Trading in the deep

Why buying?

  • He’s both the kitchen and the dining table

Why not buying?

  • He gets hit a lot and hard

Trade Value: moderate

Arizona has nothing more to say this season and the “for sale” sign is out the door: expect Escobar, Peralta and Cabrera to say goodbye for better avenues, and Kelly should also pack things up. His contract coming back from Korea is a team friendly 3yr-$9.25M deal with club option for 2022, a bargain that raises his value and could fetch a decent, top 10–15 organizational prospect or a minor one plus a PTBNL/lotto ticket if the DBacks are looking for a long rebuild.

Why buying?

  • He hates baserunners

Why not buying?

  • He’s…old?

Trade value: lower than you may think

Well, if he’s that good he’s bound to be sold for a king’s ransom…or not? We are still talking about a RP with close to no Whiffs so there’s an inherent risk of seeing all those groundballs find the outfield or being run out for infield singles, while there’s no defence for a strikeout. Bleier could also stay put, the Marlins have yet to announce themselves as sellers although Starling Marte is on the block it seems, but he’ll probably go and get back a 15–20 org prospect from a contender’s pool.

Why buying?

  • He’s the rare power/speed/defense trifecta

Why not buying?

  • He just loves to swing

Trade value: more than usual, but it depends

Duvall has a tricky contract: he’s only due $2M until the end of 2021, a bargain of a rental for his production but still a rental, though he also has a mutual option for next year at $7M. Will he void it to go through FA once again? I think he could take it given the uncertainty with the next CBA, and that makes him even more attractive. He could fetch a nice ML-ready prospect or a couple of late ETA guys.

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Alessandro Zilio

Alessandro Zilio

Italian baseball stathead. I’ll write about MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball and Korean dramas/shows. A lot of graphs, Astros related content and references.