Yoda wrote:Wow I am very surprised by this move. LaPorta is a great prospect but it seems like CLE could have done better for CC. I guess they didn't want to lose him for a couple of draft picks. Looks like a great trade for the Brewers.
Milwaukee also got him 3+ weeks ahead of the deadline, which means they should get about 30% more starts out of CC than they would have with the typical July 31 deadline deal. Nice job of aggressively buying early to maximize value.
As for LaPorta, I would not be surprised if the Indians have no concrete plans on how he will work in at this stage. The sense I get is that they were willing to move Sabathia so long as the return was better than 2 sandwich picks, and LaPorta met this criteria. It was a value acquisition rather than obtaining a specific piece to meet a specific need. That said, if I were them, I would hastily dump Hafner ASAP over the off-season. Hafner would be a classic Mets or Yankees acquisition for whichever team fails to land Teixeira.