Introducing a new addition to the Yankeeholics blog: a Top 10 section. Every single Saturday we will have a top 10 list. This week, we will be covering the TOP 10 TRADES OF THE 2009 REGULAR SEASON. Let’s get to it.
RHP Rafael Betancourt to Rockies
RHP Connor Graham to Indians
Rafael Betancourt is one of the best middle relievers in baseball, and he played a significant role in helping the Rockies to an unlikely playoff berth. His 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings with the Rockies was quite impressive, but the question begs to be asked: was having him for half a year worth giving away a talented prospect to the Indians? Cleveland too will be feeling pretty good about this trade. They had no shot at the playoffs, and Betancourt was probably not going to re-sign with them, so they managed to trade him away for a talented young pitcher in Connor Graham. This trade was a fair one, and it ended up panning out well for both teams, but you get the feeling that the Indians benefited more from this swap.
2B Freddy Sanchez to the Giants
RHP Tim Alderson to the Pirates
In an interesting move by the Pirates, they gave away the talented Freddy Sanchez for the pitching prospect Tim Alderson. This isn’t the last year of Sanchez’s contract; the Giants will benefit from a full season more of him. In the 25 games he played for San Francisco this season, he hit a respectable .284. But in return, the Pirates are picking up “the next big thing” in Tim Alderson. The Giants had no need for him, since they have Lincecum, Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Joe Martinez for the future, but the Pirates will greet him with open arms. This is another fair trade: both teams are getting a quality player.
OF Nyjer Morgan, RHP Sean Burnett to Nationals
OF Lastings Milledge, RHP Joel Hanrahan to Pirates
An unbelievably stupid move by the Pirates. Though they received two
talented players in Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan, they gave up the 29-year old Nyjer Morgan, who has the potential to become one of the best in baseball. In 49 games with the Nats, he hammered .351 and stole 24 bases. As well as this, he is not at the end of his contract, so the Nats will enjoy his services for another season. Though Milledge (.291 in 58 games with the Bucs) and Hanrahan (1.72 ERA over 31.1 innings with Pittsburgh) did quite well, Nyjer Morgan is much more talented than both of them combined, and it is hard to fathom why the Pirates gave him away.
IF-OF Mark DeRosa to Cardinals
RHP Chris Perez, player to be named later to Indians
This is a trade the did not work out for either team, but in the long run, is better for the Indians. It was unlikely the Derosa would re-sign with Cleveland at the end of 2009, so the Indians went ahead and traded him for young pitcher Chris Perez. Perez has a bright future, projected to be a future star closer, but this year he had a 4.32 ERA over 33.1 innings pitched. Not too impressive, but he is a prospect. The Indians will also be receiving a player to be named, who is likely to be a prospect. The Cards on the other hand got nothing out of this trade. They picked up a 34 year old third baseman (who can play many positions) and he struggled, hitting .228 over 68 games in St. Louis. And his contract is up: he is currently a free agent. The Cardinals got nothing out of this trade, and they lost a talented prospect to the Indians.
RHP Ian Snell, SS Jack Wilson to the Mariners
C Jeff Clement, SS Ronny Cedeno, P Aaron Pribanic, P Brett Lorin, P Nathan Adcock to Pirates
A very interesting trade, one in which it is difficult to determine a team that
benefited more. The Pirates gave up two of their stars, in Ian Snell and Jack Wilson, to the Mariners. Neither player is at the end of their contract, so the M’s will get one more year of service out of both of them. Wilson only managed .224 over 31 games with the Mariners, but he will likely do better next year. Snell struggled as well, with a 4.20 ERA over 64.1 innings with Seattle, but he also will probably improve in 2010. In return, the Pirates picked up a host of talents. Jeff Clement is considered one of the best young catchers in baseball, and is considered a HUGE prospect. Cedeno is one of the best defensive shortstops around, and he can hit as well: in 46 games with the Bucs, he hit a respectable .258. If his talent is honed, he could turn into a top class infielder. Nathan Adcock is also considered a pitching prospect. The other two are relatively unknown, and it will be interesting to see how they fare. This trade seems quite even, but we will have to wait and see how it pans out. This is a trade that could influence both ballclubs in a major way.
LHP Scott Kazmir to the Angels
2B Sean Rodriguez, LHP Alex Torres, IF Matt Sweeney to the Rays
Kazmir was struggling HUGE with the Rays (5.92 ERA over 111 innings), so they traded him away for 3 prospects. None of the players the Rays received are particularly talented; Alez Torres and Matt Sweeney are both minor propects, and not much is known about Sean Rodriguez. Scott Kazmir went to Anaheim and dominated: he recorded a 1.73 ERA over 36.1 innings. Kazmir isn’t at the end of his contract either; the Angels will have his services for another season. This trade clearly benefited Anaheim, but you can not blame the Rays for trading away Kazmir when he was struggling so much. Who could have guessed he would heat up so much?
