Deadline Deals Part 2

Posted: July 12, 2013 in by Freddy Berowski

The Houston Astros send 1B Chris Carter and P Bud Norris to the Texas Rangers in exchange for SS Luis Sardinas, P Luke Jackson and C Jorge Alfaro.

The Houston Astros are a long way off from contending, so there really is no need to look for near Major League ready talent in any trade.  This trade makes a lot of sense from both team’s standpoints.  Houston would acquire three talented young players with a chance to help the ball club long term, once they are ready to contend again, and the Rangers get pieces for right now.

In Sardinas, Houston would be acquiring one of the top minor league shortstops in baseball.  Outstanding with the glove, Sardinas has a fantastic arm and the ability to drive the ball all-over the field.  He has plus speed on the basepaths so he should be a threat near the top of the line-up in the future.  The Rangers, with an excess in the middle infield (Kinsler and Profar), really have talent to spare here and Sardinas should be the center piece.

In Jorge Alfaro, the Rangers would be giving up a young, raw catcher with tremendous upside.  Alfaro’s best skills are his arm and his power.  He has battled injuries over the last few seasons, but there is no doubt about his talent.  If he can stay healthy he should be able to continue developing with an eye on late 2015.

Luke Jackson has a plus fastball and is already striking out more than a batter per inning in the minor leagues.  If he can gain better command of his two average off-speed pitches, he should have a chance to hold down the back end of a big league rotation.  If not, he still projects as a quality short man out of the bullpen.

In Carter and Norris, the Rangers would be acquiring two pieces that they really need right now as they are locked in a dog fight for first place in the AL West with the Oakland A’s.  In Carter, they would be acquiring a legit power bat that can play first base or DH and slide into the middle of the Rangers line-up.  With Norris, they get a legit middle of the rotation starter that can pitch quality innings and slide in nicely every fifth day right behind Darvish, Holland and Ogando.  This would take the pressure off of the Rangers coaching staff from having to play musical starters every week.

The Rangers are built to win now.  The Astros are several years away.  This is a traditional baseball deal that makes sense for both teams.

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