SL2014 Draft Notes - Part 4 - Trades

Who wins on Draft Day trades? It usually isn't answered definitively until much later on, in terms of how the pieces involved were used, how the players involved contributed to a team's success, and in who was sacrificed and who was gained. But there are always early returns, that's what I will speak to today.

Before Greg was up in the 1st, it was Matt's 1st, 2nd, and 7th round picks for Greg's 1st, 2nd, and 12th round picks. Essentially, it allowed Matt to take Kershaw. Greg wrote that he wasn't sure who he wanted in the 4th spot, and Mauer, who he then ended up with as his most important pick in the draft, was someone he considered. Did I mention I likely would have taken Kershaw if he was on the board?

In all it was Mauer-Carpenter-Adam Jones for Kershaw-CarGo-Wellington Castillo. Just looking at those names, I like this for Matt, partly because I have Castillo having great value for when he was taken, for getting a comparable high impact part-timer (i.e., CarGo with just a few less games than Mauer), and for probably getting the best player in the deal, especially now that pitchers are eligible for MVP votes.

This doesn't mean Matt won the deal, though he may have. Greg was afforded a ton of options by gaining the 38 slots in the Jones - Castillo portion of the swap. Having that asset allowed him to make the Allen Craig trade with Chris. Having passed on Kershaw allowed him to better see the vision of holding off on starting pitching until much later in the draft, meaning he could build a deep and strong offense, which Carpenter is huge cog in. But while Mauer is going to be great, catcher I felt was a position of strength (thus why I feel a Castillo selection is of high value). Ultimately, though, I feel Matt does win, but it's certainly not a home run, and my opinion may be tainted by my feelings towards Kershaw.

For the aforementioned Craig deal, Chris had selected Craig to start the 5th, then at Greg's turn in that round he traded Craig, his 7th round pick, and his 9th round pick to Greg for his 5th round pick, 6th round pick and 8th round pick. The impetus of this deal seemed to be Greg wanting Craig for his versatility in fitting in with his offense and multi-positional defense.

The players involved ended up being Craig-YGomes-Stanton for Moss-Desmond-Cobb.

My basic analysis was this was an even deal. Craig was what Greg wanted, and he gave up just 4 slots in the early-middle part of the draft to get him. Chris got a different-but-similar player in Moss, and gained 4 slots allowing him to take the last remaining 14 starter in Cobb. Craig was the best player in the deal, but Chris found someone immediately who filled the void.

The final deal of the draft came about the time I was leaving the office to head to the DMV to pick up my Honda's vehicle sticker. Matt was on the clock for a long time, in turns out because Graham was looking to take the best available 6th immediately after Ken took Buchholz in the 24th. The deal was Graham's 24th, 25th and 26th round picks for Matt's 24th, 26th and 27th round picks (Matt was to lead off the 27th). Essentially Graham got to take Tanner Roark for giving up 8 slots later on.

The players involved were Roark-Wood-Javier Lopez for Hunter-David De La Rosa-Burnett. The best player in the deal was Roark, who as a 6th may never see the mound. The starters swapped were both 5th starters, who given the similarities between these two, may be considered inconsequential in terms of overall trade value. Reliever-wise, Javier Lopez has plusses over De La Rosa, but De La Rosa has innings and an H that Lopez doesn't have. Hunter vs. Roark? Hunter should be better, but if Roark uses his starts, it's probably a slam dunk the other way. In the end, the grade is an incomplete. Perhaps Greg or I lost because we didn't get the chance to take Roark? Though I am pleased to have the 6th I did take the following round, and I was looking at Ichiro in the 24th for a few rounds.