers. So we swapped a 6
for Gearrin who will have a good card albeit a bit light in
innings. He'll likely get to close a few games for the Mitts
also. It is still possible we'll grab another reliever come
Waiver Draft night.
12/27/16 Mitts trade Robinson Chirinos + Mitts #8 to Huskers for Huskers #6
The Huskers have the very competent Yadier Molina as their
unlimited #1 catcher. On those occasions when he goes down
injured the backup options were quite poor. Chirinos is a very
competent backup catcher whose only 2016 fault was not reaching 150
ABs. We explored some options with outfielders headed back to the
Mitts but none of them flew. So we settled for this simple
12/12/16 Mitts trade Tony Wolters + Mitts #3 to Comets for Marcus Semien
Ever since draft day the Mitts have been looking for an upgrade
at shortstop where only Erick Aybar and Alexei Ramirez were on the
roster. Our top three targets were Elvis Andrus (Rogues), Marcus
Semien (Comets), and Tim Anderson (Bombers). We considered
approaching Don's Cubs about Villar but figured it would be very pricey
and the player looks to not have the position shortstop in his
immediate future. Fallbacks might have included the Crabs'
Freddie Galvis but his lightweight bat was not enough compensation (at
least for me) for his outstanding defense. The key players Mike
and Mitch wanted for their guys were just players I did not want to
surrender. The Comets' catchers, while numerous and quite
respectable against LHPs did not hit righties too well so Tony Wolters
looked like a fit for California. Eric preferred to wait until he
knew for sure Semien's defense before doing anything. Since he
was one of the game company's reveals last week he now had enough info
to pull the trigger after we upped our offer a bit from one we had
offered a few weeks ago. For Semien it's a return to his original
drafting team. The Mitts drafted him in the 7th round of the 2013
draft. Looked back at the top seven prospects we had listed for
that draft: T.d'Arnaud, Zunino, Jackie Bradley, Semien, Wong,
Marisnick. They've all panned out reasonably well.
11/23/16 Mitts trade Matt Adams to Cubs for Cubs #3
I sent an
email to Don just wondering why a team with Brandon Crawford would
draft Jonathan Villar very early in round 1. He explained that he
loved the offense and the speed that the player offered and just
thought he fit in better than the pitcher he was thinking about.
My email also inquired whether he was looking for something better at
1B than Yonder Alonso, good glove, no bat. We discussed Matt
Adams a bit who I still like but had just no room for on the major
league roster. He offered a 3 for him which I think is totally
11/13/16 Mitts trade pick 152 to Bombers for Bombers #7 in 2017
here. Scanning the depleted board I was hardpressed to find
anyone of interest. Mitch had his eyes on Tommy Layne so I moved
the pick to him for the 7th in next year's draft.
11/13/16 Mitts trade Matt Kemp + pick 92 to Ungulates for Leonys Martin + pick 60
swap happened quickly and occured about half an hour before we
drafted. Matt wanted Kemp and offered the 60th pick and wanted a
late pick back. I looked at his roster and saw that he had Adam
Jones solidly implanted in CF, a position of need for the Mitts, so
asked about Martin who is not much of a hitter but an elite CF
defender. In Kemp the Ungulates get a great DH vs lefties and a
decent hitter against righties. He may be headed for RF/LF 5
status so playing him in the outfield would take some guts.
10/8/16 Mitts trade Jedd Gyorko + Josh Harrison to Bombers for Evan Gattis + Eddie Rosario
This is a
rather classic 2 for 2 exchange of hole-fillers. Bombers best
1bman before the swap was the rather awful James Loney. Joe Panik
is the 2nd baseman but he did not fare well against lefties.
Gyorko will likely slot in at 1B although with his versatility he may
move to 2B, 3B, or DH depending how the draft and trade season
goes for Mitch. Meanwhile Harrison would make an idea platooner
with Panik. For the Mitts Gattis returns as the almost full time
catcher. His 447 ABs means he is not unlimited and it could be a
challenge for him and holdover Robinson Chirinos (147 ABs, bummer) to
cover all the needed AB's. Some research may have to be done to
decide how to handle the position. Rosario will play a lot of LF
for the Mitts and if he retains his CF-3 rating then he may get the
majority of time at that position.
2/8/16 Sluggers trade Matt Kemp to Mitts for Greg Bird + Angel Pagan
For a simple
2-for-1 swap you'd be surprised to see how many different offers passed
between Jim and myself. It started with his mentioning his
willingness to trade a late pick for Bird if we were serious about
considering cutting him. This happened just about the time Bird
was taken in the 4th round of the SBA draft which made me reassess his
value to me and in general. Most of our trade offers also
involved shortstops moving from one team to another. But we could
not get them to match up to mutual satisfaction. Bird will do
backup duty for the Sluggers in 2016, will sit in their minors in 2017,
and hopefully (for them) will be an important cog in 2018 and
beyond. The Mitts have lacked right handed power in the
outfield. Kemp is quite the flawed player, certainly
defensively. But he can put balls over the wall and that's mostly
what we'll ask him to do.
1/29/16 Bombers trade Comets #6 to Mitts for Evan Gattis + Zach Putnam
We opened the Bargain Bin on the morning of 1/29 and at 8pm
Mitch submitted the bid. Gattis is good balanced hitter with a
whole bunch of suprise triples. His OBP is low and he's not
defensively usable as a LF-5. Had he remained a catcher, even
sparingly, he'd likely still have some solid usage value. The
Mitts did not need him for a DH so discounted him. Putnam is also
caught in a numbers crunch as he would be the team's #7 reliever and we
usually just carry six of those.
1/16/16 Mitts trade Avisail Garcia + Matt Shoemaker to the Ungulates for J.A. Happ + Ungulates #4
Matt offered the draft pick for Avisail. He hits lefties
well and is young. His RF-4 was a blow but not a surprising
one. This made him less desirable as Markakis' running mate in
right field. I declined the offer but countered with the one that
includes the pitchers. With Geltz not given a starter rating the
Mitts' starting staff was already pretty mediocre. Shoemaker has
much potential but his card is filled with HRs and diamonds making him
a tough swallow to use this year. We will put Happ right into the
starting rotation probably to replace Teheran. Our #5 starter
will be Tommy Milone and he will share the slot with either Niese or
Teheran. Ironically the Mitts have always avoided having lots of
lefty starters now have Keuchel, Kazmir, Happ, Milone, and Niese
accounting for a whole lot of starts. Unless we can find an outfielder
to face lefties we may need to use Ben Revere full time instead of just
against righty starters.
1/2/16 Mitts trade Jason Grilli + Cubs #4 to Slugggers for Erick Aybar
It's been an off season
featuring shortstops on the move. Between 3's getting 4's (like
Jose Reyes and Jhonny Peralta) and others who can only hit from one
side there have been a bunch of teams looking to improve at SS.
We don't pretend that this is a major upgrade but with Alexei Ramirez
dropping from a 1 to a 3 and having a sketchy season versus RH'd
pitching a move to Aybar, a switch-hitting SS-2, does push the meter a
bit in the right direction. Grilli's best feature is a good card
and a bunch of saves to make him a complete, or at least partial,
closer. At this point the Mitts can either platoon Alexei and
Erick or could move Ramirez in trade to the next needy team.
11/16/15 Cubs trade Avisail Garcia + Cubs #4 to the Mitts for Cody Allen + Mitts #6
One of the things we had hoped to do
during the draft was to obtain one or more outfielders. Unless
you count Clint Robinson who really is more of a 1bman than an OFer we
failed to do that. Meanwhile the CBL Cubs, one of a number of
teams in need of a closer, did not come out of the draft with one. So
on draft day +1 Don and I did this. Garcia is a RH'd outfielder
who has not hit for much power in his young career but at 24 there is
still some room for growth in that department. We will likely
give him the job of platoon RFer with Nick Markakis. Meanwhile
the Cubs were busy not only bringing in the fine closer Cody Allen from
the Mitts but also swapping a 2nd round pick to the Crabs in exchange
for Joakim Soria.
10/5/15 Mitts trade R.A. Dickey + Hurricanes #7 to Titans for Daniel Murphy
I admit it. I'm a sucker for the guy. Hated to part
with him in the Harrison deal so felt I might have something to offer
Rich to get the Murphster back in the fold. Rich's team is strong
offensively and the top of the rotation looks good. But his #4/#5
starters weren't too impressive so Dickey should fill one of those
roles for him. As for Murph I would expect him to play 1B and DH
a bit. He'll be a backup guy at 3b and 2b.
