Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Minor Additions: Ben Paullus, Alex Dickerson, Devin Jones

Traded Away:


The Padres have made several transactions over the past couple days, due to the looming Rule 5 draft. Rather than lose prospects like Juan Oramas, Donn Roach, and Keyvius Sampson, the Padres added the trio to the 40-man roster and designated several players for assignment. The Padres started their flurry of moves by sending shortstop Dean Anna to the Yankees in exchange for minor league reliever Ben Paullus. They designated Brad Brach, Jaff Decker,  Jose De Paula, and Miles Mikolas for assignment. Three days later, in a span of 15 minutes, Brach was sent to the Orioles in exchange for minor league pitcher Devin Jones, Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas were acquired by the Pirates for first baseman Alex Dickerson. Here is some analysis of the individual deals and the players involved:

Yankees & Padres Trade:

Padres Acquire:  Ben Paullus
Yankees Acquire: Dean Anna
Grade for Padres: B
Grade for Yankees: B

I don't love this deal but I don't hate it for either side. Anna could have been picked up in the Rule 5 draft, so he was expendable. The Yankees add some middle infield depth in AAA and the Padres picked up Ben Paullus, a young reliever that doesn't need to be protected for a couple more seasons. Paullus could end up doing well in a middle relief role, but is old for his league (24 in A). His age concerns me a bit, but he is an interesting addition.

Pirates & Padres Trade:

Padres Acquire: Alex Dickerson 
Pirates Acquire: Miles Mikolas & Jaff Decker
Grade for Padres: A
Grade for Pirates: B-

This is by far my favorite trade for the Padres out of the bunch. The Padres dealt reliever Miles Mikolas and former 1st round pick Jaff Decker, two players who were not going to make the Padres' opening day roster, in exchange for Poway High School alum Alex Dickerson. Dickerson was a former 3rd rounder who hit 17 home runs and 36 doubles in AA last season. A former player of the year in the Florida State league, Dickerson is viewed as an outfielder by the Padres. Various websites have him ranked between 10 and 15 on the Pirates prospect lists. I really like this addition considering what we gave up.

Orioles & Padres Trade:

Padres Acquire:  Devin Jones
Orioles Acquire: Brad Brach
Grade for Padres: D-
Grade for Orioles: A

Of the three trades made by the Padres, I like this one the least. Brad Brach (27) was a former 42nd round pick who exceeded his label. He posted a 2.34 ERA and saved 118 games in the minors, making it to the majors in 2011. Since then, he has pitched to a 3.70 ERA in 109 major league games. He was an above average option out of the bullpen and had potential as a late inning reliever. The Padres acquired a 23-year old starting pitcher from Baltimore named Devin Jones. The former 9th rounder had a rough year in 2013, posting an ERA of almost 6.00 in AA, and walked 48 in 120 innings, but in 2012 he posted an ERA under 3.00 in A+ ball. Jones profiles as depth and Brach could pitch in the late innings for Baltimore.

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