Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Assessing the deal

There's not going to be a whole lot here that you haven't likely already perused, but let's give this a shot:

*This is another win for Jeff Luhnow. Quintero was clearly the C3 on the roster, and Bourgeois was rendered...not useless, but expendable, by Jordan Schafer. Thing is, the Astros have a few players on the roster who can do what Bourgeois does. Quintero, while he has the 11th-best Caught Stealing percentage among active catchers (32.2%), he also averaged a 60 OPS+ from 2008-11. Bourgeois had a career-high .680 OPS in 2011, but from August 1-end of season, he hit .225/.265/.252. The fact that the Astros flipped them for a Down The Road ML-caliber reliever and another potential prospect is a good thing.

*Like many trades we've seen in the past two years, it's just going to take a while to know for sure. Chapman, and the PTBNL (whom Jordan Sams, via TCB, speculates on here) aren't likely to be ready to see Big League action...maybe until late 2013.

*With the departure of Quintero, Wandy Rodriguez is the only remaining Astro who touched the field in the World Series season of 2005.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, if one values speed, or values a defensive backup at center, the Astros don't have a few players on the roster who can do what Bourgeois does.

Anonymous said...

You're right on the speed front but wrong on defense. J.B. was very mediocre defensively-- often taking poor routes. Shuck is pretty similar.

Anonymous said...

I should have been more specific. Bourgeois is not a defensive backup at center in the sense that he he a plus defender, he is just a defensive backup with no equal on the present roster. He might even be a mediocre defender, but he is still a far better defender than Shuck. That will become apparent if Shuck plays much in center.

Astros County said...

But if Jordan Schafer is what he *could be* - then he'll ideally be playing 140-150 games in center, right? I know there's a lot of Ifs there (Schafer's history of health included), but it doesn't sound like the plan for CF will include Shuck too much.

Anonymous said...

I agree.

I basically agree with the analysis of the trade, in that the Astros gave up replacement level players for some potential, I was just disagreeing with the author who wrote that that Bourgeois could be replaced with someone on the current roster. I just don't see that someone.

Blazemule said...

Honestly Bourgeois and Shuck are both about equal to me, I can do without Bourgeois and Quintero for some prospects. How Luhnow pulled off a trade to get back value for easily replaced players is beyond me, but I am glad for it. I hope that they carry 5 outfielders (J.D. Martinez (R) LF, Schafer (L) CF, F. Martinez (L) RF as the starters and Bogusevic (L) and Shuck (L) as the 4th and 5th. I don't feel like we need a right handed hitting outfielder to platoon, just let these guys play they are the best we have, we don't need a Jason Michaels 2.0 out there.