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On Trading Catchers....

Fellow ANers,

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  
 2008 OAK 148 530 54 148 25 1 7 42 44 69 2 3 .279 .346 .370 .716  
 2009 OAK 147 570 74 156 37 1 15 88 28 59 8 2 .274 .313 .421 .734

 

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?)

Last year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS  
 2009 OAK 46 140 19 32 7 0 7 30 14 36 0 0 .229 .297 .429 .725  

 

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

Year Team Lg Age Org. Level Pos Ln G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH  SF DP  AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 Auburn SEC 19 - NCAA     47 153 20 45 7 0 7 26 0 0 11 34 3   3 3 .294 .347 .477 824
2006 Auburn SEC 20 - NCAA     56 228 39 63 16 1 10 42 1 1 15 41 5   1 3 .276 .331 .487 818
2007 Auburn SEC 21 - NCAA     55 215 63 75 19 0 11 54 17 3 38 27 3   1 5 .349 .444 .591 1035
  Azl Cubs Ariz 21 CHC Rk c   4 11 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 .182 .308 .364 672
  Boise Nwst 21 CHC A- c   49 162 37 56 11 2 9 35 6 2 37 34 2 1 0 1 .346 .470 .605 1075
2008 Peoria Midw 22 CHC A c   63 235 27 51 13 0 6 23 7 1 17 41 2 1 0 0 .217 .276 .349 625
  Stockton Calif 22 OAK A+ c   47 188 37 62 13 2 9 39 0 2 17 29 2 0 0 0 .330 .391 .564 955
2009 Midland Tex 23 OAK AA     124 455 67 123 37 1 9 91 7 2 80 92 1 2 3 2 17  .270 .379 .415 794
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.

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
ATH AZL .000 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .000 .500
VAN NOR .286 13 49 3 14 4 0 0 8 18 2 11 0 0 .340 .367 .707
Minors   .280 14 50 3 14 4 0 0 8 18 3 12 0 0 .345 .360 .705

 

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

Year Team Lg Age Org. Level Pos Ln G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH  SF DP  AVG OBP SLG OPS
2002 Alvernia NCAA 18 - NCAA     44 160 41 60 9 1 12 57 9 2 18 33 3   0 2 .375 .443 .669 1112
2005 Vancouver Nwst 21 OAK A- c   43 150 16 35 8 0 5 18 0 0 16 40 2 0 1 0 .233 .315 .387 702
2006 Kane County Midw 22 OAK A c   108 407 52 116 23 3 14 57 6 5 41 115 3 0 0 1 10  .285 .354 .459 813
2007 Stockton Calif 23 OAK A+ c   56 207 39 66 17 2 13 47 2 0 27 48 5 0 0 5 .319 .402 .609 1011
  Midland Tex 23 OAK AA c   58 201 16 41 12 0 4 20 0 1 17 63 1 0 0 0 .204 .269 .323 592
2008 Midland Tex 24 OAK AA c   117 430 57 118 29 4 11 64 1 2 43 140 5 0 2 2 11  .274 .346 .437 783
2009 Midland Tex 25 OAK AA     16 57 11 17 4 0 3 9 0 0 8 22 0 0 0 0 .298 .385 .526 911
  Sacramento PCL 25 OAK AAA     78 272 30 71 11 2 12 45 2 0 28 80 2 0 3 1 .261 .333 .449 782
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"?

***UPDATE***

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?

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