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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Diamondbacks/Brewers - Swap Davis, Eveland, Estrada, others
Milwaukee Brewers - Acquired C Johnny Estrada, P Claudio Vargas and P Greg Aquino from the Arizona Diamondbacks for P Doug Davis, P Dana Eveland, and OF Dave Krynzel.
This is kind of a ‘meh’ trade for the Brewers. Estrada’s the worthwhile player to pick up, but by my ken, the 2001 season spent backing up Mike Lieberthal is enough to push him slightly over 4 years of service time, which gives the Brewers a league-average catcher for one year past Damian Miller’s departure after 2007. For 2007, he’s redundant. Chris Snyder and Miguel Montero will cover catcher as well as Estrada could, with Montero being the catcher of the future, of course. Doug Davis is not a top-of-the-rotation starter and Dana Eveland is more of Brad Halsey-ish prospect, but I don’t like trading that depth - Vargas and Aquino don’t strike me as anywhere near as valuable. Given what things cost in today’s free agent market, replacing a solid, dependable 4th starter is not a cheap exercise and the Brewers haven’t developed minor league pitchers they way they’ve developed hitters.
For the Diamondbacks, I think this is a pretty nice trade. They’re giving up a catcher they don’t need to upgrade on Vargas and a flier on Eveland. Rotation depth is a problem for the team and having these two players is a nice bonus.
I didn’t forget Dave Krynzel. For a number of years, the Brewers liked to pretend he was a prospect because of his defense in center. Tony Gwynn Jr. fits Krynzel’s role very well - he’s very good defensively, the Brewers like to pretend he’s a prospect, and he’ll always be “one year away!” because he’s not a good enough player to start in center. Moving to Arizona will boost his BA and HR total just enough that he looks almost good enough to be a fifth outfielder, but he’ll still be about the 30th best Diamondback prospect in the outfield.
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