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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How They Were Built - Cleveland

Next up in the series, here's how davidlove built the Wahoos


TRADES - 7
DRAFT - 7
FA - 6
IFA - 4
RULE 5 - 1

1B - COZY SPRADLIN - Season 11, Rd 1 Pick 27
2B - BENJ HARANG - Season 13 Rd 1 Pick 11
SS - TONY MATEO - IFA Season 10, $11.3 mil
3B - EDDIE BROOME - Season 11 Rd 1 Pick 39
LF - LLOYD SPENCE - Season 9 Rd 1 Pick 9
CF - RAFAEL SORIANO - Trade Season 13 w/ SP Esmailyn Cueto for SP Bill Reed (Season 7 Rd 1 Pick 2, 95 ML wins)
RF - TODD FREY - Trade Season 15 w/ P Otto Podsednik and P Ken Howington (AAA allstar) for MILTON SIMMONS (enough said)
C - WILFREDO MANUEL - IFA Season 7 $700k

Backup C - BERNIE TEJADA - Trade Season 8 for career minor leaguers Pedro Gonzales (OF) and Brian Brea (SP)
Backup - 3B ROB JOSEPH - Trade Season w/ P Gene NIxon (cup of coffee in majors) for C Milt Peterman (journeyman) and SS Jorge Flores (backup journeyman)
Backup - 1B JULIO PADILLA - IFA Season 11 $6mil (Wahoos record for PHs in a season, 22 in Season 16)
Backup - LF ANDREW GOLUB - FA $705k (added for bench punch)
Backup - CF ROBERT SENECA - FA $960m (added when $9mil man Soriano was hitting .190 after 50 games this year)
Backup - SS JOSE CORDERO - IFA Season 12 $5.5 mil

SP1 - DEREK PETERS - FA, Season 15, 4 yrs, $44.5 mil, $11mil bonus
SP2 - CRISTOBAL MOLINA FA Season 17 3 yrs, $18.6mil, $5 mil bonus)
SP3 - ESMAILYN CUETO - Trade (see Soriano/Reed trade)
SP4 - GARY ANDERSON - FA Season 17, $1 mil (drafted #1 Season 10, Pick 18, later released)
SP5 - LIVAN PINEIRO - FA Season 16, 2 yrs X $1.4 mil
MOP - STEVE MELUSKEY - Season 10 Round 3, Pick 98
LONG - OTTO PODSEDNIK - part of SIMMONS trade
SET UP A - JUNIOR OZUNA - Trade Season 14 for SP Rolando Carrasco (now 6-0 with Salem ML), SP Miguel Sojo (just won ML pitcher of week for Dover), P Mikey Becker (unsigned FA, drafted Rd 4 Season 10, pick 132)
SET UP A - BUTCH LOGAN - Rule 5 from PITT, Season 14
SET UP B - PATRICK PARONTO - Season 12 Rd 6 Pick 186
CLOSER - DOUGLAS MANCUSO - Season 12 Rd 5 Pick 154 (Wahoos alltime save leader, career 85/101 opps)

BEST MOVE - either the Peters signing (gave up #25 pick in draft for 46-18 record, 10 CGs and 5 SHOs over 2.5 seasons, only 20-game winner in Wahoos history) or the Tejada trade (Tejada in top 3 for Wahoos career in several offensive categories including OBP, HRs, Hits, 2Bs, Runs - #1 in games)
Resigning Anderson, the Wahoos career leader in CGs for $1 mil (2 season-ending injuries plagued him) wasn't bad either.

WORST - jury is still out, but giving IFA Lorenzo Ordaz $14.3 mil may not have been worth it. He stormed into the majors as a mid-season callup in Season 15 and went 7-2 with sub-3 ERA, but is now in AAA after giving up 21 HRs in just over 80 innings this year.

PHILOSOPHY - The Wahoos have truly tried to develop using all available avenues. The draft and IFAs have provided core young talent that has stayed with the team, and some of that talent left via trades to bolster the lineup with some seasoning. The GM has typically used preseason FA signings to add quality starting pitching, while midseason FA signings are used to add bench depth. While Ozuna was a big trade, the Wahoos have typically developed bullpen arms through the middle rounds of the draft and Rule 5 (Logan is a quality 8th inning man, and Roderigo Rincon wa R5 pick who still is in the top 5 in alltime Wahoo saves).

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