A’s - Acquired Taylor
Oakland A’s - Acquired OF Michael Taylor from the Toronto Blue Jays for 3B Brett Wallace
Can the A’s ever resist trying to get a finger in every big blockbuster? It must have killed Billy Beane to not have wormed his way into the Granderson blockbuster.
The Blue Jays should be a little concerned about how quickly the A’s traded Wallace. The A’s have third basemen on the roster with so many injury problems that they could have bankrupted a single-payer health system by themselves and the team is going to happily give up someone with experience at the hot corner that all his ligaments and bones?
The Jays do plan on using Wallace at first (bye bye Overbay), but Wallace is not a finished prospect at this point and I don’t think he’s ready for the offensive demands. An .822 OPS in the minors for a more polished college hitter is, in fact, a bit worrisome.
Taylor, all in all, is a more polished player and more likely to have a career in the majors. His long-term defensive potential is uncertain (Taylor is an impressive physical specimen), but he’s already shown he can terrorize minor league pitching while Wallace has not. The A’s haven’t developed a thumper in a while and Taylor could be that long-term.
2010 ZiPS Projections
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS+
Wallace 525 75 129 23 1 16 63 38 135 1 .246 .314 .385 85
Taylor 489 47 131 26 3 14 56 40 93 14 .268 .328 .419 100
Posted: December 19, 2009 at 04:35 PM | 20 comment(s)
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