Does Dayton Moore Make Enough Trades?

"If only I had more currency....."

When Dayton Moore was first hired, we were excited at the prospect of re-making this franchise. We were so tired of the losing, so tired of seeing the same old rejects over again - Emil Brown, Mark Teahan, Scott Elarton, ugh. Dayton Moore would come in and shake things up. He would trade everything that wasn't bolted to the floor, and bring in his own winning players.

Has that happened?

In his first two months of the job, Dayton Moore made seven trades, acquiring twelve players. Only the Phillies made more trades in that time (eight), and no team in baseball acquired more players through trades over that time. Not that surprising considering Dayton had just gotten the job and wanted to clear out the roster and bring in his kind of players.

The players ranged from promising AAA players (Joey Gathright), to older minor league vets (Ryan Shealy), oft-injured pitchers (Jorge de la Rosa) and expensive reclamation projects (Odalis Perez). None of the acquired players were solid prospects (aside from pitcher Dan Cortes) however, and none ultimately became impact players, although Jorge de la Rosa was useful once he left Kansas City (although again oft-injured). In his first twelve months on the job, Dayton Moore made twelve trades, acquiring seventeen players, equaled only in baseball by Cincinnati.

Here is a complete list of every Dayton Moore "player-for-player" trade (not counting player acquisitions for cash).

Date

Team

Acquired

Traded Away

June 20, 2006

TBR

OF Joey Gathright, IF Fernando Cortez

P J.P. Howell

July 19, 2006

NYM

IF Jeff Keppinger

2B Ruben Gotay

July 24, 2006

CHW

P Dan Cortes, P Tyler Lumsden

P Mike MacDougal

July 25, 2006

LAD

P Odalis Perez, P Blake Johnson, P Julio Pimentel

P Elmer Dessens

July 25, 2006

MIL

P Jorge de la Rosa

IF Tony Graffanino

July 31, 2006

COL

1B Ryan Shealy, P Scott Dohmann

P Jeremy Affeldt, P Denny Bautista

July 31, 2006

TEX

P Joselo Diaz

OF Matt Stairs

Dec. 6, 2006

NYM

P Brian Bannister

P Ambriorix Burgos

Dec. 16, 2006

CHW

1B Ross Gload

P Andrew Sisco

Jan. 10, 2007

CIN

P Russ Haltiwanger

IF Jeff Keppinger

March 23, 2007

ATL

SS Tony Pena Jr.

P Erik Cordier

March 27, 2007

MIL

P Ben Hendrickson

C Maxim St. Pierre

June 14, 2007

ATL

OF Bill McCarthy

1B Graham Koonce

July 13, 2007

DET

P Roman Colon

P Daniel Christensen

July 31, 2007

ATL

P Kyle Davies

P Octavio Dotel

Dec. 14, 2007

ARI

IF Alberto Callaspo

P Billy Buckner

March 19, 2008

CIN

P Brad Salmon

P Henry Arias

March 26, 2008

COL

P Ramon Ramirez

P Jorge de la Rosa

June 6, 2008

LAD

IF Juan Rivera

SS Angel Berroa

August 9, 2008

CHW

OF Paulo Orlando

P Horacio Ramirez

Oct. 31, 2008

FLA

1B Mike Jacobs

P Leo Nunez (Juan Oviedo)

