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A’s trade Holliday to Cards

Today, Oakland traded outfielder Matt Holliday to St. Louis for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson. Erik at BtBS analyses the deal, and likes it from the A’s perspective. Holliday is a very good player, but he’s only under club-control through the end of this season.

Sanchez no hits the Padres

9 innings, 0 hits, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts, 1 ROE

The error, which prevented the perfect game, was a tough play at third base for Juan Uribe – an all-or-nothing attempt off the bat of Chase Headley. Otherwise, Sanchez was perfect. What’s remarkable about this performance is Sanchez’s control. He has a career bb/9 of 4.84, and that number sits at 5.94 this season.

Also for his career, he’s pitched 18.4 pitches per inning. That’s like 165 for 9 innings. Tonight’s start took him just 100 pitches. The guy was just on. Locating well. Breaking stuff was extra sharp.

For the Padres, what does this mean? Not too much. This is a bad club, and their performance the rest of the way, as a team, is really quite irrelevant. It’s easy to say that this is the low-point of the season, but I have a feeling we’ll be saying that a few more times throughout the year. Yeah, the offense isn’t good and neither is the pitching.

The rest of the season, as I see it, is almost solely for evaluating players for 2010 and beyond. With that in mind, it wasn’t that hard to watch Sanchez, with his dad in attendance, complete his improbable no hit, no walk game.

Couple of trades in MLB

Two trades were made today.

The M’s traded Yuniesky Betancourt to the Royals for two minor league pitchers, Danny Cortes and Derrick Saito. Baseball America has Cortes rated as the third best prospect in the Royals’ system in their ‘09 Handbook, saying he has “the ingredients to become a frontline starter.” Saito doesn’t appear in the top 30. Cortes, the prize in the deal, has taken a bit of a step back this year in AA, with a 58 strikeouts and 50 walks in 80 innings. However, he is still a somewhat promising prospect.

The point is, he’s somebody. And I don’t think you trade someone of potential value for Yuni Betancourt.  Betancourt has been worth a total of 3.3 WAR in his 2206 MLB plate appearances. That’s like .9 WAR for a full season (600 PA), or not very good. Since the start of the 2008 season, he’s –.5 WAR, so he’s trending downwards after two serviceable seasons in ‘06 and ‘07. He’s a guy who, at best, is probably like a 1 WAR player. More likely, he’s not even that good.

Betancourt makes $3 million next year, $4 million in 2011, and he has a $6 million option for 2012 (with a $2 mil. buyout). There’s a pretty good chance he won’t be worth that much. This isn’t a terrible, franchise crippling trade or anything like that, but I’d definitely give a win to the Mariners on this one (and a subsequent “loss” to the Royals). And I’m generally very hesitant in declaring winners and losers on trades.

In the other trade, the Mets acquire cash (and Jeff Francoeur) for outfielder Ryan Church. Church, who is arbitration eligible for the next two seasons, is a pretty decent ballplayer. He’s probably on the good side of average if you give him an everyday job. In a platoon situation, he’s probably better than that (though, he loses value for not playing daily).

Francoeur is also under team control through the 2011 season. He is, quite simply, not as good as Church. Over the past two seasons, he’s been two wins below replacement level. Sure, he’s had a couple of fine seasons in the past, and he undoubtedly has some athletic ability, but the guy has been awful of late. He probably has more upside than Church, but more than likely Church will be the more valuable player in this trade. Nice pickup for the Braves.

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