First Big Trades: Kazmir and Ramirez
July 24, 2015
The first big trades since the All Star Game took place yesterday. In the morning, the Athletics and the Astros finished a trade that sent top pitcher Scott Kazmir to Houston for two minor league players, Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham. Later in the day, the Brewers traded veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguer Yhonathan Barrios and cash considerations.
The Kazmir trade will bolster an Astros starting rotation that already has a strong ace in Dallas Keuchel. Kazmir, a veteran pitcher who has been in the major leagues since 2004, has had a good start to the 2015 season. In 109.2 innings in 18 games with the Athletics, he had a 2.38 ERA and a 5-5 record. He struck out 101 batters and walked 35. So far this season, he has given up 84 hits, 35 runs, 29 or which were earned runs, and 7 home runs.
The Athletics gained a catching prospect and a pitching prospect in the trade. Jacob Nottingham, a catcher, was drafted by the Astros in 2013. At the age of just 20, he already has two and a half years of experience in the minor leagues. Since 2013, he has played in 169 games in the minors and he's batted .280 with 175 hits, 44 doubles, 20 home runs, and 108 RBIs. As a catcher, he has a .993 fielding percentage and he's caught players trying to steal 37 percent of the time.
The pitching prospect, Daniel Mengden, was drafted out of Texas A & M last year. In his short time in the minors, he has pitched 99.1 innings in 24 games and he has a 6-2 record and a 3.44 ERA.
Ramirez, a 17-year MLB veteran, has been traded back to his first team, the Pirates, exactly 12 years after Pittsburgh traded him to the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers gained a minor league pitcher, Yhonathan Barrios, in the trade.
Ramirez will help out the Pirates defensively in an infield that's been plagued by injuries. As the Brewers' third baseman this season, he's made 119 assists and 40 putouts with just 5 errors. Offensively, he has shown power with 18 doubles and 11 home runs. He's helped the Brewers drive in runs (42) as well as in scoring runs (25). Although he has struck out 42 times, he's walked 16 times and he has an on-base percentage of .295.
Yhonathan Barrios, the minor league pitcher acquired by the Brewers, is a 23-year-old relief pitcher who has been in the Pirates' system since 2013. In his two and a half years in the minors, he's pitched 109.2 innings in 84 games. He has a 3.12 ERA with a win-loss record of 5-11.