Reviewing every of the numerous trades that Common Supervisor A.J. Preller accomplished main as much as and in the course of the 2016 season.
After two down years, the Padres have been going to lose Andrew Cashner, a pending free agent, sooner or later earlier than the 2017 season. Relatively than weigh whether or not or to not prolong him a qualifying supply, Preller pounced on a deal that returned a corporation’s prime-5 prospect, a excessive-finish reliever within the midst of a Tommy John rehab and a serious league-prepared beginning pitcher in want of a change of surroundings.
LEAVING SAN DIEGO
- RHP Andrew Cashner: Now 30 years previous, the 6-foot-5 Cashner seemed to be headed towards greatness when he was tapped the Padres’ opening day Starter in 2014. He closed 2013 with seven straight high quality begins (1.22 ERA), customary a profession-greatest 2.fifty five ERA the subsequent yr in an damage-interrupted 2014 marketing campaign after which noticed these numbers balloon the subsequent two years as his ERA hit four.34 in 2015 and four.seventy six earlier than the Padres traded him to Miami. Though he was throwing almost as exhausting as ever, the seek for an out-pitch continued to erode Cashner’s effectiveness down the stretch for the Marlins as he went 1-four with a 5.ninety eight ERA, forty five strikeouts and a 1.seventy five WHIP over fifty two 2/2 innings. The opposing hitters’ .849 OPS for all the 2016 season was larger than it ever had been in Cashner’s profession, making all of it that a lot simpler for the Marlins to set him free after the season.
- RHP Tayron Guerrero: As soon as ranked among the many Padres prime aid prospects, the 25-yr-previous Guerrero allowed a run in two innings in a cup of espresso with the Padres earlier than he was included within the Marlins deal. He boasts a fastball that tops one hundred mph however has by no means had sufficient command to parlay low-degree dominance into Triple-A hit. He usual a four.ninety one EREA in 25 2/three innings out of the pen in elements of two seasons at El Paso after posting a 1.fifty nine Period in 39 2/three innings in full-season A-ball. In his Double-A task for the Marlins, the 6-foot-eight Guerrero was zero-three with a four.ninety four ERA, 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in 23 2/three innings.
- Innocence: The unique deal additionally included RHP Colin Rea going to the Marlins and prospect RHP Luis Castillo going to the Padres, however Rea leaving his first publish-Padres begin with an damage led the 2 events to nix that a part of the commerce. It additionally raised pink flags throughout the sport because the Padres’ got here underneath heavy scrutiny over how they report the medical info used throughout commerce talks.
- 1B Josh Naylor: A power prodigy as a teenager, the 19-year-old Naylor was drafted higher than any other Canadian bat ever (5th overall in 2015), was an All-Star Futures game participant a year later and justified the Padres’ interest with an impressive Petco Park homer in the Padres’ prospect game earlier this offseason. In between, Naylor hit .264/.302/.407 with 12 homers and 75 RBIs in 122 games at two A-ball stops, including an aggressive promotion to high Single-A Lake Elsinore (.252/.264/.353, 3 HRs, 21 RBIs in 33 games). A rare left-handed power bat, Naylor ranks fourth in the Padres organization, according to MLB.com, but also comes with questions: His defense isn’t nearly as advanced as his bat, his 6-foot, 225-pound frame has drawn comparisons to Pablo Sandoval and an incident with a knife and a Greensboro teammate is thought to be one reason the Marlins soured on their 2015 first-round pick.
- RHP Carter Capps: The 26-year-old Capps missed all of 2016 to rehab his elbow reconstruction but has already been mentioned in the same breath as Brandon Maurer as a closing candidate. That’s because Capps (98.0 mph average fastball) threw harder than everyone not named Aroldis Chapman (99.4 mph) in 2015 and was lights out in a set-up role that year: 58 strikeouts, seven walks and 18 hits allowed in 31 innings. Indeed, a healthy Capps could be a force at the back end of the bullpen and the Padres have three years of team control to again get the most out of him.
- RHP Jarred Cosart: Ranked as high as the 50th-best prospect in the game in 2012, according to Baseball America, the 26-year-old Cosart slogged through a winless 2016 that included nine starts for San Diego after the trade. Only one of them was quality, however, as control problems (a career-high 1.75 WHIP) saddled Cosart with the worst ERA (6.00) of his four-year career. On the plus side, Cosart struck out more batters per inning (6.5) than he had in any of his other major league stops, something that the Padres will look to build on in his pre-arbitration years.
This one is simple.
Cashner had never won more than 10 games in a season, had seen his effectiveness slip each of the past two years and would have been a risk to accept a $17.2 million qualifying offer this offseason had Preller held onto the one-time ace-in-the making.
The Marlins took that decision off the table, offering three long-term assets – one of which immediately ranked as top infield bat in the system and another who could be a force in the back of the bullpen as soon as 2017 – for two months of a pitcher who was going out the door at the end of the season.
You say yes to that every time.