The Atlanta Braves have acquired OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson for SS Nick Ahmed, RHP Randall Delgado, 3B Martin Prado, and RHP Brandon Drury.
Analysis to come over the weekend.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Giancarlo Stanton to the Padres
I recently mentioned the Padres should go after the young slugger, and Bill Center of the UT has reported the Miami Marlins have contacted the Padres about a potential Stanton trade. The deal would likely involve infielder Jedd Gyorko and outfielder Rymer Liriano. I already wrote about a potential Stanton trade a couple days ago.
Justin Upton for Chase Headley
Around the trade deadline, I suggested this. (The deal in looks very similar to what I suggested...)
Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Padres and Diamondbacks have been involved in off and on discussions about a potential Chase Headley-Justin Upton swap, but the Padres were the one's who said they would like to keep Headley. The deal is very interesting and says a lot about how high we value Chase Headley and how low Justin Upton's value really is. Upton is considerably younger, under control one more season, and has a better track record. Headley is a Kevin Towers guy (and a Josh Byrnes guy too), and Upton was an old Byrnes guy, so you never know! Despite this, the deal has a very slim chance of happening due to the Padres not wanting to deal Headley.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Rays had a payroll of 63.6 million on Opening Day this year, and it is widely believed that because of this, Price will be made available sometime in the next two years, as the Rays may not be able to afford having one player earn approximately 15-20 million, what would have been about one fourth of their 2012 payroll. If the Rays decide to make Price available in the next couple of years, he would have plenty of suitors, and the Rays would likely receive one of the biggest packages of players in MLB history in return for him. In the recent James Shields deal, they were able to acquire a top 5 prospect, a top 100 prospect, and 2 other prospects with major league potential. Imagine what they could receive for Price, whose ERA was nearly a whole run better than Shields' in 2012 and is almost 4 years younger! The Rays may be able to get Price to sign an extension that would allow them to keep Price at an affordable rate, much as they did with Evan Longoria recently, but at this point, it seems more likely that he is put on the trading block sometime before 2015.