Nov. 19, 2008

BOS

OF Coco Crisp

P Ramon Ramirez

April 1, 2009

FLA

P Eric Basurto

1B Ross Gload

July 10, 2009

SEA

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

P Dan Cortes, P Derrick Saito

Sept. 3, 2009

TEX

C Manny Pina and OF Tim Smith

P Daniel Gutierrez

Nov. 6, 2009

CHW

2B Chris Getz and 3B Josh Fields

3B Mark Teahen

May 1, 2010

ARI

IF Rey Navarro

P Carlos Rosa

July 22, 2010

LAA

P Sean O’Sullivan and P Will Smith

IF Alberto Callaspo

July 28, 2010

LAD

C Lucas May and P Elisaul Pimentel

OF Scott Podsednik

July 31, 2010

ATL

OF Gregor Blanco, P Jesse Chavez, and P Tim Collins

OF Rick Ankiel and P Kyle Farnsworth

August 13, 2010

SFG

P Kevin Pucetas

OF Jose Guillen

Nov. 10, 2010

OAK

P Justin Marks and P Vin Mazzaro

OF David DeJesus

Dec. 19, 2010

MIL

OF Lorenzo Cain, SS Alcides Escobar, P Jeremy Jeffress, P Jake Odorizzi

SS Yuniesky Betancourt, P Zack Greinke

June 1, 2011

ARI

IF Andrea Pizziconi

C Lucas May

July 20, 2011

DET

P Antonio Cruz and C Julio Rodriguez

IF Wilson Betemit

July 30, 2011

BOS

IF Yamaico Navarro and P Kendal Volz

IF Mike Aviles

Sept. 27, 2011

OAK

P Ethan Hollingsworth

1B Kila Ka’aihue

Nov. 7, 2011

SFG

P Jonathan Sanchez and P Ryan Verdugo

OF Melky Cabrera

Dec. 7, 2011

PIT

IF Diego Goris and P Brooks Pounder

IF Yamaico Navarro

March 20, 2012

HOU

OF Jason Bourgeois and C Humberto Quintero

P Kevin Chapman and OF D’Andre Toney

July 20, 2012

COL

P Jeremy Guthrie

P Jonathan Sanchez

July 31, 2012

CIN

P Donnie Joseph, P JC Sulbaran

P Jonathan Broxton

Here is the number of trades made by every team in baseball since the day Dayton was hired:

Team

Trades

Players Acquired

Notables

Players Traded Away

Notables

BOS

54

58

Jason Bay, Eric Gagne, Adrian Gonzalez, Victor Martinez

79

Marco Scutaro, Manny Ramirez , Josh Reddick, Kevin Youkilis

OAK

48

77

Carlos Gonzalez, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Holliday, Josh Willingham

66

Carlos Gonzalez, Gio Gonzalez, Dan Haren, Nick Swisher

ARI

47

65

Trevor Cahill, Dan Haren, Daniel Hudson, Ian Kennedy,

68

Carlos Gonzalez, Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson, Max Scherzer

CHC

45

74

Matt Garza, Anthony Rizzo, Travis Wood

65

Ryan Dempster , Omar Infante, Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano

SEA

45

66

Erik Bedard, Frankin Gutierrez, Cliff Lee, Jesus Montero

66

Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin Soo Choo, Adam Jones, Cliff Lee

SDP

42

64

Jason Bartlett, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Huston Street

54

Adrian Gonzalez, Mat Latos , Jake Peavy, Anthony Rizzo,

KCR

42

63

Lorenzo Cain, Alberto Callaspo, Coco Crisp, Alcides Escobar

47

Melky Cabrera, Jorge de la Rosa, David DeJesus, Zack Greinke

TEX

42

53

Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli

63

John Danks, Eric Gagne, Mark Teixiera

COL

42

52

Jorge de la Rosa, Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Hammel

50

Matt Holliday, Chris Ianetta , Ubaldo Jimenez, Huston Street

PIT

41

65

Adam LaRoche, James McDonald, Joel Hanrahan, Wandy Rodriguez

54

Jose Bautista, Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, Oliver Perez

CHW

40

54

John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Nick Swisher, Jake Peavy

58

Jon Garland, Gio Gonzalez, Nick Swisher, Javier Vazquez

ATL

40

53

Jair Jurrjens, Rafael Soriano, Mark Texieira, Dan Uggla

64

Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Adam LaRoche, Mark Teixiera

CLE

39

53

Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin Soo Choo, Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Santana,

47

Franklin Gutierrez, Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, C.C. Sabathia

