Martin Prado shows off his swing. Courtesy AJC.com

Braves should go Snake Shopping!


An article came out on the Diamondbacks Fansided page suggesting that the Diamondbacks will “most definitely” be sellers. Here’s a look at their active roster:

Arizona Diamondbacks Active Roster

 

Arizona Diamondbacks Active Roster
# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
57 Chase Anderson R-R 6’0″ 190 Nov 30, 1987
49 Mike Bolsinger R-R 6’2″ 210 Jan 29, 1988
55 Josh Collmenter R-R 6’4″ 235 Feb 7, 1986
48 Randall Delgado R-R 6’3″ 200 Feb 9, 1990
50 Evan Marshall R-R 6’2″ 220 Apr 18, 1990
32 Brandon McCarthy R-R 6’7″ 200 Jul 7, 1983
36 Wade Miley L-L 6’0″ 220 Nov 13, 1986
59 Oliver Perez L-L 6’3″ 220 Aug 15, 1981
43 Addison Reed L-R 6’4″ 220 Dec 27, 1988
37 Matt Stites L-R 5’11″ 195 May 28, 1990
54 Joe Thatcher L-L 6’2″ 230 Oct 4, 1981
29 Brad Ziegler R-R 6’4″ 210 Oct 10, 1979
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
9 Tuffy Gosewisch R-R 5’11″ 200 Aug 17, 1983
26 Miguel Montero L-R 5’11″ 210 Jul 9, 1983
31 Jordan Pacheco R-R 6’1″ 205 Jan 30, 1986
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
44 Paul Goldschmidt R-R 6’3″ 245 Sep 10, 1987
1 Didi Gregorius L-R 6’2″ 205 Feb 18, 1990
2 Aaron Hill R-R 5’11″ 205 Mar 21, 1982
16 Chris Owings R-R 5’10″ 190 Aug 12, 1991
14 Martin Prado R-R 6’1″ 190 Oct 27, 1983
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
5 Ender Inciarte L-L 5’10″ 165 Oct 29, 1990
27 Roger Kieschnick L-R 6’3″ 220 Jan 21, 1987
8 Gerardo Parra L-L 5’11″ 200 May 6, 1987
6 David Peralta L-L 6’1″ 160 Aug 14, 1987
7 Cody Ross R-L 5’10″ 195 Dec 23, 1980

Instead of a full-blown fire sale, the Diamondbacks are more likely to start the selling process by trading away contracts that expire at year’s end, or next year, and less than desirable contracts of players they currently employ.   This really shrinks down the list to…

1. Martin Prado- under contract through 2016 at 11mm/year

2.  Brandon McCarthy- 1 yr./10.25mm

3. Cody Ross- under contract through 2015 at 9mm/year with ’16 club option

4.  Eric Chavez- 1 year/3.5mm

5. Joe Thatcher- 1 year/2.375 mm

6. Oliver Perez- 2 year/4.25mm (1.75m this year, 2.5 next)

There’s some really interesting buy-low candidates such as Brandon McCarthy, Martin Prado, and Cody Ross, but there’s also some solid bench and bullpen pieces in the other 3.  There’s lots of speculation that could be made here, so let’s get it started, shall we?

First Braves/Diamondbacks Trade Idea:  Get Prado back!

Trade Chris Johnson back to the Diamondbacks for Martin Prado.

This starts the attitude adjustment that the Braves desperately need.  Prado, by almost every account of every Brave that he played with, was one of the best, if not the best, clubhouse guys in the game, including Chipper who told Hammerin’ Hank he was the “best teammate he’d ever had”.  Prado’s contract runs 2 more years after this year and CJ’s goes through 2017.  Prado is more expensive with less years, but I don’t care.  We need him that bad. If they need more, give them more.

Second Braves/Diamondbacks Trade Idea: Strengthen the ‘pen

The Diamondbacks are solid in the bullpen this year with 2 lefties that are pitching well in Joe Thatcher and Oliver Perez. With Joe Thatcher only under contract control through the end of this season, he’s likely to be the one that would cost less via trade.  However, Oliver Perez has been pretty dominant since converting to a full-time reliever 3 years ago (2.98 ERA in 111.2 innings). While he’s not your traditional LOOGY as he has a reverse-platoon split, he would most definitely solidify the bullpen for this year and next.  Thatcher, on  the other hand, is a traditional LOOGY and does his job well. His career numbers against LHB are really good (.622 OPS against) and would probably only cost us a a low-leveled Minor Leaguer.  While I’d rather have Oliver Perez, I think the smart play would be Thatcher.

Trade John Cornely  and another Minor Leaguer will probably never use for Joe Thatcher.

 

Third Braves/Diamondbacks Trade Idea:  Strengthen the bench

Eric Chavez would greatly bolster our bench and could be used to spot start at 3rd and 1st. The Diamondbacks have little real depth in the OF and could use RH relief.

Trade Todd Cunningham and John Cornely for Eric Chavez

 

4th Braves/Diamondbacks Trade Idea- Get them all!

The Braves have a hole in CF, arguably a platoon need at 3rd base, in serious need for bench help, could use a left-handed reliever, and might be in the market for a Starting Pitcher.  Here goes nothing…

Braves get Brandon McCarthy, Martin Prado, Eric Chavez, Joe Thatcher, and cash considerations

Diamondbacks get David Hale, Chris Johnson, Todd Cunningham, and Cody Martin

In the trade above, Prado becomes the roamer for the Braves once again, holding down 3rd base against LHP. Eric Chavez spot starts at 3rd base against RHP while the OF does the “BJ’s benched shift” with Heyward to CF, J. Upton to RF, and Prado to LF. Brandon McCarthy takes over as the 5th starter for the Braves. He’s having a hard time keeping the ball in the park and would greatly benefit from the move away from Arizona. He’s had 10 starts at home,  1 in Colorado, 2 in Chicago (one against the Cubs, one against the White Sox). That’s rough for anyone. He could easily be a 3.50 ERA pitcher at Turner Field.

