Adam Jones to the Orioles and 12 Most Lopsided Trades Since 2000
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Orioles are nearing a six-year, $85.5 million extension with star center fielder Adam Jones.
The 26-year-old is in his fifth season with the Orioles after coming over in an offseason trade with the Mariners. He has gotten progressively better each season in Baltimore and is a legitimate MVP candidate so far this season.
With the lopsided deal the Orioles pulled off to acquire him in mind, here's a look at the 10 most lopsided trades since 2000.
Adam Jones from Seattle Mariners to Baltimore Orioles
Date: February 8th, 2008
Orioles: CF Adam Jones, SP Chris Tillman, RP George Sherrill, RP Kameron Mickolio, SP Tony Butler
Jones entered the 2007 season at the No. 28 prospect according to Baseball America, and he lived up to the hype with a .314 BA, 25 HR, 84 RBI season as a 21-year-old at Triple-A. He was undoubtedly the marquee prospect of the package, and the Mariners were well aware of what they were giving up when they traded him.
Tillman was also a highly regarded prospect, and he spent parts of each of the last three seasons in the Orioles rotation, going a combined 7-15 with a 5.58 ERA in 36 starts. He's still just 24 years old, but his window in Baltimore may be closing.
As far as immediate impact for the Orioles, Sherrill stepped into the closer's role and made the All-Star team in 2008 when he saved 31 games.
Mariners: SP Erik Bedard
It was never a question of talent with Bedard, but health as he has battled injuries throughout his career. Because of that, the Orioles decided to sell high with Bedard coming off the best season of his career in 2007, when he went 13-5, 3.16 ERA, 221 Ks to finish fifth in AL Cy Young voting.
He pitched effectively when healthy for the Mariners but managed just 15 starts each in 2008 and 2009 before missing the entire 2010 season with a torn labrum.
Carlos Santana from Los Angeles Dodgers to Cleveland Indians
Date: July 26, 2008
Indians: C/1B Carlos Santana, RP Jon Meloan
Ranked as the 10th-best prospect in baseball heading into the 2008 season, Santana was hitting .323 BA, 14 HR, 96 RBI at the time of the deal and was still just 22 years old. He has given the Indians a middle-of-the-order presence for years to come, whether he stays behind the plate or winds up at first base.
Dodgers: 3B Casey Blake, Cash
Acquired to replace slumping rookies Blake DeWitt and Andy LaRoche, Blake hit .251 BA, 10 HR, 23 RBI in 58 games with the Dodgers in 2008, helping them reach the NLCS. He re-signed on a three-year, $17.5 million deal in the offseason and compiled a 9.7 WAR over the three-year span.
Andre Ethier from Oakland A's to Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Dec. 13, 2005
Dodgers: RF Andre Ethier
Taken in the second round of the 2003 MLB draft, Ethier was the 89th overall prospect heading into the 2006 season after a .317 BA, 18 HR, 82 RBI season the previous season between Double-A and Triple-A.
After 25 games at Triple-A, he was called up to the Dodgers and went on to hit .308 BA, 11 HR, 55 RBI and finish fifth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He has since become one of the best hitters in the NL and has been an All-Star in back-to-back seasons.
Athletics: RF Milton Bradley, UT Antonio Perez
Looking to win now, the Athletics were in need of an outfielder heading into 2006 with Bobby Kielty gone, and they made a deal for Milton Bradley of the Dodgers. He was coming off a .290 BA, 13 HR, 38 RBI season and had proven to be injury-prone but had also shown terrific on-base skills and was an impact bat when healthy.
Michael Young from Toronto Blue Jays to Texas Rangers
Date: July 19, 2000
Rangers: SS Michael Young, RP Darwin Cubillan
For the Rangers, Michael Young stepped into a utility role in his first three seasons with the team before settling into the starting second base role in 2003. That season, he began a string of five straight .300 BA, 200 hit seasons as he's one of the best contact hitters of recent years, and perhaps, the greatest Rangers player of all time.
Blue Jays: SP Esteban Loaiza
With a 44-45 record through five-and-a-half seasons, Esteban Loaiza was little more than a bottom-of-the-rotation starter. He would go 25-28 with a 4.96 ERA in three seasons with the Blue Jays before he left in free agency and won 21 games with the White Sox the following season.
Carlos Gonzalez from Oakland Athletics to Colorado Rockies
Date: Nov. 10, 2008
Rockies: CF Carlos Gonzalez, CP Huston Street, SP Greg Smith
Replacing someone like Holliday is never easy, but the Rockies struck gold when they acquired Carlos Gonzalez as he exploded for a monster season in 2010 and earned a big extension through 2017.
