The Indians were believed to be receiving minor league catcher Carlos Santana and right-handed pitcher Jon Meloan. Santana is hitting .323, with 14 homers, for Inland Empire, in the Class A California League. The hard-throwing Meloan is 5-10, with a 4.97 ERA, at Triple-A Las Vegas -- but has piled up 335 strikeouts in only 262 innings in his minor league career.
I guess this might mean the Dodgers trade Andy LaRoche to OAK for Street _________________ "Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call promising." Cyril Connolly, 'Enemies of Promise'
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From BP's Joe Sheehan
Across the country, the Los Angeles Dodgers were also adding a right-handed bat, trading two prospects to the Indians for Casey Blake. Although Blake was desired for his experience and perceived leadership qualities, his bat is adequate, a .270/.340/.440 hitter who can play all four corners and is actually a pretty good third baseman. Trading for Blake isnít a problem in and of itself, but the Dodgers have both paid too much talent for his services and are using him to block a comparable, perhaps even better, player.
First, the price. Power right-hander Jonathan Meloan, whose 5-10 and record and 4.97 ERA at Las Vegas are less reflective of his talent than they are the context in which heís pitching, is half the package. Meloan is about ready to be a middle man in the majors, and his upside is that of a high-leverage, high-strikeout reliever. The other prospect, Carlos Santana, is a catcher who is a little old for the Florida State League (22), but he has hit very well this year and has earned good grades for his defense. These prospects havenít gotten the play that Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, and the rest of the Dodgersí youth has gotten, but theyíre also very talented and canít be treated as free resources. Trading two prospects of this caliber for 200 at-bats of Casey Blake is a ridiculous waste.
Moreover, according to ESPN.comís Jayson Stark, Blake is slotted to take time from Andy LaRoche, who is almost certainly as good Blake, and has upside Blake doesnít have. The Dodgers could improve their situation by playing Blake in the outfield in lieu of Andruw Jones and/or Juan Pierre, as those two are among the worst players in baseball in 2008, and Blake isnít. Playing Blake, or if you prefer, the outfielders ahead of LaRoche is actively hurting your teamís chances of winning. This is nothing new for the Dodgers, who have come to value experience over performance, but it is a sight to behold.
This is a great package for Mark Shapiro. Itís actually a better package, relative to what he gave away, that the Matt LaPorta-plus one he received for CC Sabathia. Meloan will probably be a big part of the Indiansí 2009 bullpen, and Santana could be Victor Martinezís replacement two or three years down the road, and at the least will be a solid major league backup catcher.
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