- First Baseman/Outfielder Matt LaPorta: Laporta was supposed to be the centerpiece of the deal, a guy who many projected to be a great power hitter. In 2008, he socked 22 homers in AA. In his biggest sample at the big league level in 2010, LaPorta put up a .221/.306/.362 line, with 12 homers. Still only 25, he should get plenty of at bats for the Tribe in 2011.
- Pitcher Rob Bryson: Rob Bryson was a 31st round pick of Milwaukee in 2006, and received a $300,000 bonus. Missed most of 2009 due to injury, but was awfully impressive in 2010, putting up a 2.53 at three different minor league stops, and showed dominant stuff, striking out 13.5 batters per nine innings. It wouldn't be a stretch to see him in Cleveland in 2011.
- Pitcher Zach Jackson: Jackson made his big league debut in 2006 for Milwaukee, putting up a 5.40 ERA in seven starts. He is no longer with the Indians organization, and spent 2010 pitching in Las Vegas for the Blue Jays organization. Nothing more than a journeyman at this point.
- Outfielder Michael Brantley: Brantley was the player to be named in this deal, after many reports said that 3rd base prospect Taylor Green would be headed to Ohio. Brantley has been compared to Juan Pierre, a speedy outfielder who projects as an above-average defensive centerfielder, and a leadoff man who should be able to get on base. In 2010 for the Tribe, Brantley put up a line of .246/.296/.327 with 10 steals. Should be in the mix for an outfield spot in 2011.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Last Time the Brewers acquired an Ace: Revisiting the CC Sabathia Deal
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