Traded Players’ Hot Starts

We're one month into the season, and while it's obviously too early to tell which offseason trades will benefit their teams the most, let's take a look at some of the hot starts for players who were traded this offseason:

  • Roy Halladay: What more could you expect? Doc's been masterful for the Phils. He's already hurled three complete games and whiffed 39 hitters through 49 innings of 1.47 ERA ball, while walking just four. His 52.2% groundball rate's not too shabby either.
  • Austin Jackson: For the time being, A-Jax has Tiger fans saying "Curtis who?" Jackson's 3-for-5 performance today raised his line for the season to .367/.420/.495. He's got 10 extra base hits and has swiped five bags in six tries. His 31.7% K-rate and absurd .514 BABIP entering today's game make him a lock to regress, but he's been everything Detroit has wanted and more so far.
  • Kevin Millwood: Acquired by Baltimore for Chris Ray in order to stabilize their rotation, Millwood has been terrific through six starts despite not registering a win. He's fanned 32 batters in 40 innings against just 11 walks, and held batters to a .253 average en route to a tidy 3.15 ERA so far. It's been a tough season for Baltimore, but Millwood's been a bright spot. If he can keep this up, he could reach Type-A status or bring in some prospects at the deadline this summer.
  • Carlos Silva: Tough to even fathom mentioning "The Chief" here, but despite a rough start in his last outing, he's gotten the job done. Silva's utilized good control (6 BB through 31 IP) to compile a 2.90 ERA as a key member of the Cubs' rotation thus far. He's even managed a 6.1 K/9, which is significantly higher than his career mark of 3.84.
  • Rafael Soriano: After years of questionable ninth-inning solutions, the Rays grabbed a seemingly more solid option when they acquired Soriano. He's registered six saves in six tries this season while posting a 2.45 ERA. Soriano has K'ed nine batters through 11 innings and has helped the Rays to the best record in baseball.
  • Adam Rosales: More under-the-radar than the other names on this list, Rosales has hit well in Oakland, posting a line of .323/.375/.462 while appearing at four positions. His versatility and offense have been a welcome addition for A's fans through the season's first month.

We saw our fair share of trades this offseason; who else comes to mind when discussing players who have thrived since being traded?


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  1. Ichiroll 5 years ago

    Carlos Silva, in his first year with the Mariners, won his first 3 games, then went on to lose 14 in a row. :)

  2. who woulda thought that Silva would be performing like this?

    • Steve_Adams 5 years ago

      More just looking at this past offseason. Guti was in Seattle last year as well. Great player though.

    • Ichiroll 5 years ago

      Franklin Gutierrez was traded for last season.

    • bucs_lose_again 5 years ago

      Welcome to last year.

  3. freecyclevan 5 years ago

    How about Toronto’s SS Alex G?

  4. adam80 5 years ago

    Phil Coke has been just as valuable for the Tigers in the Jackson 3 way deal. 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings with 8 walks and 11 strikeouts. He averages 1 hit per inning and has been part of a dominant Tigers bullpen so far this year.

  5. Milton Bradley! Oh wait, this is hot starts, not hot headed…

  6. Andrew Jones 5 years ago

    Halladay is a joy to watch. Totally in control. And his improved changeup gives him the kind of repertoire that ages well, making his below-market extension look even better. Amaro has made some questionable moves, but this one looks like a winner.

  7. levendis 5 years ago

    cant see Jackson continuing this way. 33 SO are ridiculous. Everyone knew he could hit. But like in AAA i think pitchers are gonna learn him and hes gonna digress.

    • DetroitTigers24 5 years ago

      Curtis who? You’re just critizing him because the Tigers easily ran away with that trade. Curtis wont do anything for the Yankees except strikeout and do horrible in the clutch. Jackson will easily win ROY and Phil Coke will be one of the best lefty relievers. The Yankees made a horrible trade that Yankee fans will soon regret. Granderson is maxed out and Jackson is a star in the making.

