Diamondbacks acquired INFs Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera from the Athletics for OF Chris Young. Pennington solves the Diamondbacks' problem at shortstop for 2013. He's far from a strong hitter, but the 28-year-old plays good defense and should see significant offensive improvement moving from the O.Co Coliseum to Chase Field. Pennington is arbitration-eligible this winter.
The D'backs then flip Yordy to the Marlins for Heath Bell. Marlins better be eating most of that salary.
The Dbacks also picked up the option on Putz. So they improved their pen, improved their defense up the middle, and got rid of an overrated outfielder where they had a log jam. Not bad at all. Eaton's value just shot up for next year.
wrveres wrote:The Dbacks also picked up the option on Putz. So they improved their pen, improved their defense up the middle, and got rid of an overrated outfielder where they had a log jam. Not bad at all. Eaton's value just shot up for next year.
Thing is Pennington and Heath Bell suck, and they're taking on salary while getting losing a talented CF. Seems pretty bad to me.
Seriously how do they give up a prospect for the right to pay Heath Bell $13MM over 2 years? That is just silly.
Miami is paying about a third of Bells salary, so financially it's close to a wash, and Bell is not nearly as bad as his last season stats. Besides Chris Young really is nothing special. A career .230s hitter, extremely streaky, with lite power considering he calls Arizona home. They also have a glut of outfielders. The only reason people think this is a good deal for the A's is the disgusting love affair people have with Beane. If he was sent to say Seattle, people's opinions would be different.
GiantsFan14 wrote:Chris Young is a year removed from two 4.6 WAR seasons, and was tearing it up this year before he got hurt and still managed to put up 2.8 WAR.
Meanwhile the Diamondbacks got back a barely above replacement level reliever and decent fielding MI with who can't hit a lick.
This trade is pretty bad for the Dbacks. They could pay a minor league reliever the minimum to do what they're paying Heath Bell $6.5MM to do.
Agree to disagree. They moved an overrated outfielder, got a solid glove up the middle without sacrificing their defense in center. On top of that Towers added to his bullpen depth, something he has been a master at for the better part of a decade. The A's picked up another meh bat, and the DBacks improved their "team"
Heath Bell is terrible. Overpaid relievers are not exactly hard to come by. Pennington is borderline-replacement level and all-field / no-hit. They found their heir to John McDonald. Overall it's a significant talent downgrade but they got a cheap arb-eligible shortstop for 3 years. That's a good way to guarantee frugal mediocrity.
The biggest winner here is clearly Miami for being able to unload $13M of dead weight. Biggest loser is Arizona for making their team significantly worse in order to save a bit of cash, and then blowing all of that cash on the aforementioned 35 year old dead-weight reliever. It's a decent deal for Oakland. They made their team a lot better for the next 2 years at the cost of an additional $10M or so.