Brown On Red Sox, Reynolds, Beckham

Agent Scott Boras tells Yahoo’s Tim Brown that the changes to the offseason schedule mean he’s fielding offers for his clients earlier than usual. Here are the rest of Brown’s rumors:

  • The Astros appear to be close to re-signing Geoff Blum.
  • The Red Sox will determine how available Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder are before they start serious negotiations with top free agents. It sounds like the Padres and Brewers will at least listen to offers for their respective first basemen.
  • The D’Backs are “shopping” Mark Reynolds and looking for relievers and contact hitters.
  • Rival teams believe the White Sox will listen to offers for Gordon Beckham.
  • Gary Matthews Jr. hopes to continue playing, according to Brown.

 


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134 Comments on "Brown On Red Sox, Reynolds, Beckham"


InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

LMAO at the D’backs shopping Reynolds and looking for contact hitters. They finally realized a team of hacks (Upton, Chris Young, Reynolds, Laroche, Kelly Johnson) isn’t going to cut it.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 9 months ago

Young and Reynolds are the only one’s who qualify for that, buddy. Research your hitters first. LaRoche Upton and Johnson have pop and are mainly doubles hitters, Reynolds and Young are all or nothing guys.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

I’m also not sure you watched CY last year… sure, he’s a dead-pull hitter, but he gets plenty of doubles down the line/singles in the hole.

mattevilspawn
4 years 9 months ago

Brandon and az: I think you’re missing the point. I think InLeyland’s gist is that a team cannot win with an unbalanced offense whose K-rate is off the charts. All of the players he mentioned have ridiculously high K-rates. A good offense needs balance. And in the D-backs case, that means bringing in contact hitters. Especially important in the NL. And if that wasn’t InLeyland’s point, it’s certainly mine! 😉

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Yes, that was my point, thank you.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Kelly Johnson? Are you freaking serious?!?! The dude had 6 WAR on FG last year!!! Upton hit .300 a year ago! CY had a .340 OBP in center field!

Fantastically idiotic statement there. Just sayin’.

mattevilspawn
4 years 9 months ago

“Hackers” not “hacks” would have been the better description. These players undoubtedly do damage when they make contact. But making contact is the team’s major flaw. Here’s a breakdown of average K-rates for a full 162 game season based on their career numbers (courtesy of Baseball Reference):

Justin Upton: 172
Kelly Johnson: 128
Chris Young: 154
Adam LaRoche: 141
Mark Reynolds: 221

In the case of Reynolds, he’s led the all of MLB in Ks the last three years and holds the all-time single-season K record (223 in 2009). He’s also young, has a ton of power, and has superb trade value. Easy to see why the D-backs would want to move him if they, indeed, want a good return while balancing their offense.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Thank you that is what I was getting at. Didn’t mean to push all the DBacks fan’s buttons. I was referring to the strikeouts that team accumulates.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

We understand that. I was simply alluding to the fact that KJ and CY really don’t strike out that much compared to a league that is slowly becoming more K-prone, and Upton’s history suggests that he won’t in the future.

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Have to wonder which teams might pursue Reynolds. So many teams are focused on defense and OBP now that Reynolds isn’t as valuable as his power would make you think.

Perhaps the Angels might make sense – they have a bunch of “contact” hitters around the infield they could send over to Arizona.

4 years 9 months ago

His defense is actually above average and he makes some great plays over at third, he’s improved each year on D, his power number were down a bit this year due to a couple stretches where he missed some games, but I guarentee you hes in for a bounceback year just like Chris Young did this year. They could land a back-end reliever and either a LF or 3B that makes contact.

JaySchu
4 years 9 months ago

Just how much do you think a guy with a suspect glove that hit .198 with a .320 OBP last year is worth? There’s a very real chance that 2009 was his career year. I think DeJesus straight up for him would be fantastic.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Look at his BABIP. He’s due for a bounce-back. Not to ’09 levels, but to very very productive levels.

ze3
4 years 9 months ago

Yup, I could see the Angels trading for Reynolds in case they do get Crawford and Beltre gets too pricey. If the Angels don’t get CC they might pass on Reynolds.