RHP Jake Peavy to the White Sox
P Clayton Richard, P Aaron Poreda, P Adam Russell, P Dexter Carter to the Padres
At the beginning of the season, Jake Peavy said no to going to Chicago; but as the trade deadline grew closer, Peavy agreed to be shipped to the White Sox. He only played very little with them (because of an injury) but when he played, he starred with a 1.35 ERA over 20 innings. His contract has not expired yet either, so he will be pitching for Chicago next season as well. The Padres did not get much in return: Clayton Richards and Adam Poreda are both minor pitching prospects, and the other two are unheard of. This trade clearly favors the White Sox, and the Padres won’t be too pleased with the prospects they got for Jake Peavy.
OF Matt Holliday to Cardinals
3B Brett Wallace, P Clayton Mortenson, OF Shane Peterson to Athletics
Oakland knew that there was no chance that Matt Holliday would re-sign with
them at the end of this season, so they gave him to the Cardinals. In exchange, they picked up a MASSIVE prospect in Brett Wallace, who is projected to be the next Evan Longoria. The acquiring of Brett Wallace makes this trade an excellent one for Oakland. This trade also worked quite well for St. Louis. Holliday gave Pujols some protection in the lineup, while slugging .353 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 63 games with the Cardinals. He helped the Cards get to the playoffs, but once there, he made a crucial error in Game 3 of the NLDS that lost the game for his team. He most probably will not re-sign with St. Louis, and though he excelled in the regular season with them, the Cardinals had to give up their biggest prospect just to get half a season from Holliday, who could not slug the Cardinals into the World Series. This trade favors the Athletics.
1B/C Victor Martinez to the Red Sox
RHP Justin Masterson, P Nick Hagadone, P Bryan Price to the Indians
The Red Sox reaped huge rewards from this trade. They picked up the talented 31-year old Victor Martinez to takes over Jason Varitek’s spot in the lineup, and he worked wonders: V-Mart slugged .336 with 8 homers and 41 RBIs in 56 games for the Sox. Brilliant for any player, espacially a catcher. He also has a year left in his contract, so he will be catching for Boston in 2010. The trade doesn’t make much sense for Cleveland: they traded away a brilliant catcher with a year left in his contract, who probably would have re-signed with Cleveland after the 2010 season (since he publicly announced he was sad and disappointed to be leaving the Indians). They didn’t get much in return; Justin Masterson can be good if his talent is harnessed, but he struggled in 2009 with a 4.55 ERA over 57.1 innings pitched with Cleveland. The other two are unheard of, and this trade helps the Indians in now way at all. On the other hand, the Sox picked up a high quality player without giving anybody important away.
LHP Cliff Lee, OF Ben Francisco to the Phillies
RHP Jason Knapp, RHP Carlos Carrasco, SS Jason Donald, C Lou Marson to the Indians
According to us, the Cliff Lee trade was the biggest trade of the 2009 season.
Another debatable move from the Indians, since Cliff Lee has a year left in his contract; but all the better for Philadelphia, who will have Lee in their starting rotation in 2010. He was brilliant for the Phillies this year; he had a respectable 3.39 ERA over 79.2 innings with Philadelphia in the regular season, and in the playoffs, he was brilliant, sporting a 1.56 ERA over 40.1 innings. Without him, the Phillies might not have got to the World Series at all. Ben Francisco wasn’t too shabby either: in 37 games with the Phillies, he hit .278, and he has a year left in his contract as well. In return, the Indians got talented pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who is quite a prospect, but other than him, they acquired no one of note. So that is why, mainly because of playoff brilliance, the Cliff Lee trade was the most important one of the 2009 regular season.
There were a couple other major trades that could not make this list: Jeff Franceour went to the Mets, Yuniesky Betancourt went to the Royals, Felipe Lopez went to the Brewers, Tom Gorzenally went to the Cubs, Jarod Washburn went to the Tigers, Orlando Cabrera went to the Twins, Nate McClouth went to the Braves, and Scott Rolen went to the Reds. Though these were all significant trades, they were not important enough to make our list.
And that will wrap up our first ever Top 10 list! Tune in next Saturday for another another Top 10 article. Do you have questions, comments, or disagreements? Feel free to leave us a comment!
Well the award season is over and we have many deserving winners and many non-deserving winners as well. We will quickly go through all of the winners and tell you why they won it.