Street, a former first-round pick and AL Rookie of the Year, has stepped into the closer's role for the Rockies and saved 84 games in three seasons while posting a 3.50 ERA.
Athletics: LF Matt Holliday
Following a fantastic five-year stretch, the Rockies made Matt Holliday available, and the Athletics put together a package they could not turn down. However, he spent just 93 games with the A's before being dealt again to the Cardinals as the Athletics gave up far more than they should have for a player they wound up flipping.
Jose Bautista from Pittsburgh Pirates to Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Aug. 21, 2008
Blue Jays: OF/3B Jose Bautista
From 2006-2008, Bautista served as the Pirates primary utility player, averaging 434 at bats per season and showing decent run production skills given his position as he averaged 15 HR and 56 RBI.
It was much of the same in his first full season with the Blue Jays, as he hit .235 BA, 13 HR, 40 RBI in a similar role. However, something clicked in 2010 and at the age of 29 Bautista was suddenly the most feared slugger in baseball.
He hit 54 HR with 124 RBI that season, and followed it up with a .302 BA, 43 HR, 103 RBI season last year. He's off to a slow start this season, but still has 12 HR and 29 RBI as he has brought new meaning to the term late-bloomer.
Pirates: C Robinzon Diaz
Originally dealt for a player to be named, Diaz became that player four days later.
He spent some time as the Pirates backup catcher in 2009, hitting .279 BA, 1 HR, 19 RBI, but he has not seen the big leagues since. He spent time in the Tigers and Rangers organizations and is now in Triple-A for the Angels.
Adam Wainwright from Atlanta Braves to St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Dec. 13, 2003
Cardinals: SP Adam Wainwright, SP Jason Marquis, RP Ray King
Marquis was the first to make an impact for the Cardinals, as he joined the rotation immediately and went 15-7 with a 3.71 ERA. In total, he went 42-37 with a 4.60 ERA in three seasons before signing with the Cubs in free agency.
King was already an established reliever at the time of the trade but became the go-to lefty specialist of the Cardinals, appearing in 163 games in two seasons and posting a 2.91 ERA.
Wainwright was the true prospect haul of the trade though, as he was just 23 at the time of the deal and a very highly touted prospect. He was began his career as a reliever in 2006 and served as the Cardinals closer in the postseason on their way to a World Series title.
He then joined the rotation the next season and went 64-34 with a 2.93 ERA in his first four seasons in the rotation. He missed all of last season with an arm injury, and he's slowly rounding back into form this year.
Braves: RF JD Drew, UT Eli Marrero
In need of a power bat to replace Gary Sheffield in right field, the Braves packaged some impressive young pitchers to the Cardinals for 27-year-old J.D. Drew who had been very productive in six seasons in St. Louis.
He had the best season of his career in his one season in Atlanta, hitting .305 BA, 31 HR, 93 RBI and finishing sixth in MVP voting before heading to the Dodgers in free agency.
Marrero was more than just a throw-in as well, as he hit .320 BA, 10 HR, 40 RBI as the Braves top bat off the bench. He was traded to the Royals after one season.
Adrian Gonzalez from Texas Rangers to San Diego Padres
Date: Jan. 6, 2006
Padres: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, SP Chris Young, OF Terrmel Sledge
A former No. 1 overall pick, Adrian Gonzalez spent time with two teams before finally finding a home with the Padres. In five seasons with the team, he averaged a line of .288 BA, 32 HR, 100 RBI before being traded to the Red Sox for a package or prospects that could one day crack this list.
Chris Young was 27 years old at the time of the trade and coming off his first full season in the Rangers rotation. He spent five seasons in San Diego, going 33-25 with a 3.60 ERA.
Rangers: SP Adam Eaton, RP Akinori Otsuka, C Billy Killian
After winning 11 games in back-to-back seasons, Adam Eaton had established himself as a serviceable starter by the time he was dealt to the Rangers but spent just one unimpressive season with the team before leaving in free agency.
The bigger acquisition was Akinori Otsuka, who stepped into the Rangers closer role and saved 32 games with a 2.11 ERA in his first season with the team. He served as a setup man the next season before going back to Japan.
Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano from San Francisco Giants to Minnesota Twins
Date: Nov. 14, 2003
Twins: CP Joe Nathan, SP Francisco Liriano, SP Boof Bonser
At the time of the trade, Nathan was a 28-year-old reliever who was coming off a season in which he made 78 appearances and went 12-4 with a 2.96 ERA as a middle reliever. Upon his arrival in Minnesota, he was immediately made closer, and he saved 44 games in his first season and 260 games with a 2.16 ERA in total over his seven seasons with the team.
Liriano was the big prospect of the deal, and he went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA as a 22-year-old rookie as he took baseball by storm. He underwent Tommy John surgery the following season though and has been up-and-down since then.
