This week I will describe and analyze all 5 of the trades the Rangers made over the past week.
Trade 1: The Rangers traded minor league pitcher Joselo Diaz to the Royals for Matt Stairs.
Stairs’ stats this year are:
This year his fielding percentage is 1.000 and is 2-10 as a Ranger.
Over his career, Stairs has a .266 average with 215 home runs over 15 seasons.
Grade of Matt Stairs: 8.2
Joselo has posted these numbers with the Redhawks:
Joselo has allowed 2 ER in 2 IP for the Omaha Royals so far.
Matt Stairs is a good player while Joselo is just another relief pitcher and probably wouldn’t have had much impact with the Rangers.
Grade of trade: A+
Trade 2: The Rangers traded minor league pitcher Jesse Chavez to the Pirates for Kip Wells.
Kip has been injured for a lot of this year, but so far his stats are:
Kip allowed one earned run in five innings in his Ranger debut.
During his career, Wells is 57-74 with a 4.43 ERA with 176 starts.
Jesse has been in AA almost all of this year and his stats are:
Jesse is not a major prospect but has a great ability to get strike-outs.
This was a great trade. Chavez wasn’t that much of a prospect and we got a decent major league pitcher that has taken a spot in our starting rotation.
Grade of trade: A+
Trade 3: The Rangers traded relief pitcher Bryan Corey to the Red Sox for minor league pitcher Luis Mendoza.
Luis was sent to AA, and his stats for the Portland Sea Dogs this year were:
He went 5 innings giving up 2 ER in his Roughrider debut and is only 23 years old.
Bryan started in AA, then moved to AAA and then to the MLB where his stats were:
Bryan started out great and then fell apart at the end. He has already been Designated for Assignment (DFA’d) by Boston after only one appearance.
We traded about the same talent that we got back. I’m glad to get anything for Corey since he was DFA’d by the Rangers.
Grade of trade: B
Trade 4: The Rangers obtained catcher Miguel Ojeda from Colorado for cash.
Miguel had 74 AB with the Rockies this year and posted these numbers:
Miguel has played in parts of 4 seasons in the majors including part of one with the Mariners and 2+ seasons with the Padres. He has a career .222. average with 15 home runs over 207 games.
We traded pretty much nothing for our probable back-up catcher for next year.
Grade of Trade: A+
Trade 5: The Rangers traded minor league catcher Nick Trzesniak to Florida for future considerations.
Nick has spent most of the year with Oklahoma posting these numbers:
Nick wasn’t a real big prospect and we got Miguel Ojeda to replace him. He has recently been injured, playing in the Arizona Rookie League on a rehab assignment.
We traded Nick Trzesniak for what could be nothing depending on how long he stays there.
Grade of Trade: D+
Come back next week for a short interview with Tulsa Drillers closer Jim Miller unless the Rangers make another trade.