So, let’s get started!
Most Valuable Player: AL: Joe Mauer, NL: Albert Pujols
Joe Mauer had an amazing season. He led the league in batting average, slugging, on-base percentage, and on-base+slugging. Do I need to say more?
King Albert is amazing. He hit 30 homers in the first half of the year and ended with 47. He was an early favorite to get a triple crown. See why he deserved it?
CY Young Award: AL: Zack Grienke, NL: Tim Lincecum
Zack Grienke’s ERA was under 2.30 and he had 216 strikeouts. Enough said. It is an obvious winner
Did Tim Lincecum deserve the CY Young? Well we don’t know and we don’t think so but this is something we can allllllll agree on. He had a very good season. 262 K’s and an ERA under 3. Pretty dang good for someone who does something illegal.
Rookie of the Year: AL: Andrew Bailey, NL: Chris Coghlan
In the NL Coghlan would be the unanimous choice if not for JA Happ or Tommy Hanson. Chris Coghlan had the most hits after the all star break with 100+ hit. He hit .321 as well which led all NL outfielders. Not impressed? Well you should be.
In the AL Andrew Bailey shined from the ninth inning role with 26 saves in 30 chances. He had an ERA of 1.84 and got 6 wins from that closer spot. Pretty good for someone in his first season ever.
Manager of the Year: AL: Mike Scioscia, NL: Jim Tracy
In the AL Mike Scioscia won Manager of the Year because of how he managed his team after the tragic death of rookie Nick Adhenhart. After coming off of this sad, sad event Mike Scioscia managed his team to the ALCS.
When Jim Tracy became the Rockies manager, everybody thought they were gone. At the end of the year, the Rockies were in the playoffs.
Comeback player of the Year: AL: Aaron Hill, NL: Chris Carpenter
In the AL Aaron Hill went to the All Star game and won a silver slugger. What more can you ask for right? But he was coming back from a season ending concussion!
In the NL Chris Carpenter had an injury plagued 2008 and in 2009 he finished 2nd in the CY Young award ballot but really should have won it.
Delivery man of the year: Our very own Mariano Rivera is the DHL Delivery man of the year because he had the best ERA out of closers and had 42 saves and blew only 2. He is automatic.
AL and NL
C: Joe Mauer and Brian McCann
1B: Mark Teixeira and Albert Pujols
2B: Aaron Hill and Chase Utley
3B: Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman
SS: Derek Jeter and Hanley Ramirez
OF: Torii Hunter and Ryan Braun
OF: Ichiro and Andre Ethier
OF: Jason Bay and Matt Kemp
DH/P: Adam Lind and Carlos Zambrano
All these guys had fantastic, amazing seasons when it came to hitting. The guys who didn’t hit .300 had 30 homers. And the guys that didn’t have 30 homers had an average over .300. (Except Zambrano) See what I mean?
AL and NL
C: Joe Mauer and Yadier Molina
1B: Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez
2B: Placido Polanco and Orlando Hudson
3B: Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman
SS: Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins
OF: Ichiro and Matt Kemp
OF: Adam Jones and Michael Bourn
OF: Torii Hunter and Shane Victorino
P: Mark Buehrle and Adam Wainwright
These guys kept making web gem after web gem. If it is Torii Hunter robbing a homer to Adrain Gonzalez covering home on a play that seemed impossible. But web gems weren’t everything of course. They all didn’t make errors when it seemed to matter the most. They made the big play when they mattered most.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you. All these guys deserved what they got. Most of them anyways…
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Who will win
the CY? Carp, Wainwright, or the guy who smoked?
The yearly award races heat up and one of the most heated is
the NL CY Young. The candidates are Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, or Tim
Adam Wainwright: 19-8,
233.0 IP, 2.63 ERA, 212 K’s
Wainwright is a big candidate for the 09 CY Young mainly because of his 19
wins, low ERA, 212 K’s, and the fact he led the lead in innings with 233.
Wainwright did have a good offense behind him with King Albert, Ryan Ludwick,
and Matt Holliday. That will probably effect his chances of winning.
Chris Carpenter: 17-4, .810 W-L%, 2.24 ERA
Carpenter had an injury filled 2008 and came back with an amazing 2009. He had
the league’s lowest ERA and the best win percentage. Carpenter was on the same
team as Wainwright and had the same offensive punch behind him. But Carpenter
has a good chance to win the 2009 NL CY Young award.
