Poll: Best Trades Of The Winter Meetings

While the MLB Winter Meetings are already fading in the rearview mirror, it seemed that we ought to do at least one poll on the results. With so much money already committed through free agency, I wondered at the outset of the meetings whether the stage was set for interesting trade scenarios. So, we'll ask MLBTR readers: which teams best utilized their time in Orlando to swing a trade?

Though nothing qualifying as a blockbuster went down, there were some interesting swaps. And each appeared to feature different strategic motivations and philosophies on player value. Such differences, of course, are fuel for the hot stove (and are what make trades so interesting). So, here are the four major deals in a nutshell:

The Price of Power

The deal:


It was easy to see the respective clubs' motivations in making this deal, but check out their GMs' comments for a refresher. Power went to Arizona, young arms to Los Angeles (including one with upside in Skaggs), and a nice, affordable outfield piece to Chicago. The Diamondbacks got the biggest name and, perhaps, most immediate impact, but the other clubs filled holes in a cost-efficient manner. Which end do you like?

Left-Side Upside

The deal:


If you're interested in tracking buy-low opportunities on talented left-handed pitching, this deal is one to keep an eye on. Both pitchers were born in 1988, interestingly enough. Anderson brings a tantalizing MLB track record, but comes with serious injury concerns, a substantial price tag, and only two years of control. Pomeranz has yet to realize his ability at the game's highest level — he has a 5.20 ERA in 136 2/3 MLB innings split over three seasons — but still comes with five years of team control and his top-25 prospect pedigree. So, which southpaw was the better one to take a chance on?

Efficient Flip

The deal:


Everyone knew the Nationals were going to add a southpaw reliever; it was just a question of who and how. With the price on the open market not to the club's liking, it decided to barter. Blevins is arguably a more attractive piece than Boone Logan, but his final two arb years should cost the Nats less than a quarter of Logan's $16.5MM guarantee from Colorado. Meanwhile, Burns was blocked in the D.C. system, but could provide cheap, solid production in Oakland before long. His top-level defense and baserunning give him the kind of floor that could be money in the bank in a year or two. This looks like a nice way for both teams to preserve future resources, but did either team achieve enough value to make their end of the deal the best at the Winter Meetings?

Valuing LoMo

The deal:


A deal involving Morrison became a fait accompli when Miami inked Garrett Jones, but his market value remained difficult to assess. Once a top prospect, Morrison had hit at a well-above-average clip for his first 800+ plate appearances before injury and inconsistency derailed him in 2012-13. When Wednesday became moving day for corner outfield/first base/DH types with question marks, we got our answer on LoMo's return: Capps, a big-armed, cost-controlled 23-year-old who has a good bit of upside (within the bounds of possibility for a right-handed reliever). Do you see Morrison as an undervalued asset, view Capps as the kind of young power arm that the Cardinals just rode to a World Series appearance, or both?

To get at the true sentiments of MLBTR readers, I'll ask you to order the trades — from most beneficial to least — that were consummated at the 2013 Winter Meetings. (Note: response order is randomized.)

Click here to see the results as they roll in.

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  1. LazerTown 2 years ago

    Too much thinking….

  2. Justin Anthony 2 years ago

    I ranked the Marlins #1. Acquiring a potential set-up man who throws 100 mph in exchange for someone who they intended to trade anyway after signing Garrett Jones seems like a good win for them

  3. Evan Dziobak 2 years ago

    If Anderson stays healthy, Rockies #1

  4. Steep price for Trumbo, but I think this trade will be more beneficial in 2015. Their offense is seriously counting on Freese, Hamilton, and Pujols to bounce back. Tall order with a pitching staff that’s debatably 3rd best in its division.

  5. Tommets 2 years ago

    If this were for the best trades of the offseason the Nationals would’ve been 1 or 2 with the Fister trade.

