Round ’em Up: Monday

7 07 2008

UPDATE 07-07-08 3:14 pm How about a few more afternoon reads?

  • Corey Hart has a small lead in the All-Star Game final vote.  Keep voting for Corey!
  • Jonathan Mayo from MLB.com breaks down the prospects Milwaukee gave up to land CC Sabathia – I guess there are no periods between the ‘C’s. I just learned that. Sorry, CC.
  • Jim Molony from MLB.com says the Sabathia will cause a ripple effect as we near the trade deadline. The Wild Card almost certainly will come from the NL Central, with the Cardinals, Brewers, and Cubs fighting over the division lead. It may cause some teams that were sitting on the fence to become sellers before July 31st.Molony also says the Cubs are taking this Sabathia deal very seriously. The team has almost been forced to make a move for a starting pitcher. Does Chicago’s farm system have the prospects needed, however? Unless they include big league talent, I believe it does not. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are now firmly in the market for the likes of Matt Herges and Brian Fuentes. I doubt one of those two will make the difference down the stretch, but the Cards now know they have to get another player.
  • J.J. Hardy has been named the National League Player of the Week for last week. Is there anyone else it possibly could have been? There is not a human being that is hotter than Hardy right now.
  • This CC Sabathia trade has already boosted ticket sales for the Crew. This morning the team sold 10,000 individual tickets to games at Miller Park for the rest of the season. Normally, Milwaukee sells 500 tickets each morning on the phone.3,000 tickets have been bought for tomorrow night’s game already. Sabathia will get his first start as a Milwaukee Brewers, and everyone wants to be a witness to it. Hell, I already bought my tickets to the game. I’m driving from Appleton to be a part of it. Say hello to higher revenues Mark Attanasio. Say hello to a higher payroll Milwaukee.

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Well…naturally, there is a whole lotta news out there today. So let’s get to it.

  • In case you have not heard, C.C. Sabathia is now a Milwaukee Brewer. Doug Melvin has agreed to send OF Matt Laporta, LHP Zach Jackson, RHP Rob Bryson, and a player to be named later. How did Melvin convince Cleveland that Zach Jackson had positive trade value?
  • A press conference happened today. Doug Melvin said the much improved play of the team really sparked the deal. He also mentioned that if fans were not coming out to the ballpark in record numbers, this trade would not have happened. That shows what a dedicated fan base can do for a team. Keep going to the ballpark everyone! It does make a difference.
  • On to something I am quite concerned about. Cleveland.com is saying the Player to be Named Later may not be 3B Taylor Green. If it was going to be someone not as good, the deal would become an absolute steal. That may not be the case, however. The blog is saying CF Michael Brantley may be the last player involved in the deal. Let me say, please no. Brantley has quickly become one of my favorite prospects, and I believe he’s more valuable than LaPorta down on the farm because he is good at everything. With Grady Sizemore in center, Brantley probably doesn’t fit with Cleveland, but I can understand why they want him included in the deal. I just hope the rumor is not true, as I would then think Doug Melvin got swindled in this deal. Yes, one prospect can make that big of a deal in the power balance of a trade.
  • Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports says that the Dodgers made a strong push to try to get Sabathia and Casey Blake. That would have been a blockbuster trade. They have shifted their gears to Pittsburgh shortstop Jack Wilson. The New York Yankees were also heavily involved, which is news to me.
  • In a different update, Ken Rosenthal discusses the power shift in today’s game. Prospects are power. Small and mid-market teams can compete with big-market teams if they handle their prospects properly. Rosenthal says the Dodgers may have a better farm system than the Brewers, but they are too afraid to trade prospects for big league talent. He argues the Dodgers could be a much better team if they employed the strategy Milwaukee did this week. It’s not all about money anymore.
  • The Chicago-Sun Times says that the Chicago Cubs are now pushing hard for Rich Harden from the Oakland A’s. I’m not sure Chicago has the pieces to get this done. A.J. Burnett is probably a better fit for them, as they could move Ronny Cedeno to Toronto. I cannot help but think Milwaukee just forced Chicago’s hand on this one.
  • The New York Times blog says that Doug Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers are not done before the trade deadline. Joel Sherman brings up a few names: George Sherrill, B.J. Ryan, and the most interesting Joakim Soria from the Royals.
  • WaitingForNextYear is wondering how much this trade will affect the Cleveland Indians in the next few years. How long will it be before they are next in contention? If Matt LaPorta can provide some offensive fireworks in 2009, they may have the tools to rebuild faster than people believe.
  • Take a look at C.C. Sabathia’s home page. He looks pretty good in a Brewers uniform, yes? (A tip of the cap to Chuckie Hacks for that one.)
  • Lost in the shuffle of the Sabathia news, Brew Crew Pub has a series preview of the Brewers-Rockies series starting tonight.
  • Both The Junkball Blues and Between the Green Pillars have a lot of reservations about the package Milwaukee gave up to Cleveland. If Taylor Green is the other player, the package is probably about the best possible scenario for the Brewers. If Michael Brantley will be included in the deal, Milwaukee gave up too much in the deal.
  • The Yost Infection says “Yes Please” to the Sabathia deal.
  • In-Between Hops says the Brewers strategy of drafting the best available player in the draft made this deal possible. If Milwaukee wouldn’t have drafted Matt LaPorta because they were worried about Prince Fielder blocking him, the team wouldn’t have been in position to make this deal. As all Brewers fans now, Jack Zduriencik knows what he’s doing.
  • Right Field Bleachers is looking forward to the playoffs, where C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets will be an unbelievable 1-2 punch in a five or seven-game series.
  • The Brew Town Beat writes that the Cardinals and Cubs are now absolutely terrified the Brewers are going to catch them now. My guess is that the Cards are not terrified, as Milwaukee tied them after yesterday’s win, but both teams now realize that Milwaukee is a legitimate contender. Both teams may have just been forced to make a deal they didn’t want to make.
  • Chuckie Hacks believes the Milwaukee Brewers just grew up last night. They have graduated from AAAA ball to the big leagues. I’m not sure I would go that far, but I understand the analogy.
  • Two Fisted Slopper wishes the Brewers would have not had to have traded Matt LaPorta. I understand, but sometimes a deal just has to get done so the Brewers can get to the post-season.
  • Team Wisconsin has given Milwaukee a spot in the playoffs now. They also say that Seth McClung will be the odd-man out in the rotation. Could he even be traded? I doubt it, as Doug Melvin believes the team can never have enough pitching. After Spring Training, I completely agree with that. (Hat tip to Right Field Bleachers)
  • Brewers Bar says the Crew gave up a lot to get the deal finalized, but Brew Town should celebrate now that Sabathia is coming to town.
  • Brewers Fanatics believes Sabathia could actually make a difference at the plate as well. He is a career .300 hitter in 40 at-bats. Unfortunately, I don’t think that means anything, but it’s nice to think about.
  • The Bucky Channel wants to run up and down the streets to celebrate the trade, as do the majority of Brewers fans.
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11 responses

