Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Padres July Trade Deadline: 2011

After much ado, the Padres made 2 last minute trade deadline deals.

Ryan Ludwick goes to the Pirates
The Padres shipped Ludwick off to the Pirates to clear salary and open up playing time to younger players that factor into the future. The Padres will get a non-prospect player to be named later or cash. I have no problem with this since they can use the extra cash from Ludwicks salary to sign some 2011 high school draftees. This also gives the Padres an opportunity to give more at bats to younger guys like Guzman and Blanks. The Padres can spend the next 2 months evaluating their young talent to see who will be in the fold next season.

Adams is traded for 2 AA control pitchers.
I like this move a lot. The Padres received two very nice young middle of the rotation projectable arms in Joseph Wieland and Robbie Erlin. Both have phenomenal walk rates. Trading 1.3 years(100 innings) of a relief pitcher for potentially 6 years each of 180+ innings is a hell of a deal. Wieland and Erlin may be prospects, but they are as safe as prospects can be. Many young pitching prospects are still learning pitch sequencing and command... these youngsters have both down at an advanced level. Good things are brewing at the AA level.

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