A brief thought on yesterday’s transactions in the MLB:
In the same day that it was reported that the Braves were looking for one of the Met’s Big 4 Starters in return for the slick-fielding Simmons, the Angels swooped in and picked up the 26-year-old SS for the cost of their own SS and their top two prospects. Simmons is certainly an upgrade from Aybar defensively, and he’s six years younger, but his bat leaves a lot to be desired and he’s far more expensive. Newcomb and Ellis are young, big pitchers with power stuff, but lack MLB-level command as of right now. However, they were the #1 and #2 prospects in the LAA system for a reason and project to be successful MLB pitchers in the future. The Braves now have a plethora of strong arms in the minors with impressive guys like Touki Toussaint and Manny Banuelos already in the system.
Seattle made out well in this trade, picking up an aging yet reliable middle reliever in Benoit who has posted an ERA below 3.00 in six of his list eight seasons. Seattle’s bullpen needed help with the loss of Danny Farquhar (whose 2015 was a disappointment to say the least) and inconsistent performance by other guys like Carson Smith, Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush. San Diego acquires two low-range prospects in return – Ward doesn’t even project as an MLB player, according to scouts, and De Los Santos is on the fringe. In just over 60 innings between rookie and low-A this year, De Los Santos (who is just 19 years old) posted an ERA just below 3.50, but that mark was over 4.00 at the A- level. However, his K:BB numbers were pretty good across both levels, posting a 71:18 mark for the year.