7 07 2008
TheNaturalMevs

So I’m wondering… witht he departure of Laporta, does this mean the Brewers are planning on keeping Prince Fielder for the long run? Since Laporta was the replacement….. what are your thoughts and I hope Prince is a Brewer for the long haul.

7 07 2008
Aaron

http://39ontheline.blogspot.com/2008/07/without-you-im-nothing.html

That’s the blog of Brantley’s, Pena’s, Green’s and Cain’s agent. Brantley doesn’t look like he’s been included.

7 07 2008
Sarge

Great recap, BN. As a Tribe fan, I’ll be pretty upset if Brantley or Green isnt the PTBNL…

7 07 2008
Aaron

I think Green is your man Sarge, but the indians didn’t get to see anything good out of him while they were scouting him. Wait a few weeks and see what happens.

7 07 2008
Dan Wiersema

I just emerged from the Sparta woods (no Internet in the country right now) to hear this amazing news. I really didn’t think this trade was going to happen, but the Brewers sure have arrived. I do agree with the column that a solid farm system cannot now compete on par with money in MLB. The Yankees have cash, but the can’t build long-term contenders without kids on the farm. Are we seeing the turning of the baseball tide?

7 07 2008
“PTBNL” | WaitingForNextYear

[…] a little added commentary, Brewers Nation would prefer to give us Green: On to something I am quite concerned about.  Cleveland.com is saying the Player […]

7 07 2008
Jim Breen

I personally believe that either Prince Fielder or Rickie Weeks will be traded this off-season. With Sheets and Sabathia presumably packing their things and heading elsewhere, there is a void atop the rotation. Gallardo will be there, but the talent drops off considerably (unless Parra continues to blossom).

Doug Melvin will need to bring in a stud pitcher the team can control for multiple years, so you may see Fielder traded for someone like Zack Greinke or Matt Cain. Weeks would have to be packaged with someone else to bring in an ace. The top of the starting rotation will be an important aspect of the team to address this off-season for Doug Melvin.

I wouldn’t be so quick to say Prince cannot be replaced now that LaPorta is gone. It will not be a popular choice, but Brad Nelson would be a more than capable replacement. He will not be as good as Prince, obviously, but his .309/.418/.507 line is not all that bad. In fact, Brad used to be the top prospect in Milwaukee’s system. After a couple of down years, he has regained his form and is pressing for a big league gig.

I’m not saying this is what will happen, but Doug Melvin needs to address the top of the starting rotation. The best way to do this is to send Prince to SF or KC and pick up Cain or Greinke. Nelson hasn’t proven anything in the big leagues, but he has a mature bat and is solid defensively. The rest of the offense should be more than capable at picking up the slack, especially if Gamel is able to play third base and make his big league debut next season.

7 07 2008
j fimm

they still have net yost as manager

7 07 2008
corey

a ton of credit has to go to jack z for this trade… the brewers get a second #1 in the rotation and what did they give up:
1) laporta – a guy that many thought shouldn’t be drafted at #7, but obviously at least two teams now see how good he is, and can be.
2) jackson – jack didn’t have much to do with him. a guy that didn’t pan out for the brewers when he came over in the overbay trade. no real loss to the brewers here.
3) bryson – a 31st, yes 31st round pick last year. that is great news when a 31st round pick becomes part of a blockbuster deal that will hopefully get you to october.
4) green (assuming it is him) – a 25th round pick, brewer minor league player of the year, etc. (see bryson regarding blockbuster deal)

even if cc and big ben both leave at the end of the year (which i have a feeling that one will stay – maybe that is too wishful of thinking), four compensatory picks and jack z’s eye for talent – that could round out your rotation in a few years with yo and parra.

i hated to see laporta go, and i will hate even more if green is the ptbnl, but you gotta love that the brewers were in a position to make a deal, and you gotta love more that they actually did it!

go crew!

7 07 2008
Dave

I think this is an incredible opportunity. Go Brewers!

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5 09 2008
PTBNL Redux | WaitingForNextYear

[…] still point you back to this post over at the recently-moved Brewers Nation, where they exclaimed that Brantley is the last player […]

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