3/3/15 Mitts trade Glen Perkins + Ungulates #7 to Bombers for Kevin Jepsen
12/13/12 Mitts trade Michael Morse + Mike Aviles + DeWayne Wise + Mitts #5 to Bombers for Ryan Ludwick + Garrett Jones
During the late January SBA draft I
had Jepsen rated rather highly, in fact a few slots above Zach
Putnam. When my SBA team was looking for a RH RP I tried to
acquire Jepsen from the mgr who selected him but couldn't get
him. So when Mitch and I were recently discussing another player
(a deal that didn't happen) I tossed in some offers that included
Jepsen. When we made the swap shortly after the draft where he
got Chris Young (the pitching one) and I got Torres it was my hope to
use Torres as the bullpen long man plus give him about 4 or 5 block-4
starts in place of the limited Matt Shoemaker. What I didn't
realize was that his one major league start in 2014 was not going to
get him a starter rating in strat. So he became the mop up guy in
the Mitts pen. In getting Perkins, an accomplished lefty closer
coming off an admittedly off season for him, Mitch gets a guy to share
closing with the over 40 LaTroy Hawkins. If Perkins has a bounce
back year for the Twins in 2015 this deal could work out very well for
the Bombers. Meanwhile Carlos Torres with all of those available
relief innings will head to the trade block.
1/20/15 Mitts trade Nick Swisher to Cubs for Cubs #8
This is a straightforward
Bargain Bin swap. We posted Swish's availability in the morning and
within a few hours Don said he'd take him for the Cubs. I've
always liked Swisher a bit more than your average Mitt. Between
his moderate power, switch-hitting ability (some years he has been a
dominant lefty and other years a platoonable righty), acceptable
defense at 1b and the corner outfield it's been a nice package.
At this point he was in a tough race for 32nd man on the Mitts
roster. The trade just makes cutdown day that much easier.
I do hope he can bounce back and be a useful player for the CBL Cubbies.
Mitts trade Cubs #3, Canes #6, and Mitts #8 to Hurricanes for Ben Revere + Canes #7
The Canes' search for a 1bman
had us discussing big deals that could move Matt Adams to Boynton
Beach. We couldn't agree on the big piece that would come back
and along the way I noticed that one of the available Canes was Ben
Revere, a high-BA slap happy CFer with a very poor arm but impressive
numbers against LHP. He batted .341 against the southpaws.
This was a Mitts' weakness because Nick Markakis, relatively powerless
himself on that side, had a sub 700 OPS vs lefties. I suggested a
late 3rd round pick for Revere and by the time the haggling ended had
to go with a much earlier #3 and the combination of late picks coming
and going. This swap gave Troy the ammo to make a deal with the
Bombers netting him Michael Morse for 1B. We will likely make
Swift Ben the leadoff batter vs lefties and hope he can set the table
adequately for the big guns like Pearce and Gattis to follow.
11/24/14 Mitts trade Chris Young (the pitcher) + Gerald Laird to Bombers for
The Bombers were hoping to get Chris Young in the draft while
the Mitts took him as what we saw as the best talent available in round
6. The plan had been for Matt Shoemaker to share a rotation slot
with R.A. Dickey (perhaps with Jon Niese). Noticing that the
Bombers were likely to use Torres as a starter to bring their
deGrom/Stroman up to enough starts I proposed this deal. This
adds to the Bombers' starting pitching situation and certainly Young
figures to come out as a starting pitcher in a year -if he can stay
healthy - while Torres, at best, for the Mets figures to be a setup
reliever. The Laird part came only since the Bombers needed a
CBL-legal backup catcher. One would expect him to find someone
better either in the trade market or the waiver draft.
The day after making this trade I realized that Torres with just one
start might not get a SP rating. Research of about a half dozen
pitchers in the previous set shows rather conclusively that a
mostly-reliever needs at least two GS in order to get a starter
rating. This makes Torres the Mitts' long relief RH'd reliever.
11/16/14 Mitts trade Jorge Soler + Daniel Murphy to Cubs for Josh Harrison
When the lottery was over
it was clear that Andy planned to take Jose Abreu at #1 and Don would
take Josh Harrison #2 even though he likely would have take the Chicago
Cub uber-prospect Jorge Soler had he been saddled with the 4th or 5th
pick of the draft. Had the Mitts won pick 1 we'd likely also have
taken Abreu and with pick 2 we would have gone with Harrison. The
biggest reason for Don taking Harrison was that he had a big black hole
at 3B. The Mitts had a fellow who could cover 3B acceptably for
him AND put Soler on the Cubs. Our agreement was that he'd take
Harrison and that if Soler was not the 3rd pick of the draft that I'd
pick Soler and then add Murphy to him for Harrison.
This did a lot of good things for the Mitts. It should improve 3B
defense and Harrison's ability to play the corner OF meant that if the
Mitts couldn't find enough outfield help in the draft but could find
infielders then Josh could be shuttled out to the outfield at least on
a part time basis.
11/16/14 Crabs send Huskers 2015 #3 + pick #72 to Mitts for Marcus Semien
Both Ted's Crabs and
Mitch's Bombers had expressed interest in the White Sox's infield
prospect, someone who might well win the 2B job in the Windy City. I
offered up Semien in packages trying to move up to Mitch's 11th pick of
the draft and to Ted for his 12th pick. When I originally made
the offers of a trade-up from 18 to 11 (or 12) it was with the
intention of grabbing George Springer or Steve Pearce.
Springer was the 3rd pick of the draft to the TItans so we still made
these offers in hopes of getting the Baltimore OF/1bman. Both
Mitch and Ted went the other way. Later I offered up Semien
to Ted as part of a package for Josh Reddick but that was shot down
quickly. When we were in round 4 at about pick 70 Ted
offered pick 72 plus his 3rd round pick in 2015 for Semien.
Considering that I had drafted Semien in round 7 in 2013 and had plans
just to keep him in the minors for CBL 2015 I saw this as a more than
generous offer. I accepted but since there really was no one
particularly exciting to draft I immediately offered up that 4th
rounder for a 3rd pick in 2015. Both Don and Mike McC quickly
chimed in that they would do this. Don's offer came in before
Mike's so I accepted the Cubs' offer.
11/16/14 Two trades involving 2015 picks
Mitts trade pick 122 to Canes for Canes #6 2015
Mitts trade pick 141 to Ungulates for Ungulates #7 in 2015
3/9/14 Mitts trade Garrett Jones to Ponies for Ponies #8
A simple Bargain Bin move. Would have been nice to get a 7th rounder for him but Wayne didn't possess one.
3/8/14 Mitts trade Mitts #8 to Whiz Kids for Burch Smith + Kids #8
Jordan and family were
visiting for the weekend. He was telling me who he planned to
cut. When he named Burch Smith I recognized the name since I had
him rather highly rated for the GWN draft that was going on at the
time. The Mitts hoped to carry one more SP if possible in the
minors so I offered a tiny something, just a trade up in round 8, for
Smitty. It's entirely possible that we'll cut him in the waiver
draft but the last time we made a tiny little swap like this was a few
years ago. The player then was Daniel Murphy who obviously has
panned out. Maybe Burch Smith will too.
1/5/14 Mitts trade Ryan Raburn + Brandon Phillips + Mitts #7 to Comets for Neil Walker + Comets #2
This is a most
interesting trade because it arose from two separate unsuccessful
negotiations. A while back Eric contacted me with interest in
Raburn which stemmed from the fact that his attack vs lefties was less
potent than the one vs righties. Choo, while having decent
on-base numbers vs lefties, hits with no pop at all vs them. I
spelled out that I was looking for something just above the value of a
2nd round pick. This is where we dropped the discussion because
Eric, having just traded his #1 for Quintana, was hesitant to move
himself out of the top two rounds again. A week or two later I
broached the idea of a swap of Phillips for Walker. The Comets' D would
improve, the attack vs lefties would be somewhat better, and with his
club's high OBP the expected high plus clutch number for Phillips would
maximize RBIs from his card. Eric studied it and decided that he
didn't want to take the hit to his offense vs RHP that it would
entail. And so it stood thru the New Year's break. Then I
combined the offers while taking something off of the price for
Raburn. I pointed out that by doing the double deal the presence
of Raburn and his 2b-4 secondary rating would allow the Comets to
pinch-hit late for Phillips and not have to burn an extra player since
'Burn could finish the game at 2B. Eric had already said that
he's always liked Phillips as a player anyway. I think this is a
good swap for the team trying to repeat as champions and the team
hoping to find its way back to the playoffs in 2015.
12/27/13 Mitts trade Bobby Parnell + Mitts #4 to Rogues for Cody Allen + Rogues #3
The Rogues have the closer Huston Street but the
problem on that street is not too many hits and walks but rather an
awkwardly high number of HR's allowed and therefore diamond
shots. Mike asked about obtaining one of the Mitts' four
closers. We priced them as Papelbon (cheapest), Parnell, and then
Perkins. Mike expressed no interest in Jim Henderson. Since
the Mitts have just six RPs I wanted a reliever back if I traded a
closer. Then it was just a matter of finding what the "closer premium"
would be. Parnell should have a superior card to Allen albeit in
fewer innings. Allen is the younger pitcher and would appear to
be the healthier of the two. The Mets are hoping to have Parnell
back for opening day but the rehab for neck surgery is not the easiest
12/27/13 Mitts trade Alex Rodriguez to Cubs for Cubs #7
Don contacted us saying he was willing to gamble a
late pick on AROD. He made clear that he would not go beyond a
7th round pick. At the moment the notorious Arod was vying with
three others for the 32nd spot on the roster (Uggla, Garrett Jones, and
Corey Dickerson). We are leaning towards trying to keep the
youngest of the group, our 8th round pick Dickerson. So getting a
little something for Alex is better than nothing. Meanwhile
Don can use Rodriguez as a backup 3bman if he wants to. If the
suspension he is facing is pared down to just 50 or 60 games there
still would be time for him to get 200-300 ABs in 2014. That
would pay off well for an investment of a late pick. If the big
suspension stands then the Cubs' gamble won't work out.
