You've heard the news by now--Bulldog and Dance Fever are Dodgers now.
To Los Angeles: Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot, $2.5 million
To Chicago: Blake DeWitt, Kyle Smit, Brett Wallach
The sixth player impacted by the deal is Triple-A All Star Thomas Diamond. The former #1 pick by the Rangers is about three years removed from Tommy John surgery and will make his Major League debut Tuesday night.
DeWitt is was a first round pick, but hasn't hit the ball as expected. He's also changed positions and bounced between LA and AAA after being rushed to the Majors thanks to injuries.
DeWitt is going to cost a lot less money than Theriot, and has more upside. While the start of his big league career hasn't been great, DeWitt's been better than Theriot was -- and at a younger age.
First 770-ish at bats of career:
Upside with a lower cost? Works for me, and it should cut back on the Cubs' TOOTBLAN rate.
Including Diamond, three pitchers move around. I look at minor leaguers via a 100-based lens. Much like OPS+, everything is scaled such that 100 is average and each 10 point change is a 10 percentage point change in the stat. Higher numbers mean more, not better.
From left to right, you get PA (batters faced/plate appearances against), KpP (strike-outs per PA), BHpP (walks and HBP per PA), KpBH (strikeouts divided by walks+HBP) and GB/LD/FB/PU rates (all per ball in play, including home runs).
Minor league career stats, league relative:
Too many walks and not enough grounders for my taste. Diamond has improved his control this year (recent games...not so much) and Smit is doing better as a closer. Still, I'm not overly excited about these guys.
I've watched Diamond pitch a few times on MiLB.tv, and I think he might be OK as a reliever. Smit and Wallach are too new to me to be sure about them, though.
DeWitt could work out, and trading Lilly was inevitable given the Cubs' situation (payroll high, performance low). Theriot was going to get non-tendered -- and still might.