Angels Acquire Iannetta From Rockies For Chatwood

The Angels announced that they obtained catcher Chris Iannetta from the Rockies for starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood. In a related move, the Rockies are close to signing Ramon Hernandez to a two-year, $6.5MM contract. 

The trade provides the Angels with additional offense behind the plate and rounds out the team's offense with the kind of high-OBP hitter Dipoto expressed interest in earlier in the offseason. Iannetta posted a .238/.370/.414 line in 2011 and given his career line of .235/.357/.430 the Angels are likely expecting similar production in 2012. 

Non-tender candidate Jeff Mathis is probably expendable now, whether that means the Angels trade him before the December deadline to tender arbitration eligible players contracts or cut him loose.

Chatwood, 21, posted a 4.75 ERA with 4.7 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and a 47% ground ball rate in 142 innings as a rookie for the Angels this past season. The 2008 second round pick entered the season as the 76th ranked prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America. He has a 3.40 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in parts of four minor league seasons.

The deal is Dipoto's first since being named the Angels' GM about a month ago. It's worth noting that he made the move with Dan O'Dowd, who was Dipoto's GM at the end of his playing career in Colorado. Dipoto made other significant trades as Arizona's interim GM in the summer of 2010.


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197 Comments on "Angels Acquire Iannetta From Rockies For Chatwood"


3 years 8 months ago

This is a good move. Catchers who can hit are hard to find, not that this guy can rake. But fans need to be aware of the fact that there are a lot more Jeff Mathis’s out there than you might think. The market is full of them this offseason. Ianetta walks a lot too. That’s great for the bottom of the Angels order. As for Chatwood, let the Rockies develop 2nd years pitchers in their #4 spot. The Halos need a veteran there. And DiPito isn’t going to let the Angels remain 3 deep with Jerome Williams as the only remaining big league option. This also tells me Dipito could be going for a starting pitcher next.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Agree with everything you said.

Commander_Nate
3 years 8 months ago

His OBP will be a nice boost. From what I can tell looking at his numbers, he seems to be the type that might satisfy Scioscia’s defensive standards behind the plate too.

Pete
3 years 8 months ago

Iannetta’s numbers away from Denver are worrisome though. I’m not sure those numbers will translate when 3/4 AL West Parks are pitcher-friendly. 

Thomas Wilson
3 years 8 months ago

if you want to feel better look up Jeff Cirillo and Miguel Olivo’s splits the year year before coming to Denver hell look up Larry Walkers splits

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

extremely shortsighted

Raymond Holguin
3 years 8 months ago

they lost a start with good potential and got a catcher in return whos number away from coors field are just as bad as mathis.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Angel fans just need to pray that Iannetta’s plays more like he did in Colorado and a lot less like he did while on the road.

That said, Chatwood is no huge loss. His upside is extremely limited given his inability to miss bats. Control was shaky. He may eventually put it together but over the past few years he has done nothing but regress. 

I predict that this will be a blah move for both parties. Not expecting anything big from either player. However, this does move Mathis out of the equation. For that, all Angel fans should rejoice.

3 years 8 months ago

Ianetta does walk a lot. That will be a big plus for the bottom of the order.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

not that i disagree with them, but i doubt i would have gotten such mediocre reviews of chatwood’s potential if i’d asked angels fans about him prior to the news of this trade

cookmeister
3 years 8 months ago

I’m an Angels fan and i agree big time.  I don’t hate the trade, but i feel like the Angels could have done better.  I was expecting a Chatwood +low minor leaguer for Iannetta + Stewart

Commander_Nate
3 years 8 months ago

Wrong, at least in my case. The guy made me nervous as F every time I watched him. I cut him some slack though because the only reason he was up in 2011 was because of Kaznobyl Meltdown 2.0 and Pineiro’s struggles. Same with Richards (who I think will be better). Talk of relying on the two of them plus Williams for 40% of the Angels’ starts in 2012 made my skin crawl, and I’ve made that known where I’ve seen it come up.