11/17/13 Crabs trade pick #15 to Mitts for Steve Cishek + pick #54
This was the first of
three draft day trades made by the Mitts. Ted had been hot in pursuit
of Cishek for several weeks, even to the point of having a contingency
deal in place where the Mitts would trade Cishek + pick 14 to the Crabs
for pick 5 if either Y.Puig or Will Myers were still on the
board. They were taken 2/3 so that didn't happen. The Crabs
did vacate pick 5 and picked up pick 15 as part of the deal.
Shortly before the Mitts were to pick at 14 Ted offered pick 15 to us
for Cishek and third rounder pick 54. In retrospect adding a 3rd
round pick to Cishek who probably in himself was worth pick 15 was
probably an overpay. But the result allowed the Mitts to fill two
of the three biggest draft needs at once. We expected to take
Zach Wheeler and Gyorko with those two picks. Even better, when
the Revival took Wheeler it left us Julio Teheran who was slotted one
spot higher on our draft board.
11/17/13 Kids trade pick #59 and Whiz Kids 2014 #1 to Mitts for Marlon Byrd and pick #74
We selected ex-Mitt
Marlon Byrd late in the 2nd round for two reasons. One was that
we had a serious need for another outfielder and the other was that he
was top value at that point. Not having the talent to compete for
the playoffs in 2014 I made clear that I could trade the veteran
Byrd. Jordan was quick to step up offering the Whiz Kids' 2014 #1
for him. I felt that he was worth a bit more than that and
suggested that the Mitts put pick 74 into the deal in exchange for pick
51. Jordan countered with pick 59 and we settled on that.
This actually set the stage for our third and last draft day trade.
11/17/13 Mitts trade pick 59 to Titans for Michael Brantley
A few moments before the
Mitts were on the clock for pick 59 Rich private-chatted an offer of 59
and a later Mitts pick for two Titans picks. I don't recall the
exact numbers but declined since the Mitts were still at least one
outfielder short and the talent was thinning fast. Chances are
that we would take Juan Lagares with pick 59 but I have some doubts
that he'll ever hit enough to be a viable CBL player. After
declining Rich's offer he said he would add Michael Brantley to his
offer and that tipped it. Problem was that the second Mitts pick
was one I had already traded so I had to pass on his offer. Rich
then offered Brantley straight up for the 59th pick. I quickly
decided I liked the idea of having Brantley more than having Lagares so
we took that one.
11/10/13 Ungulates trade Ungulates #2 to Mitts for Tim Hudson
Matt expressed interest
in the veteran starter (I believe to share a spot with Johnny Cueto in
his rotation). We tried hard to get a certain pudgy 3Bman in the deal
but it was not to be. We each offered some proposals but when
push came to shove it was a straight draft pick deal putting the Mitts
back into the 2nd round for the first time since we traded that pick to
the Kids for Jake McGee. The Mitts' pick count is 11 now which only
trails the Blackjacks who have 13.
3/8/13 Mitts trade Brandon Lyon + Mitts #7 to the Bombers for Mitts #5 + Rogues #8
Once we made the decision
to keep Cishek on the major league roster it made backwards righty
reliever Brandon Lyon the #7 guy in the minors. Never being a fan
of relievers in the minors (with true closers being a rare exception)
we looked for a team that could use an extra solid arm. I thought
the best fit might have been with the Rogues but Mike and I never could
find common ground. Mitch's flurry of deals left him one RP short
and his plan was to pick one up during waivers. We both knew that
Lyon is better than any reliever that figures to be in the waiver draft
so we made this little swap. As to who now gets slot 32 for the
Mitts.... Ryan Raburn's hot spring has improved his odds. Mike
Pelfrey could get the nod or we might take someone off the waiver draft
list. It is likely that if we take a waiver draft selection it
will be somebody's cut since I don't recall much of anything decent
surviving our November draft.
1/28/13 Crabs trade Glen Perkins + Ryan Lavarnway to Mitts for Jeremy Affeldt + Tyler Flowers
When we decided that Affeldt's card was not lefty killing enough we
looked around and approached some teams about a tradeup. The discussion
with Ted hinged on the notion that Perkins clearly has a better card
than Affeldt but that Affeldt has had a long track record of being a
serviceable reliever. We recognized that Perkins' current value meant
that we would have to add to JA in order to land Perk. Ted
wondered if I could improve his minors and I suggested the catching
swap since we both agree that Flowers figures to outhit and play
superior defense to Lavarnway. Also it would seem that Flowers is
in line for more playing time in the upcoming 2013 season. By
improving the Mitts' ability to handle tough LHB's this will free us to
perhaps trade effective backwards righty Brandon Lyon while keeping
Steve Cishek as a righty-killer/backup closer.
12/21/12 Crabs trade Sam LeCure + Revival #6 to Mitts for John Axford
Ted asked about Axford a few days ago. Since his role had been
reduced to sitting in the minors until block 4 rolls around I told him
that he was available even though we had no particular impulse to trade
him. He offered a RP I was not interested in plus a 6th round
pick. A few days later I wrote that it was too bad we couldn't
find a fit for Ax. He was still interested so I said that I could
be interested in the guy I drafted in Nov. 2011, Sam LeCure. So
offered him and a #6 and that was that. Once the cards are out
I'll determine which of these three guys: LeCure, Brandon Lyon, or
Cishek gets Axford's place in the minors. It may end up being
Cishek since while he dominates righties, the lefties give him a bit of
Now this is a tricky one and a bit of a departure for the Mitts.
The key thing to know is that the discussion started before the range
ratings came out but was completed a few hours after they were
revealed. Perhaps the center of the deal was Aviles who was
likely headed to the Mitts' minors. He played 2b, SS (mostly),
and 3b and could have been a 3 or 4 at each of those positions.
Lamanna said ss-3 and 4 elsewhere. But SOM gave him 3's at all
spots. The Bombers have Jeter coming back from a serious injury
and their only other SS was Brian Dozier, not a hot prospect,
restricted to one position who received a SS-4 (Lamanna projected a
Mitch, in passing, mentioned to me the other day that if we wanted to
trade Morse he'd be interested. I made the mis-assumption that
Ludwick would get the LF-3 that Lamanna had projected. Our plan
was to put Ludwick in LF and slide Swisher to 1B. There were a
couple versions of our offer to Mitch. The original offer didn't
include Wise but I realized that Mitch wanted to upgrade his OF defense
and my original offer (again assuming a Ludwick 3) was going to take
him the other way. So I ponied up a few offers to include Wise.
So what the Mitts will do is leave Swisher in LF and make Ludwick the
DH. The first base platoon will be Garrett Jones/Jesus Guzman
(although we could improve the offense by playing Ludwick and his 4 in
LF while DH'ing Ransom - more thinking needed on this). Also the
3-for-2 takes us down to zero tough cuts. It's been a tussle
bringing the roster number down and we're finally where we want to be
in that department.
The reason this trade is a departure for the Mitts is that in recent
years the team has had excellent starting pitching, OK relief pitching,
better than average defense, but barely adequate hitting especially
lacking in power. This move will worsen the defense especially
since any OF injury will force us to use a 4 in the OF. But in
return we've added power and on-base. The Ludwick card is a real
force vs LHP. Meanwhile the starting pitching should still be top
drawer and we feel we have the best pen that we've put together in many
11/30/12 Mitts trade Jerome Williams + Jesse Crain to Larks for Jonathan Papelbon + Larks #5
This deal started when I looked around to see what teams might be good
fits for the starter/reliever Williams. The Larks have enough
innings to just about eke out the 160 games but it meant investing 20
or more starts in J.A. Happ who could get pretty well beaten up by RH'd
lineups. We also were starting to feel antsy about our closer
corps of Cishek/Axford. I presented some offers to Bill and hoped
to add Williams to Axford to bring back Papelbon. I also hoped to
include a swap of shortstops where he could have the Chicagoan Alexei
and we could bring another Met to MidHudson in Ruben Tejada. The
shortstop part didn't happen mostly because of the age disparity.
Bill also preferred to acquire Jesse Crain rather than Axford. He
has Broxton so getting a replacement closer was not crucial. We
accepted a counter offer he proposed. An extra benefit to
the Mitts is again bringing down the roster number. At this point
we are down to no more than one difficult cut - quite a better place to
be than where we were a week ago.
