Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Revisiting the Sexson Trade (Santana Edition)

The seemingly amazing coup the Mets pulled off might be a reverse of the trade the Brewers made in 2003 with Richie Sexson. Personally, I feel that the Twins could have gotten much better than what they did get. Then again, who knows? Deolis Guerra might be the second coming of Luis Aparicio or something. Did anyone know who Santana was when the Marlins traded him for Jared Camp? While it's far too early to speculate the total ramifications of the Santana deal, it's a perfect time to sit back, enjoy, and see exactly what the Brewers have gotten from trading Richie "Anti-Clutch" Sexson.

Brewers trade Sexson, Shane Nance, and Noochie Varner for Junior Spivey, Craig Counsell, Lyle Overbay, Chad Moeller, Chris Capuano, and Jorge de la Rosa.

The Diamondbacks can claim the following:

  1. Sexson was on the team for one year, played in 23 games and had 90 at bats, and hit .233.
  2. Shane Nance had a 5.84 ERA in 12.3 innings of work and hasn't seen the majors since.
  3. Noochie Varner has played decent AA ball for both the Reds and the Astros after one year of being in the D-Backs system.
Interesting Note: Each player was part of the organization for 1 year

The Brewers can claim the following:
  1. Junior Spivey did a good job keeping second base warm for Rickie Weeks and was an upgrade over Eric Young (who the Brewers lost to the Giants anyway).
  2. Junior Spivey was then traded for Tomo Ohka who was a respectable number 4 starter. Ohka was denied arbitration after 1.5 years with the team.
  3. Craig Counsell kept the shortstop position warm for JJ Hardy, then was resigned to the Dbacks for 2 years and is now back with the Brewers
  4. Lyle Overbay had two excellent years for the Brewers, also allowing Prince Fielder not to be rushed through the system. He was known for hitting doubles and having an OOOOO Chant.
  5. After two great years with the team, Overbay was traded for Gabe Gross, Dave Bush, and Zach Jackson. All three players are still with the team.
  6. Chad Moeller was a backstop for three years and was able to be the first Brewer since Paul Molitor to hit for the cycle. He has since become a punch line for his lack of punch, but there was a time fans were glad to have Moeller.
  7. Chris Capuano went from an unknown throw-in to an All-Star pitcher with a devilishly good move to first. While Cappy needs to battle for a spot this year, he has been a solid starter.
  8. Finally, the Brewers got Jorge de la Rosa. While he had modest success from time to time, he never reached his potential with the Brewers. The Brewers grew tired of waiting and traded him to the Royals, where he would continue to dazzle one day and frustrate the next. The Brewers received Tony Graffanino.
  9. Tony Graffanino hit .345 for the Brewers in 2006 as a much needed infielder after injuries to both JJ Hardy and Rickie Weeks hit the team. Sadly, he was not able to replicate those stats in 2007.

So as of today, the D-Backs received 3 players from that trade. None of them were really full-time players and none of them are with the team anymore.

The Brewers received 6 players from the trade and turned them into 11 total players. Of those 11, 4 are still with the team (5, if you count Counsell) and 8 could have been considered full time players at one point. I hope in my lifetime that the Brewers can pull off another trade like that.


Blogger Tyler said...

Wow, this is one of the nerdiest things I've ever seen... yet it still manages to be one of the coolest. I'm torn.

January 30, 2008 12:31 AM  

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