According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Yankees are interested in Lucas Duda. This rumor makes sense. Let’s grade it.
I’m not sure when the tipping point was for Duda, when he made the transition from “kinda old for a prospect” or “poor man’s Adam Dunn” to a reliable power threat. He’s had an OPS+ between 130 and 137 in three out of the last four seasons, with the fourth easily explained away by injuries. He’s been a steady 25- or 30-homer hitter, and he’s patient enough to not worry about the low batting average. He’s pretty good at baseballing.
Gonzales, 25, was the No. 50 prospect in baseball before the 2015 season started, but he quickly lost his rookie eligibility after soaring through the minors. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016, though, and the Cardinals didn’t really have a spot for him. He spent most of this season as an overqualified starter in Triple-A.
The reason both teams made the trade is obvious: Both teams are kinda sorta contending, but not really, but kinda sorta, so if they were going to address a need, it couldn’t be something that damaged their long-term aspirations. The Mariners’ rotation is currently a sentient bucket filled with severed limbs and digits, and they needed a pitcher. The Cardinals were looking for an outfielder, hopefully a young one, because of the confusing seasons from Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty.
The Mariners could have traded for Marco Estrada, and the Cardinals could have traded for J.D. Martinez, but this was a way for both teams to get what they wanted for the present and Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer future. The Cardinals had so many options for the rotation, they couldn’t squeeze Gonzales in, and the emergence of Ben Gamel and Mitch Haniger helped the Mariners feel more comfortable trading O’Neill. It was Cheap Heat Jerseys the relative youth and depth of both teams that allowed them to do this.