11/29/12 Cubs trade Cubs #7 to Mitts for Nyjer Morgan + Mitts #8
Talk about your quick tiny trades. Once Don made his deal for de
Aza I asked him whether he wanted to take his ad down where he was
looking for a good fielding CFer without much concern for the offensive
side. I mentioned to him that I'd forgotten that I had all
defensive spaghetti-armed Nyjer Morgan. I said he could have him
for an 8th round pick (is there a lower price that could be offered?)
or if he didn't want to lock himself in by dropping down to six picks
then he could have Nyjer + an 8th rounder for a 7th. He liked
that idea better and voila.
11/25/12 Mitts trade Reed Johnson, Francisco Liriano, and Lucas Harrell to the Hurricanes for Jon Niese and Hurricanes #3
I would call this a truly functional baseball trade. You have two
teams trying to accomplish very different things and I believe we've
both succeeded. Troy inquired about Johnson undoubtedly to fill a
role as a corner OFer against LHSP. But his recent trade of Kendrick
weakened the bottom of his rotation so he also expressed interest in
the enigma, Francisco Liriano. Meanwhile those two were among 10
or 11 guys vieing for a minor roster spot with the Mitts. Our job
was to cash some of those folks in for draft picks to make cut-down day
less painful. You'd have thought that Mitts' 1st round pick
Harrell and young lefty Niese were the keys to the trade but they
weren't really. We tried hard to get a 2nd rounder in the
deal but Troy held fast. He would have preferred RJ + 'Cisco for
a #3. So we relented on the pick providing we could swap the
unlimited starters. Both starters should have very good cards but
each has a cross or more to bear. Niese is a southpaw and we
rarely go out of our way to bring pitchers of that persuasion
aboard. But he's young, talented, and a Met to boot.
Meanwhile Harrell plays in the bandbox in Houston AND has to watch his
team go from the easier league to the harder one. It should be
interesting to see how each of these pitchers fare in the next couple
11/11/12 Mitts trade 2013 #2 to Whiz Kids for pick #39
While we rarely draft relief pitchers in round 1 we often find that
some of the better ones get draft grades commenserate with that
round. We thought Jake McGee was a guy who would surely be
selected somewhere in the range of pick 15-25. When Jordan was on
the clock with pick 39 he said that he wanted a 2nd rounder in next
year's draft for the pick. Jordan felt this was an
extraordinarily weak draft and likely felt he could do more with the
Mitts' #2 in 2013 than he could with the Kids' #2 in the current
draft. For the Mitts McGee will be a late inning (though not
closing) backwards lefty. Takahashi was very successful in that
role for the '12 Mitts and McGee figures to have a better card than
10/7/12 Mitts trade Crabs #3 to Bombers for Angel Pagan
This is a trade that we didn't so much want to make as much as we felt
we had to make. The biggest hole the Mitts have to fill this
offseason is CF where we have just nothing (unless Reed Johnson gets a
3 there which he has had in some past years but just as often gets a
4). The last thing we wanted was to have to spend multiple draft
picks in November to create a CF platoon. The Harpers and
Cespedes folks will be long gone by the time we get to the second half
of round 1. They'll both actually go during the lottery
selections. We tried to get Mitch to bite on various offers
involving lower picks plus a late pick or a player. He insisted
he needed that #3 and we acquiesced. The Bombers have very good
depth in the OF and Granderson figures to be their fulltime guy.
As to Pagan himself I am not a huge fan having had him on the Mitts and
seeing him on the Mets. I don't believe he works as hard as he
can and it seems he's not the best guy to have in a major league
clubhouse. I have little confidence that he'll have a good 2013
if he gets a multiyear contract offer. Hope I'm wrong about it
but the feeling pervades the bones.
His card should be usable both ways. He'll probably bat 1 or 2 vs
righties and 8 or 9 vs lefties. He has had defensive ratings from
1 to 3 in CF. I would expect a cf-2 in the next card set.
The trade allows us to use the draft to upgrade either at 1B or
elsewhere in the OF. Swisher can be our 1bman or LFer depending
on how the draft plays out.
We'll also keep an eye out for another SP, a couple of relievers, a
catcher to back up Carlos Santana, and maybe some help at 3B.
3/5/12 Bombers trade Mike Pelfrey + Bombers #7 to Mitts for Aaron Harang + Bombers #6
can best described as betting on a Met rather than betting on a vet.
Clearly Pelf and Harang are #4/#5 type starters with projected
ERAs in the mid 4. Harang's card for 2012 is a bit better than
Pelf's which could help Mitch and the Bombers' rotation. For the
Mitts it's just a matter of placing the big guy who likes to lick his
fingers in the minors and hope that he can refind his once decent
sinker. The Mitts did well a year ago betting-on-a-Met.
That time it was Daniel Murphy. Can lightning strike a
2/8/12 Blackjacks trade Blackjacks #7 to Mitts for Kosuke Fukudome
one is straight from the Bargain Bin. The Fuk-ster was on the
cusp and well could have been a cut. His good corner OF defense
and reasonable on-base vs righties gives him some value. I am
guessing that Randy plans to use him as a defensive sub and will give
him some starts vs tough righties.
1/15/2012 Mitts trade Ramon Santiago + Javier Lopez + Mitts #3 to Crabs for Mike Aviles + Francisco Liriano
Ramon came up with his altered card we started looking around for
someone who could share 3B with ARod and who possessed a SS
rating. There were about five possibilities with Aviles being
among the top couple of choices. The rest of the names have found
themselves in prior discussions between Ted and me this
offseason. I was more convinced than Ted that he could use help
in the LH RP'ing department but he was particularly anxious to get his
club back into the 3rd round of next year's draft. The
Liriano part was my preference for having multiple SPs in the minors in
case one or more of the big-5 on the major league roster goes
down. Liriano's card is marginally playable so we'll activate him
in block 4 to give him a "taste" of life as a Mitt.
12/30/11 Rogues trade Nick Swisher to Mitts for Delmon Young + Eduardo
that Mike lacked a true LH RP we approached him with an offer of Delmon
+ a lefty reliever for Swisher. He liked the idea of getting the
younger (no pun intended) outfielder but didn't care to add the
southpaw. He countered saying that if we'd substitute the
prospect Sanchez then he would do that. I very much wanted to
hold on to Sanchez but agreed to the swap because Swisher could help
the Mitts in several ways during the upcoming season. His high
on-base card vs lefties will definitely help against lefty starters.
His corner OF rating of 3 with a very low error rating is better
than Delmon's. And finally since Swish is not a total give-up vs
RHP we can put him in as a defensive sub in LF for Eric Thames who
disappointed by receiving a LF 4 rating. I do believe that
Delmon will be successful now that he's in Motown but Swisher, a long
time favorite with his power/walks combo, is (hopefully) not over the
hill at 31. I can rationalize taking on still another Yankee
given how disgusted I am with the state of the Mets this offseason.
12/8/11 Mitts trade Edwin Encarnacion + Mitts #2 to Crabs for Crabs #2 and Crabs #3
Ted and I danced around about Edwin a number of times. The
sticking point was not so much the player's worth as much as the fact
that Ted fiercely wanted to hold onto his draft picks. Once it
was determined that a pick was necessary to make this fly it was not
that hard to find a trade which can be said to be just the slightest
bit more than a 3rd round pick for the defensively challenged corner
12/3/11 Mitts trade Fausto Carmona to Ponies for Titans #4
is as straight-forward as it gets. Shortly after the Ponies/Crabs
trade in which Wayne gave up two SPs and got one back (+ Mr. Posey, of
course) he mentioned to me that he might need to add another
starter. I mentioned Aaron Harang and Fausto Carmona. I
pointed out that Harang would have the better card for the coming
season but Carmona probably has the better upside for the next couple
of seasons. We left it at that until Saturday afternoon when
Wayne offered that pick for his preference, Carmona. Done.
For the Mitts it mostly cuts the tough cuts list down by one.
11/17/11 Mitts trade Sam LeCure to Crabs for Delmon Young
was our first trade with Ted since he began his second term as a CBL
manager. It is not the trade I envisioned when we had an AIM chat
on the 16th. There was another Mitt that I expected to trade but
the swap would have involved a draft pick, something Ted adamantly did
not want to consider. So near the end of our chat I suggested
this where the Crabs could add a solid starter/reliever. I
believe their plan is to let LeCure and Villanueva share a starter slot
rather than using Porcello (weak against LHB) or Liriano (only so-so vs
RHB) in the rotation. As for the Mitts we have no pretensions
that Young will ever live up to the hype generated in 2006 when the
Mavs made him the 1st pick of that draft. Our plan had been to
let Ryan Raburn platoon in left with Eric Thames. Recently I
noticed that RR would be a 3 in LF but with an odious e21.
