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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5 years 4 months ago

Nice!

Ichiroll
5 years 4 months ago

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

5 years 4 months ago

who woulda thought that Silva would be performing like this?

Steve_Adams
5 years 4 months ago

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

Ichiroll
5 years 4 months ago

Franklin Gutierrez was traded for last season.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 4 months ago

Welcome to last year.

freecyclevan
5 years 4 months ago

How about Toronto’s SS Alex G?

adam80
5 years 4 months 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 years 4 months ago

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

Andrew Jones
5 years 4 months 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.

levendis
5 years 4 months 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 4 months 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.

5 years 4 months ago

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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

Zack23
5 years 4 months 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.

5 years 4 months ago

Did he even hit one so far at yankee stadium?

Yankees420
5 years 4 months ago

What percentage of the season is over already?

Yankees420
5 years 4 months ago

What percentage of the season is over already?

5 years 4 months ago

Did he even hit one so far at yankee stadium?

crunchy1
5 years 4 months 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 4 months 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.

5 years 3 months ago

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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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.

5 years 3 months ago

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

BentoBox
5 years 4 months ago

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

DetroitTigers24
5 years 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

MB923
5 years 4 months ago

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

5 years 4 months ago

digress = regress

5 years 4 months ago

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

crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Tell that one to Edwin Jackson. .

Cosmo3
5 years 4 months 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.

iwishihadaclue
5 years 4 months ago

But this is about traded players, not free agent signings.

Cosmo3
5 years 4 months ago

Yep, missed that. My bad..

Hermie13
5 years 4 months 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.

nota1nota
5 years 4 months ago

Darnell McDonald. lol. JK.

5 years 3 months ago

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

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

sacu
5 years 3 months 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?

5 years 4 months ago

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.

5 years 4 months ago

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.

5 years 4 months ago

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.

5 years 4 months ago

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.