Capital City Income trades away
Phillips, Brett $3 (cost controlled)
Night King’s Undead Army trades away
Reddick, Josh $9
Hustle’s Toxic .$02
I’m not sure what I expected this week. No Football. The Royal Rumble isn’t until Sunday Night. One thing I certainly wasn’t prepared for was for Jordan to trade for 3 prospects. I went back to the Squids Media publication to see where Jordan’s team was ranked, surely that must have triggered him. I was surprised Squids ranked Jordan’s farm #5 with Kyle Zimmer as a 2018 MLB impact prospect. I don’t know what to think anymore.
Cole Ragans ETA is 2021, seems like a very un-Jordan like investment. He has a pretty good strikeout upside with his repertoire, but has control issues and a long way away. Cole Tucker seems like a low power starting SS eventually. With an already stacked SS core of Didi, Segura, and Dejong… there doesn’t seem like a lot of need here. I guess Jordan likes these guys and are possibly trade chips down the line. I wouldn’t have put the Undead Army at #5 overall, but this trade certainly bolstered his system. I see these two pieces as throw ins to a Phillips for Reddick deal essentially. When I ask to trade a prospect to Jordan he says “I’ve heard of this Vlad guy, how about him?” when he trades with others he demands Cole Tucker ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
For Bailey, getting a CF eligible Reddick that he feels more comfortable keeping at the price is a big win. Reddick has been a very useful hitter vs RHP. Seems like a good useful boring piece that will generate some Income for the Income.
For Jordan, trading away Reddick really only leaves him with recently acquired Max Kepler for CF. Kepler is also only useful against RHP. Seems like combined one of Kepler or Reddick starts against a righty at least 6 days a week and the other becomes an option elsewhere in his lineup if they both have attractive RHP starts. By trading Reddick away, there’s a lot more pressure on Jordan in finding another CF hitter. Phillips is a good get with some upside, but his path to playing time in 2018 seems very tenuous with Braun, Santana, Cain, and Yelich ahead of him. That being said, if he lives up to expectations and finds a starting role somewhere, he’s certainly capable of being Reddick or more and becomes a better long term option than Reddick could be at 31.
I think this trade is fine for both teams. I’d like to think Jordan woke up this morning and pontificated the moves and process he’s employed over the last 2 years and decided that today he would grind a little differently.