Traded Players’ Slow Starts

Sample size be damned, let's take a look at the players who are off to slow starts after being dealt in the offseason:

  • Javier Vazquez: Vazquez has struggled mightily so far in his return to New York.  In five starts, the 33-year-old has an ERA of 9.78 with 7.8 K/9 and a ghastly 5.9 BB/9.  Something is definitely off with Vazquez, as the velocity on his fastball has dipped from 91.1 mph last season to 88.9 mph this year.
  • Melky Cabrera: How about the Braves' end of the trade?  The Melk Man is hitting .195/.287/.221 so far in 88 plate appearances.  Cabrera has been a great value in years past, but at this rate he won't be worth his reasonable $2.6MM salary for 2010.
  • Juan Pierre: It seemed as though the White Sox acquired Pierre from the Dodgers on the cheap this winter, both monetarily and talent-wise.  Los Angeles is on the hook for $10.5MM of the $18MM owed to the speedy outfielder in the next two seasons.  However, after having one of the best offensive seasons of his career in 2009, Pierre has an OPS of .447.
  • Curtis Granderson: Somehow, the Yankees have the third highest winning percentage in the majors and two players on this list.  Granderson has a slash line of .225/.311/.375 thus far and will look to boost those numbers when he returns from the DL.  Meanwhile, Austin Jackson is doing quite well in Detroit.
  • Julio Lugo: I told y'all we'd see Julio again.  The right-handed batter is OPSing .274 for the O's this season.  However, it should be noted that Lugo has made just 30 plate appearances thus far this season.  That's a rather diminutive sample size, even for a month-old season.
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff: The A's picked up Kouzmanoff in a deal with the Padres in January.  The third baseman has started in 24 of Oakland's 26 games this season and is hitting .245/.284/.319.

What other traded players have struggled thus far in 2010?



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