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February 13, 2023

Athletics

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Hensley 27 Majors 3B DH Medium 6.0 15.7 10.7 5 4 5 6
Neris 34 Majors RHRP Low 2 19.2 16.5 2.7 2.2 2.7 2.9

Braves

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Kemp 31 Majors OF Medium 1 6 3.7 2.3 1.8 2.3 2.8
Urquidy 27 Majors SP RHRP Low 3 14.9 7.9 7 5.6 7 8.4

Astros

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
D'Arnaud 34 Majors C Low 2 29.3 16 13.3 10.6 13.3 15.9
Kaprielian 29 Majors SP RHRP Low 4 8.1 3.1 5 4 5 6
5 Comments
  1. Mac Daddy

    If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen a lopsided trade involving d’Arnaud I’d have bought the Hogwart’s Legacy Deluxe Edition instead of the base edition.

    The Braves take a bath on this. Why does that make any sense? They lose the highest currently-valued player and get about 75% return value. That return is in the form of Tony Kemp, a guy that I think’s around average with the bat. He’s a free agent next year so not much investment there. And so he’s thrown into the mix where the Braves already have Eli White, Sam Hilliard, Kevin Pillar, Marcell Ozuna, Jordan Luplow and Eddie Rosario if Kemp’s in the outfield. But wait, there’s more! If Kemp’s 2B, which is where he’s mostly been lately, then he’s behind my pick to hit second, to be an easy 20/20 and 20% above average league hitter at 2B for the Braves. Too bad, so sad, but there’s no need for Kemp on the Braves.

    Why would the Braves want José Urquidy? I like him ok even though he gives up big bombs a bit too much. He’s nothing special, the Astros were rumored to be shopping him, and the Braves have a rotation of five guys that are all better than him.

    It’s not junk coming back to the Braves in this trade, but it is a lesser value and it is in guys that the Braves have no home for. This trade idea just seems like a fleecing for them. What’s the angle? Is it a move to get the A’s a guy at 3B? I’m hot for Jordan Walker with the Card’s. He probably can play some 3B and maybe if the price is right STL would trade him. Is it about getting Kaprielian, is it just a very Astros-centric trade, deluded, but whatever? No home with them for d’Arnaud, IMO, anyways.

    I don’t think the A’s are gonna trade James Kaprielian for Hensley. I see he’s been hurt, and with throwing-arm shoulder, but I suspect that the reason this trade makes no sense to me is that there’s no sense to be found. I’m open to the possibility of changing my mind. Kaprielian has upside. Believe in that.

  2. Nathan Thompson

    Down vote for Oakland.

    Hensley is interesting but I don’t see the A’s trading for an expensive RP, given the state of the roster.

    • Mac Daddy

      Do you mean to say that the A’s wouldn’t be totally interested in Hector Neris’ salary? But he’d be the highest paid player on the team in 2023. Wouldn’t it be the smartest move for them to have their closer be their top dollar guy, especially given that they lost over 100 games last year? And it looks like pretty good chances that he’d get a Player Option for even more money in ’24, if he wanted that. He could be their highest paid guy in 2024 too!

      • jq 7925

        Why should the A’s make a trade where they end up paying $8M+/yr (which is about what Ramon Laureano will make in his walk year) for two years of a closer when they don’t expect to contend?

        That’s more than they’re paying Trevor May (1 year deal), and he’ll be flipped midseason if he’s any good.

        • Mac Daddy

          I know. In stating that Neris should be traded for because he’d their biggest salary, and possibly for next 2 years, I tried a bit of sarcasm. I was doubling down on that by noting that he’d be the closer and the A’s aren’t good. I’m sorry I didn’t make my intent clear to you.

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