By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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I just finished writing an article about how Billy Beane was smart not to have signed Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson to extensions here.
You really wont find him do this anytime soon with any of his chuckers.
The Scott Kazmir deal is the one he likes to do. It is simple as to why the man operates like this. He doesn’t have to give up any assets in the process.
Beane is a “Baseball Rounder”.
It is not unlike him to do manage 50 – 60 transactions per year. He was won more than he has lost – whether it is Free Agency or trades. His ballclub has the best record in the Majors since the start of play in 2012 – at 200 – 144 (.581 baseball).
We will go through the Pitching First, and then the hitting by the weekend.
Pitcher: Relief or Starter, Age, 2012 Year with W-L ERA and any significant stat/Transactions in reverse from trades, all players in the tree will be separated by semicolons:
Chris Carter (27) Is part of that mega deal listed below.
Fernando Rodriguez (29) RP: Is only the teams depth chart in the Minors and may see some action with Oakland this year
So essentially you had Reddick, Norris, Milone and John Jaso (acquired for A.J. Cole (Minors), who with Krol and Treinen.) along with Andrew Bailey, Nick Swisher and Robert Gilliam (8th round Draft of Oakland A’s 2009 year).
Swisher played poorly for the White Sox, and Bailey has never lit it up with the Red Sox either.
This is one is a pretty fair deal if you ask me. Please see this trade reactor on the hitter’s side under Josh Reddick.
Derek Norris and Josh Reddick see the hitters writeup. I am only adding the Jaso part to the below portion.
Tommy Milone is 25 – 20, with a 3.94 ERA for Oakland. He has been part of 2 AL West Division Winners in 2012 and 2013.
John Jaso (30) C/1B/DH: January 16, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Seattle Mariners to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, A.J. Cole (minors) and Blake Treinen (minors) to the Washington Nationals. The Washington Nationals sent Mike Morse to the Seattle Mariners. The Oakland Athletics sent Ian Krol (March 20, 2013) to the Washington Nationals to complete the trade.
This works out to be John Jaso for the 3 players (2 they drafted and one player who they picked up (Cole, in the Gonzalez deal).
John Jaso has hit .260/.379/.378 for the A’s. Now Krol was used as part of a trade to acquire Doug Fister from Detroit – after a 3.95 ERA in the District Last Year.
A.J. Cole is still in the Minors, whereas Blake Treinen is in the Bullpen for the start of the 2014 year at least.
Jarrod Parker (25) SP:
2. Breslow was picked off of waives by the A’s from the Minnesota Twins for no compensation.
3. Cahill was drafted by the A’s in the 2nd round of the 2006 Amateur Draft.
Breslow, 33, has fared well in the Boston Relief Core – with a 2.22 ERA in 99 Appearances, covering 93.1 IP.
Jefry Marte (23): Has been playing at AA Midland, and is starting to hit better.
Jarrod Parker is out for the year with Tommy John Surgery, however he holds a 25 – 16 record with a 3.73 ERA thus far.
Ryan Cook (26) RP: has been one of the best Relievers in the AL the last few years, carrying a 2.32 ERA – with 16 Saves in 145 Appearances – spanning 143.2 IP.
Collin Cowgill only had a .654 OPS in 104 AB with Oakland before his trade to the Mets.
Trevor Cahill (26) SP: Has been relegated to the Bullpen, after 4 starts for Arizona this season (all losses and a 9.17 ERA). He is 21 – 26 with a 4.13 ERA for the D’Backs in his time there. Cahill was by the Oakland Athletics in the 2nd round of the 2006 amateur draft.
I like A’s on this transaction to date.
Connor Robertson (32) RP: only ever played in 6 games the rest of his career, sporting a 5.14 ERA for the Dbacks.
Scott Hairston (33) UT: July 5, 2009: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later, Craig Italiano (minors) and Ryan Webb. The Oakland Athletics sent Sean Gallagher (July 28, 2009) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.
Hairston never had played exceptional for the A’s, and the trend continued for the Padres too.
Gallagher of course, was brought to the A’s by the Rich Harden deal explained later in this article.
This was a weird one as Kouzmanoff has 20 HRs and 88 RBI 687 AB for the A’s. but a .666 OPS and no walks must have been troublesome for Billy Beane.
At least the club still has 2B Eric Sogard left for this bevy of transactions.
Greg Smith only pitched to a 6.23 ERA in his time with the Rockies.