In closing, I’ll say that the Braves have a few players of which they could very well sell high on, one being Shae Simmons and Juan Jaime.  While I don’t condone trading Shae, the  Braves just might pull the trigger if the return is good.  Jaime, on the other hand, I’d love for the Braves to sell high on him.  What do you all think?

 

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  • Brandon_Woodworth

    As much as I love all of these ideas, I think the trade for all of them would need more than that. I’d be fine with Thatcher and Prado.

    • Benjamin Chase

      It’d take much, much more than that to acquire the lot of them. I would be interested in seeing what Thatcher/Perez would cost. Prado would likely cost a high-end prospect plus Johnson, and as much as I love me some Marteeeeen, I’m not sure that he’s worth that cost.

      • Ryan Cothran

        Martin Prado, 1.5 years with the Diamondbacks: 3 WAR
        Chris Johnson, 1.5 years with the Braves: 3.1 WAR

        Martin Prado’s Contract: 11m per year through 2016.
        Chris Johnson’s Contract: 4.8 m. this year, then 3yr/23.5 mllion.

        Essentially, the money is 26 million for 3.5 years of CJ compared to 27.5 million for 2.5 years of Martin. And Prado is older. So…why would it cost “much more”.

        • Benjamin Chase

          Much more was the comment about the entire package deal. That’s nowhere near enough for that lot of players.

          You’re picking and choosing endpoints rather conveniently. Prado has a proven track record with the Braves that preceded his time in Arizona, and that’s why he’s making the money he is. Chris is “only” making the money he is because he’s still got a lot of questions as to what his real value is. The biggest thing to me is the flexibility. Johnson is a corner infielder, and that’s it, and he’s not exactly a defensive stalwart in that role. Prado has proven to be above average defensively at multiple positions, conveniently positions that Atlanta needs an answer for in 2014 and in 2015. Prado’s baseball value is pretty high, and I think it would fairly easily cost Johnson plus a top-10 prospect, akin to Hursh/Caratini/Graham/Bethancourt.

          • Ryan Cothran

            I don’t doubt that it’d cost more as they’d be the one as sellers and we’d be buyers, My last sentence in that section was a small admission that it’d take a bit more to get him.

        • HornIt

          Martin Prado, 1.5 years with the Diamondbacks: 4.1 bWAR
          Chris Johnson, 1.5 years with the Braves: 1.3 bWAR

    • Ryan Cothran

      The trade essentially brings back 2 prospects that were in our top-10 prior to the beginning of this year, a starting 3rd baseman, and a 4th OF for a starting 3rd baseman, a LOOGY, a bench player, and an underachieving starting pitcher.

      I’ve noticed when discussing these deals, most think the price is “much more”. The way the market is shaping up, years of control hold so much weight in these trades. There’s a whole lot of team control in that proposed deal.

      And the Diamondbacks need starting pitching. A few years back, they looked as though they had the next making of a young, elite group of starting pitchers in Cahill, Corbin, Miley and Bradley. Now they’re plugging holes with Arroyo and Chase Anderson. I think 2 young, controllable pitchers would be desirable for the Diamondbacks.

  • Brandon_Woodworth

    The thing is, the Diamondbacks are not a team in rebuilding mode. Kevin Towers is simply just paying for his bonehead moves. The DBacks have a solid core but a few too many flops. Prado hasn’t been one, so trading him has to significantly improve their club for years to come.

  • fireboss

    I’d love Prado back and he would love to come back . . .except for a couple of things. 1) The DBacks don’t want CJ or they would have kept him. LaRussa is running things now and CJ isn’t a La Russa kind of player,too many Ks and shaky defense. 2) This is probably the biggest sticking point because otherwise a trade could happen, Wren told Prado he wasn’t worth 11M a year back when the trade was made. He offered Prado the CJ contract and was told a player with a slash of .295/.345/.435 was worth more and Prado was right about that. Wren will never admit he was wrong and effectively eat crow for Prado. He didn’t for KK, Uggla and hasn’t for BJ. That’s why Zobrist is a more likely option (though still a slim chance) although older than Prado.
    McCarthy leads the league in hits allowed and runs allowed. He would pitch to better numbers in Atlanta but isn’t a difference maker and is a rental on top of that. Hale will probably put up McCarthy numbers.
    I love Eric Chavez as a bench bat but would you dump Pena for him without Prado?
    Most good LOOGY’s have a reverse split because they get to see so many right handers pinch hitting for the guy they were supposed to face. Oliver Perez is an enigma. His numbers are good but he has these spells where it’s like he’s reading his press clippings and tries to show off how good he is and ends up getting hammered or walking men in a critical situation. You expressed a lack of confidence in Varvaro because of his leverage numbers but Perez’ are worse except in low leverage situations so why add him?
    Our bullpen needs multiple use guys and Thatcher is a genuine LOOGY who woudl have to be handled like Choate is by the Cards. Fredi would fumble that.
    The current upheaval in San Diego means they are going to flush the 25 man and some of the useful pieces you liked before are now available. Alex Torres would be a good add but lots of teams will be calling on him and teh price will go up Ian Kennedy is better than McCarthy and would be a fine addition in place of Harang who you might throw in to give them an arm. They will be pricey in terms of prospects the decision is how badly do we want them…or anyone?

  • Jeff Schafer

    Man, I’d love to have Prado back…I think Frank would definitely look into this as it would be a fan favorite move and he HAS to do something in the fans favor…right?