I was looking at landing another outfielder. Like I said, the more big bats the better. So I thought I’d inquire about another bat, Corey Dickerson. I also thought it would be nice to bolster the bullpen a bit, so I also inquired with the Rays about Jose Alvarado. Another lefty reliever that is young, but had a fantastic year in 2017. The asking price back from them was Panik, Slater, and Strickland for the two. But I asked about what it would take to land Odorizzi as part of the package, and I was able to only add Kelvin Beltre in order to land the three. Deal done.
I know what you’re thinking. “Why trade Joe Panik?!” Well, the Giants do have Christian Arroyo and he probably profiles better as a second baseman than third (he does, I promise), and with the addition of Dickerson, he’d likely get no playing time. His stock is sky high, so we could turn him into a legit young pitcher in Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson. Two proven players who have a much higher ceiling together than Slater does.
Again, this is a simulation for a reason. So don’t go crazy. It’s fake. I tried to make the team better in almost every single place. These last two trades tried to get better bang for the buck at these respective positions. So here we go. First up, after losing Panik, I was still bullish on just throwing Arroyo out there to the wolves at second base. So I found someone who wanted a 1B, and was offering their 2B. Enter Jason Kipnis. Brandon Belt‘s contract is quite large for a guy who is really good when he plays, but is just so inconsistently healthy, and frankly quite streaky. So the Indians and I swapped Jason Kipnis and Brandon Belt.
After that, we needed a 1B, because Chris Shaw quite frankly isn’t able to step right in. For some reason the A’s GM got Matt Adams in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. So with the starting rotation a little overboard on the 40 man roster, and the A’s the perfect place for a struggling pitcher to get back on his feet with little pressure, Matt Moore got shipped to the A’s with some cash. I was one of those annoyed at the fact they picked up Moore’s option. With Odorizzi and Chacin in the rotation now, it feels a little better set up for the long term.