Trade Deadline 2014 — The Big Need … and the Menu

00a00889634734_0c9772e480_z== First in an occasional series as the Trade Deadline nears ==

NEED: Right-handed hitter who can play in the outfield.

Sorry to the Oregon State fans, but Cole Gillespie and Stefen Romero have identical .324 slugging percentages.  Not really corner-outfielder stuff.

Switch-hitting Abe Almonte got Penciled in for April, but he’s been Penciled out since.  And the notion of switch-hitting Nick Franklin in the outfield seems to have been quietly dropped.  (Maybe because he’s not that great RH anyway.)

Willie Bloomquist?  The question answers itself.

So lefties James Jones and Endy Chavez end up with the playing time by default. (Joining incumbent lefties Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley.)

Yes, Corey Hart is on his way, and can displace John Buck (.289 SLG) or Bloomie at DH, but he won’t be in the outfield any time soon.  If at all.

So that doesn’t answer the problem of essentially all of your outfielders being left-handed, plus your second baseman, your third baseman, your shortstop, and — now that Logan Morrison has “Pipped” his way in — your first baseman too.

[Sure, Ty Kelly may be an answer, but I’ve said elsewhere that he doesn’t have the hallmarks of an MLB impact player.]

This is what you call a bona fide “area of need.”

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THE MENU: Not as long as you’d think.

We were able to find all the RH-hitting outfielders with at least 150 plate appearances in 2014.  Then we found the ones on teams that are at least 7 games out of the Wild Card.  That left us with 20.  They’re sorted by OPS, and where they had at least 75 PAs vs. LHP, I’ve added that as well:

PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS vs. LH
A.J. Pollock ARI 177 56 16 4 6 15 8 1 12 36 0.316 0.366 0.554 0.920
Josh Willingham MIN 123 29 4 1 7 23 0 0 26 38 0.236 0.382 0.455 0.837
Marlon Byrd PHI 314 85 19 2 16 49 1 0 22 96 0.271 0.324 0.497 0.820 0.939
George Springer HOU 252 61 8 1 16 43 3 2 34 96 0.242 0.348 0.472 0.820 0.736
Drew Stubbs COL 191 56 12 2 6 20 9 2 13 59 0.293 0.333 0.471 0.805 1.023
Alex Rios TEX 314 95 16 8 3 34 13 8 17 60 0.303 0.334 0.433 0.767 1.121
Juan Lagares NYM 176 51 11 2 2 18 1 3 9 45 0.290 0.328 0.409 0.737
Desmond Jennings TB 307 74 19 1 7 21 12 6 37 74 0.241 0.333 0.378 0.711 0.833
Cameron Maybin SD 150 40 11 3 1 7 2 1 9 28 0.267 0.308 0.400 0.708
Brandon Barnes COL 161 42 10 2 3 12 4 2 10 53 0.261 0.304 0.404 0.708
Dayan Viciedo CHW 298 73 18 2 9 29 0 0 21 65 0.245 0.298 0.409 0.708 0.745
Jonny Gomes BOS 166 39 6 0 5 27 0 0 23 55 0.235 0.335 0.361 0.696 0.870
Wil Myers TB 198 45 10 0 5 25 3 1 25 52 0.227 0.313 0.354 0.666
Junior Lake CHC 237 54 10 2 9 25 7 2 10 87 0.228 0.257 0.401 0.658
Chris Colabello MIN 151 35 10 0 4 30 0 2 9 50 0.232 0.280 0.377 0.657
Chris Denorfia SD 192 48 9 3 1 15 7 0 14 34 0.250 0.301 0.344 0.645
Chris Young NYM 201 40 8 0 7 23 7 3 18 44 0.199 0.276 0.343 0.619
Aaron Hicks MIN 126 25 5 0 1 9 2 1 27 42 0.198 0.338 0.262 0.600
Michael Choice TEX 189 34 4 0 8 28 1 0 19 48 0.180 0.252 0.328 0.580
Cody Ross ARI 142 31 4 0 1 8 0 0 9 31 0.218 0.270 0.268 0.537

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Clearly most at the bottom of the list aren’t any better than Romero (who would be near the bottom if he were on it).  And a bunch are not going to be traded (for example, George Springer — another guy Seattle could have had instead of Danny Hultzen, by the way).

And there are probably a few guys from contenders who could get moved under special circumstances.  Matt Kemp?  Allen Craig?

I assume we’ll be coming back to this list plenty as July wears on.  But, for now, have at it.

 

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7 thoughts on “Trade Deadline 2014 — The Big Need … and the Menu

  1. If it were Bill Bavasi making the call, we’d see Carp and Gomes coming over from the Red Sox for, say, Franklin and Blash.

  2. The main questions here seem to be how concerned are you with the power, age and length of control?

    Pollock looks like he’s turning into that guy but his minors stats don’t look like a guy that ever would. Too soon to say I think but he hasn’t been slugging very long anyway.

    All the high SLG guys there have either not been doing so very long or have been doing so long enough that in either case I question how much longer.

    No names I love there (that are at all likely) but plenty I’d be happy with. Hearing any of the first 13 were acquired would make me at least initially happy on that end of the transaction anyway. Picking the right RH hitter is not an easy thing for this team though.

  3. Pollock, Byrd or Willingham would be nice to have. How nice would depend on the cost. With some of our dormant bats seemingly coming to life the level of need is a little ambiguous at this point but that should clarify before the trade deadline.

  4. That AJ Pollock is an interesting idea. Not the heaviest slugger, but looks like he can put the ball in play, keep rallies going, has good speed and excellent defense. I bet we could put together an attractive package that could help the Snakes rebuild quickly – pitching, some hitting, etc. Kind of like Detroit did to get Fister from us – except our stuff would be better.

    But something like Franklin for Pollack would be a good place to start. Would you do Franklin and Ackley?

  5. Give me two of Byrd, Rios and Viciedo…. and I will be happy 🙂

    Blockbusters for Price and Zobrist are fun to talk about, but will gut the system and I am not so sure I want to pay for Price when Paxton/Elias/Walker may be just as good and cheap and here for 6 years…

    Ackley and Franklin (Or whatever) for Byrd, and just guarantee him his last year already!

    Smoak and Sanchez (Or whatever) for Rios, and lets GO TO WAR!!!!

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