I get the cost control/years argument, but the Angels needed help at C more than they needed a guy who looks like he might be an average player in a year or two. Maybe they could have worked a better trade, but it’s not the end of the world.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

do you think it’s unlikely that had he been permitted to pitch in AA like richards this year he could have put up a 3.7 FIP? he put up a 4.0 FIP in AA in 2010 while 2 years younger than richards was this year, i certainly don’t

if chatwood, like most 21 year old #2 organizational prospects, had been allowed to pitch in the minors last year and put up good numbers, would you still feel the same way about this trade?

maybe you would, but you’d be in the vast minority. i don’t even like chatwood myself, but his 2011 performance is being held against him unfairly here. he was playing way over his head and he still held his own. we generally give prospects a lot of credit for that

PushDown
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly, you can’t possibly expect Carlos Santana or something for Chatwood. Just gotta be realistic. 

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

I’m Ned Colletti and I disagree with this statement.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

How is it a good move? Chatwood isn’t great or anything, but the Angels were better off signing Hernandez than trading Chatwood for Ianetta. If the Rockies get Hernandez to replace Ianetta, they are basically getting Chatwood for free then.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly my thoughts. You’ve got to give Conger a chance to play.

The_Porcupine
3 years 8 months ago

Not that bad of a trade.  Chatwood isn’t projected to be much more than a ground ball lower end of the rotation pitcher (kind of like Saunders’ upside)- therefore he’s expendable.  Iannetta is better than Mathis, though I feel his offense is a touch overrated (good on base percentage though). 

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

.419 Home OBP
.321 Away OBP

On the plus side, at least his OPS+ was 102. However, Hernandez had an OPS+ of 113.

3 years 8 months ago

It’s about time SOMETHING happens in this slow, slow FA market. It’s like watching paint dry. Nice trade on both sides, BTW. 

PiratesFan
3 years 8 months ago

I’d say the Angels won this one.

3 years 8 months ago

For now, yes. But it all depends if Chatwood blooms. Iannetta will probably see his power go down as he is no longer playing at Coors.

BobbyJohn
3 years 8 months ago

Which is exactly why O’Dowd should have been able to get more for Iannetta.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

more than 5 years of an org’s top 5 prospect who pitched a full MLB season at age 21? i don’t like chatwood much myself and i do like ianetta, but i doubt it they could have gotten much more for one year of him

BobbyJohn
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see Chatwood being able to help the Rockies in 2012, so I do not see this move at all addressing this team’s immediate needs. This, to me, is a move for future years, and I wonder if O’Dowd is already giving up on 2012 before it even gets here.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 8 months ago

“I wonder if O’Dowd is already giving up on 2012 before it even gets here.”

This was my first thought exactly. He’s basically throwing all of his chips in a rotation of very young guys: Pomeranz, Chatwood, White and Chacin. While hoping Arenado is MLB ready for 2013 and Rosario is ready for the full time job behind the dish by then as well.

Looks good for 2013 but I dont see this team being much of a contender in 2012.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Not sure how swapping Iannetta for Chatwood and (essentially) Ramon Hernandez means that they are throwing in the towel.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 8 months ago

O’Dowd has continually said his top priority is to get a veteran innings eater (which is what the Rox need more than any other position) and all the rumors which have been reported in the recent weeks have been about obtaining relievers, second basemen or a catcher (Hernandez). 

What I was trying to get at was, this deal helps the Rox develop a young and very talented starting rotation for the future but it does not help them for 2012.

BobbyJohn
3 years 8 months ago

Iannetta should have fetched a pitcher who could help the team in 2012, not 2013 or later.

I like the deal for future years but if you have a useful trade piece and glaring needs for the coming season, doesn’t it make more sense to take care of first things first?

3 years 8 months ago

“past tense”

3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure the Rangers might have traded you Torrealba (slight sarcasm, but i’m mostly serious)

Pete
3 years 8 months ago

I say.

Pete
3 years 8 months ago

Indeed. 

