Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tim Alderson for Freddy Sanchez

The Giants decide to give up their second-best pitching prospect (after Madison Bumgarner) for Freddy Sanchez, who won the batting title three years ago.

It's already a bit alarming that the SF Chronicle's reporting that Freddy won't play until Monday due to inflammation in his knee. He's gotten 3 hits in his last 34 ABs. More alarming still -- Tyler Hissey posts at Dugout Central that he believes the Giants got fleeced.

John Shea of the Chron's done a pretty good recap for his print edition story -- "It's the price of doing business," general manager Brian Sabean said after parting with a 20-year-old who was a combined 7-2 with a 3.65 ERA in Class A and Double-A this year.
That the Giants would trade such a prospect reaffirms they're going for it now rather than simply relying on their top minor-leaguers to materialize in 2010 or 2011. After auditioning five second basemen and five first basemen, and not being content with any of them, they've settled on Sanchez at second and Garko, acquired from Cleveland on Monday for A-ball pitcher Scott Barnes, at first.


Anonymous Eckelberry said...

Keith Law reports why the Giants were willing to trade Alderson: his stuff has fallen off considerably. Insider only for full report:

His conclusion: Six months or a year ago this would have seemed like an insanely high price to pay for a year and a half of Freddy Sanchez, but the slippage in Alderson's stuff since he signed has pushed him down the Giants' prospect depth chart and it's not an unreasonable trade.

8:03 AM  
Blogger allfrank said...

It is not only K Law saying Alderson slipped. I have read a scout or two quoted as saying Alderson's ceiling has fallen to #5 starter. His lack of a major league fast ball and low strike out rate in AA do not project well

6:17 PM  

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