Angels trade SS Cabrera to White Sox for SP Garland

November 19, 2007 at 12:26 pm 13 comments

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim just landed a starting pitcher. They got sinkerballer Jon Garland from the Chicago White Sox for their Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera and some cash. This move benefits both players but the trade is almost a wash.

This trade will give Jon Garland the opportunity to play in a better ballpark and with a team that is going to win games. The only problem is that he heads to team that HAD a Gold Glove caliber shortstop. The defens of the Angels isn’t the greatest with a slower corner outfield and an overrated centerfielder. Seconbaseman Howie Kendrick still has a long way to go to improve and you figure Chone Figgins will be the thirdbaseman and his arm could be better. The only player that has Gold Glove caliber defense is firstbaseman Casey Kotchman. This is important because Garland never misses bats. He averages only 4.79 K/9 in his career and had a career low 4.23 K/9 last season. He will give you 200 innings and he will win games with the Angels and that will help his value when he hits the market.

The only other thing about Garland is that he is considered by most to be a groundball pitcher. He’s actually trending to a neutral pitcher. Look at the stats: His GB/FB ratio is 1.14 over the last two seasons. His GB/FB ratio in his career prior to 2006 was 1.33. And it’s not like he’s getting a ton of outs either, opponents are hitting .270 against him in his career wnd he has given up 9.3 hits per 9 innings pitched. I’m not so sure that’s worth $10M.

The White Sox got a great defensive shortstop in Orlando Cabrera. Cabrera plays everyday, plays hard, and is a true professional. He doesn’t have very good gap power averaging almost 40 doubles (39.5 to be exact) per season over the last seven seasons. Hitting in Chicago’s hitter friendly home park should boost his numbers as well. He may top double digit homers for the first time since 2004 (when he had a whole 10!). He also runs the bases well and steals bases at a good rate: 88% success over the last 5 seasons while averaging almost 22 steals per season in that same span. This also means that Juan Uribe will not be the starting shortstop (all White Sox fans rejoice!!!!).

The deal for Cabrera doesn’t make the White Sox a whole lot better. They need pitching and they just traded away a starter. They need more guys who get on base at a high rate and Cabrera isn’t going to tip the scale in favor of that with his .321 career OBP. They also need to get younger and that didn’t happen here either.

The trade slightly, in my humble opinion, favors the White Sox. They can hope Cabrera keeps playing his great defense and that their ballpark inflates his numbers and they can then trade him to a contender for some young players or prospects.

I want to point out a thought of mine. I would love to see the Angels move Brandon Wood back to shortstop now. He is adequte there, with great hands and a good arm. His range is limited but he can improve that with time. Wood could hit 30 homers from the shortstop position while playing adequate defense.

Here is the original article:

The White Sox traded right-hander Jon Garland to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday for shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

The 28-year-old Garland, an 18-game winner in 2005 and 2006, was 10-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts last season. He 92-81 with a 4.41 ERA in 246 games, including 223 starts, over eight major league seasons, all with the White Sox.

Garland was acquired by the White Sox from the Cubs on July 29, 1998, for pitcher Matt Karchner.

Cabrera, 33, batted .301 with 35 doubles, eight home runs, 86 RBIs and a career-high 101 runs with the Angels last year. He had a career-high 192 hits.

He won his second Gold Glove and led AL shortstops in fielding percentage (.983). Cabrera, who has also played with Montreal and Boston during his 11-year career, is a career .273 hitter. He was on the 2004 Red Sox team that won the World Series.

Chicago also receives cash as part of the trade.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    This makes the Angels starting staff one of the best in Baseball… But I think it will just open the door for the Angels to make another deal by dealing one of their starters for a middle infielder. Cabrera was pretty good last year… probably one of the biggest snubs of last years all star game.

    I think the Whitesox traded Garland because he just made too much $ and they needed an upgrade at SS. A-rod was not an option.

    I like the deal for the White Sox. I think any time you trade a position player for a pitcher the position player plays more of an impact because he can impact more games than a starter who pitches once every fifth day.

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    The White Sox traded Garland because he made way too much money for a #4/5 starter. The White Sox also don’t need Cabrera. They need to rebuild around Fields. They really need to trade Crede. The White Sox would be wise to shop Cabrera in July if his offensive numbers are ahead of the curve. It could turn out to be a very good deal for the White Sox if they can do that.

  • 4. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Uribe may not be playing much longer with his various legal difficulties… Hence they needed Cabrera.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Uribe should never have been signed. He is AWFUL! He has a cannon of an arm but his range is limited and he never gets on base.

  • 6. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    I Agree. Uribe is awful. I think it weakened the Angels offense in front of Vlad Guerrero… mind you 60% of the time there was a runner on first prior to him hitting. They will lose that with Cabrera now a Whitesox.

    Now Chicago has to go back to getting pitching…
    The deal is a wash…

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  • 8. Erik  |  November 20, 2007 at 12:57 am

    I am aware that I like the deal for the sox and later said it was a wash… but for the most part I like cabrera he is a pretty decent SS. And Garland makes too much money as a #4-5 starter… hence it is a wash from a clubs perspective. A win for the sox in that they get a player who can hit and field and play SS instead of Uribe who may either be dealt or be the 2nd baseman…

  • 9. Charlie Nehl  |  November 20, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Yeah initially I see this deal in favor for the ChiSox. Uribe is a horrid player. The only thing keeping him around is his cannon arm.

    Garland is a good 4/5 pitcher, but as mentioned is way overpaide from his one career season. The Angels have enough pitching now the way it is, even if they don’t resign Colon. Cabrera improves their D, but as mentioned they need to move Crede so Fields can play a full season. Could Uribe play 2nd for the departed Iguchi, or did they fill with a younger player? I didn’t follow after the Iguchi move.

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 20, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    2B is going to be manned by Richar or Uribe. I think you see if Richar (who I think isn’t a prospect at all but the Sox think so) can handle the Majors and let Uribe be a super-sub that can play 3B/SS/2B. I still think Cabrera is a guy they hope performs in their ballpark and they can trade for a blue chipper in July.

  • 11. Erik  |  November 21, 2007 at 2:01 am

    In Comisky park last year Cabrera did his best against Contraras hitting .333 with 2 rbi’s… the rest of the pitchers at Comisky held him pretty much to a .250 ba 1 stolen base (against Buehrle) and that is it. Not really blow me away stats at comisky… but against Detroit, Cleveland, Minnesota they guy has excellent stats.

  • 12. Erik  |  November 22, 2007 at 3:56 am

    Oh interesting move by Angels who have reached a preliminary agreement with Torii Hunter.

  • 13. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 22, 2007 at 8:01 am

    Wiht Hunter!?!? That’s ridiculous!


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