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10-12-2012, 03:35 PM
Nasty Nazem
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For Gonzalez, a 27-year-old who made $3,250,000 in 2012, the Athletics picked up left-hander Tommy Milone, 25, catcher Derek Norris, 23, plus prospects A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock.

Milone, who went 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA over 31 starts logging 190 innings, essentially replaced Gonzalez (21-9 with a 2.89 ERA over 32 starts logging 199 innings for the Nationals), while the emergence of Norris (.201/.276/.349 with seven homers and 34 RBIs in 60 games) allowed the Athletics to part with veteran Kurt Suzuki during mid-season.

There are significant savings to the Athletics on all fronts while Cole and Peacock provide depth and potential for the future.
The same goes with the deal for Cahill, a 24-year-old who made $3.5 million.

For him and lefty reliever Craig Breslow, Oakland picked up Jarrod Parker, the 23-year-old who went 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA over 29 starts and 181.1 innings, 25-year-old reliever Ryan Cook, who was 6-2 with 14 saves and a 2.09 ERA in 71 games, and outfielder Collin Cowgill, a 26-year-old who batted .269/.336/.317 with a homer and nine RBIs in 38 games.

While Cahill had a solid season for the Diamondbacks, going 13-12 with a 3.78 ERA over 32 starts and 200 innings, things didnít go to plan as Arizona finished 81-81 and failed to defend the NL West title.
Same thing goes for the Red Sox, who paid the 28-year-old Bailey $3.9 million to go 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA and six saves in 19 games after he missed most of the season following thumb surgery.

In that trade, which also sent Ryan Sweeney to Boston, the Athletics acquired outfielder Josh Reddick, the 25-year-old right-fielder who led them with 32 homers and 85 RBIs, plus prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara.

Thatís three deals that positioned Oakland to succeed in 2012 and potentially into the future, as well, a crafty bit of wheeling and dealing that should give teams like the Blue Jays pause this winter before they break the bank for a similar type of arm.
The Blue Jays can also lament losing out on Latos, the 24-year-old who made $550,000 in his final pre-arbitration season and went 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA over 33 starts and 209.1 innings for the Reds.

Itís unknown what the Jays offered San Diego, but the Padres picked up four players in that trade Ė starter Edinson Volquez, first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and reliever Brad Boxberger Ė who all played for them this season.

Volquez, 28, went 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA in in 32 starts over 182.2 innings, Alonso, 25, posted a .273/.348/.393 slash line with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 155 games, Grandal, 23, batted .297/.394/.469 with eight homers and 36 RBIs in 60 games while Boxberger, 24, posted a 2.60 ERA in 24 games while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings.

Yeah, so maybe we should be extra careful in dealing for pitchers. You could probably live with the Gio trade but the rest of the trades are, wow. That Cahill deal is absolutely nuts. Bailey to Red Sox trade turning out bad doesn't surprise me, its what I expected. Cinci could probably live with the trade too since they did deal from a position of strength but Grandal looks like he is going to be a stud (they probably wish they kept him) but Latos did help them get to the playoffs.

They were in on both the talks for Bailey (for a package likely to have centred around Travis Snider and a top pitching prospect) and Gonzalez (likely built around Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison, plus catching prospect Travis díArnaud and one of the Lansing Big Three, Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard and Justin Nicolino). Ultimately, GM Alex Anthopoulos opted to trade for closer Sergio Santos (the White Sox got pitching prospect Nestor Molina) and stand pat on the pitching front.
Also found that little nugget in the article. I can't imagine that's right... I mean those two proposals are beyond overpayments. If it is... Jesus. Thank god for not doing it.

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