Angels could offer Callaspo/Izturis and Cassevah/Van Mil maybe?

cookmeister
4 years 9 months ago

what about Rodney? i know it might not happen but i would love the angels to rid themselves of that money.

ze3
4 years 9 months ago

For sure, make way for the young kids. Wouldn’t it also be nice for Abreu to gracefully leave the team? Or at least retire before his 2012 option vests, haha

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

We already dumped the headache of Callaspo once, we won’t do it again. And Izturis is a huge downgrade on Mark, particularly at third base. You’d have to give up more than a gimmick pitcher like Van Mil to balance this out. Also more than a mediocre reliever like Cassevah.

ze3
4 years 9 months ago

Good points, though I doubt the Angels would give up Aybar or Kendrick for Reynolds, making Izturis and Callaspo being traded a bit more likely. Maybe the Angels could offer Bulger or Jepsen. Jepsen makes more sense because we already have Kohn and Walden, but I don’t know if the Angels would be giving up too much for Reynolds.

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

Reynolds OBP was low because of the BABIP. If that normalizes (meaning a .230-.240 average instead of a .200), and he keeps his walk rate up, his OBP will be very high. He’s a very patient hitter.

redsox4120
4 years 9 months ago

If I were Theo I’d call Hoyer with an offer of Rizzo, Ellsbury, Lowrie, and Reddick. Probably wouldn’t get it done but it would be a take it or leave it offer until the trade deadline, where you might not get as strong of an offer or until the offseason.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 9 months ago

That would actually be a good deal for both sides… wouldn’t probably work until mid season though.

cubs223425
4 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t trade Ellsbury 1-1 for Reynolds…that’s just overkill.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 9 months ago

He’s referring to A-Gon, not Reynolds.

redsox4120
4 years 9 months ago

hence the mentioning of Hoyer, as in Jed Hoyer.

cubs223425
4 years 9 months ago

I see, I see…lack of paying attention has been killing me lately.

BoSoXaddict
4 years 9 months ago

I think Theo would make that trade, but given how familiar Hoyer is with Sox prospects I’m not sure we’d be able to swing anything w/o parting with Casey Kelly.

4 years 9 months ago

This actually isn’t a terrible offer from both teams perspective. Ellsbury and Lowrie would solve the Padres leadoff and 2 hitter problem. Reddick and Rizzo have potential for some power that the Padres need. Seems reasonable.

rockfordone
4 years 9 months ago

That trade would start with Lester or Bucholtz – get real

BoSoXaddict
4 years 9 months ago

The Padres probably could have gotten Buchholz in a deal for A.Gonz before last season. Not anymore. And Lester? Please. That said, I do expect the Padres to seek some top-shelf, cost controlled pitching in any deal for A.Gonz..such as Casey Kelly.

4 years 9 months ago

Jed Hoyer doesn’t even ask for Buchholz or Lester in his dreams. Lester? Are you kidding me? Lester would get the Red Sox almost any player in the MLB straight up.

42214221
4 years 9 months ago

let the insanely horrid trade proposals for a-gon to the sox

wickedkevin
4 years 9 months ago

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz (this is getting redundant)

Besides, at this point, the media is asking for it.

Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

This comment is almost as common as the horrid trade proposals for a-gon to the sox.

42214221
4 years 9 months ago

had never tried it before

cubs223425
4 years 9 months ago

I think that the Cubs should try a 3-way deal to send Ramirez to Boston and get Reynolds back with a cheaper contract and maybe a low-end prospect.

Philip Marlowe
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t even know if you have to do that. Why not keep Ramirez and send DeWitt, Barney, and Caridad to Arizona for Reynolds? Both can hit for contact and fill holes in the AZ lineup, DeWitt at 3B and Barney as a utility player, and Caridad will be a great, cost-controlled bullpen arm if he can pitch the way he did in 2009. Can Reynolds play 1B? I’d imagine so, especially if he’s an above-average fielder at third.

cubs223425
4 years 9 months ago

Reynolds’ career UZR at first is -6.1, and it’s -19.0 at third, so it’s not a lot to go on in terms of defensive prowess. Ramirez has a career -20.7 at third, so he’s no better.

My reasoning was more so that I didn’t want two butchers at the corners with Castro still learning the position.

Besides, if they do that, who plays second? (Personally, I want Jose Lopez, but the defense is exacerbated).

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

He’s actually above average. His UZR was pretty high up until the end, but the reason it dropped was because of an injury. Reynolds is far from a butcher.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Arizona says no thank you.

