Well today has been an interesting and exciting day. First the Cubs wooped the Astros 12-0 with some power from Soriano, A-Ram, and Andres Blanco which was the biggest suprise. The coolest part of the game was that in the first inning we went through the entire lineup without making an unproductive out. The first out was on lee's sac-fly and the other outs came after we went through the lineup. The ohter exciting things from today was all the trading action. That is the type of stuff i love, looking at a player recently aquired by another team and trying to figure out the impact they will have on their new team. I want to go over some of the trades and analyize them.
Freddy Sanchez to the Giants
Well this is actualy a good deal both ways maybe even leaning towards the Pirates, yes they only got one prospect for him although he is a fairly good pitcher but they were able to get the Giants to pick up Sanchez's entire salary which is huge. Now the Ginats do get a very good hitter to add to the top of their order. Sanchez will hit around .300 with below average pop. But the key is that he will get on base for the rest of their lineup. This bolsters the right side of their infield that went from Travis Ishikawas and Juan Uribe to Ryan Garko and Freddy Sanchez. On paper that looks like a huge upgrade but in actuality its a mediocre upgrade. Neither player is a huge bat but they hopefully can give a boost to an average lineup that is highlighted by should be all star Pablo Sandoval.
Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to the Mariners
This is another pretty solid trade for both clubs, Wilson provide an upgrade on all levels at shortstop and Snell has been lights out at AAA and the change of scenery may be just what he needs. He has the potential to be really good and could really help boster Seatles rotation. The Pirates will only get one player who will immediatly come up which is Ronny Cedeno (Former Cub). Cedeno is still very young and has potential to be a good starting shortstop, but has struggled some this year. They also get Mariners highly touted prospect Jeff Clement who may come up in not to long. He has struggled this year also but could make an impact in Pittsburgh. He is a Catcher/DH who i think can play first which is probably what he would play since Ryan Doumit is Pittsburghs catcher, and Steve Pearce is a mid level option at first. Those are the main pieces in the trade with 3 other guys going to the single A clubs.
Cliff Lee to the Phillies
This is huge for the Phillies, they had to give up some good prospects but they aquired a great starting pitcher. They very well could repeat this year with Cliff Lee in their rotation. Now Lee does have some injury risk that is not so good long term but he will have an immediate impact and could push them over the edge in the NL East race.
Wladimir Balentine to the Reds
This is a pretty even trade again although i am a fan of Balentine and i think he could do really well in Great American Ballpark. The Reds dont really need relievers so i think this was a smart trade on the Reds part, they get a power hitting prospect for an excess reliever although he is a good reliever which will help the Mariners. I am always hesitant with relivers though because they can fall apart quickly. Look at Aaron Heilman, or Bob Howry those guys were dominant for a while but fell apart later in their careers. To me relivers are the most unreliable players in the game. Im a fan of having your starters go 9 innings every time and not carrying about pitch counts like how it used to be. Part of the reasons players cant pitch is long is because their not trained to but anyways im getting off subject. The point is i think the Reds have the edge in this trade. Although i dont think its an immediate impact trade it will benifit later.
Those are the main trades of today we'll see what happens tommorow.