Another day and another trade. In a seven player deal, AJ Preller traded Andrew Cashner, Collin Rea , Tayron Guerrero AND $2.25 million CASH for Josh Naylor (1B) Luis Castillo (P), Carter Capps (P) and Jarred Cosart (P)
We knew that Andrew Cashner was going to go. The surprise was Colin Rea and Tayron Guerrero. I was thinking it would be Cashner for some prospect straight up, but the Padres made it more complicated. AJ “Steinbrenner” Preller has done it again. More cash OUT, this time 2.25 million of the approximately 2.5 million Andrew Cashner had left for 2016. The numbers are STAGGERING for the cash out this year!
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With this deal it is more of the same: Heck with 2016 and 2017. Let’s load up for 2018/2019. AJ Preller continued his re-stocking by adding two good looking prospects and two ML ready pitchers.
Here, in some detail, are the players AJ received :
Josh Naylor (1B) is a 19 yr old who was drafted in 2015 with the #12 pick overall. He is 6’0″ and 225 lbs. Throws and bats Lefty. (Perfect for a First Baseman). The scouts of MLB had him ranked #2 in the Miami organization. Now ranked #4 in for the Padres. Comments were made by these same scouts that loved his raw power. Possibly a middle of the order type hitter. He was last playing in Single A ball.
Luis Castillo (P) is a 23 yr old who was originally signed by the Giants in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic, later traded in a multi-player deal to the Marlins in December 2014. Luis had been ranked #8 in Miami. He now is ranked #15 for the Padres. This right handed starter was having a good year in single A with a 7-3 W/L and a 2.25 ERA over 18 starts. The MLB scouts say his fastball is in the mid-high 90’s with an occasional 100 mph (yippee). He has several other pitches developed as well. Could climb the “ladder” rather quickly.
Carter Capps (RP) is a 25 yr old (6’5″ 225 lbs) who was originally drafted by Seattle in the 3rd rd of the 2011 draft. Traded in December 2014 to Miami. First pitched in the major leagues in 2012. Two years Seattle, one and a half years in Miami. Totals of the four ML years is 118 games (135 Ins) 4-3 W/L 3.99 era. But the real story was 2015 stats. With the Marlins he had 30 relief appearances with a 1.16 ERA . But wait for it …….. 58Ks over 31 innings. WOW!!! He had Tommy John Surgery in March 2016 but is hoping to be back early 2017. The Padres are gambling – but what a great relief arm he could be! He can be a free agent in 2019, so the Padres have him arbitration eligible 2017 and 2018
Jarred Cosart (P) is a 26 yr old (6’3″ 205 lbs) right handed pitcher who was drafted in the 38th rd (wow) by the Phillies. He has been traded twice before: to Houston July 2011 then to Miami July 2014. His four year ML total over 57 starts are 16-18 W/L 3.69 era , however not so good this year. Four starts 0-1 – 5.95 ERA. but had spent most of the year at Triple A. Arbitration eligible 2017, 2018 and 2019.
AJ added two prospects that now rank #4 and #15 in a rapidly developing Padre minor league system. A big hitting 1st baseman and big arm pitcher, that with good luck, could be a #1. A common theme lately.
Also one relief pitcher that is having a “Rodney” type year. Who knows maybe AJ will peddle him before the deadline for more 2018-2019 material. The other a starting pitcher who HAD pitched well earlier in his career.
What Miami got was two starting pitchers who could help them immediately in their stretch run for a playoff spot. AND of course some cash from the “drunken sailor” Padres.
I mentioned several posts back, when talking about Wil Myers, that his flexibility to move to Left Field should a1st baseman drop into our lap was big. Well one just did!
I know I am biased but I think AJ won this one.