We’re looking to make a trade, not get robbed.

JaySchu
4 years 9 months ago

I see Beane flipping one of his outfielders for Reynolds and installing him at DH. He has a plethora of speedy contact guys to offer.

Sdot85
4 years 9 months ago

I wonder if the A’s will make a play for Reynolds. Maybe a package of Henry Rodriguez & Ryan Sweeny

4 years 9 months ago

HAHAH WOW, no. This isnt DeJesus here. lol

Sdot85
4 years 9 months ago

Please delete – duplicate post

4 years 9 months ago

Does Towers know the D’backs don’t play in Petco?

4 years 9 months ago

dont see where your going here?

4 years 9 months ago

I think he means that contact hitters are more suited for petco than chase

4 years 9 months ago

Yep. Teams generally try to tailor their teams to their home parks, seems like Towers would be doing the opposite here, not taking advantage of their home bandbox.

Sdot85
4 years 9 months ago

I wonder if Beane will pursue Reynolds

firealyellon
4 years 9 months ago

Beckham? No GM is dumb enough to trade away talented, cost-controlled middle relievers with power.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

i think you mean infielder.

firealyellon
4 years 9 months ago

oops

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

I’m assuming you meant middle infielders? 😉

Chiburgh
4 years 9 months ago

Like you said, there is NO way Kenny trades Beckham. I mean, you have Beckham, Ramirez and Morel to provide solid defense for the next 10+ years. They need to bring Paulie back. What an infield!!

firealyellon
4 years 9 months ago

i don’t like buyin high on Konerko. $10 M is fine but $15 is a bit nutch for a player his age. His defense is not very good anymore either…

Chiburgh
4 years 9 months ago

What?? Paulie’s career fielding is .995. The last two seasons have been .997 and .994. I don’t define that as being “not very good anymore”. If you want to talk about age, Jeter is 36 with a career fielding of .976 and Dunn is 31 with career fielding of .979. Paulie is only 34.

4 years 9 months ago

The Dodgers and Dbacks match up perfectly for Reynolds. Blake is as good as done, the Dodgers desperately need power, and they can conveniently offer up both a reliever (Jon Broxton) and a contact hitter (James Loney).

Tell me this isn’t a brilliant move.

JaySchu
4 years 9 months ago

It would be a tremendous overpay.

4 years 9 months ago

Eh maybe, though I doubt one or the other would be enough to get it done. Maybe we include a prospect and they include Kelly Johnson?

Whatever the case, I still think Reynolds is a good fit LA.

orneryfish
4 years 9 months ago

No teams make trades within their division.
Do you ever hear of the Yankees and Red Sox talking trade between themselves ??

4 years 9 months ago

I would love that deal for the Dbacks, idk if the Dodgers would do it though.

4 years 9 months ago

Its not a brilliant move, not for the Dodgers at least.

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

I would love this trade.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

James Loney is turrible. Not sure if I’d like that as Arizona, actually. Both are getting expensive, too.

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

Loney is bad, but Broxton would be great. I know, he’s a reliever, and arb eligible, but he had a 1.97 FIP a year ago! That’s just amazing.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

I want Kenley Jansen. But I know Jansen is going to be hard as heck to pry from L.A. Here’s an idea:

Reynolds, Brandon Allen, and Keon Broxton for Kenley Jansen, Casey Blake, and James Loney.

Here’s my thinking:

1) The Dodgers won’t want both Blake on Reynolds on their team… that’s pointless. So give us the declining Blake, who costs a little more than Mark this year, and we’ll give you the better player with longer control. Benefits for L.A..
2) Paying Loney this deep into arb is dumb, because he’s a 1-1.5 WAR player. Again, we’ll take him off of your hands, because KT has a fetish for contact hitters, regardless of how terrible they are. We’ll give you Allen, who makes minimum, has six years of control, and could blossom into an everyday first baseman if given regular PT. More benefits for L.A..
3) So, now that we’ve given you good things, we want Jansen. He’s a reliever, for crying out loud, so it’s not like we’re breaking your backs. The most WAR he’s going to provide is maybe 2 per year, which you can easily make up with the value that Allen adds and that Mark will add. We’ll also pitch in Broxton, an absolute tool-shed type who L.A. has been good at harnessing (Dee Gordon & Trayvon Robinson are current examples in their system).

