Re: Rangers acquire Garza
posted at 7/22/2013 10:18 PM EDT
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
decent return for the cubs, but not great.
olt has been aweful in AAA this this year and is 25 yrs old, comparing him to middlebrooks is not valid. middlebrooks is younger and has had more success at the major league level.
Grimm is downright brutal, not even sure why the cubs wanted him. 6.37 era this year, 9.00 era last year. Cj edwards is the best peice the cubs got in this deal, overall they didnt get much though. Really think ben could have topped that offer pretty easily. I would say a comparable offer from the sox would be:
brentz, britton, buttrey
Which I would certainly do. Looks like peavy could be our guy.
Will Middlebrooks is 13 days younger than Mike Olt. Middlebrooks was Baseball America's 51st-ranked prospect entering the 2012 season while Olt was BA's 43rd-ranked prospect entering the 2012 and 22nd-ranked prospect entering the 2013 season. Here are their cumulative minor league numbers:
WM 1829 PA, .275/.332/.454/.786, 137 BB (7.5%), 471 K (25.8%)
MO 1317 PA, .269/.375/.503/.878, 185 BB (14.0%), 348 K (26.4%)
The 92-point difference in OPS is hard to overlook.
Middlebrooks has been given more opportunities than Olt at the MLB level only because Adrian Beltre plays for Rangers, not the Red Sox. I don't place much weight on Olt's 40 MLB plate appearances. At any rate, I see two young but flawed thirdbasemen.
Justin Grimm's 2013 ERA doesn't look that bad next to Allen Webster's ERA of 9.91 this year.