      • 1. Have you seen Jackson’s BABIP? It’s over 500. He’s going to digress.

        2. Phil Coke is an average reliever.

        The Tigers will probably win this trade in the long run, but to say the Yankees made a horrible trade is just plain stupid.

        • Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

          1. I think the regression is slightly overrated. It’s easy for me to picture Jackson cutting down on the strikeouts, and when he makes contact, his average is well over .400, he’s spraying the ball to all fields, and he’s showing signs of a .300+ hitter this year. You’re right, he won’t be hitting .370 all year, but I don’t believe he’s going to take a turn in the complete opposite direction. He’s already more productive than Granderson and I can see him being more productive than Granderson all season.

          2. I agree he’s average, but he’s also young and left-handed, two signs that sometimes lead to an average reliever to become an above average reliever.

          3. The Tigers won this trade in the long run and immediately. Last I checked, Granderson was on the DL and before that was hitting under .250, right where he left off in 2009…

          • Zack23 5 years ago

            And when Jackson’s BABIP drops 200 points from .500 to .300 his BABIP is AVG is also going to drop well below .300 as well. Except Granderson is going to be hitting 30+ HRs, while Jackson will get you 15 maybe.

          • DetroitTigers24 5 years ago

            Granderson wont be hitting 30+ HRs for a while if ever again. I can assure you of that.

          • Zack23 5 years ago

            You can assure me that?
            He’s hit 23-22-30 over the last 3 years in a big ballpark, and now he’ll be playing 81 games a year at YS with a shorter RF.

          • Did he even hit one so far at yankee stadium?

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            What percentage of the season is over already?

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            What percentage of the season is over already?

          • Did he even hit one so far at yankee stadium?

          • crunchy1 5 years ago

            Agree with the likelihood of regression for Jackson. I’d actually be very surprised if he hits 15 hrs anytime soon. I don’t see him being a better player than Granderson over the next two years – which is really what the Yankees traded for.

          • Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

            Here we go again, HRs determine a players worth? Seriously? Come on now. Enjoy his approach of pulling everything for a homer and striking out and popping up more times than not. But if you like 30 homers with few rbis to show for, that’s you. I can’t envision Granderson hitting too many more homers even after moving to Yankee Stadium simply because his approach last year just wasn’t very good. Jackson will be more valuable than Granderson [to the Tigers] because he’s more of a leadoff hitter. He’s getting on base, hitting for a high average, stealing bases, playing great defense, and granted he’s striking out a bunch, but honestly, I can’t see him striking out at the rediculous rate he has been all season. Granderson was an okay player, and I think he’ll be productive for the Yankees, but at this point, is he more productive for the Yankees than Jackson is for the Tigers? No, and it certainly doesn’t help he’s on the DL either.

          • Jackson strikes out more then Granderson and you will be lucky if Jackson ends up hitting .280 with 10 HR

          • Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

            Here we go again, HRs determine a players worth? Seriously? Come on now. Enjoy his approach of pulling everything for a homer and striking out and popping up more times than not. But if you like 30 homers with few rbis to show for, that’s you. I can’t envision Granderson hitting too many more homers even after moving to Yankee Stadium simply because his approach last year just wasn’t very good. Jackson will be more valuable than Granderson [to the Tigers] because he’s more of a leadoff hitter. He’s getting on base, hitting for a high average, stealing bases, playing great defense, and granted he’s striking out a bunch, but honestly, I can’t see him striking out at the rediculous rate he has been all season. Granderson was an okay player, and I think he’ll be productive for the Yankees, but at this point, is he more productive for the Yankees than Jackson is for the Tigers? No, and it certainly doesn’t help he’s on the DL either.

        • DetroitTigers24 5 years ago

          The Yankees did make a horrible trade. Your stupid for thinking they didnt. They traded 2 pitchers and a highly touted prospect who was better than Granderson at the time of the trade. I will be amazed if Granderson ever hits 30 homers again and if he ever gets passed the .250-.260 range, that will also amaze me. Jackson is getting better by the day and I think Granderson is actually getting worse.

