This week the Rangers traded Coco Cordero, Julian Cordero, Kevin Mench, and Laynce Nix to the Brewers for Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz. This week I will discuss my thoughts on the trade and grade each player from 1-10 (10 being the best).
Lee’s career stats are:
His stats this year are:
Carlos was a National League Silver Slugger in 2005 and an all-star in ’05 and ‘06. He started his major league career on May 7, 1999, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Lee recorded the 1st hit at the Cardinals’ new Busch Stadium. His brother, Carlos, plays in the White Sox minor league system.
Grade of Carlos Lee: 9.8
Nelson’s career minor league numbers are:
Nelson was the Brewers' minor league player of the year last year. This year he has been in Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .302 with 22 doubles, 20 home runs, 73 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 104 games.
This year, Cordero has put up these numbers:
Francisco lost his closing job earlier this season, and has blown nine saves already this year. But the Brewers' bullpen is slumping, and their closer, Derrick Turnbow, lost his job to Dan Kolb, so Cordero might become a closer again in Milwaukee.
So far this year, this is Kevin’s stats:
Mench is on pace to get a career-high 80 RBI’s. His power numbers will probably drop in Milwaukee because he will leave Ameriquest Field.
Laynce’s minor league stats this year are:
Nix was considered a big prospect a few years ago, but has really struggled in the majors. He is very good defensively but not very good offensively.
Julian’s stats for the LumberKings this year are
Julian is a pretty good pitcher but not one of the main prospects.
To me, this trade is good if we make the playoffs or sign Lee for multiple years. It is also good if Cruz becomes a great player. This trade gives the players more confidence, so it gives us a better chance in two ways of making the playoffs.
Come back next week for a short interview with Tulsa Drillers closer Jim Miller unless the Rangers make another trade.