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Angels trade for Andrelton Simmons - Aybar, Newcomb, Ellis & $2.5mm to Braves $*#&

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Value-wise, before hindsight, I think this is the worst trade in the history of the Franchise.

Carney Lansford for Rick Burleson was pretty bad....
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Simmons is crazy good and any team would be lucky to have him at SS.

But this is way too much to pay.

Unless... well...can Simmons lead off?

Aybar sure couldn't, and we wont have an offense unless we get someone who can really lead off.

Simmons' career OBP is .304, so, no.

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The weak ass farm finally has a gem in Newcomb and they immediately ship him off for a defensive SS when the offense couldn't hit for shit

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Simmons is crazy good and any team would be lucky to have him at SS.

But this is way too much to pay.

Unless... well...can Simmons lead off?

Aybar sure couldn't, and we wont have an offense unless we get someone who can really lead off.

 

For the Braves.  He was their #7/#8 hitter last year.  

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I read up on Newcomb last night ... a very promising can't miss front of the rotation starter ... now I HOPE HE'S A BUST!

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I kind of expected Ellis to be gone if this trade were to happen, but Newcomb? How in the hell?

 

We also just went back to having the worst farm system in baseball by a wide margin.

 

I mean, I really like Simmons. He locks down the SS position for the next 5 years. But there is no reason to give up your top 2 prospects along with your shortstop who is already pretty damn good himself. Aybar, Ellis, and a relief prospect I can get. But this is absurd.

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So what does this mean for Baldoquin? Do they intend on making him a 2B going forward or are they just gonna go and trade him as well?

It means the guy that was part of a team with a massive international department and scouting network doesn't think much of JD's guy.  On the plus side we will be able to spend on International FAs again in two years.

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The guy is a human highlight reel at SS...but not seeing the Braves much, hard to know what his other attributes are.

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The guy is a human highlight reel at SS...but not seeing the Braves much, hard to know what his other attributes are.

He's just got the one attribute.

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I read up on Newcomb last night ... a very promising can't miss front of the rotation starter ... now I HOPE HE'S A BUST!

 

Pretty messed up. I hope he succeeds. Not his fault he got traded. If it turns out bad for the Angels then we can point the fingers at the FO yet again for their blunders

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The guy is a human highlight reel at SS...but not seeing the Braves much, hard to know what his other attributes are.

 

He doesn't K, he can milk a walk..  But hes a defense first guy.  Basically we traded for what the Rangers used to think Elvis Andrus would become.

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I'm fine with this deal. Simmons for 5 more years with A++ defense is much better than anything Aybar provides. Prospects are not a guarantee. Nuke has a great chance of being a front of the rotation guy in 3-5 years. I think this means we're going hard after FA pitchers. Price, Greinke, Zimm, Cueto, etc. Makes no sense to trade these two pitchers and not go all in on FAs.

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