Wednesday, July 31, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Rays, Marlins make trade

      The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired RHP Trevor Richards and RHP Nick Anderson from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Ryne Stanek and OF Jesus Sanchez.

      I don't understand this deal for the Rays. Richards is a decent starter and Anderson is a good reliever, but I'd take Stanek over Anderson. Also, Sanchez is their fourth best prospect and 42nd overall in baseball. Trading Sanchez for two pitchers with ERAs around 4 doesn't make sense, especially when including Stanek.

      Richards, 26, has a 4.50 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 112 innings for the Marlins this year. In his two year MLB career, all in Miami, Richards has a 4.46 ERA with 233 strikeouts in 238.1 innings.

      Anderson, 29, made his MLB debut this year, with a 3.92 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. He also recorded one save. He would likely have been the closer if not traded, as Sergio Romo was dealt to Minnesota.

       The Marlins restock their farm system by getting Sanchez. They also acquire Stanek, a good arm, with a hard fastball and a good slider. He has a lot of starts, but that is because the Rays used him as an opener consistently.

       Stanek, 28, has a 3.40 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 55.2 innings for the Rays this year. In his MLB career, all in Tampa, Stanek has a 3.55 ERA with 171 strikeouts in 142 innings.

       Sanchez, 21, has a .263 average with nine homers, 54 RBIs and five stolen bases in 387 Plate Appearances for AA Montgomery and AAA Durham this year. In his minor league career, Sanchez has a .298 average with 46 homers, 295 RBIs and 29 stolen bases in 1881 Plate Appearances.

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