Tim Lincecum: 15-7,
262 K’s, 2.48 ERA, 4 CG
Lincecum followed up his CY Young 2008 with a strong 2009 season. He lead the
league in K’s and was tied for the league lead in complete games. He has a good
chance (not as good as Wainwright and Carpenter) to win back to back CY’s. And
Lincecum did not get as good run support as the Cards duo because he was on the
Giants who had Pablo Sandoval and that was about it.
Soooooo who will win the NL CY Young this year? Will it be Chris Carpenter
coming back from an injury-destroyed 2008? Will it be Adam Wainwright coming
off a down year? Or will it be Tim Lincecum following up his amazing 08 with a
CY Young worthy 2009? You have seen the stats, now you will see what we think.
We, the YANKEEHOLICS, predict that
will win the 2009 NL CY Young award because he bounced back from an
injury plague 2008 in which he made only 19 starts all year. This year he made
34 and for the first time in his career and was better than both Lincecum and
Carpenter. His ERA was under 3. He was a workhorse pitching 233 innings (leading
the league) coming back from a year he pitched 99 less. Wainwright had 200 +
strikeouts for the first time in his career obliterating his old career high of
136 K’s. Only 66 of the 970 batters faced reached base via base on balls. He
had allowed a ******* .7 homeruns
per inning. Pure dominance. He allowed less than 1 hit per inning allowing 216
hits, which may seem like a lot, but you have to remember it was in 233
innings. See why Adam Wainwright is the YANKEEHOLICS favorite to win the CY
Young? Well if you don’t you are either a Giants fan, a Tim Lincecum fan (is
that even possible anymore?), a cubs fan, or
someone who just hate Adam Wainwright for no absolute reason (which means you
are prejudice.) If you agree/disagree please free to comment and tell us why (I
don’t want to be reading any stupid comments from you Giants and Cubs fans).
PS: This post was made before the NL CY Young was announced.
Well we know CC Sabathia can’t win the NL CY Young award but these guys can.
The Top Dogs
Adam Wainwright: 19-8, 233.0 IP, 2.63 ERA, 212 K’s
Wainwright had a really nice season. He led the NL in wins and in innings pitched. Along with that a Gold Glove. He is clearly a candidate for NL CY Young
Chris Carpenter: 17-4, .810 W-L%, 2.24 ERA,
Another Cardinal for CY Young? Why couldn’t it be like this with CC and AJ? Carpenter led the NL in win percentage and ERA and was 17-4 in only 28 starts. He didn’t reach 200 innings and didn’t reach 20 starts because of injuries. This might be the only reason why he might not win the CY this year
Tim Lincecum: 15-7, 262 K’s, 2.48 ERA, 4 CG,
Well, at least it isn’t a Cardinal. Tim Lincecum had a very good season last year and follows that up with another strong season. Lincecum led the league with 4 complete games and 262 strikeouts. And remember, marijuana is not the same as steroids.
Javier Vazquez: 15-10, 2.87 ERA, 238 K’s
Vazquez had a very nice season to start his Atlanta Braves career. Vazquez’s transition to the NL was lucky for him because he was horrible in his last year in Chicago he need to face one less hitter (pitcher). Overall Javy Vazquez (the former Yankee) had a great season.
Matt Cain: 14-8, 2.89 ERA, 4 CG, 171 K’s
Cain was finally happy to get some run support as it helped. The 2009 all-star tied with his teammate (Tim Lincecum) for the most complete games in the NL. He had a dazzling 2.89 ERA which is enough for me to say that he had a really good season.
Josh Johnson: 15-5, 3.23 ERA, 209 IP, 191 K’s
Josh Johnson had a fantastic season after his injury plagued 2007 and 2008 in which he made just 18 starts combined. Johnson had a .750 winning percentage and a good 3.23 ERA. And I want to remind you; he got Tommy John surgery 1 and a half years ago.
So those were the NL CY Young candidates. If you think we forgot anybody just feel free to comment and tell us who and why they would be a CY Young candidate.
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Say it ain’t so Tim…
All the people from San Francisco who like the Giants had
finally thought they had a good player to look up to and be proud of having on
the team sorta like Derek Jeter. That man was Tim Lincecum for the Giants. But now when you say Tim Lincecum’s name
here is what would happen. An adult would curse and a kid would cry. Most of
you bloggers know why. But for you guys who don’t, Mr. Lincecum was caught
speeding and then the police officer smelled something. He searched Tim’s car
and what did he find? A pot pipe. Yes a pot pipe (for all you people that don’t
know what pot is, it is marijuana. For all you people that don’t know what
marijuana is, start listening in school.) So Tim Lincecum will be fined $622
for having 40 grams of marijuana for personal use. Say it ain’t so Tim, say it