Young's bat may be a bit lighter than Raburn's but his likely e10
will be a bit friendlier. Our best hope is that 2010 wasn't a
total fluke year for him (.298 BA, 21 HR, 826 OPS). He just
turned 26 so it's not like we've brought aboard an elderly player.T
11/13/11 (during the draft) Mitts trade Angel Pagan + pick 81 to Bombers for Nyjer Morgan + Bombers #6 in 2012
was in the midst of a 2+ round sit out before his next pick was to be.
Meanwhile we had fulfilled our minimum needs already. With
two 5th rounders coming up I felt I could comfortably trade one.
Looking down the Bombers roster I noticed Morgan who may be a
cf-2 with good numbers and high on-base vs RHP. Angel Pagan, who
when motivated and thinking straight, is probably the long term better
player but his upcoming card is pretty tepid. He certainly won't
retain his cf-1 rating and could drop as low as a 3. I think this
made for a good fit since Mitch is thinking long term while I was
hoping to enhance the 2012 club.
3/6/11 (deadline night, 2 minutes left) Mitts trade Tim Wakefield + Mitts #8 for Rogues #7
has expresssed modest interest in the old knuckleballer for weeks.
And at the very end we lowered the price to one he could hardly
refuse. It's tough to part with such a longstanding vet but I
also didn't want to put a 44 year old in my minors. So it was
either sending him to a good home or just cutting him. The Mitts had
been without a 7th rounder for months now and snagged one with less
than 90 seconds left in trading.
3/6/11 (deadline night) Mitts trade Bombers #8 to Bombers for Mitts #8 + Daniel Murphy
had just made a trade of two draft picks for a player further
complicating his cutdown situation. Murph was going to be lopped
but was ineligible for the waiver draft. This deal moved the
Bombers up in the last round of next years draft - a pittance but not
nothing. We might not keep Murph. There could be someone
better to take in the Waiver Draft. But recently the Mets have
said they are thinking "offense first" at 2B so Murph could get the
gig, or could be the long half of a platoon (maybe with Brad Emaus) or he
might get the role as utility infielder subbing at 1b, 2b, and 3b.
Do I think he can get better than a 4 at 2b or 3b? No way.
But if he can hit enough he could make a useful backup.
2/23/11 Mitts trade Boone Logan to Cubs for Bombers #8
This is a simple Bargain Bin transaction. Check below for similar trades like: 2/20/08 Mitts trade Darren Oliver to Baseball for Baseball #7 and 1/23/08 Cubs trade Cubs #7 to Mitts for John Grabow. Generally
speaking the going rate for a #2 LHRP is a 7th round pick. I
might have tried for one from Don except that he had no 7th rounder and
I couldn't think of anything particularly creative to match the value
of a #7. He did give me the choice of his two #8s. It was
clear that the Bombers #8 was going to come earlier than the A's #8.
Logan is usable but not someone I could foresee storing in the
1/29/11 Mitts trade Alex Gonzalez to Cubs for Cubs #5
surprise that the Mitts traded this shortstop and not a surprise about
the price since recently we sent out an email to a few managers
advertising his availability at that price. The surprise is the
buyer since Don was not among the managers to whom I'd sent the email.
But when I saw him logged into AIM I took a quick peek at his
roster to see that his SS situation (Brendan Ryan ?) was pretty bleak.
So I offered A-Gonz to him for the same price I'd offered him to
others. Don said, "I'm interested and will let you know later."
About 10 seconds later he said, "It's a deal." That's what
I call being willing to pull the trigger. Meanwhile this commits
us to using Ramon Santiago as our backup middle infielder. I'm
down with that.
1/21/11 Mitts trade Scott Podsednik to the Bombers for Bombers #4
and his Bombers made two trades earlier in the day with the Titans.
In the bigger deal he gave up the fine OFer Andre Ethier bringing
back a significantly less talented outfielder, Nyjer Morgan. In
the meantime the Mitts have been shopping Podsednik for the last few
days. One manager was willing to offer a 5th rounder but no more.
I suggested to Mitch that for a 4th rounder he could upgrade his
LF situation a bit and he agreed.
1/20/11 Mitts trade Mitts #7 to Ungulates for Ramon Santiago
is a different kind of kind of trade for us. It's our first deal
since the dispersal draft. Ordinarily you make a trade for a
player knowing how you'll use your newest acquisition. In this
case it was a matter of seeing a very useful card (46 on base vs
lefties, and 34.5 vs righties), 2b3, ss3 with moderate e-numbers and a
decent number of ABs (320 -->384). This allows us to trade
Alex Gonzalez without necessarily getting a SS back. He also
would give us a backup at 2b who isn't a rock-glove like Raburn and
Uggla. And I wouldn't dismiss the possibility of including
Santiago himself in a deal later in the trade season. Like I
said, not your typical draft pick deal.
11/21/10 Mitts trade Ryan Ludwick + Mitts #8 to Bombers for David Murphy
the Mitts this slightly improves the team's attack vs RHP (both Murph
and Luddie are much better vs righties than lefties) and makes us a
smidge younger. For the Bombers this adds some flexibility in
that the Bombers are now free to deal a pick in another deal.
Ludwick has shown himself to be a better power source the last
couple of years.
11/16/10 Mitts trade pick 103 (Mitts' 6th round pick) + Mitts' #6 (2011) to Ungulates for David Aardsma
Mitt returns to the fold. Where the Mitts went into the draft
with zero usable closers we came out with 2-1/2 once the K-Rod deal was
announced, Takahashi was drafted, and Aa was acquired. It's not a
given that we'll have both closers on the roster come opening day but
one can surmise that the Mitts have a better closer department than
perhaps we've ever had.
11/16/10 Mitts trade Mike Stanton + Jonny Gomes to Huskers for Carlos Santana + Josh Willingham
could write a book about this trade. But suffice it to say we
think Stanton and Santana are bound for huge things. The Mitts
have not had an AllStar quality catcher in like ever. Chris very
much wanted the slugging RFer. We balanced the trade by swapping
Gomes, a solid veteran DH, for Willingham whom I have always
liked. Willingham's offense vs lefties and righties is moderately
better than Gomes'. If 'Ham gets a decent LF grade we'll use him
out there. Otherwise he'll draw the lion's share of DH at bats.
11/16/10 Mitts trade Jeff Keppinger to Dream for Dream #3 (pick #54)
was Carl's suggestion. He wanted a utility player who could man
2B well. He realized that a few decent candidates might drop to
that spot but wanted to be sure so he made the offer. While we
like Keppinger he was a bad fit for the 2011 Mitts since he primarily
was a 2bman and Brandon Phillips has that as a fulltime gig. We
didn't take the pick with the idea of drafting Kepp's successor but we
ended up doing so when we tabbed Mike Aviles with pick 54. Aviles
plays 2b, ss, 3b. If his fielding grade is a 3 at SS we plan to
platoon him with Rollins since Aviles hit righties quite well in 2010.
Mitts trade Russell Branyan + Huskers #3 (pick #45)
for Francisco Rodriguez (NYM) + Baseball #4 (pick #61)
the Mitts have struggled to find a closer that can keep the job for
more than a single season. This year we hoped to land a closer in
the trade mart before the draft even though the draft offered at least
two reasonable closer options. Branyan had a somewhat worse 2010
season than he had last year but with the drop in overall power in the
baseball he became a more attractive trade option for Wayne and some
others who asked about him. We'll miss his power and ability to
cover 1B (especially with Youkilis' light AB total) but he's not young,
has no defensive value, and is very weak vs LHP. The pick swap
reflects the fact that K-Rod is younger and is more likely to still be
a pitching factor in a few years while Brannie might be at the
3/7/10 Bombers trade Ryan Raburn to the Mitts for Jason Hammel
Mitch jumped onto AIM about 9:50pm. After a few niceties I asked
him if he liked any of the SP's just found themselves on the
block. He did and specifically mentioned Jason Hammel who was the
second of the Mitts' 2nd-round picks in November. He suggested
Ben Francisco or Ryan Raburn could be had. As luck would have it,
Raburn is available in a draft I will be in later this month. Not
10 hours earlier I was studying his stats and reading his profile in
Baseball Prospectus. I was impressed by his versatility and
lefty-thumping, the latter of which was sorely needed by the
Mitts. Remember we'd recently traded Andruw Jones who does have
40 on base vs lefties and Mike Cameron who beats the tar out of
them. So we needed some stick that way and opted for
Raburn. On AIM Mitch wrote "Done" and I noted the time:
9:58pm. I told him to email it to me and his email slipped in a
9:59 making this the second time the Mitts have completed a trade in
the last minute of open trading.
