I've decided to make this a three-part series, mainly because I felt the urge to tweak the three-team trade between the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Twins.
It is still not perfect, so I am free to suggestions and criticism. Tell me what you think.
Minnesota gets: Adrian Beltre, 3B, from Seattle
Cesar Valdez, RHP, from Arizona (Double A Mobile)
Seattle gets: Jeff Manship, RHP, from Minnesota (Double A New Britain)
Luke Hughes, IF, from Minnesota (Double A New Britain)
Bryan Augenstein, RHP, from Arizona (High A Visalia)
Alfredo Marte, OF, from Arizona (Low A Yakima)
Arizona gets: Jeremy Reed, OF, from Seattle
Steve Singleton, 2B, from Minnesota (High A Fort Meyers)
As you can tell, it is much less of a blockbuster trade than I had originally drawn up. I have removed Michael Cuddyer because you guys convinced me that trading him after re-signing him is not the way Minnesota operates. Besides, Cuddyer is a classy guy and a good bat.
I removed Livan Hernanez as well, for two main reasons. The first is because I overestimated his trade value. After talking with a few Diamondback fans, I realized that nobody wanted Hernandez.
The second reason I took him out of this trade is because Minnesota needs him. He would have been replaced with Liriano, but should one of the five starting pitchers get hurt, Minnesota is forced to put someone like Brian Duensing on the mound in these next crucial months.
I also adjusted the trade so Seattle gets four minor leaguers. They are obviously in a rebuilding mode and don't have the biggest need for MLB-ready players. At least, not this year.
Instead, the Mariners get Jeff Manship and Luke Hughes from the Twins, both of whom could potentially be in the majors by 2009 or 2010. Manship is one of the top starting pitchers in the Minnesota organization, and both him and Hughes are top-10 prospects.
Seattle also gets Bryan Augenstein and Alfredo Marte from Arizona. Augenstein is a top prospect and pitched beautifully for the Single-A Silver Hawks, posting a 5-1 record, 2.16 ERA, and an 0.94 WHIP. Marte isn't as special as Augenstein, but at only 19-years old, he has a bunch of potential.
In return, the Diamondbacks receive Jeremy Reed, a 27-year-old outfielder. He is currently hitting .261/.317/.357 through 41 games. He is listed by ESPN as a left fielder, but plays center and right field for the Mariners. He has been a professional baseball player for four-and-a-half years, with a few recent stints in the minors.
He will come on and help a Diamondback outfield that could use another bat.
The Twins obviously get Beltre, but at a lower cost than my last scenario. This time around, Minnesota is only giving up Manship and Hughes, as they acquire arguably the best defensive third baseman in the league.
It was pointed out to me in the comment section of Part One of this series that Beltre will cause more harm than good because of his lack of success against right-handers; which he will be facing the majority of the time.
Beltre currently has a line of .234/.288/.410 against right-handed pitchers. While he is excellent against lefties, this hitting will certainly hurt Minnesota, right?
Yes, but let's look at who is currently at third base: Buscher, Lamb, and Punto. Lamb posts the worst line against right-handers: .243/.279/.309. Albeit, he stinks against right-handers and left-handers alike, but he has a largely similar line to Beltre.
Both Buscher and Punto are doing fine against right-handers at the moment, but does anyone expect either to maintain the current numbers they are putting up?
I also included a straight-up swap with the Diamondbacks. The Twins trade Steve Singleton for Cesar Valdez. I know that Singleton is a good prospect, but the Minnesota organization is in need of more, great pitching. I think Valdez is underrated, despite his 10-3 record with 2.53 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in High-A Visalia.
Minnesota gives up two top-prospects and another lesser prospect, and they get one of the best third basemen in the league and a good pitching prospect in return.
Seattle gives up one of the best third basemen in the league and a good outfielder, and they get three top-prospects and another good prospect in return.
Arizona gives up one top prospect and two other good prospects for a good, major-league outfielder and another good prospect.
Thoughts? Comments? Hate letters? Leave them all in the comment section.