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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Giants - Acquired Sanchez
San Francisco Giants - Acquired 2B Freddy Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for P Tim Alderson.
Geez, maybe the Pirates should have thrown in Jack Wilson to San Fran instead and gotten Madison Bumgarner as a throw-in?
What’s the difference between the Philadelphia and San Francisco acquisitions? The Phillies gave up more players (and got a better player than Sanchez), but they also didn’t give away any of the players they really didn’t want to lose. Alderson’s strikeouts are down, but he’s also just 20 and more than holding his own in the Eastern League. Solid pitcher with above-average fastball/curve/change and a kind of weird jerky delivery that reminds me of someone but I can’t put a name to it at the moment.
Sanchez is a good player, usually above-average at the plate and with the glove, but Alderson is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. You want to see the Giants get more for a player of this caliber. The Twins didn’t get much more for a year of Johan Santana (and arguably, not more at all).
I was underwhelmed by the take in the McLouth trade, but I love the talent the Pirates have picked up in the trades since then.
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