Oh wait—the Angels are run by bufoons.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

they aren’t anymore. in theory, anyway

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

Isn’t Reagins still with the FO in a capacity?

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

suddenly that is very easy to believe

3 years 8 months ago

catchers walk alot in the NL because they hit in front of the pitcher.  not sure what dipoto is thinking here.  give conger the reigns and let him go already.  sign CJ Wilson to something similar to Weaver or bring in Guthrie from Balt.  Bring in K Rod or H Bell to close for the next couple of years.  Done.

Shu13
3 years 8 months ago

Conger isn’t 100% ready….they will split time and I agree about the obp% hitting in front of a P…BUT even if that drops to the low 300’s that is WAY better then Mathis…

guydavis
3 years 8 months ago

Argh, I wanted Mets to get him. He had a great year this year and is young as hell. Not sure if Angels overpaid though.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Why? Chat wuld be a great #2 starter and he is only 22..I have no idea who won this trade but to me looks like the Rox did…He isn’t something special but as long as Chris does what he did with the Rox i will Be satisfied

3 years 8 months ago

More like “Chat will be a decent #4 starter”.  He isn’t anything special.  I thought the thinking that “every Angels prospect is amazing and we must hang on to them” was over with finally.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Well he is 22 and  ya and the fact that we still have Richards,Shoemker,Reckling and Angels are known to get pitchers its fine….So as long as Chat doesn’t make a deal with the Devil..Angels should be winning on this trade..As long as Chris isn’t another Mathis in Angels Stadium..then Angels would really be screwed with a 2.3M Contract on Chris..Hope he at least hits BA .250+

3 years 8 months ago

You worry about his BA and I’ll hope he does well in more important stats.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Will ya there’s those geeky stats that are good to but if he BA,OBP,and the basic stuff is pretty beast for a catcher..Then those Geeky stats will be similar 

3 years 8 months ago

You worry about his BA and I’ll hope he does well in more important stats.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Not sure on Shoemaker, but Reckling and Richards are nothing special either.  I guess it matters little when you have Weaver/Haren/Santana though.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Ya pretty much when those starting 3 are in the talk it can matter less about getting rid of a SP

Shu13
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think he will be a great #2 unless he makes some MAJOR adjustments….I am fine w/ this move b/c the Angels needed some production from the C spot and Conger IMO isn’t 100% ready to take over…I just hope the OBP he had hitting in front of a pitcher won’t drop off now in teh AL….not to mention his slg% going from hitter friendly Coors field to pitcher friendly Anaheim….

3 years 8 months ago

I completely agree. Conger proved last year that he isn’t ready to take over the job and I don’t get why people are up in arms about this deal. Conger is still plenty young, and having Iannetta around is going to have an immediate impact while also giving Conger more time to transition into the position.

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

So you’re guaranteeing that chatwood will be a great #2? Because he’s absolutely not a sure thing right now.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

When did i guarantee anything? 

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

When did i guarantee anything? 

Pete
3 years 8 months ago

Have you ever seen Iannetta’s numbers away from Colorado? Ouch. Not a good fit here and the Angels lose a guy with way more value. 

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

I agree but trading for a catcher gives Angels the ability to now sign a starter and a closer/ another big and really good RP

cookmeister
3 years 8 months ago

dude, are you seriously going to switch sides literally 1 night after going ape sh** on another thread about how the Angels don’t need pitching?  Choose a side!

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

When was this again 1 night ago? Did the Angels sign a Catcher 1 night ago? And when did i say that Angels don’t need pitching? I said if they would to trade Izzy it better be for a catcher because there is enough pitching with the Angels and on top of that there’s enough on the Market to buy 1 or 2 RP..Never never ever did i say Angels DON’T need pitching.. Now with Catcher checked off the list. Jerry can Focus to spend money on a starter,RP, or if he decides to go after Offense

cookmeister
3 years 8 months ago

Angels didnt sign a catcher tonight either.  and you kept ranting and raving about how we have enough arms and blah blah blah