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Saturday, February 06, 2021

Elvis Andrus to Oakland for Khris Davis, per reports

MLB Trade Rumors: Elvis Andrus is heading to the Oakland A’s for Khris Davis, per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. The Texas Rangers would be sending their (by far) longest-tenured player, and the last link to the World Series teams, to the A’s in a swap of bad contracts. Per Jeff Passan, the A’s are getting another player in the deal, and the Rangers are getting Jonah Heim and Dane Acker in return. The Rangers are apparently sending cash in this deal.

Elvis, who has $28 million still due on his current deal, with a $15 million vesting option for 2023 that is guaranteed if he is traded, also has 10-5 rights, so he presumably has already agreed to waive his no trade clause, and I suspect is also waiving the right to have the final year of his deal guaranteed as part of this trade. The A’s have been in the market for a shortstop, with Marcus Semien signing elsewhere, and thus gives Elvis the chance to once again be the everyday shortstop for what is potentially a contending team, rather than having a bench role on a rebuilding club.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2021 at 02:32 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: February 06, 2021 at 02:48 PM (#6004112)
When this trade was announced, it didn't make much sense for the A's, who don't usually make dumb trades.

Now that it's become known that the Rangers have kicked in $13.5MM, that makes this a much clearer trade.

In essence, the A's are getting Andrus for free (the A's had to pay Davis $16.75MM in 2021, so that was a sunk cost. They've gotten an extra $13.5MM from Texas, so that amounts to $30.25MM. Andrus is due $28MM, so the A's get an extra $2.25MM plus whatever Andrus produces, for two prospects).

If he's any good in 2021, great. If not, they can DFA him and not worry about money due, since they're playing with free money.

The Rangers must really like those two prospects, to do this deal.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 06, 2021 at 02:52 PM (#6004113)
Reverse challenge trade?
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2021 at 02:56 PM (#6004114)
In essence, the A's are getting Andrus for free (the A's had to pay Davis $16.75MM in 2021, so that was a sunk cost. They've gotten an extra $13.5MM from Texas, so that amounts to $30.25MM. Andrus is due $28MM, so the A's get an extra $2.25MM plus whatever Andrus produces, for two prospects).


Andrus' $15M 2023 option now becomes a player option though.
   4. JRVJ Posted: February 06, 2021 at 02:58 PM (#6004115)
3, the article says that "I suspect (Andrus) is also waiving the right to have the final year of his deal guaranteed as part of this trade."

I went with that.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6004116)
I was going with Rosenthal, who has since corrected himself to reflect its a vesting option.
   6. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: February 06, 2021 at 03:06 PM (#6004117)
Guess I need to update my username.
   7. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: February 06, 2021 at 03:24 PM (#6004119)
At least they didn't send Chapman to the Dodgers. Glad to have an averagish SS.
   8. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: February 06, 2021 at 04:43 PM (#6004127)
who don't usually make dumb trades.


I thought the A's reputation was that they are pretty bad at trading?

November 28, 2014: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays for Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie and Sean Nolin.


November 10, 2008: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Greg Smith and Huston Street to the Colorado Rockies for Matt Holliday.
   9. GregD Posted: February 06, 2021 at 04:46 PM (#6004128)
I like Heim but with Murphy at starter, moving him to get other assets makes sense...until of course Murphy gets hurt
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2021 at 04:47 PM (#6004129)
I thought the A's reputation was that they are pretty bad at trading?

There've been quite a few stinkers. The one that come to me first was Josh Donaldson for Brett Lawrie. Oooof.
   11. flournoy Posted: February 06, 2021 at 06:15 PM (#6004132)
A trade of two veteran players who have both only ever played one position in the field during their major league careers.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 06, 2021 at 06:23 PM (#6004133)
I thought the A's reputation was that they are pretty bad at trading?

There've been quite a few stinkers.
They were great if you were a '50s/'60s Yankees fan.
   13. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: February 06, 2021 at 08:06 PM (#6004140)
I suspect (Andrus) is also waiving the right to have the final year of his deal guaranteed as part of this trade

Looks like Elvis is going 5ive gears in reverse.
   14. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: February 07, 2021 at 12:21 AM (#6004163)
In this case, the Oakland Coliseum can always announce that Elvis HAS entered the building. So that's something. Semien's bat always seemed to be on the cusp of falling off the cliff, maybe that's just my pessimism. But you could see Khris Davis' bat fall off the cliff as his propensity for strikeouts finally reached criticality, and it always seemed to me that Semien just swung and missed a lot (except in 2019). Andrus has been pretty bad for a few years, but it's not because he cannot make contact, it's from a lack of power. Always possible that he gets a late career power surge, it happens sometimes, though the Oakland Coliseum is not that conducive to home runs. Overall, it will make watching the A's more pleasant if only that one does not have to suffer through another season with Krush, much as I like him as a player and a person the last few years it had been difficult to watch.
   15. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 07, 2021 at 12:12 PM (#6004185)
The Doolittle/Madson trade is looking good. Reddick/Hill is a winner if Montas bounces back.
   16. Jack Sommers Posted: February 08, 2021 at 09:52 AM (#6004248)
Depth Chart Projections at FG

Andrus 602 PA .685 OPS, 1.3 WAR
Garcia: 147 PA .623 OPS, 0.2 WAR

Davis 322 PA .783 OPS, 0.1 WAR
Heim 218 PA, .643 OPS 0.3 WAR


I would think that Andrus has the higher floor here as even if he doesn't hit, his defense is going to be competent enough at SS to provide at least some value.

If Davis continues/stays in decline he provides zero value. He may not be a good fit in the new park in Texas, which seemed to suppress HR in small sample size. If Davis isn't hitting HR, what does he bring to the table ?

The catcher swap probably won't amount to much either way. Heim should have more upside, but a catcher this young now on his 4th organization is a bit of a red flag for me. Is he just good enough to want as a throw in when trading and not good enough to hold on to, or vice versa ? Or is there some issue with him ? Maybe doesn't handle pitchers well ?

Garcia has power, but low OBP. If he can manage to run into a few extra balls he might make up for his other shortcomings. But I don't see either catcher becoming a player that will impact this deal

I don't know anything about Acker, other than what I read HERE . He hasn't pitched in a professional game yet. Low 90's FB, average CB, fringy slider....not exactly sounding like a lottery ticket.

So all in all, before even considering the money, I'm betting this trade works out better for the A"s on the field.

When you add in the money heading A's way, this trade seems like a pretty solid one for them. They immediately fill a hole with a legit MLB SS and save money, and dump an aging DH.

   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2021 at 10:37 AM (#6004252)

Depth Chart Projections at FG

Davis 322 PA .783 OPS, 0.1 WAR


I assume he is projected to hit .247?

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