MLB Report Cards: Grading All of the Offseason's Major Trade Acquisitions

Andy VanfossanContributor IMay 2, 2011

MLB Report Cards: Grading All of the Offseason's Major Trade Acquisitions

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24:  Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox hits a single in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 24, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Red Sox won 7-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty I
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    2011 saw aces and all-stars switch leagues as well as teams. Adrian Gonzalez goes from the cash strapped Padres to the cash rich Red Sox. Kansas City shipped off their 2009 Cy Young award winner to the Brewers for more pitching prospects and a shortstop. Some teams cut their "fat" while others became "fatter". We will look at the major deals that took place during the off-season and see how they've panned out for the two teams. We will be looking at the major league players only with regards to the trades.

David DeJesus to the Athletics from the Royals

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 20:  David DeJesus #12 of the Oakland Athletics in action against the Boston Red Sox at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 20, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Oakland gets OF David DeJesus from Kansas City Royals for SP Vin Mazzaro and minor league P Justin Marks

    If Jeff Francoeur isn't having the start he's having, I'd say the Royals really screwed this one up but DeJesus hasn't done much yet in Oakland. He's hitting .232 with eight rbi. The Royals, as you can see above, continue to stock pile young pitching and make that farm system even deeper. Advantage Royals.

Cameron Maybin to the Padres from the Marlins

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 15:  Cameron Maybin #24 of the San Diego Padres singles in the first inning against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 15, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    San Diego Padres acquire OF Cameron Maybin from the Florida Marlins for RHP Edward Mujica and RHP Ryan Webb

    This is another deal that the Padres had to do. Petco isn't a home run hitters park by any means and with the departure of Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres only have Ryan Ludwick as any source of power. Maybin isn't a home run hitter at all but can run a little bit and seems to fit the mold of what the Padres were looking for in an outfielder than maybe the Marlins were. So far this year he has three home runs and six stolen bases. The Padres are more concerned with the six stolen bases as that is how they have to score. It's hard to tell who actually won in this deal.

Dan Uggla to the Braves from the Marlins

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24:  Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves in action against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Atlanta Braves trades INF Omar Infante and LHP Mike Dunn to Florida for 2B Dan Uggla.

    Uggla and the Marlins couldn't come to a contract extension agreement so the Marlins did what they do best, trade away talent. Uggla has averaged over 30 home runs and 100 rbi the past four seasons and is off to a five home run and eight rbi start. His numbers will pick up but adding him to a line up with Heyward and McCann will make the Braves a force in the East. Advantage Braves.

Rajai Davis to the Blue Jays from the Athletics

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08:  Rajai Davis #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Toronto Blue Jays acquire Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics for Dany Farquhar and Trystan Magnuson.

    Davis is a prototypical lead off man. The Blue Jays can score a lot of runs. Looks like the perfect match. I think the Blue Jays actually upgraded in the long run over Wells. They will save a boat load of money and have added speed to a dynamic line-up. His stats don't show it right now (.163 batting average and three stolen bases) but in the long run, I think the Jays did alright.

Clint Barms to the Astros from the Rockies

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Clint Barmes #14 of the Houston Astros poses for a portrait during Spring Training photo Day at Osceola County Stadium  on February 24, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Colorado Rockies trades INF Clint Barmes to Houston Astros for RHP Felipe Paulino.

    Well, there really isn't a whole lot to say with this deal. The Rockies have a surplus in the middle infield and the Astros; well the Astros need a whole lot of things. Besides his break out year in 2009, Barmes hasn't stayed healthy and really hasn't contributed a whole lot. He is just again coming off of a DL stint so he really hasn't gotten enough at bats to see what he can do. This trade, as of now, hasn't really done much for either team.

Ryan Theriot to the Cardinals from the Dodgers

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    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: Shortstop Ryan Theriot #3 of the St Louis Cardinals makes a play against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    St. Louis Cardinals acquires INF Ryan Theriot from the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Blake Hawksworth.

    Never one for much power, the Cardinals were in need of upgrading their middle defense. Theriot has a steady glove and can swipe 20 bases a year. With the Cardinals trading Brendan Ryan to the Mariners, Theriot was a nice pick up for the Red Birds. He has stolen 3 bags this year to go along with eight rbi and four doubles. I think any power they get from Theriot will be gravy when you add him to the line-up with Albert and Holliday. The Cardinals have the advantage so far with this deal.

Shaun Marcum to the Brewers from the Blue Jays

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Shaun Marcum #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch during their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    Toronto Blue Jays acquires 2B Brett Lawrie from Milwaukee for RHP Shaun Marcum.

    Marcum is an average number one guy and will probably slide as low as three when Zach Grienke returns. That being said, he's about the second or third best number three in the National League behind Oswalt and arguably Matt Cain. The Brewers were very busy last off season upgrading their pitching staff (which now has Gallardo as the ace who would become number two) and keeping together their offenses at least for the rest of the year. Marcum has responded with a 3-1 record and a sparkling 2.21 ERA. This has worked out fantastic for Milwaukee and should only get better when Grienke makes his season debut sometime in the next few days.

Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox from the Padres

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21:  Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox hit a tiebreaking one run double in the 11th inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 21, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Red Sox defeated the Ang
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    Boston Red Sox acquire 1B Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego for OF Reymond Fuentes, RHP Casey Kelly, 1B Anthony Rizzo and a player to be named.