3/7/10 Ungulates trade Chad Qualls and Edwin Jackson to Mitts for David Aardsma and Mitts #4
about a deal coming out of the blue!!! At about 9:15pm on trade
deadline night Matt introduces the idea of his sending Edwin Jackson
plus Evan Meek to us for our closer David Aardsma. I hadn't the
slightest intention of trading Aa whom we picked with the 2nd pick of
the second round of the draft. As crappy as we'll be in 2010 we'd
at least have a shutdown closer, albeit one with a short track
record. We declined the offer since I wasn't going to leave the
club without a closer entirely. So Matt put about bringing in
Chad Qualls from the Ponies. When you have bountiful resources
you can do that sort of thing. Then, since Qualls make Meek look
meek we had to add some stuff from the Mitts' side to make it
work. We went back and forth as the clock ticked and at about
9:45 the deal was done as shown above. Matt and I both have
questions about Edwin's long-term sustainability but there's a shot he
can settle in as a solid #2/#3 SP. The new problem was that the Mitts
had more starting pitching, at least innings-wise, than were
needed. Could we find a trade in 15 minutes? We sent out an
email to the league - and we'll let this story continue in the comments
that describe the Hammel-Raburn swap.
2/28/10 Mitts trade Mike Cameron + Mitts #5 to Hurricanes for Angel Pagan + H'Canes #3 + H'Canes #6
count the teams that were in on Cammy this offseason (some to a larger
extent than another): Zips, Rogues, Cubs, Titans, Baseball and finally
the team that landed him, the Hurricanes. I imagine that the
Canes, rated 19th on defense in Mark's power rankings, saw in Cameron a
player who could upgrade CF defensively and would help significantly
the attack vs LHP. As for the Mitts who are eyeing 2011 a lot
more than 2010 we were looking for that ethereal "future value."
The big problem in constructing this deal and others before it was that
the Canes did not have a 2nd rounder to deal. Others who were in
on Cammy also were missing (or unwilling to deal) that particular
commodity. Further complicating the deal was that the Andruw
Jones deal recently reduced the Mitts' OF count to a minimum. We
couldn't comfortably do just a draft pick swap because that would make
Jonny Gomes our 4th OFer - shudder to think. Pagan may or may not
make it to the finish line as a Mitt this offseason. He is
another player who might be more helpful to a contender.
2/24/10 Mitts trade Joel Hanrahan to Revival for Juan Cruz
really to see here. This is a straight-up bargain bin swap.
I've always liked Cruz and wouldn't mind him being my #6 RP or
even sitting in the minors. Being in the AL could be tough for him but
he's not old and could become a decent #3 type RP again. Then
again he best not get too comfortable as a Mitt because he will
probably have to sweat waiver draft day
2/24/10 Mitts trade Andruw Jones to Baseball for Oliver Perez
it's been almost two months since our last trade. Just shows what
a sluggish offseason it's been for the Mittropolitans. This is a
straightforward challenge trade that I first proposed to Wayne about
six weeks ago. He had plenty of SP for his minors and we were
trying to add more to our minors. Andruw has some functionality
for the 2010 CBL season and both Wayne and I are hoping that some past
glory can be regained by these two disappointments.
12/30/09 Mitts trade Joe Crede + Brad Thompson + Cubs #6 to Huskers for Huskers #3 + Chad Durbin
was a surprisingly strong market for Crede who has an interesting mix
of skills. On one hand his 3b-2 rating, ability to hit with power
and to hit RHP reasonably well is an attraction. His ouchy back
is well known and how he'll fare in the future is anyone's guess.
For the Huskers he'll clearly represent an upgrade over Mel Mora.
The Mitts get a nice draft pick out of it. Crede's position
became expendable when Youkilis got a 3b-2 rating to go with his annual
1b-1. As for the pitchers, neither is a star but we rate Durbin
as a better bet to be a usable bottom of the pen option in 2011 than
would be the recently acquired Thompson.
12/28/09 Mitts trade Jamie Moyer to Ponies for Cubs #6
Another small one. From Wayne's POV he wanted to have a high IP
guy so that his rotation wouldn't be totally littered with 80 IP
starters. While Moyer is not real good and is definitely real old he is
signed to be with the Phils another year and. who knows, maybe he can
still perform a bit. Meanwhile the Mitts open up a roster spot.
The trades bringing in Harang and Thompson pushed Moyer further
down the depth chart and he certainly isn't the kind of guy anyone
would stow in his minors.
12/24/09 Mitts trade Ramon Vazquez to Comets for Brad Thompson
nothing much to see here. Eric mentioned to me that the only thing his
team needed at this point, actually just to stay legal, was a utility
infielder to cover 2b and SS. I mentioned that Ramon qualifies
and didn't figure to have a place on the 2010 Mitts. Eric
supplied a list of his extraneous material and we took "innings eater"
Thompson. He's a SR with 80 IP and kept his OPS under 800
vs both lefties and righties. We might use him as a starter or
long reliever. We might stow him in the minors and certainly he
could be trade fodder. While he's admittedly not all that much,
neither really was Ramon.
12/16/09 Mitts trade Wil Nieves to Bombers for Bombers #8
Hudson trade that brought in Ramon Hernandez pushed Wil Nieves to #4
catcher status. And while we all agree that Nieves sucks he
actually sucks less than what the Bombers had at backup catcher which
was Rob Johnson. I pointed out to Mitch that Johnson hit .233 vs
RHP with an OBP of .303 - and that was his better side. Nieves
hid a respectable .276 vs the righties. So rather than wait til
the waiver draft to pick up a guy like Nieves Mitch decided to spend a
very late pick for him.
12/16/09 Mitts trade Orlando Hudson + Darren Oliver to Ungulates for Brandon Phillips +
Aaron Harang + Ramon Hernandez
was disappointed when Phillips got a 2b-2 rather than the expected 1
rating. He offered Phillips (or Kendrick) plus Hernandez, a
catcher he knew we liked, for Hudson. We had earlier expressed
interest in SP Harang while Matt wanted to add Oliver to his pen.
The deal came together quickly and figures to meet our respective
10/10/09 Mitts trade Mike Adams to Ungulates for Ungulates #3
was a trade that was necessary but not fun to make. Adams'
limited innings card is going to be fabulous but it would be wasted on
a team that has no playoff aspirations. The worrisome aspect is
that if Adams can stay healthy (I realize that that is a big IF) he may
enjoy several years as a dominant set-up reliever. Perhaps he'll
even become a closer and wouldn't that be just another finger in my
eye? All that being said the Mitts now have a pick in round 3 to
go with the two #2's so the draft situation which was modest is now
almost up to average.
Mitts trade Yorvit Torrealba + Bombers #7 to Huskers for Wil Nieves + Huskers #8
would think that making a small trade like this involving two
nondescript backup/platooner catchers would be an easy, one email
process. And one would be wrong. Chris and I had a
fundamentally different take on these two modest talents. Chris
felt that because Nieves has a better card vs LHP for the upcoming
season that the Huskers were entitled to a draft pick compensation in
addition to Torrealba. I tried to make the case that Yorvit is
younger (yes, just by a year), better defensively, has a more secure
job during the upcoming major league season, and projects to out-hit
Nieves during the major league season. Then it just came down to
a haggling of what smattering of extra draft pick value would even it
up sufficiently for Chris. This is what we came up with.
3/1/2009 Mitts trade Paul
Loduca + Icons #8 to the Bombers for Bombers #7
a way this is a reversal of the trade made a year ago when the Mitts
traded a #7 to the Bombers for Matt Treanor + a #8. LoDuca is old
and poor defensively but he still represents an upgrade at backup
catcher for the Bombers who otherwise might have had to use the
terrible Johjima card. Meanwhile the modest price restores the
7th round position that was vacated when we traded for Colome.
2/28/2009 Mitts trade Revival #7 to Blackjacks for Jesus Colome + Icons #8
we made the trade bringing in Greg Zaun we gave up Jose Veras who was
slated to be the team's #6 RP, admittedly not a crucial position.
We were ready to turn the job over to Tony Pena who has a good
arm but had a mediocre 2008. Colome would seem to be an upgrade
at that position and will allow us to store Pena in the minors or
perhaps trade him. The price, just a bit more than a one round
bump late in the draft, was not prohibitive.
1/10/2009 Mitts trade Lyle Overbay + Aaron Cunningham + Mitts #1 to Huskers for Aubrey
Huff + Huskers #2
was no secret that we thought our offense at DH vs RHP was a bit light
with Overbay who we thought would be best positioned as someone's
platoon 1bman. We knew that Huff could be had if enough future value
could be added to Overbay who should make a nice 1b platoon partner for
Paul Konerko. Cunningham is a solid prospect who has a shot at
some playing time in the Oakland outfield. Meanwhile the big
attraction for Chris was getting a 1st round pick albeit one that
should come late in the round.
1/8/2009 Mitts trade Matt Treanor + Jose Veras to Sluggers for Greg Zaun
Sluggers desired to add some relief pitching. The Mitts wanted to
use something stronger than LoDuca and/or Treanor when Salty's ABs run
out. It is a pretty natural fit. Veras was slated to be the
Mitts' #6 RP. His job now falls to Tony Pena whose card is
slighly inferior to Veras' but who can close in a pinch and has more
available innings. The tradeoff at the final RP slot is
minor while Zaun should be a better bat in the 9-hole for about 100 ABs.
