A’s and DBacks Discussed Cespedes
The A’s have made a million and one trades it seems like in the past day. One trade that didn’t occur is apparently one that came close to fruition which was a trade between Arizona and Oakland that would have sent Yoenis Cespedes to the desert in return for Tyler Skaggs, A.J. Pollock, “plus” reported Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.
I am not opposed to the A’s dealing Cespedes when the return would be high. He is immensely talented (.208 ISO, 119 wRC+, quintessential five-tools player) but also has serious flaws (21.5% K%, durability concerns). Last year in his sophomore campaign Cespedes was worth 2.3 WAR (his rookie campaign was worth a hefty 2.9) as he hit to a .240/.294/.442 slash line showing some serious mash with 26 home runs. But he is just one guy and the Dbacks offered two allegedly: A.J. Pollock who last year was cheaper and also was worth more (3.6 WAR largely based upon his defense) with a .269/.322/.409 campaign (98 wRC+) and outstanding defense and strong baserunning and Tyler Skaggs a lefty prospect who struggled in 2013 with a 5.12 ERA and 4.86 FIP in 38 2/3 innings in Arizona with 8.4 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 1.6 HR/9, and a 4.59 ERA and 3.07 FIP in 104 innings with Reno sporting peripherals of 9.3 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9. I wouldn’t mind my chances in that trade. It just goes to show that even as the A’s are in win-now mode, it seems that they’re open to any one on their roster to make improvements.