Not a perfect deal, but seems fair enough?

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, as you can see from my avatar, I’m actually a D’Backs fan…

But we would just non-tender Loney if we did that trade anyways. And I would rather not give up K. Broxton.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

I am too. And not to be a total creep, but this isn’t the only board we’ve had discussions on – I’m a very frequent writer (and author) on the ‘Pit. 😛

That said, although Loney is freaking horrible, I could actually see us keeping him. If he could revert back to ’09 form, he may well be worth the marginal salary he’s going to be paid next year, which can’t be any higher than $4MM (he made $3.1MM last year in his first arbitration year, and, as already mentioned, is not a good player). It’s cheaper than KT was gonna pay for LaRoche, and he is more of the type of player KT is supposedly on the prowl for. Would I be thrilled? No. Would I do it? Absolutely.

And I’d gladly give up Broxton if we got Jansen.

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

I know you are. And you’re on DBBP, too, I’m pretty sure. But I was just saying, you were talking like I was a Dodger fan, and that’s rather insulting. No offense taken though. :-) Who are you on the ‘Pit?And also, Jansen has pretty big control issues and is not very good with inducing ground balls. I know he was great last year, but he’s still a question mark. But Broxton probably = Jansen, so you’re right, I’d rather have Jansen since he’s cheaper. I just don’t think the Dodgers would give him up though, he should be next in line to be closer once Kuo gets injured again.

And three potentially above average regulars for a great reliever, a declining 3B who doesn’t hit enough for his position, and a crappy 1B? Seems like a bit of an overpay.

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

really you would give up broxton who had a bad half a season last year and got benched by the “great torre” for a guy who literally only hits home runs? huge over pay…broxton is a year away from being on of the best closers in the game and he is still very young

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

You’re looking at all the wrong things…

Broxton has one year of control left at a staggering price of $7MM. Very few relievers are worth that kind of money, and Broxton isn’t one of ’em anymore. He was worth a mere 1.2 FanGraphs WAR in 2010. The report on Broxton has always been that he would be deadly while he survived, but that he was destined to completely blow apart at some point as his arm takes a great deal of wear and tear from his delivery. That’s starting to happen.

Mark has two years of control left, at $5MM and $8MM, with a club option for 2013 that has a very cheap buyout ($500k). He’s a solid third baseman with improving defense and had a down BABIP year, which should regress up and make him a better offensive player again in 2011. Even in his 2010 down year, he was still TWICE as valuable as Broxton, netting 2.4 FanGraphs WAR.

Broxton for Mark is an utterly absurd underpay. Broxton has fewer years of control, a higher average annual salary, and is a worse player.

yazpik
4 years 9 months ago

Reynolds for Figgins, great for both sides, Seattle needs power, and D´backs needs contact…

4 years 9 months ago

dude really? thats not ever going to happen maybe if we got a set up man with him or something but Reynolds is much better.

yazpik
4 years 9 months ago

Really?? A guy with millions of strikeouts per season, 200 AVG., average defense vs 300 hitter, 40 SB, above average defense, great speed, really???, OK , the deal is unfair, Mark Reynolds+ 2 prospects for Figgins

4 years 9 months ago

Someone sounds sensitive…Figgins has negative value right now. He needs to rebound with a good year. It’s funny that you name speed twice and call him a .300 hitter, as if that’s what he’s been the last three years. You only mention his strengths and leave out the fact that Reynolds has crazy power. Lol your second post is hilarious when you consider you threw out the trade idea in the first place.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Yes, really. Get your head out of the OMGSTRIKEOUTS/BA gutter and look at things like contract details, age, wOBA, and WAR.

(All WAR numbers according to FanGraphs)

Mark Reynolds WAR last year: 2.4
Chone Figgins WAR last year: 0.6

Reynolds career WAR/season: 2.275
Figgins career WAR/season (counting his first two years as one year, since it was a combined 86 games: 2.475

Reynolds’ contract: 2 years, $13MM, w/$11MM option and $500k buyout.
Figgins’ contract: 3 years, $27MM, w/$9MM vesting option for 2014.