Giants: C A.J. Pierzynski, Cash
With Joe Mauer ready to go, the Twins made A.J. Pierzynski available and coming off a .312 BA, 11 HR, 74 RBI season, he was in demand. The Giants pulled the trigger on a big deal, and he had another solid season hitting .272 BA, 11 HR, 72 RBI but got into it with teammates and coaches and ended up being released as the trade turned out to be a disaster.
Josh Hamilton from Cincinnati Reds to Texas Rangers
Date: Dec. 21, 2007
Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton
After a well-documented battle with drugs and alcohol, former No. 1 overall pick Hamilton finally made his big league debut with the Reds in 2007, hitting .292 BA, 19 HR, 47 RBI over 298 at bats.
The Reds attempted to sell high, but missed badly as Hamilton erupted the following season in his first year with the Rangers, hitting .304 BA, 32 HR, 130 RBI and while he has battled injuries he has emerged as one of the best players in all of baseball since coming to Texas.
Reds: SP Edinson Volquez, RP Danny Herrera
Volquez put together a fantastic 2007 season in the minors, going 16-4 with a 3.67 ERA and 10.3 K/9 as a 23-year-old over three different levels. He was even better in his first season with the Reds, going 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA and 206 strikeouts.
While it looked as though both teams benefited early on, Volquez was never matched his 2008 numbers as injuries limited him to just 41 starts over the next three seasons as he went 13-12 with a 5.01 ERA. He was dealt to the Padres as part of the Mat Latos deal in the offseason.
Herrera looked to be a solid pickup too, appearing in 70 games in 2009 and posting a 3.06 ERA, but he has bounced around since.
Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore from Montreal Expos to Cleveland Indians
Date: June 27, 2002
Indians: CF Grady Sizemore, SP Cliff Lee, 2B Brandon Phillips, 1B Lee Stevens
The Expos paid dearly for Colon, sending their three top prospects over in the deal. Sizemore, who was still in the low levels of the minors was only beginning to tap into his potential, would become the Indians center fielder and face of the franchise as a 30-30 threat before injuries derailed his career.
Phillips, ranked as the team's top prospect and No. 7 overall prospect in baseball, never quite caught on in Cleveland and was sent to the Reds for reliever Jeff Stevens in 2006 in a trade that could also be included on this list.
Lee was perhaps the most successful of the group with the Indians, as he won 83 games in eight seasons and went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA in 2008 to win AL Cy Young. He was eventually traded to the Phillies for a trio of prospects who are beginning to make an impact with the Indians now.
Expos: SP Bartolo Colon, P Tim Drew
Coming off a 68-94 season the previous year, the Expos found themselves just 6.5 games out of first place and decided to make a serious push for the playoffs. They moved three of their top prospects and acquired the top arm on the market in Bartolo Colon from the Indians.
He went 10-4 in his 17 starts with a 3.31 ERA, but the team fell off badly and finished 12.5 games out of the Wild Card. Colon was traded in the offseason to the White Sox for Orlando Hernandez and a pair of prospects.
Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andrus from Atlanta Braves to Texas Rangers
Date: July 31, 2007
Rangers: CP Neftali Feliz, SS Elvis Andrus, SP Matt Harrison, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, RP Beau Jones
This trade is a big reason why the Rangers have won back-to-back AL pennants as it gave them three key contributors.
A top starting pitching prospect, Neftali Feliz was shifted to the closer's role for the 2010 season as he opened his rookie year in the bullpen. He went on to make the All-Star team and won AL Rookie of the Year with a whopping 40 saves. In two seasons as the stopper, he had 72 saves and a 2.73 ERA, and he has since been moved to the rotation.
Andrus, a slick-fielding shortstop whose offense was a question mark at the time of the trade, has been a staple at shortstop since 2009. His rookie season, he hit .267 and stole 33 bases while playing superb defense to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting, and he has only gotten better since.
Harrison joined the Rangers rotation midway through the 2008 season but truly broke out last season when he went 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA, and he should be a solid bottom-of-the-rotation guy for the next several year.
Perhaps, the biggest prospect in the trade at the time though was Saltalamacchia, as he was a Top-50 prospect in 2006 and 2007. While he was never able to catch on in Texas, he has turned into a solid all-around backstop in Boston and is in the middle of the best season of his career this year.
Braves: 1B Mark Teixeira, RP Ron Mahay
In the midst of a playoff push, the Braves decided to go for it and dealt a handful of their top prospects for Rangers slugger Mark Teixeira. He went on to hit .317 BA, 17 HR, 56 RBI in just 54 games, but in the end the Braves did not make the postseason. He was traded midway through the next season to the Angels for first base prospect Casey Kotchman.