The Oakland A’s trade Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Saturday 22 December 2007 at 2:32 am

The Oakland A’s have traded Dan Haren and Connor Robertson to the D-Backs for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, outfielder Aaron Cunningham, 1B Chris Carter, and lefty pitchers Brett Anderson, Greg Smith and Dana Eveland. 22 year old lefty swinger Carlos Gonzalez was a big key to this trade as he was probably the best hitting prospect that the D-Backs had. He played in 130 games in AA+AAA ball and he was 144 for 500 (.288 avg, .814 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 17 homers, 86 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. 21 year old righty Aaron Cunningham also had some impressive numbers in the minors for the D-Backs. He played in 127 games in A+AA ball last season and he was 152 for 493 (.308 avg, .885 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 16 homers, 77 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. 21 year old righty swinging Chris Carter also has a large upside. Carter played in 126 games in A-Ball and he was 136 for 467 (.291 avg, .906 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 25 homers and 93 RBIs. Lefty starting pitcher Brett Anderson has the biggest upside of any of the pitchers that the A’s acquired from the D-Backs. He started 23 games in A-Ball last season and he was 11-7 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He also whiffed 125 batters in 120.1 innings which shows what kind of stuff he has. 24 year old lefty Greg Smith will probably vie for a spot in the A’s bullpen in Spring Training. He was 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in AA+AAA ball last season. 24-year old pitcher Dana Eveland is the only player that the A’s received with major league experience but none of it has been good. He pitched in 5 games (1 start) last season for the D-Backs and he was 1-0 with a 14.40 ERA and a 2.60 WHIP. Eveland has now pitched in 41 games (6 starts) in his major league career and he is 2-4 with a 7.55 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP. Dan Haren has been a good pitcher for the A’s but they couldn’t pass up getting all of these solid prospects for him….but this means that the A’s are in rebuilding mode.

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