    This is the deal that many thought would happen in 2010. The cash strapped Padres, knowing they wouldn't be able to pay Gonzalez what the open market would dictate, decided to be preemptive and trade the all-star first baseman to the Red Sox for "major league ready" talent. I don't care what type of talent you are getting in return, there never will be enough to give up Gonzalez. Gonzalez has made the transition to the American League very smooth. Yes he has hit one home run and has driven in 15 but he does have 10 doubles already and, for fantasy owners, has one stolen base.

    The Red Sox haven't set the world on fire so far this year but the fact the Sox signed Gonzalez to the contract extension has already proven this a winning trade for Bean Town.

Mark Reynolds from the D-Backs to the Orioles

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 10: Mark Reynolds #12 of the Baltimore Orioles at the plate against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 10, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    Baltimore Orioles acquire 3B Mark Reynolds and a player to be named or cash from Arizona for RHP David Hernandez and RHP Kam Mickolio.

    Quietly, the Orioles have made themselves competitive in the beast AL East. They signed free agent Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero and also traded for Mark Reynolds. Reynolds is a feast or famine player. He has an unbelievable amount of strikeouts (204, 223, and 211 the past three seasons) but he also has 28, 44 and 32 home runs over that same time span. So far this year he has two homers and 14 rbi but also has 25 strikeouts so everything has held true to form. I still think this will end up being a good trade for the Orioles as long as Buck Showalter can keep his sanity with all the strikeouts from his third baseman.

J.J. Hardy from the Twins to the Orioles

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 04: Shortstop J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles against the Detroit Tigers during opening day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    Baltimore Orioles acquire SS J.J. Hardy and INF Brendan Harris from Minnesota for RHP Jim Hoey, RHP Brett Jacobson and cash considerations.

    As a Twins fan, I wasn't happy with the trade that sent Hardy to the Orioles. It didn't bother me they threw in Harris as we never was going to crack the starting line-up (until this year). The deal was made for a couple reasons: 1) the Twins thought they had an everyday shortstop in Alexi Casilla (nope) and 2) the Twins needed bull pen help (still do). Hardy was injury prone his one year with Minnesota and outside of his 2007 and 2008 years in Milwaukee, he hasn't done a whole lot. He is hitting .200 this year and is just coming off the DL for a strained oblique. After the way the season has started for the Twins and their middle infield, this is beginning to look, overall, like a good trade for the Orioles.

Jason Bartlett from the Rays to the Padres

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 20: Jason Bartlett #8 of the San Diego Padres takes a swing against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Padres 2-1 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Tampa Bay Rays traded and SS Jason Bartlett to San Diego Padres for RHP Adam Russell, RHP Brandon Gomes, LHP Cesar Ramos and RHP Cole Figueroa.

    Bartlett was traded back to the Padres and filled a need for them at shortstop. He had his career year in 2009 when he batted .320 with 14 home runs and 66 rbi. Since then, he has been average at best. The Padres are trying to definitely win with pitching and defense and those are both something the Padres do well. As for the trade, Bartlett hasn't been setting the world on fire hitting only .222 with four rbi this year. I think, simply because of the pitching, the Rays won this deal but it remains to be seen.

Zack Grienke from the Royals to the Brewers

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 10:  Pitcher Zack Greinke #13  of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on during the spring training baseball game against Colorado Rockies at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Imag
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    Milwaukee Brewers trades SS Alcides Escobar, RHP Jeremy Jeffress and CF Lorenzo Cain to Kansas City for SS Yuniesky Betancourt and RHP Zack Greinke to Milwaukee Brewers

    Pretty simple formula here: Grienke wanted out of Kansas City and the Brewers think this may be the last opportunity to put together a championship ball club before Prince leaves Milwaukee. The other part in this deal is Kansas City continuing to stockpile young talent by trading pieces other teams prize.There really can't be a winner at this point at Grienke hasn't pitched yet this season. On paper though, if he returns to his Cy Young form of 2009, the Brewers will indeed be in the hunt for a championship and Grienke could be that piece that puts them over the top.

Armando Galarraga from the Tigers to the D-Backs

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 12:  Starting pitcher Armando Galarraga #56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the
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    Detroit Tigers traded RHP Armando Galarraga to Arizona Diamondbacks for Kevin Eichorn and Rob Robowski

    Galarraga is 3-2 this year with a 5.45 ERA. This is right in line with his career numbers while in Detroit. The Diamondbacks were looking for some back end rotation pitchers and have one in Galarraga. The Tigers decided to go with a veteran rotation which left Galarraga out. The Diamondbacks have helped themselves so far with this deal.

Mike Napoli to the Rangers from the Blue Jays and the Angels

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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 24:  Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers slides safely into homeplate against the Kansas City Royals in the 6th inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Toronto Blue Jays traded C Mike Napoli to Texas Rangers for cash and RHP Frank Francisco.

    I think the Rangers got a steal on this deal and it's proving to be that way. Napoli is only hitting .245 but has hit six home runs and has 15 rbi. He has averaged over 20 home runs the past three seasons and is well on his way to obtaining that this season. Francisco is a decent relief pitcher but the Rangers saw trade value in him with Feliz taking over as closer last season. Napoli and the Rangers are the winners so far in this deal.

Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays to the Angels

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 22:  Vernon Wells #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts as hits a long fly ball resulting in an out against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Har
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    Vernon Wells to the Angels for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera.

    Huge win for the Jays. Wells has one home run and six rbi this season. Rajai Davis, who the Jays replaced Wells with, is only hitting .209 but has six stolen bases and is considerably cheaper. Wells has been overpaid for a long time now and even if the Jays don't get everything they hope out of Davis, they rid themselves of a horrible contract which will pay dividends down the line. Huge win for the Jays.