CIN

39

51

Mat Latos, Kyle Lohse, Sean Marshall, Scott Rolen

54

Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Hamilton, Austin Kearns

WAS

37

49

Tyler Clippard, Gio Gonzalez, Wilson Ramos, Josh Willingham,

51

Matt Capps, Joel Hanrahan, Nyjer Morgan, Josh Willingham,

BAL

36

52

Jason Hammel, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Luke Scott

42

Erik Bedard, Miguel Tejada

MIA

35

52

Omar Infante, Carlos Lee, Justin Ruggiano, Carlos Zambrano

44

Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Dan Uggla

PHI

35

47

Freddy Garcia, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Hunter Pence

49

Bobby Abreu, Michael Bourn, Gio Gonzalez, Cliff Lee

DET

35

42

Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer, Gary Sheffield

53

Edwin Jackson, Matt Joyce, Jair Jurrjens

NYY

34

46

Bobby Abreu, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki

57

Austin Jackson, Randy Johnson, Ian Kennedy, Gary Sheffield

TOR

33

46

Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Scott Rolen, Marco Scutaro

48

Troy Glaus, Roy Halladay, Shaun Marcum, Scott Rolen

LAD

33

39

Ted Lilly, Hanley Ramirez, Manny Ramirez

52

James McDonald, Dioner Navarro, Carlos Santana

HOU

32

60

Michael Bourn, Francisco Cordero, Miguel Tejada,

47

Carlos Lee, Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence, Ben Zobrist

MIL

32

40

Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum, Nyjer Morgan, C.C. Sabathia

45

Nelson Cruz, Zack Greinke, J.J Hardy, Brett Lawrie

TBR

30

48

Matt Garza, Matt Joyce, Dioner Navarro, Ben Zobrist

38

Matt Garza, Jason Hammel, Edwin Jackson, Delmon Young

NYM

27

34

Oliver Perez, J.J. Putz, Johan Santana

35

Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gomez, Xavier Nady

SFG

24

26

Carlos Beltran, Melky Cabrera , Hunter Pence, Freddy Sanchez

31

Bengie Molina, Jonathan Sanchez, Nate Schierholtz, Zach Wheeler

MIN

20

29

Matt Capps, J.J. Hardy, Delmon Young

24

Matt Garza, J.J. Hardy, Francisco Liriano, Kyle Lohse

STL

20

24

Troy Glaus, Edwin Jackson

27

Luke Gregerson, Chris Perez, Colby Rasmus, Scott Rolen

LAA

17

17

Jon Garland, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Vernon Wells

29

Orlando Cabrera, Mike Napoli, Joe Saunders

A few observations:

  • This is a quantitative study (and a pretty simplistic one at that), not a qualitative study. We'd all be fine with it if Dayton only made one trade a year so long as it was an awesome trade. Some of the teams that have made the fewest trades have actually been among the most successful, although its perhaps because of their success they have not felt the need to make many trades.
  • Since it is quantitative, all trades are created equal, meaning the Russ Haltiwanger deal counts as much as the Zack Greinke deal (except in terms of players acquired)
  • I would like to do a more qualitative study, perhaps this fall, examining the value in players acquired and traded away. However, just eyeballing it, it appears as if the only significant trade in Dayton’s six years is the Zack Greinke deal. While I love Alcides Escobar, if he’s the best player you have acquired in a trade in six years, you may not be doing a great job as a General Manager.
  • What is missing from Dayton’s column is any kind of unearthed gem acquired in a trade. Cleveland landed Shin Soo Choo, Tampa Bay landed Ben Zobrist, Toronto landed Jose Bautista, all through trades of insignificant pieces. The cupboard may have been bare for Dayton when he arrived in Kansas City, but that is not a prerequisite for being able to land quality players.
  • In fairness to Dayton however, the vets he inherited had little trade value, and the youngsters he had (Butler, Greinke, Gordon) are the kind of guys you want to build around. When he did deal Greinke, he appeared to get a pretty good deal for him, however he mis-timed the market for some of his other useful assets like David DeJesus, Joakim Soria, and possibly Gil Meche, Albero Callaspo, Mike Aviles and Leo Nunez as well.
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