12/5/2008 Baseball trades BJ Ryan + Jamie Moyer to Mitts for Erik Beddard + Tim Redding
Cannonball club had two good closers (Ryan and K-Rod) but did not
expect to contend. The Mitts had a modest excess at starting
pitching with plans to use Bedard for about 16 starts. We agreed
that the SP for closer idea could work and that the Mitts were entitled
to a slight upgrade elsewhere since Bedard offerred more innings and
the potential to be a #2 or #3 SP in the future. We traded
veteran pitchers with Moyer being a better #5 starter for the Mitts
than Redding would have been.
11/17/2008 Baseball trades Mike Cameron + Darren Oliver to Mitts for Alfonso Soriano +
Wil Ledezma + Mitts #3
Cameron got a cf-1 rating it made him attractive to our team (and
several others). He will become the team's CF'er vs all LHP and
will either start vs some RHP or be available for late game defense.
Oliver is a better pure reliever than Ledezma who is a balanced
LH SR. The draft pick was in there to balance the value since the
Mitts received back more firepower for the upcoming season. Not
only will the Mitts' D be better in CF vs LHP but the trade allows us
to move Edwin Encarnacion (3B-4) to DH while Jeff Keppinger (3B-3) will
step in at the hot corner when we face a LH SP. Soriano's power
figures to play well in Cannonball's HR friendly park.
11/12/2008 Mitts trade Tim Byrdak + Mitts #8 to the Revival for Dontrelle Willis + Revival #7
trade we made on 11/11 which brought Dennys Reyes to the Mitts pretty
much sealed the fate for veteran LOOGY Tim Byrdak. We noticed
that Andy's Revival team had one LH RP and we know that many mgrs
prefer to have two southpaws coming out of the pen. The
approximate value to this type of pitcher is about a 7th round pick.
We've made this kind of trade often enough to know. Will
Willis be cut or be in the Mitts' minors? That probably won't be
known til cutdown day. We have this impish thought that Willis
might resurrect his career a la Rich Ankiel and come back as a slugging
LF'er or 1Bman.
11/11/2008 Mitts trade John Lannan + J.C. Romero to the Dream for Justin Masterson + Dennys Reyes There
was never a doubt that Lannan and Masterson were close to even in
talent. The Mitts took Lannan with the 18th pick of the draft.
The Dream took Masterson with the very next pick. When the
smoke cleared the Dream had an unenviable 5th starter situation while
the improved Mitts' bullpen still had areas that needed bucking up.
The lefty relievers gave the Mitts a slight upgrade at the second
LH RP slot to make up for the fact that Lannan should give the Dream 32
starts while Masterson will be coming out of the Mitts' pen for just
about 100 innings.
Mitts send Mitts #4 (pick 78) + Cubs #7 (pick 126) to Ungulates
for Joe Crede + Sluggers #8 (pick 146)
had an announced need for a 3Bman to face RHP. Edwin Encarnacion
will have a big offensive card vs the lefties. Matt had the
rather unusual Joe Crede available. Crede will be horrid vs
lefties yet should pound righties (910 OPS that way). He is also
a defensive oddity as Lamanna predicts a 3b-2 e35 rating. We
decided that Crede was probably worth a 3rd round pick but the Mitts
didn't have one so we supplemented a 4th rounder with a one round late
swap in Matt's favor.
10/20/08 Mitts trade Bobby Crosby to Cubs for Yorvit Torrealba
is your prototypical minor trade. Crosby never blossommed for the
Mitts after being an early 1st round pick. Injuries have marred
his career which had the promise of above average defense combined with
20 HR power. His '08 season for Oakland was relatively healthy
but resulted in a modest offense with OPS under 650 both ways.
Torrealba is rather poor vs RHP but about average vs lefties which is
where he'll get his ABs. With numerous teams looking for catching
help we hoped to get some help in this area before the draft.
Between Yorvit and Salty most of the catching ABs will be
covered. It is possible that we may need to go out and get one
other catcher to fill the position.
3/2/08 Mitts trade Mitts #8 to Bombers for Matt Treanor
from the "Bargain Bin" on deadline night. Saltalamacchia has 369
available CBL ABs. I started figuring that he could run out of
ABs by season's end and this would force us to use LoDuca vs righties
and Duke don't hit them much at all. Treanor has a nice card vs
RHP but admittedly no long term value. I see us mixing him in as
a part-time starter in block 4.
2/28/08 Mitts trade Jo-Jo Reyes + Jonathan Sanchez + Mitts #5 to Huskers for Marlon
Byrd + Huskers #7
The original form of this trade that I proposed to Chris included
Brad Wilkerson + a prospect. When it turned out that he had no
need for Wilk but liked the lefty prospects we went this way.
Reyes and Sanchez go from the Mitts' minors to the Huskers while
Byrd will use his first decent strat card to become a part-time CFer
for the Mitts. We may use him in CF vs RHSP and in LF vs lefties.
Andruw Jones will go from fulltime to part-time and well-paid
2/20/08 Mitts trade Darren Oliver to Baseball for Baseball #7
too much here. Ollie was on the "bargain bin" list. His
card is very good vs righties and quite mediocre vs lefties. It
was unlikely that he would have escaped the cut on cut-down day.
Meanwhile Baseball can spot him vs righties and get reasonable
mileage from the veteran southpaw.
2/13/08 Mitts trade Jose Vidro to Comets for Jeff Keppinger
This trade is a natural fit for both teams. Eric did not have a
quality leadoff batter on his roster. Vidro is unlimited with a
very high OBP both ways. He'll plug in at 1B for them. For
the Mitts who didn't need most of the ABs that Vidro offered we
get a superior card albeit fewer at bats. One of the best parts
of the trade for the Mitts is that Kepp is a 3b3e19 which is a
defensive improvement that we can use late in games for Encarnacion.
This trade could definitely go down as a win-win.
1/26/08 Mitts trade Hayden Penn to Sluggers for Jeremy Reed
a chat session with Mike L we discovered that his patience with Jeremy
Reed had justifiably run out. He said he'd probably cut him.
So I listed the Mitts' probable cuts and we made a deal. He
took back oft-injured pitcher Hayden Penn for oft-injured outfielder
It is quite possible that on cut-down day both Reed and Penn
will be sent a'packin. But perhaps one will stick and justify
this tiny little deal.
1/23/08 Cubs trade Cubs #7 to Mitts for John Grabow
trades don't come much smaller than this. Grabow was the Mitts'
third option for #6 RP. He has a card that gets lefties out and
is only so-so vs. RHB. Don's Cubs have been looking for a
southpaw for the pen and this was an inexpensive option for him.
1/19/08 Rogues trade Kevin Youkilis + Rogues #5 to the Mitts for Hank Blalock + Chris Iannetta + Mitts #3
2008 Mitts will be a pitching/defense team. To that end we
went hard after Youkilis a defensive wiz (1b1e0). Youk will
become the team's fulltime 1bman but may be needed to cover 3B vs LHP
if Edwin Encarnacion is injured. It was very hard to give up
Blalock but it was the only way a deal like this was going to happen.
Iannetta has a very solid future but clearly we've invested our
hopes in Saltalamacchia as the "catcher of the future."
12/15/07 Mitts trade Casey Blake + Kevin Cameron to Ponies for Brad Wilkerson + Todd Jones
main target was Jones who while quite old upgrades the closer position
for the upcoming season. He will get most of the save
opportunities for the club while Al Reyes will take the rest. Joe
Borowski's status with the club becomes questionable. Blake
received a 3 at 3B which was a pleasant surprise. He upgrades the
Ponies at that position. Wilkerson did not have a great 2007 but
even still hit lefties well and was a 3 at RF and 1B.
11/11/07 Mitts trade #6 to Zips for picks 138 and 158
was a trade made during the draft. While others were bemoaning
the fact that no one good was left we had a decent number of inviting
candidates on our board. With pick 138 we took RH RP Kevin
Cameron and expect to use him or trade him. We rated him as 4th
round value (clearly we were alone in that assessment) and were pleased
to snag him this late. With pick 158 we took LH SP prospect Jo-Jo
Reyes. We hope to be able to make him the #7 guy in our minor
3/5/07 Mitts trade Jae Seo to Lumberjacks for Ramon Martinez
and Carlos Pena were vying for a tenuous spot at the end of the minor
league bench. Meanwhile the Mitts were seeking a utility
infielder since no one but Bobby Crosby qualified as a backup SS.
The deal allows Crosby to be in the minors. Ramon is a
capable backup and this is not his first tour of duty as a Mitt.
