With the trade deadline less than two full days away, GMs got awfully busy over the weekend. Here are a few of the trades that went down:
Brewers trade George Kottaras to the Athletics in exchange for Fautino De Los Santos. Shockingly, Kottaras, despite hitting only .209/.409/.360 in limited time (but look at that OBP!) is performing head over heels better than Kurt Suzuki or rookie Derek Norris. Suzuki may have once been one of the better catchers in the game, but a couple years of heavy loads seem to have taken their toll on his bat. With the A’s shockingly back in the race, this is a good depth move for them without costing much.
Diamondbacks acquire 3B Chris Johnson of the Astros. In exchange for Johnson, who represents a substantial upgrade over Willie Bloomquist at the position, the Diamondbacks traded away former first rounder Bobby Borchering and 24-year-old outfielder Marc Krauss. Borchering has been atrocious since being called up to AA, but as a 21 year old in AA, is the type of gamble the Astros should make. Meanwhile, Krauss, has been tremendous at the level in his second trip.
Marco Scutaro traded to the Giants. The Rockies didn’t pick up much for Scutaro, getting minor league infielder Charlie Culberson back, but then again, Scutaro wasn’t hitting much for the Rockies either. Despite Scutaro’s age-inflicted shortcomings, he’ll offer the Giants depth with Pablo Sandoval on the DL and an option at shortstop that is not Brandon Crawford.
Twins trade Francisco Liriano to the White Sox for Pedro Hernandez and Eduardo Escobar. Remember a couple of years ago when the Twins were looking to trade Liriano and we all laughed at them because why in the world would they want to trade their best pitcher unless they actively wanted to get worse? I guess we were all wrong on that one as Liriano has gone 12-20 with a 5.18 ERA over the last two seasons with a 5.0 BB/9 rate. This season, while making a handful of relief appearances, Liriano has posted the highest K/9 rate of his post-Tommy John surgery career, but the command is still not there. But with Gavin Floyd returning, the chance of catching Liriano on a hot streak for the cost of a finesse lefty and a utility player could be enough to keep the White Sox ahead of the Tigers in the Central.