Tag:Trades
Posted on: November 29, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Why the Cubs should trade for Rick Porcello

The Cubs need pitching. Yes they added Scott Baker and Scott Feldman but those are still just short term assests. They need to build up their depth and bring in starters who can be on the team for the long haul. That is where Rick Porcello comes in. The Tigers have made it known that they are opening to trading their somewhat disappointing former top prospect this offseason and while I dont think he could be acquired for nothing, he should be fairly cheap considering the potential value he could bring. Lets look at what type of value he could provide.

An initial glance at his numbers and one might be inclined to dismiss him as being another back of the rotation starter. That is where I would have to disagree a bit. Before I even touch statistic lets first just look at the basics. Entering the 2013 season he will only be 24 with another 3 years of team control. He is arbitration eligible but due to his overall weak performance likely will remain fairly cheap. Considering his age, that he was a former top prospect in the Tigers organization and his experience relative to his age there is already reason to be intrigued. Now when looking at his stats there is even more to be interested in.

10- 4.92 ERA  4.31 FIP  4.65 K/9  2.10 BB/9  1.0 HR/9  65.9% LOB  50.3% GB
11- 4.75 ERA  4.06 FIP  5.14 K/9  2.27 BB/9  .89 HR/9  67.4% LOB  51.4% GB
12- 4.59 ERA  3.91 FIP  5.46 K/9  2.25 BB/9  .82 HR/9  69.0% LOB  53.2% GB

Looking at his performance over the past 3 seasons a clear trend can be noticed. He seems to be steadliy improving his peripheral stats as he learns how to pitch. When he first entered the league he was young relative to the league and he took his lumps but now has started to adjust. I also think that Detroit rushed him to the Major Leagues which has impacted his stuff, but he appears to be turning into a nice groundball pitcher and with a good infield defense (which Detroit is lacking) he could really improve.

That is partially why I think the Cubs would be a very good destination for him. The Cubs are puting a huge emphasis on improving defensively. The Cubs infield looks pretty good with Gold Glover Darwin Barney who was one of the best defensive players in baseball last season, Anthony Rizzo who looks to be a very good defensive first baseman, Starlin Castro who may be error prone but has all the range in the world and for the moment Luis Valbuena or Ian Stewart who are both solid to above average. If Rick Porcello had that behind him rather than the terrible defensive tandem of Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera he could see a nice improvement.

Porcello seems like he could be the perfect buy low candidate as he seems poised for a breakout given the right circumstances. Not only does he appear ready for a breakout but he is young enough to potentially be apart of the next good Cubs team. The real question is not should the Cubs go after Porcello but how can they acquire him? Would they be interested in Marmol for Porcello if we footed most of the bill? Could he be a piece in a larger Matt Garza trade (unlikely at this point) or Darwin Barney trade? I dont have the answer to that question but I do think that Rick Porcello is worth going hard after because despite the Cubs recent free agent signings, they still need long term pitching help.

-Chris "Da Franchize" Hart
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Posted on: December 8, 2009 3:48 pm
 

MLB Trade Updates

If you have been keeping up with this weeks winter meetings you should have heard about the blockbuster trade of the meetings that has occured. The Yankees aquire Curtis Granderson, the Diamondbacks get Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy, and the Tigers get Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson and prospects (I think the D-Backs got some prospects to). The Yankees probably win this trade just because they were in the best shape and improved a minor hole that they had. The Tigers also got a really good deal in my mind, i have always been a fan of Max Scherzer he has great strikout potential and could fit in solidly at number 2. Austin Jackson looks to be a good center field option, but he is a prospect and will have to prove his worth (but the Yankees thought very highly of him). I think the worst part of the deal for Tigers is that they lost such a great clubhouse presense and has such great offensive and deffensive skills. The Diamondbacks seem like they got the short end of the stick, Edwin Jackson has bounced around a lot which can mean questiable character, he wont be under team control as long as Scherzer. He is streaky but when he's on he can be as good if not better than Scherzer. Ian Kennedy can fill that 5th rotation spot or help in the bullpen, but i have never been to crazy on Kennedy just based on what ive seen of him. This trade was a good way to get the winter meetings moving, there had been a lot of talk and finally we got a big trade to talk about. The thing that makes me interested about this trade is what is going to happen to Melky Cabrera. I've heard he could be packaged in a deal for Halladay, or the Cubs may be able to go after him. Im not sure who the Cubs send over there for Cabrera, but that could be extremley benifital to the Cubs. They are in dire need of a Center fielder and he is cheap and young. That is the most important thing the Cubs need to focus on as they move forward, bringing in young players who you can keep around for a while. But as i said before i think the Yankees won this trade with the Tigers gettign a good return and the diamondbacks lossed a little bit.
Posted on: July 29, 2009 10:57 pm
 

Deadline Action and a Houston rout

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.
 
 
 
 
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