Reynolds’ age @ Opening Day ’11: 27 (i.e. in his prime)
Figgins’ age @ Opening Day ’11: 32 (i.e. declining)

I’ll take Reynolds by a wide margin. Figgins and a prospect or two, depending on quality. Or pay a huge chunk of Figgins’ contract.

wickedkevin
4 years 9 months ago

Ahh yes, right after Figgins’ worst year. Reynolds is only 27 vs. Figgins being 32. Figgins makes 9m a year with a 9m club option for 2014 while Reynolds only makes 5, 7.5, and an 11m club option for 2013. Doesn’t match up. No. D’backs can’t afford Figgings.

mattevilspawn
4 years 9 months ago

That deal works really well from a skill-set trade perspective. Not sure the $ and long-term trade-off is a solve, tho.

John LeClair
4 years 9 months ago

Nice I’d take Fielder or A Gon over any “Top Free Agent” currently available except for Cliff Lee but I don’t really want him.

4 years 9 months ago

Reynolds for Ziegler and Kouzmanoff + pitching prospect?

4 years 9 months ago

Overpay. With his down year at the plate and K’s his value is down…

Henry Rodriguez and Ian Krol/Tyson Ross for Mark Reynolds

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Depends on the pitching prospect. Ziegler/Kouzmanoff is a massive underpay, actually.

Who really believes Mark’s value is that far down? He was a 2.4 FG WAR player last year, had a BABIP below his career norms, still demonstrated power, and was forced to play through a hand injury. Fully healthy at the start of 2011, he’ll be just fine, and the D-backs know this.

4 years 9 months ago

If Kenny Williams is listening on Beckham, Frank Wren better be doing a lot of talking.

4 years 9 months ago

Chase Headley + Ryan Webb for Reynolds. The Padres need power and Chase is going to get a raise.

4 years 9 months ago

maybe… idk if Towers would like take that, I think Frier and Headley would be a more realistic trade for AZ.

DempseyK
4 years 9 months ago

Please tell me Neal Huntington is in the mix on this. Mark could play 1B in Pittsburgh and be our middle of the order right handed power bat. Im sure we could put together a package plentiful enough to take Reynolds off the D’backs hands.

4 years 9 months ago

The only player on your roster I like is Evan Meek.. well and McCuthchen but he wouldnt be available i dont think

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Hanrahan, Tabata, and something else… maybe Meek, maybe a crappy back-end guy who can eat a few innings at slightly above replacement-level.

4 years 9 months ago

How about this, Heath Bell or a combination of (young controllable arms) for relief help to Az. for Mark Reynolds. Keep Headley, play Reynolds at 1st, a position Mark has played enough to be serviceable if the were to deal Adrian. In that Scenario it would give them time to see if Kyle Blanks looks ready and is healthy.

orneryfish
4 years 9 months ago

No team trades a premiere closer in his prime to a team they have to face 18 times a season, or even 12 times.
No team wants their nose rubbed in it every time they face a player they traded.
Bell is like that.
He’s still po’ed at the Mets for trading him to the Padres, to begin with.
Players always have it out for teams that traded them, thinking they have something to prove against their former team for the perception that their former team gave up on them, or didn’t use them enough.

4 years 9 months ago

This is exactly why I also listed “young controllable arms”. I also do not think it’s out of the question to trade him (Bell) in the division depending upon their (Padres) needs and the return. I like Bell, I don’t want him (as a Padre fan) to leave, but understand that it is probably going to happen this off season.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Bell makes way too much money and is a free agent in one year. He’s not that valuable…. at all.

4 years 9 months ago

He, (Bell) is one of the best closers in all of baseball and you are saying he doesn’t have that much value at all because he is going to make money? What elite closer is not going to make money? Any elite closer is VERY valuable, just ask any GM. Like I have pointed out several times here and on other platforms, other teams could be interested in younger controllable arms, but its hard to find a closer (one of the hardest jobs in baseball) that is as dominant as Bell is. And.. he’s not exactly going to break the bank for how good he is. Do you know what kind of deal Bell was looking for or he would likely get? I do, it’s not astronomical by any means considering his resume. Again, closers like him are very hard to come by, I believe K.T. said that himself.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Umm… yeah. Exactly. He doesn’t have much value because he’s making a ton of money when most closers – Bell included – aren’t worth a ton of money.

