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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Dodgers - Acquired Betemit

Los Angeles Dodgers - Acquired IF Wilson Betemit from the Atlanta Braves for IF Willy Aybar and P Danys Baez

I really like this trade by the Dodgers.  Betemit’s a really good player, still only 26 years old (and a real 26 years old based on the Braves getting a bit of hot water for signing him before he was 16) and has 3 years until free agency.  Willy Aybar has a place on a team, but I think Betemit’s likely to stay the better player now that he’s showing that 2005 wasn’t a fluke.  The Dodgers aren’t going to the playoffs with Izturis at 3rd, but this move helps them going forward, not just during the stretch run this year.  It better - I don’t think the Dodgers have much of a chance of making up 6 and a half games when they have to leapfrog 4 teams.

For the Braves, it’s a little riskier.  Betemit’s been their SS/3B insurance the last couple of years and Aybar’s probably a downgrade in that role, which can be dangerous with Chipper not being a durable player.  However, he’s still useful and the Braves want the added bullpen depth.  Baez didn’t have a big role in LA as the team was very disappointed with his performance closing earlier this season.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 29, 2006 at 09:08 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ignatius J. Reilly Posted: July 29, 2006 at 10:21 PM (#2117341)
36/28 K/BB ratio for Aybar in his 1st 214 ABs...
   2. Ignatius J. Reilly Posted: July 29, 2006 at 10:25 PM (#2117346)
Did it again...that should be 36/28 BB/K ration...
   3. MM1f Posted: July 29, 2006 at 10:29 PM (#2117347)
Actually its a real 24 years old for Betemit
   4. Walt Davis Posted: July 29, 2006 at 10:30 PM (#2117348)
Dan, in case you hadn't noticed, the Braves are as out of it as the Dodgers if not more so (in a 4-way tie 7 games back in the WC with 5 teams to leapfrog). Which is why I don't like this for the Braves. Baez might be short-term bullpen help but so what? And since I think we're agreed that we'd rather have Betemit than Aybar, this just doesn't look like a good trade from the Braves perspective.

Now, the Braves do appear to know a thing or two about building winning baseball teams that I don't (shocking I know) so I'll probably get shown up in the end. And even if I'm right, it's not a huge hit to them longterm.
   5. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 29, 2006 at 10:43 PM (#2117352)
Actually its a real 24 years old for Betemit

Yup, that makes it even better - I had double-checked the birthdate (I thought Betemit was 25) and apparently some places are still using the old one.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2006 at 06:29 AM (#2117575)
Who is the Dodger closer now?
   7. akrasian Posted: July 30, 2006 at 07:58 AM (#2117609)
Who is the Dodger closer now?

Broxton got the save tonight. Saito's the main closer though - and has been for a while. Baez's role in the bullpen has been taken over by Dessens and Tomko.
   8. bunyon Posted: August 01, 2006 at 01:30 PM (#2121263)
I was out of town. I just want to say for the record that this trade sucks from a Braves perspective and I don't think it's close. I'll be happy to eat my words. The Braves seem to think of themselves as a playoff team and haven't realized they should be playing for next year. Grrr. Argh.

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