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Season 32 – Top 10 Trade Acquisitions

Season 32 Top 10 Trade Acquisitions

With trades you always have winners and losers, so what players that have swapped franchises this year have proven to be wins for their teams? Ewell Priest It should come as no shock that the best player traded this offseason has had the biggest impact. For Columbus, Priest has done what he has always done – mash the baseball. He is hitting .310/.360/.529 with 27 homeruns so far. Not all of Columbus’ moves have panned out the way they had hoped this offseason, but Priest will pay off for a long time. Juan Owen San Fransisco was looking to fill a lot of hole under new management and they needed some offensive punch at the ML level. While they may not have turned around their squad this season, acquiring Juan Owen has certainly panned out for them. Owen is hitting .283 with a .384 OBP with 19 homeruns, 22 doubles, and 20 stolen bases. He has provided the kind of consistency this franchise desperately needed this offseason. Rigo Goya Losing Boomer Hoffman in free agency left Toledo with a hole in their rotation and they thought Goya would fit nicely after a down year last season. He has responded well to the change of scenery, going 15-5 with a 3.70 ERA and providing some veteran stability that Toledo believed they needed to make another run at a title. Yonder Diaz The play of Diaz has made Mexico City the winners of the Diaz/Pan for Matthew Carroll swap. Diaz is above his career averages in average, OBP, and slugging percentage (.270/.342/ .461), already has a career high of 23 home runs, and has stolen 30 bags. Those numbers could yield Diaz a nice contract in free agency. Arthur Mattingly A speedster like Mattingly has to hate leaving a stolen base free for all like Las Vegas, but Vegas needed to shed salary and Toledo needed a bat for their bench in order to make Juan Owen expendable. It has proven to be an important trade for Toledo as Mattingly was originally slotted in a bench role but has moved into a full time 2B and leadoff man. Filling that role has been more pivotal than his production which has been average (.267/.329 with 48 stolen bases). Jeff Leary Leary was a bit of a throw in player, but he has proven to be an impact platoon player for Montreal at catcher. He is hitting.271 with a career high 28 homeruns and is part of the reason Montreal has moved into a potential wild card spot. Matthew Carroll Carroll was one of the bigger names moved in the offseason and everyone in Columbus hoped he would live up to his potential and promise. But no one thinks Carroll is delivering the way Columbus had hoped for. He is hitting above his career averages though at .258/.325/.416, has a career high 20 stolen bases, and 18 home runs – one away from tying his career high. While he may not be what everyone hoped, but having his first 20-20 season and becoming one fo the best defensive 3B in the NL ranks this as a solid acquisition. Now we get to some of the midseason swaps… Javier Arroyo El Paso had been searching for an impact starting pitcher all season and when Arroyo became available in Honolulu, they pounced. Arroyo has given them a great second option, going 8-3 with a 2.87 WHIP. Arroyo may not have been enough to propel them into the wildcard this year, but he may have been what they needed to take that step next season. Omar Lopez Honolulu was looking to add depth when they traded Arroyo, and they not only added that but are getting the same kind of production out of one of the 3 pitchers they got back in Lopez. Lopez is 8-2 pitching for the islanders with a 3.45 ERA. His numbers are far better than the rest of his career has shown, but so far Honolulu doesn’t miss Arroyo at all. Carlos Balboa Balboa has not pitched a lot and he won’t pitch a lot, but when he has pitched, he has done it well. In 13 games, he has a 1.69 ERA and has only walked one batter. Balboa won’t be a workhorse, but he may provided Ottawa with some great matchup opportunities come playoff time.

All Time Leaders

Hits
1. Luther Aldred 3031
2. Alfonzo Cruz 3004
3. Ugueth Moya 2830
4. Orlando Lee 2736
5. Alan Vickers 2643

Home Runs
1. Alfonzo Cruz 811
2. Dan Thompson 749
3. Ugueth Moya 686
4. Jerome Duran 633
5. Ivan Mantalban 602

OPS
1. Rusty Laker 1.021
2. Dan Thompson 1.020
3. Ugueth Moya .989
4. Matty Bennet .984
5. Emil Wilkinson .975

Wins
1. Fernando Neruda 352
2. Geronimo Flores 310
3. Esteban Cubillan 275
4. Frank Dehart 263
5. Shawn Radlosky 257

Strikeouts
1. Fernando Neruda 5038
2. Geronimo Flores 3866
3. Frank Dehart 3356
4. Esteban Cubillan 2955
5. Shawn Radlosky 2871

Saves
1. Jesus Torrealba 694
2. Hal Wagner 636
3. Charles Hall 575
4. Cole Alexander 488
5. Augie Martin 478