Monday, August 11, 2014

Non-Waiver Trade Deadline: J.Lackey, A.Craig, & J.Kelly

...Another big trade occurring before the non-waiver deadline on July 31st, was the dealing of John Lackey along with minor leaguer Cory Littrell and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Lackey is 35 (almost 36) years old, having played in the majors since 2002.  He moved to Boston as a free agent before the start of the 2010 season, and helped the Red Sox win their 3rd World Series last year. 

In just 2 starts with the Cardinals, Lackey is 1-1 with a 8.25 ERA and 7 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched.   

Allen Craig has hit one Double in just 4 AB's with his new Red Sox team. 

Craig just turned 30 last month, and had been with the Cardinals since 2010.

The youngest of the bunch, 26-year old Joe Kelly has started only one game for Boston since the trade, leaving with a no decision, a 1.29 ERA, and 2 strikouts in 7 innings of work.

Kelly has been in the majors since 2012.

If you haven't noticed, I don't have the 2014 Topps baseball card set yet.  The only 2014 Topps card that I currently own is Mariano Rivera.  Once I obtain the set, I will use 2014 cards for current updates.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Non-Waiver Trade Deadline: D.Price, D.Smyly, & A.Jackson

Perhaps the biggest trade on Non-Waiver Deadline Day occurred with David Price going to the Tigers in a 3-way deal that sent Drew Smyly to the Rays and Austin Jackson to the Mariners.  At 108 games into the 2014 season, Price is leading the American League in Games Started (23), Innings Pitched (170.2), Batters Faced (689), and Strikeouts (189). 

Price is already a 4-time All-Star with a Cy Young award under his belt and just into his 7th major league season.  It doesn't hurt that he also has 4 years of post season experience with two World Series starts in 2008. 

Smyly is a young pitcher with only 280 innings over his past 3 seasons with the Tigers.

Smyly brings 2 years of postseason experience to the Rays.

Austin Jackson just might be what the Mariners need to take the 2nd Wild Card spot away in the American League.  He was the runner-up for the A.L. Rookie of the Year award in 2010 with the Tigers, and in just his 5th major league season, has already posted some impressive numbers.

Jackson comes to the ballpark to play, or should I say, work.  During his first four seasons, Jackson has averaged 576 AB's, and is on pace to exceed that.  Jackson is on pace for about 38 Doubles this year, which would give him a 5-year career average of over 30.  He's already led the league twice with double-digit Triples figures during the past four years, and scores an average of almost 100 Runs a season.   He has been used almost exclusively as a centerfielder with the Tigers, and currently maintains a .990 average career fielding pct.  Jackson has made the postseason during 3 of his 4 years in the majors. 

Non-Waiver Trade Deadline: Y.Cespedes, J.Lester, & J.Gomes

One of the first big trades to beat the non-waiver deadline yesterday was the surprise move of Yoenis Cespedes to Boston.  After winning two consecutive HR derby titles and making an outstanding throw from from the outfield to get out runner, Howie Kendrick of the Angels, at homeplate earlier this season, Cespedes will now be in a Red Sox uniform.

Cespedes was a runner-up in A.L. Rookie of the Year voting for 2012, making his first All-Star appearance this season.  He brings the Red Sox a 3-season average of 22 HR's, 24 Doubles, and an OPS of .788 according to current statistics on Baseball-Reference.  He currently leads the league in Assists as an OF.

In return, the Athletics aquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes.  Lester is a 3-time All-Star that's averaged over 200 innings per season since he began pitching regularly during his third season as a Boston Starter in 2008. 

Lester also brings 4 years of postseason experience, including 2 World Series championships with an overall 2.11 ERA in 76.2 postseason innings pitched.

...Gomes is a former Athletics player that's originally from California.  He brings 3 years of postseason experience to an Oakland ballclub that is primed for a 2014 postseason appearance as a team with the current best record in baseball. 

Gomes currently has a career OPS of .781.