          • Zack23 5 years ago

            They traded 2 pitchers- an average reliever, and a starter who had no spot on the team.

            How can you say Jackson was BETTER than Granderson at the time of the trade? Jackson never faced ML pitching at the time of the trade. That’s a ridiculous statement.
            Granderson is getting worse? I cannot wait until Jackson’s BABIP drops from .500- I can assure you that WILL happen.

        • Once Jackson goes through the league a few times you will see he is average at best.

      • BentoBox 5 years ago

        C’mon now, be more grateful for what Granderson did for the Tigers. Don’t be so bitter now.

        • DetroitTigers24 5 years ago

          Grateful for what? All the strikeouts in clutch moments or the meaningless solo homers in the 7-9 innings when the Tigers were getting beat bad. Never liked Granderson and never will.

          • MB923 5 years ago

            First of all, this was a 3 team trade with Arizona, not a Yankees/Tigers trade. If this trade sucked for any team, it is clearly Arizona. I’d say the Tigers won the trade.

            It was not a bad trade for the Yankees, and if’s completely stupid if you’re going based off this year’s numbers already to judge the trade

            Also, you are completely foolish if you think AJax is better than Curtis Granderson. AJax hiters for a slightly higher average, however Granderson has more speed and much more power.

            Enjoy Phil Coke’s success while it lasts because he’s average at best

            Again, I think Detroit won the trade, but it didn’t suck for the Yankees, it sucked for Arizona

          • Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

            Slightly better average? Jackson is hitting over 100 points higher than Grandy. If that’s slight, then Albert Pujols hit slightly more homers than Adam Everett last year. There is a huge difference between .250 and .350.

          • MB923 5 years ago

            I’m talking about Jackson’s potential and Granderson in general. I wasn’t going on this year’s stats

          • MB923 5 years ago

            I’m talking about Jackson’s potential and Granderson in general. I wasn’t going on this year’s stats

    • digress = regress

  8. Hello, Silva is in the NL now!!!! Pitchers heaven

  9. Cosmo3 5 years ago

    Don’t really see how Marlon Byrd doesn’t get a mention on this list. He’s batting over .350 and leading the cubs in RBI. And considering how little production the Cubs have gotten out of center field in recent years, he should really be considered among the top free agent signings of the offseason so far.

  10. Hermie13 5 years ago

    No mention of Mitch Talbot? Guy is 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA. Traded as the PTBNL in the Kelly Shoppach deal. Not too shabby.

  11. nota1nota 5 years ago

    Darnell McDonald. lol. JK.

  12. Matt Lindstrom (on the rare occasions he’s actually gotten to pitch…)

    2.70 ERA, 3.67 K/BB, 6/6 saves/opportunities

  13. sacu 5 years ago

    ” I can assure you that will happen.”

    ” I can assure you of that.”

    It’s great to see people type this; as if they can assure anything. Hey, by the way, can I get tonight’s lotto numbers?

  14. I dont think you can argue who the better pitcher is out of those three…halladay is simply on an elite level above everyone. The only other guy that can be put there is lincecum. Santana just gave up 10 runs in like 4 innings too.

  15. I dont think you can argue who the better pitcher is out of those three…halladay is simply on an elite level above everyone. The only other guy that can be put there is lincecum. Santana just gave up 10 runs in like 4 innings too.

  16. Well I wasn’t basing it on just tonight but you realize Halladay has pitched in the best offensive division in baseball for most of his career and put up amazing numbers…that puts him over the top in my opinion. He will easily win 20 games this year in the nl, cant say that about the rest of those pitchers.

  17. Well I wasn’t basing it on just tonight but you realize Halladay has pitched in the best offensive division in baseball for most of his career and put up amazing numbers…that puts him over the top in my opinion. He will easily win 20 games this year in the nl, cant say that about the rest of those pitchers.

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