    • alexamato 2 years ago

      Easily 1 and 2 with the acquisition of Fister for spare parts and Blevins and cost certainty for a depth outfielder

  6. FS54 2 years ago

    Oakland gets my vote. except the lack of power in his game, Burns seems like a nice leadoff material given his OBP and speed..

    • Natsfan89 2 years ago

      The A’s/Nats trade really was the “best” trade at the Winter Meetings. Both teams acquired something of value by trading from a position of depth. Billy Beane + Mike Rizzo = <3

  7. MaineSkin 2 years ago

    Look at how the BA of Chris Young and JUp dropped immediately upon leaving the DBacks. Goldy needed a guy behind him who can punish SP who attack the zone and Trumbo is that man. His BA gets to .255 and it’s 40+ bombs. Goldy now will be the new Votto ’10 in fantasy. 110-110-30-10-.300

  8. BadBJay 2 years ago

    I nominate the Blue Jays for NO significant deals… none whatsoever. AA took some pointers from “Stand Pat”.

  9. liberalconservative 2 years ago

    D-backs traded away to much for a guy who only has a power game. Angels got a very good haul for Trumbo. Whitesox received a good player for a pitcher that throws junk. Athletics got some young players which they needed. Rockies may have gotten a steal if Anderson stays healthy but if not they lose. Nationals received a solid bullpen peice for a future 4th outfielder on their team. Over all the d-backs are the only one that over valued a player.

    • alexamato 2 years ago

      Agreed 100%. I felt the D-Backs and Marlins were the only two teams who overvalued players

    • Ferrariman 2 years ago

      its also not fair to underestimate a power game either. Instant offense. The dbacks needed another guy like that.

    • ItsThatBriGuy 2 years ago

      The DBacks’ end of this is baffling. I don’t care how many home runs he hits; sticking the modern-day Steve Balboni in left will negate them all and more. Morse-to-SF isn’t even as boneheaded a move.

      • liberalconservative 2 years ago

        Trumbo’s defense is bad but not that bad. The problem is the over paid for Trumbo. Trading 2 players of quality for a out of position 1 dimensional player is not a good move.

  10. Bourjos & Grichuk

  11. alexamato 2 years ago

    I think the Nats won this trade. Now, Blevins is not the reason why. The reasons for me were :
    A) They saved a BOATLOAD of money in the deal by trading away a blocked prospect.
    B) That saved $ will help either bring a bench player, another delivery (via trade, maybe Storen being traded out, Free Agency) or help them resign key players like J.Zimmerman. Solid move by a solid GM

    • FS54 2 years ago

      wait, how did they save money by switching a minor league player with an arb-eligible player?

      • Danny Phillips 2 years ago

        You missed the point.

      • alexamato 2 years ago

        Look at how much guys like Boone Logan and Joe Smith made. Blevins, over 3 years, will cost what 1 of those guys costs annually.

  12. Bertin Lefkovic 2 years ago

    How do Chris Jensen and Drew Pomeranz compare to Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances? Could the Yankees have made a similar offer with these or other prospects in their system like David Phelps and Adam Warren?

    • Guest 2 years ago

      No. The Yankees only acquire players 30 and over.

    • jjs91 2 years ago

      Banueloshas more value than Pomeranz at this point, but haven’t done anything in 2 years but at least one was injured that entire span.

  13. Lord of the Fries 2 years ago

    I put Seattle last.
    Morrison is a sub replacement player who doesn’t walk and plays poor defense, and doesn’t satisfy any clear need for them.
    Capps has an xFIP of 3.65 and his BABIP was .365, so he clearly wasn’t as bad as his numbers look.
    I went with the Angels as #1, as many people seemed to do.

  14. Joe Valenti 2 years ago

    When I saw “The Price of Power” I thought I had missed a David Price move…

  15. Jack Ball 2 years ago

    I don’t know about at the winter meetings but the Nationals pulled the best deal of the off season with their aquisition of Pfister.

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