Tradespin deadline roundup: Lilly in L.A., new closers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh

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By Ian Kay
Pencils down, people — he non-waiver Trade Deadline has passed.
Here are the CliffsNotes: Grab Chris Perez and Joel Hanrahan. Trade for Ted Lilly. Drop Kerry Wood and Octavio Dotel. Keep an eye on James McDonald
Read on for the full rundown.
Dodgers acquire SP Ted Lilly and SS/2B Ryan Theriot from Cubs for 2B Blake DeWitt and two prospects:
  • This is a major win for Lilly owners. The left-hander has pitched well this season (3.69 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) but has just 3-8 thanks to the third-worst run support of any NL starter. The Dodgers offense should provide a boost and Dodger Stadium is a much better fit for his flyball tendencies than Wrigley Field. Consider Lilly a top 40 SP the rest of the way.
  • Theriot’s value should remain roughly the unchanged as Joe Torre starts him regularly at second base. Extra playing time for Ronnie Belliard or Jamey Carroll could complicate things. The new ballpark is more pitcher-friendly, but a stronger lineup and a more frequent green light on the bases is a plus. 
  • The 24-year-old DeWitt flashed promising power for a keystone in the Minors but it hasn’t translated to the big leagues yet. While a change of scenery could help, he’s not mixed-league relevant at this point.
Yankees acquire RP Kerry Wood from Indians for PTBNL: 
  • Wood loses just about all of his value with the move. He’ll be setting up for Mariano Rivera instead of recording his own saves from here on out.
  • Chris Perez is the guy to grab. The 25-year-old converted 11 of 14 save opportunities — including each of his last six — while Wood was on the DL and is now entrenched in the stopper role. Barring further control issues (4.7 K/9), he should be good for at least 10 more saves.
Dodgers acquire RP Octavio Dotel from Pirates for SP James McDonald and a prospect:
  • Dotel is basically in the same situation as Wood. He’ll lose his save opportunities — and almost all of his fantasy value — in L.A.
  • Either Joel Hanrahan or Evan Meek will now assume the Pirates’ closer role. Meek has better numbers on the year but Hanrahan has closing experience and 10 straight scoreless outings. I’d add Hanrahan first, but we won’t know for sure for at least a couple days.
  • McDonald will likely slot into the Pirates rotation. He hasn’t impressed in 53 career Major League games (five starts) but was a highly touted prospect as recently as two years ago. The Minor League numbers — 3.49 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 9.7 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 — should entice pitching-needy NL-only owners immediately. Don’t be shocked if he gains spot-start usefulness in mixers late this year. 

Pirates acquire C Chris Snyder and SS prospect Pedro Ciriaco from Arizona for OF Ryan Church, INF Bobby Crosby and RP D.J. Carrasco
  • Ciriaco wasn’t among Baseball America’s top 10 D-backs prospects entering the year, but he was named to the Futures Game earlier this month. The 24-year-old is a slick fielder who’s hit for average in the past (.259 at Triple-A this year, .296 at Double-A in ’09, .310 at Class A in ’08) and stolen 92 bases in the past three seasons. Considering that the Pirates start Ronny Cedeno at short most days, they don’t have much to lose by giving him a big league tryout over the next two months. If that’s the case, he could put up Everth Cabrera type numbers for NL-only owners.
  • The D-backs bullpen has been a mess all season and Carrasco has a 3.88 ERA in 55 2/3 IP, but the right-hander doesn’t have traditional closer stuff (7.3 K/9) and is likely behind Juan Gutierrez and Sam Demel in the saves pecking order.
  • Snyder has decent pop for a backstop (10 HR in 234 PA this season) but will likely move into a backup role once Ryan Doumit returns from the DL. NL-only owners should consider him as a temporary stopgap but not much more.
  • A little unusual to see this many veteran players moving between a pair of non-contending teams at the Deadline. Church and Crosby were backups in Pittsburgh and will probably remain in that role with the Diamondbacks.
Braves acquire OF Rick Ankiel and RP Kyle Farnsworth from Royals for RP Jesse Chavez, OF Gregor Blanco and a prospect:
  • Ankiel will be a reserve most days and Farnsworth isn’t likely to see save opportunities going forward. Pass on those two.
  • Blanco has a little speed, but even a .280 average might be a stretch. AL-only owners should keep an eye on him. Ten steals wouldn’t be out of the question if he wins a regular outfield job.
Red Sox acquire C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Rangers for two prospects:
  • Remember when Salty was the centerpiece of a package that brought Mark Teixeira from Texas to Atlanta at the ’07 Trade Deadline? The catcher didn’t pan out the way the Rangers hoped, but the rest of their haul — Elvis AndrusNeftali Feliz and Matt Harrison — is just fine.
  • This looks like more of a move for 2011 than this season for the Red Sox. Saltalamacchia could see some spot duty at catcher down the stretch, but he probably won’t play enough to necessitate a waiver claim.
Rays acquire RP Chad Qualls from Diamondbacks for PTBNL: 

  • Qualls didn’t have much value after losing Arizona’s closer gig back in May and he’ll have even less as a setup man for Rafael Soriano in Tampa. Juan Gutierrez’s hold on the Snakes’ stopper job is a little more secure now, but you don’t want any part of that 6.75 ERA or 1.47 WHIP.
Marlins acquire RP Will Ohman from Orioles for a prospect
Giants acquire RP Ramon Ramirez from Red Sox for a prospect.
Giants acquire RP Javier Lopez from Pirates for two prospects
  • Ohman, Ramirez and Lopez should remain middle relievers with their new clubs.
Braves acquire OF Wilkin Ramirez from Tigers
  • Wilkin entered the season with moderate prospect hype but has seen his stock fall after a .230/.295/.458 showing in 400 at-bats split between Double-A and Triple-A this year. Don’t expect much production even if he makes a Major League cameo later this season.

1 Comment

cubs making a bad trade still saying this why did they not give sam fuld a chance to play who is a great outfilder an a decent hitter they do need better defense

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