Hmmm… it’s hard to find a closer who is as dominant as Heath Bell (which isn’t very dominant if we’re going by xFIP, which adjusts for his ability to allow fly-balls in Petco with no consequence) is and yet also young and controllable, is it? Let’s see if I can name a few…

Hong-Chih Kuo, Kenley Jansen (so the Dodgers have two), Johnny Venters, Craig Kimbrel (that’s right, the Braves have two as well), Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams (and the Padres themselves), Daniel Bard, John Axford, Joel Hanrahan, Joel Walden, Kevin Jepsen (two for the Angels), Andrew Bailey, Neftali Feliz, and Chris Sale.

You were saying?

There’s a ton of guys who could be closers on teams for pennies compared to the absurd $8MM that Heath Bell is going to get in spite of a 1.6% HR/FB rate keeping his numbers pretty last year. Bell got lucky on fly balls in ’10 both at home and on the road, and if that luck doesn’t keep up, he isn’t going to be that good going forward (3.11 xFIP in ’10, career 3.18 xFIP). That’s a nice closer, but not an elite closer.

4 years 9 months ago

Out of the pitchers you mentioned how many of the are realistically available? I mentioned Bell and the Padres because of KT’s ties and some of his recent quotes along with the fact the there needs to be a match with teams. You know, need for need despite possibly trading within the division. Of course young controllable arms would probably be more attractive, I have mentioned Adams, Gregerson before, my main point was that I believe the Padres and D-Backs have a potential match. I guess the definition of valuable could be relative to the situation, which neither you or I really know what these Gm’s will really do or how they value a particular player, its all speculation. I would concede a team like the D-Backs would probably prefer a younger arm, but I also mentioned young controllable arms in my initial statment, I never disagreed with that. You are focussing on Bell and his worth, but teams that are in contention might view that situation differently. Saying, he doesn’t have much value at all because he is going to make money might only apply to certain teams, maybe the D-Backs. However, it wouldn’t apply to teams that have money that would again, have to be a match… a player that is available! Mark Reynolds for instance, what do you honestly expect to get for him? He’s going to be making money, the Backs will trade him, they will probably prefer a younger arm, but I don’t think its out of the question to think that KT could take on salary at a position of need, (what KT’s strength is) building a bullpen from one of his own familiar guys working his way backward which he has said he would try to do. “A ton of money” to one organization is peanuts to another. My main point, the Padres could possibly use a guy like Reynolds and the D-Backs could use relief help, whether thats Bell, Gregerson, Webb, Frieri, or Adams. There is a potential match between the two teams, need for need. I’m not looking at the stats, but didn’t Bell also do better away from Petco?

4 years 9 months ago

how about this 3 way deal, (just for fun)
AZ- David DeJesus, Chase Headley, Brad Ziegler
SD- Mark Reynolds, Brandon Allen, Dallas Braden
OAK- Adrian Gonzalez

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

i gotta say.. thats not the worst trade proposal i’ve ever seen.

4 years 9 months ago

Not bad but I don’t think AGon would be happy. In his contract year he’d be going from one canyon to another canyon in a tougher league. I’m sure he could make it work, better than Holliday did, but it wouldn’t be the best place to accumulate stats for his free agency push.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Difference is that Oakland has the pitching to really do some damage. Sure his offensive stats would continue to be dragged down but being the big bat the lineup sorely needs would be a good thing for him, a playoff run wouldn’t hurt as well.

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

BUT if he could show he can hit AL pitching he would is FA stock double go up 100%

MoveInTheFences
4 years 9 months ago

That doesn’t work for the Padres. The Padres biggest holes are up the middle and that doesn’t fill any of their holes.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Getting three relatively inexpensive major-league-ready players with some control is a darn good haul for one year of one guy if you’re a small-budget team. Add a prospect from AZ maybe and that’s a return you’ve got to think of taking. David Nick and Keon Broxton are up-the-middle guys you could probably pry loose if you really wanted them. Marc Krauss is probably a more likely choice.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

This is a shockingly interesting proposal. My one concern is that San Diego probably wants cheaper talent. Throw in Marc Krauss or something to SD and I’m still satisfied.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Or, if they really want him (and I don’t know why they would), Gerardo Parra?

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

one of the more realistic trades is have ever seen on here, wont happen unless beane can get adrian to get a contract extension(although offering him arb after this season gives him 2 top picks)