Now Carlos Gonzalez is a mega star in Colorado, Dan Haren was the guy used to acquire him from Arizona, and the organization still had Brett Anderson left over from the same deal.
2. Mark Mulder drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1998.
Dan Haren went 43 – 34, with a 3.68 ERA for the A’s in his time there.
Greg Smith only pitched to a 6.23 ERA in his time with the Rockies.
Daric Barton (28) 1B: still remains with the A’s – has a .248/.357/.367 Slash in 1713 AB, and led the AL in Walks for the 2010 season.
Kiko Calero (39) RP: Had a 3.96 ERA in 159 IP from 2005 – 2008 before being released.
In this whole train of transactions, the A’s ended up with Drew Pomeranz, Daric Barton, Eric Sogard, Jed Lowrie, Michael Taylor and (Shane Peterson with AAA Sacramento), plus only lost Huston Street and Mark Mulder for it (and Connor Robertson-Minors), as pieces of the initial Mulder deal, (Dan Haren) was also used to acquire Carlos Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was used to acquire Holliday as the main piece.
The A’s have 5 players on the current 40 Man roster to claim for this cycle of events and Shane Peterson in the minors (Part of the Cards trade to acquire Holliday.)
Shane Peterson (26) OF: is with Sacramento – and may be part of the team at some point. Peterson made his MLB Debut a year ago today. In his 2nd game he collected his 1st hit and RBI.
Holliday was never going to sign long-term with the A’s. He has done well with the Cardinals, and it took a 7 YR deal worth $120 MIL to retain his services.
Wallace was traded for Anthony Gose for the Blue Jays soon after he was acquired by the Jays. Which was a good idea
Michael Taylor (28) has been suspect in his time in the Majors, holding a .399 OPS in 74 AB.
The whole Michael Taylor, Anthony Gose, Brett Wallace trading hasn’t netted much for anybody.
The A’s also wouldn’t have been able to afford Carlos Gonzalez going forward. Beane just keeps his tradewinds flowing.
Huston Street (31) RP: was traded by the Rockies to the Padres for cash, and is a decent closer in the NL Street was pretty good in Colorado for his 3 years – with a 3.50 ERA (not bad in COL) with a 1.058 WHIP and 84 Saves.
Mulder hasn’t played since 2008. Mulder went 22-18 with a 5.04 ERA for the Cardinals, while Anderson was 26-29 with a 3.81 ERA.
Street was taken in the 2004 Draft as a Sandwich Round pick for losing Miguel Tejada to the Baltimore Orioles in FA.
A.J. Griffin (26): Griffin was drafted in the 13th Round of the 2010 Amateur Draft.
3. Moscaso was acquired by the A’s in 2011 for Ryan Kelly. Moscaso had one poor year in Colorado before being selected off of waivers.
7. Gaudin was traded to the A’s by the Jays for by Dustin Majewski (drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2003 Amateur Draft.)
8. Gallagher was sent to the Padres for Scott Hairston Jr., who was traded back to San Diego for Kouzmanoff and Sogard.
9. Patterson was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Fabian Williamson.
Williamson was later claimed by the Rangers off of waivers.
Still Harden and Blanton are retired now – and Majewski never made the Majors.
John Wooten (23) 1B: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 20th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Eastern Wayne HS (Goldsboro, NC) and the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC).
This trade is yet to be analyzed to the fullest extent, however when you add Cook with Parker, it is looking favorably for Oakland so far.
Cahill went 13-12 with a 3.78 ERA in his 1st year with the D’Backs.
Sort of similar to Parker. Breslow was a waiver wire pick up for Beane off of Minnesota.
He was traded by Arizona to Boston for Matt Albers. Cook is one of the better late inning relievers in all of Baseball. Bravo Mr. Beane.
Sean Doolittle (26): Doolittle was drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 Amateur Entry Draft.
Dan Straily (24) 2-1 3.89 ERA in 7 Starts : Straily was drafted in the 24th Round of the 2009 Amateur Draft by the Athletics. He made his debut in August of 2012 and may see some action as a starter or reliever in 2013.
Evan Scribner (27) Scribner was plucked off of waivers from the Padres at the end of the 2011 year.
Jesse Chavez (29): This cost the organization nothing as they claimed the Canadian off of waivers from the Blue Jays.
Jim Johnson (30): December 2, 2013: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later and Jemile Weeks. The Oakland Athletics sent David Freitas (minors) (December 12, 2013) to the Baltimore Orioles to complete the trade.
Transaction Dates Provided by the best website in the world, http://www.baseballreference.com
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