In the recent ROY award press conference for Andrew Bailey, Billy made it very clear that he views this award as vindication/validation of the A's current youth movement, and that any trades made this offseason will be for more young talent rather than proven veterans. "We're going to stay disciplined," Billy said Tuesday. "We're going to go with young players. We want long-term answers, like Andrew."
Now, who knows if the guy is actually telling the truth, or if Billy just decided to throw up a huge smokescreen for the duration of the offseason. What we do know however, is who's likely to be traded if and when a deal for said youth goes down; Catchers.
To put it mildly, the A's are freaking loaded at the catcher position, and before anyone goes out and gets their shorts in a tussle, Im not advising that Billy trade Zukes. (Errr.....yet!) Lets look at the depth in the organization at the position.
Zukes: Probably at peak value right now. He will most likely hit around .280 with 15-20 HRs, and has proven himself one of the better catchers in the league handling a staff. (and a ridiculously young and growing staff at that) I think trading Zukes at this point would hurt the development of the rotation. However, if Zukes has another great year in 2010, as we all expect, I would not put it past Billy to trade the guy at peak value, especially if those further down the system continue to impress. The pitchers will be more established at that point, and losing Zukes might not have that great an impact once the young guys are no longer in their 1st or 2nd seasons on the mound.
|Last 2 years||Team||G||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||AVG||OBP||SLG||OPS|
Landon Powell: Shown the ability to hit for some good power if given the opportunity to play full time. Injury history, especially with the knees, lowers his stock, but he is great in the backup role. Could also be of value as a switch hitting DH and PH off the bench. (Value at 1B too?)
Josh Donaldson: After a disappointing showing to start the season in the Midwest League in 2008, 'The Donald' was traded to Oakland as part of the Gaudin/Harden deal. He took off in Stockton to finish the season strong, and had a good 2009 at AA Midland. We should expect him to advance to AAA in 2010, with a chance to earn a shot at the bigs at some point in 2011. In a package deal, Donaldson has real value if Billy decides to go after young talent elsewhere.
stats via thebaseballcube.com
|Minor League Totals - 3 Season(s)||287||1051||169||294||76||5||33||188||20||8||153||200||7||4||3||3||25||.280||.374||.456||830|
Max Stassi: Oakland's 2009 4th round pick with 1st round talent. Has great upside, and his makeup and instincts have been described as off the charts. Plenty of trade value here should Billy chose to go that route.
Anthony Recker: Oaklands 2005 18th round selection has been on the track you would expect of an 18th rounder, the slow one. Nevertheless, the guy has progressed, and there is some value here as a trade chip.
stats via thebaseballcube.com
|Minor League Totals - 5 Season(s)||476||1724||221||464||104||11||62||260||11||8||180||508||18||0||6||9||44||.269||.343||.450||793|
Needless to say, there is a lot in the works at the catcher possition in the A's organization. Im not saying which one, or more, of these guys should be traded, but it seems pretty clear that if a trade is made Billy will have to look this list over and make some tough choices.
Who do you all think should be used as trade bait? Would you all be willing to let go of Stassi (or even Zukes) if it meant you could get a guy like Yunel Escobar from the Braves? I could totally accept a package deal of Green or Ladendorf, and Stassi if it meant we could get back talent like Yunel. What do you all think? What about other trades? I only mention Yunel cause there were rumors at the deadline the A's might have gotten him. Any good ideas? Anybody wanna take a stab at who Billy is talking about when he says, "long term [young] answers"?
It has been made clear that Stassi and Green cannot be traded until some time next year. So, would you all be willing to give up Donaldson and/or Recker and/or Zukes etc etc if it meant quality returns in the same class as Escobar?