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A’s and DBacks Discussed Cespedes

December 4, 2013

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.

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  1. Hungary4AsInfo permalink
    December 4, 2013 5:19 pm

    DW ..Hope that you don’t have carpal tunnel syndrome (if so ask Susan Susser what she does!) but REALLY appreciate your stats and insight over the last 2 days. Wish I could comment more about all this but I too am a bit dazed by the rate of action. During the last season I was listening to MLB taped games about 2 weeks behind the ‘live ‘ schedule so I couldn’t check scores or my fav TVPRCRP from Hungary. Looking forward to next Podcast where do we submit >1 question, who do you see as sticking from inside OR coming in trade as THE catcher for next season and Why?

    • December 4, 2013 5:27 pm

      I haven’t been writing much lately but these past few days offered up a lot of material for certain! I appreciate your comments. I don’t know what I am going to do about the podcast. I’d like to record one sometime, and keep up with it but as you know life gets in the way! That said, if you have questions, I am happy to give my thoughts, it sometimes can help drum up something to write about. I think regarding catcher there is no reason to move away from the Norris/Jaso platoon. They work really well and together make one fine starting catcher. Stephen Vogt too held his own as a backup. I still think the area for improvement would be second base, allowing the A’s to ship Alberto Callaspo for some help going forward or a good platoon partner at first perhaps for Moss.

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