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Monday, November 25, 2013

Bucs acquire Decker, Mikolas from Padres

The Pirates on Monday traded outfield prospect Alex Dickerson to the Padres in exchange for outfielder Jaff Decker and right-hander Miles Mikolas. In a corresponding move to make room for the pair on the club’s 40-man roster, the Pirates designated Garrett Jones and righty Kyle McPherson for assignment.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 03:27 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4605879)
How is Dacker's shoulder? Seems nice to take a flyer on him, and Mikolas is useful, but I'm not sure I give up a real prospect like Dickerson unless I'm confident in Dacker's health. Dickerson was ranked a C+ prospect by Sickels before the year. He looks like a tweener, although he had a nice spike in power this year in AA. Seems like a good get for the Pads for two guys they had already DFAed.
   2. zonk Posted: November 25, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4605894)
As noted in the rule 5 thread -- I love Decker... It's almost entirely because the dude turns into Jack Cust in every single ootp league I play in (and I always acquire him for worthless flotsam), but I like him all the same. A C+ prospect seems a bit much, though, to give up for him.
   3. Davo Dozier Posted: November 25, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4605897)
#2--same here. Always jarring when I see the names of the OOTP superstars pop up on the waiver wire/minor league free agent pile in real life.
   4. catomi01 Posted: November 25, 2013 at 06:56 PM (#4605944)
#2--same here. Always jarring when I see the names of the OOTP superstars pop up on the waiver wire/minor league free agent pile in real life.


Billy McMillon was my DMB version of this in the first couple of leagues I played in...
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 25, 2013 at 06:59 PM (#4605947)
Meh. Nothing here. An OF prospect without the bat for a corner or the range to play CF and a generic RH reliever for a 1B/OF with limited power.

-- MWE
   6. Walt Davis Posted: November 25, 2013 at 08:11 PM (#4605973)
The more interesting move is Jones being DFA'd. He's been a good find for the Pirates but he's getting old and pricey. I could easily see him landing on one of the crap teams trying to paste together a non-embarrassing opening day roster and space in the corners -- Cubs, Astros, Ms, Brewers, etc.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: November 25, 2013 at 08:26 PM (#4605976)
I could easily see him landing on one of the crap teams trying to paste together a non-embarrassing opening day roster and space in the corners -- Cubs, Astros, Ms, Brewers, etc.
Mets!
   8. Davo Dozier Posted: November 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM (#4605977)
The more interesting move is Jones being DFA'd. He's been a good find for the Pirates but he's getting old and pricey. I could easily see him landing on one of the crap teams trying to paste together a non-embarrassing opening day roster and space in the corners -- Cubs, Astros, Ms, Brewers, etc.
Perhaps.

I'm kind of hoping that the Royals take a look at him--a Garrett Jones/Justin Maxwell platoon in right is damn cheap and I imagine projects as roughly league-average production.
   9. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 25, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4605992)
I'm kind of hoping that the Royals take a look at him--a Garrett Jones/Justin Maxwell platoon in right is damn cheap and I imagine projects as roughly league-average production.


I don't have a good feeling about Jones's ability to rebound. On July 22 he was hitting .260/.309/.448 - which wasn't all that far out of the context of most of his career - but from that point through the end of the season he hit .175/.245/.357. He's looking a lot like another ex-Pirate, Kevin Young, who had a career season at age 30 and then fell off the cliff; by age 34 he was done.

-- MWE
   10. Bruce Markusen Posted: November 25, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4605994)
Jaff Decker. This is the first time I've ever heard of a player (or anyone else for that matter) with the first name of Jaff.
   11. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM (#4606000)
Jaff.

-- MWE
   12. Walt Davis Posted: November 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM (#4606021)
a Garrett Jones/Justin Maxwell platoon in right is damn cheap and I imagine projects as roughly league-average production.

Yeah, I wouldn't count on that. Over the last three years, already heavily platooned, Jones has 1.9 WAR in over 1400 PA -- that's -2.6 WAA. Granted, 3.9 oWAR but the Royals already have a DH. Maxwell did have a "big" year in 2012 but has been replacement for his other 500 ML PAs and has unimpressive minor-league numbers.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM (#4606175)
I don't have a good feeling about Jones's ability to rebound. On July 22 he was hitting .260/.309/.448 - which wasn't all that far out of the context of most of his career - but from that point through the end of the season he hit .175/.245/.357. He's looking a lot like another ex-Pirate, Kevin Young, who had a career season at age 30 and then fell off the cliff; by age 34 he was done.


Jones looked really done down the stretch. That said, I'm not necessarily convinced that he's any worse than some of the other names that are being thrown around. Morneau was very ordinary last year and is one beanball away from forced retirement, and James Loney is, well, James Loney.

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