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Shagsters/Burger Trade

March 26, 2015

Shagsters gives: Cole Hamels, Brett Cecil

Burger gives: Nolan Arenado, Dioner Navarro

Never-mind the useless trade done earlier where Burger shipped Shaggy the scrub with turf toe: this is the first trade of substance and Burger won it as well.

Burger gets an ace and a closer who will both make an instant impact. Now that the Jays sent Delabar down, Cecil has no short-term competition. Hamels won’t get many wins on a bad team, but everything else is elite and he’s in trade rumours every day.

Going the other way, Arenado is a top-5 3B but hit all-but-two of his dingers at Coors last year. If he starts getting pitched around during home games, his poor patience is going to make him look an awful lot like Brett Lawrie (minus the 2B eligibility). In a one-catcher league, as long as Dioner Navarro is in Toronto getting 10 AB/week he’s worse than guys on the wire. 10 AB/week looks like a ceiling if Josh Thole is Dickey’s personal catcher. Navarro will get the occasional start at DH and be stuck pinch-hitting until there’s an injury. Kurt Suzuki leads the wire and is a better get.

Even worse is where this leaves Shaggy. His only remaining saves source is Detroit, where an old, bad Joe Nathan is handcuffed by Joakim Soria. Soria will be fine, but Shaggy’s going to have to watch Nathan get torched a few times first–hurting ERA and WHIP. This burns two roster spots for now. Even when Soria takes the job, one closer isn’t enough to win Saves. Not clever.


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