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Warehouse Wire 2042.01: Swinging a trade

Post by bcslouck » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:18 am

In a need to get an established SP in their rotation, the Jimmies swung a trade with Portland to acquire Feliciano Rafael. A decent gamble by the organization.

It isn't a gamble because of his talent. Even in down years, he tends to outperform his peripherals and the organization seems to be betting he can meet those with the team. His injury history however is a bit of a show. Back issues, shoulder issues, arm issues, hamstring issues. He's been banged up all around. Despite all the roadblocks, he's still a top of the rotation type.

Another gamble is on his contract. If he manages to stay fairly healthy and pitch like he can, his contract isn't terrible. However, he has an opt-out after this year. If he pitches like he can, he's clearly gone. If he gets more hurt and regresses, they're saddle with him through 2045 for sure, but you might as well add 2046 given that's is a player option. The team has no control, something they try to avoid with big contracts, especially since the Carlton Winson deal.

To keep from getting a bloated salary to make another deal, they sent back 1B/DH Mario Guerrer. The team will save at least $7M overall as they didn't plan to pick up his team options if he didn't opt-out. He's been solid for the team but hadn't been quite as good as the team hoped for. In a league where offense has risen, his numbers have gone done. Dealing him also kept the team with plenty of salary cap room, only adding $2M to the cap in the swap.

They shed another $500,000 in cap by trading Ray Verhoeve. He had previously signed a $775,000 contract for next year so comes at a very cheap rate for Portland the next two years. Still just 24, the young arm has talent and just hasn't put it together for the Jimmies. His flyball tendencies don't really fit Old Bay Park. Reports from the warehouse were that their was some consideration in moving to the 'pen. In Portland, he will be given every opportunity to turn his career around for a team still building after coming to the league in 2040.

The last piece sent was 2041 1st round pick Greg Brown. In a fairly weak draft, the team was happy to get a pitcher with so many potential plus pitches. The team was hoping to work with him on upping his velocity while also upping his cardio so he could pitch deeper into games while throwing harder. Portland seemed to have saw the same potential from him and asked for him as well. Brown should plenty of time to develop and make his way through the system.

Despite the lack of success last year, the rotation looks to be pretty good. Jorge Nevárez struggled after some injury issues in 2041. Hopefully he can bounce back as he comes into Spring Training healthy. Bronco Rojas was the best SP in the rotation last year and has continued to develop. He comes into the Spring with his already plus changeup looking better and his slider looking better. It's still inconsistent but the coaches hope to have that ironed out by Opening Day. had a pretty successful 2041 after missing all of 2040. His peripherals were better and bumping him to #4 in the rotation may take some pressure off him. And of course, adding Rafael at the top should help.

The team is hoping to add another arm to the rotation. Even if they don't, they should have enough ready arms to have a better rotation this year. Considering it was over 6 most of last year, anything under 5 should put the Jimmies in better position for a playoff spot.
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Re: Warehouse Wire 2042.01: Swinging a trade

Post by usnspecialist » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:48 am

will always hope for Rafael to succeed as he was a big piece for me for a long time (as well as a key piece in my first big trade), but man do I feel glad I got out when I did (and picked up a nice piece in the process) and am not on the hook for that deal.
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Re: Warehouse Wire 2042.01: Swinging a trade

Post by RonCo » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:12 am

Hearts had to go into throats with the note of Rafael's dead arm. Lucky it's only for three days. :)
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Re: Warehouse Wire 2042.01: Swinging a trade

Post by bcslouck » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:59 am

RonCo wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:12 am
Hearts had to go into throats with the note of Rafael's dead arm. Lucky it's only for three days. :)
This was the first time I even saw he was hurt. But yeah, least of my worries. 5, count 'em 5(!!!!) pitchers hurt. 1 until the AS break, 2 probably through the Spring, and another 2 for a few days. But yikes..
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Re: Warehouse Wire 2042.01: Swinging a trade

Post by 7teen » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:46 am

I honestly feel this deal worked out well for both ends. We both got something in the end we felt we needed.

Guerrer isn't a piece I necessarily needed or wanted but like the flexibility I have with his contract the next 1-3 years. I'd be fine if he opts out, though I think he'd be a fool to do so as these power hitting 1Bs are landing $18 million anymore. Just look at the number still left so late on the market.

The big thing to watch, at least for me, is what does Rafael do with his opt-out at the end of the season. If he stays healthy most of the year (and in a real world), I could see him opting out and try and get another 6 year deal where someone pays him a little more up front since pitching is at such a premium. Another injury filled year and he should stay put and collect that $20 million for 4 more years.
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