Meanwhile the Ljacks had no room for Ramon and had adequate
backups at all positions. Seo may not remain a Lumberjack for
2/27/07 Mitts trade Juan Rincon to Baseball for Tony Armas Jr.
was a spur of the moment deal. Wayne reported that he needed a RP
who can get LHBs out. Rincon can do that altho' his card vs
righties is a good bit worse than his usual one. In Armas the
Mitts get a SP who is better than John Thomson would have been as part
of the 5th SP slot. How much Armas will be used in '07 will be
yet determined. My philosophy has always preferred gathering
starters over relievers. Rincon has been a very good Mitt and
will be missed. But if Armas can finally find his way he could
grab the #4 or #5 SP position on the team for the next couple of years
2/26/07 Mitts trade Ruddy Lugo + Mitts #6 to Dream for Brian Sweeney + Chad Paronto
was a trade to even out the L/R balance of both teams' pens. The
Mitts pen had several reverse RH RPs and was going to have trouble
getting out RHBs. The Dream's pen did not have relievers
effective vs lefties. The draft pick was needed since the Mitts
were getting back 112 IP for the 85 being traded away. Sweeney is
a one year card since he will not play in the U.S. during 2007.
2/12/07 Mitts trade Jason Lane to Titans for Irish #4
Didn't see this coming. About 12 hours after Lane was
acquired as the minor league fodder in the Branyan-Vidro trade Rich
Shirey emailed with interest. We like Lane and expect him to
bounce back but a 4th rounder esp'ly one that figures to be quite early
was just too hard to not jump on. Carlos Pena might just make the
2/11/07 Mitts trade Russ Branyan + Kirk Saarloos to Bombers for Jose Vidro + Jason Lane
a corner infielder and part-time OFer with power had no role on the
Mitts major league roster while Overbay was not strong enough to face
LHP. Vidro, a natural 2bman, will become Overbay's platoonmate.
Meanwhile Saarloos may have to fill in a few starts for the
Bombers and Jason Lane will probably head to the Mitts' minors hoping
for a rebound season.
1/16/07 Mitts trade Mark DeRosa + Mitts #5 to Baseball for Edwin Encarnacion + Titans #3
was a move to get a younger, more balanced hitter. Encarnacion is only
24 and may develop into an elite hitter and hopefully can improve on
his "4" fielding rating. DeRosa has an excellent card, esp'ly vs
LHP and can play lots of positions. At 32 he may have just had
his career year in which case he was traded at his peak value.
This is a totally understandable move for Baseball as they are
making a playoff push for the season.
12/18/06 Mitts trade Andy Sisco to Ponies for John Thomson Sisco
is a talented young LHP coming off a bad year. He would have only
sat in the Mitts minors and we just don't like to put LHP down there.
Thomson has some serviceability as a SR.
11/15/06 Mitts trade Jason Hirsh + Mitts #4 to A's for Joe Borowski + A's #5
There are trades you make
because you want to and those you make because you have to. The Mitts
sent Jason Hirsh to the A's for closer Joe Borowski and swapped some draft picks with the A's picking
up a round next year.Jim
obviously agrees that the monumentally tall Hirsh has a high ceiling
(pun intended). But the only closer the Mitts had was Danny Baez with
limited innings and limited saves. The number of teams with multiple closers was limited so
we did the best we could under the circumstances.
trade Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday, Felipe Lopez, Placido Polanco,
Corey Hart, Paul Maholm and the Lumberjacks #1 to the Lumberjacks for
Brandon Webb, Lyle Overbay, Alfonso Soriano, Erik Bedard, Orlando
Hudson + Cubs #1
This is probably the biggest trade the Mitts have ever made in their
history - both in terms of the quantity of players and their relative
quality. Of most interest to Tyson (Ljax) were Halladay and
Holliday. It can be argued that taking on Webb and A.Soriano may be a
step down from our side. OTOH the aspects of Overbay vs Lopez who was a
redundancy at SS would seem to favor the Mitts. Also Bedard for
Maholm and Hart would look to also be more helpful, esp'ly in the short
run, for the Mitts. Orlando Hudson would also seem to be the better for
2B than Polanco. While the swap of draft picks swap favors the
Jacks there may end up being just one to three slots involved which is
not real big considering the backdrop of this swap.
1/14/06 Mitts trade Mike Hampton + Titans #6 to Terror for Bombers #4
By my count we would have needed Hampton for very few
starts if any. Since his injury reduces his future value to a
great extent we decided to not tie up his roster spot. At this
writing we have an extra 4th rounder, 5th rounder, and a 1st rounder
that figures to be earlier than the Mitts'.
trade Mitts #4 + Mitts #6 to Cubs for Mike Lieberthal + Cubs #5
This was simply an attempt to solidify the #2 catching spot.
Lieb and LoDuca are similar offensively vs LHP but Lieb may have
an edge on Paul vs RHP. The actual cards will determine how much
help this trade will provide.
Mitts trade Lew Ford + Olmedo Saenz to Bombers for Junior Spivey +
is a natural DH and this trade gives him that job for the Bombers.
Meanwhile the Mitts lose a little defense in the outfield
(Ford's a 2, Blake's a 3) but add a "2" parttime at 2b where Spivey
should be very effective vs LHSP. Polanco will move to 3B vs
Mitts trade Jhonny Peralta + Mitts #1 to Lumberjacks for Jimmy Rollins
+ Lumberjacks #1 + A's #4
hate to give up good hitters esp'ly if they are young and play the
infield. But the Mitts defense was in shambles given
Rollins is a good fielder who hits OK, and the Ljacks #1 may turn out
to be in the top six picks. This is the kind of deal that
look silly in a year or two but for the moment it IMHO had to be done.
Mitts trade Jason Frasor to Irish for Titans #6
Frasor has a good arm and has a card that is tough on LHB. He
ranked #7 in the Mitts pen. I rarely like to reserve slots in
minors to relievers preferring to draft them.
Mitts trade Travis
Lee + Mitts #8 to Irish for
Lee was ticketted to the Mitts minors since his bat was not equal to
those of Carlos Pena or Russell Branyan. The trade makes
day a bit easier to face. Rich's best 1b-man at the time was
Hatteberg who was inferior to Lee both offensively and defensively.
Mitts trade Glendon Rusch to Cubs for Paul Maholm
This was an interesting quantity/quality, veteran/youth
Don was seeking SP innings while we calculated that we needed
someone with 45 or more IP to share Halladay's pitching slot.
got the bonus of bringing another Cubbie on board.
11/8/05 Whiz Kids trade Kirk
Saarloos to Mitts for Dmitri
Jordan was deep in starting pitchers and was willing to move one of his
lesser ones. We were deep in 1b-men all of whom were less
Comets trade Comets #7 to Mitts for Ramon Martinez
and I have shuttled this guy between our clubs a few times.
He's no great whoop, obviously, and went for a low price.
trades Matt Holliday,
Placido Polanco, Danny Baez and Dmitri Young to
Mitts for Sammy Sosa, Scott
and Jim Brower
Bonds gone we were in full dismantle mode. Rich had
interest in Sosa so we did this. The key guy was Holliday who I hoped
would be a LF-3. I'm still waiting for that even though he
been everything we could ask for offensively. Polanco was
on to be the RH'd platoon partner for D'Angelo Jimenez. A
later Polanco is the fulltime 2b-man with an impressive BA well over
.300 vs lefties and righties. Baez was brought in to be
set-up guy for closer Urbina and has graduated to being the Mitts'
closer. The Young<-->Hatteberg part was pretty
much a wash
at the time.
trade Jose Valentin to Bombers for
This was a draft day trade made after Bobby Crosby was drafted.
Valentin's work as a SS were no longer required so we made
swap for Hatty thinking he'd be part of the DH/1B mix. As
see moving up the page, Hatteberg was only a Mitt for a fortnight
wanted to use that term and there was the perfect opportunity).
11/14/04 Mitts trade Orlando Cabrera to Mavs for Mav #3
was another draft day trade of a SS. At that point the team
held Felipe Lopez, and the newly drafted Bobby Crosby so we moved
Cabrera for a pick. I believe we ended up drafting Scott Hairston
with that extra #3 so that would did not pan out well except for a one
year platoon DH vs LHP.
9/28/04 Comets trade Dan Miceli to
Mitts for David
This was a swap of mediocre RH'd relievers. The only
was that Miceli dominated RHB and got murdered by lefties while
Weathers swung the other way,
Lumberjacks trade Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Pena to the Mitts for
Mitts did not expect to be contenders in CBL '05 so the attraction
of this deal was to bring aboard Carlos Pena. We're
waiting for his talent to flower but he occasionally shows flashes of
being a very sound power hitter who can play a reasonable 1B.
Barry Bonds, Tony Clark + Mitts #5 to Baseball for Shawnees
#1, Bombers #1, someone’s #3, + Karim Garcia.
is the granddaddy of Mitts trades when we made the decision that the
odometer on Barry and Sammy was getting up there and that we had to
start retooling the club. My only regret in the deal is that
got suckered by his fast start into thinking that Karim Garcia was a
good ballplayer who could take over the job in one of the OF corners.
At the time of the deal Jason Bay was on Pittsburg's DL. I
tempted to ask for him instead of Garcia but was scared off by his
injury. Shortly after the trade Bay returned to action and
been hitting like crazy every since. The Bombers #1 pick was
traded later to get the Mitts Paul Lo Duca. The Shawnees #1
was used to select Bobby Crosby for whom we retain high hopes.