Thursday, June 2, 2011
Vida Blue pitched for the great Oakland teams of the early 1970s.  He threw a no-hitter in ‘70 against the Twins, won an MVP and Cy Young in ‘71, and was a member of the World Series winning teams in ‘72, ‘73, and ‘74.  Also, as you can see here, for a time he rocked his first name on his jersey.
Just before the 1978 season, Vida Blue was traded for 8 players and cash as part of the fire sale going on in Oakland (more on that here).  This might be the widest and shallowest tree we’ve featured before here.  Just look how many of the players were released or left via waivers/purchases.

Vida Blue pitched for the great Oakland teams of the early 1970s.  He threw a no-hitter in ‘70 against the Twins, won an MVP and Cy Young in ‘71, and was a member of the World Series winning teams in ‘72, ‘73, and ‘74.  Also, as you can see here, for a time he rocked his first name on his jersey.

Just before the 1978 season, Vida Blue was traded for 8 players and cash as part of the fire sale going on in Oakland (more on that here).  This might be the widest and shallowest tree we’ve featured before here.  Just look how many of the players were released or left via waivers/purchases.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Termel Sledge is an old request we recently re-discovered, mostly for his awesome name.*  This is actually a reverse tree of part of the A-Rod Tree posted here way back.
*A new tag has been added - Awesome Names.  This is now my second favorite tag, behind the ever-popular “Players Traded For Themselves”

Termel Sledge is an old request we recently re-discovered, mostly for his awesome name.*  This is actually a reverse tree of part of the A-Rod Tree posted here way back.

*A new tag has been added - Awesome Names.  This is now my second favorite tag, behind the ever-popular “Players Traded For Themselves

Monday, March 28, 2011
A while back, justinjabs wrote in asking for a little explanation regarding the layout of the trees.  He’s written in again with a request:

Not sure if it would warrant a large tree, but as a Cubs fan, I’ve never liked when Hendry sent Mark DeRosa away at the New Year. He was a great player who could field all over the diamond – I would love to see if anything actually came of that trade.

Not a whole lot has come from the trade, yet, though things are still developing  
Jeff Stevens has come out of the pen for the Cubs, throwing 30.1 innings in 29 games over 2 seasons.  His numbers aren’t that great - 10.4 Hits/9 innings, 1.8 HR/9, and a 24:18 K:BB ratio.  He’s been optioned to AAA Iowa Cubs as of this weekend.
Christopher Archer ended 2010 in AA Tennessee.  Between High-A and AA, Archer went 15-3 with 149 K, 65 BB, and 6 HR over 142.1 innings.  Baseball America rates Archer as the #1 prospect in the Cubs’ system, as well has having the best fastball and slider in the farm system.
Gaub was sent to AAA Iowa earlier in March from Cubs camp.  He’s not appeared for the Cubs yet.  From the above article,”He threw 29 innings at Iowa last year and had a 6.52 ERA. He gave up five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings this spring.”
Edit: mykalmorgan has brought it to my attention that Archer was part of the trade for the Cubs to acquire Matt Garza.  The tree has been updated accordingly.  Thanks for the assist.
Also, Stevens has been switched from “MLB Green” to “Current Minor Leaguer” green.
Perez is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, but not the active roster.  Perez spent ‘08 and ‘09 with Tampa, and ‘10 in AAA.

A while back, justinjabs wrote in asking for a little explanation regarding the layout of the trees.  He’s written in again with a request:

Not sure if it would warrant a large tree, but as a Cubs fan, I’ve never liked when Hendry sent Mark DeRosa away at the New Year. He was a great player who could field all over the diamond – I would love to see if anything actually came of that trade.

Not a whole lot has come from the trade, yet, though things are still developing  

Jeff Stevens has come out of the pen for the Cubs, throwing 30.1 innings in 29 games over 2 seasons.  His numbers aren’t that great - 10.4 Hits/9 innings, 1.8 HR/9, and a 24:18 K:BB ratio.  He’s been optioned to AAA Iowa Cubs as of this weekend.

Christopher Archer ended 2010 in AA Tennessee.  Between High-A and AA, Archer went 15-3 with 149 K, 65 BB, and 6 HR over 142.1 innings.  Baseball America rates Archer as the #1 prospect in the Cubs’ system, as well has having the best fastball and slider in the farm system.

Gaub was sent to AAA Iowa earlier in March from Cubs camp.  He’s not appeared for the Cubs yet.  From the above article,”He threw 29 innings at Iowa last year and had a 6.52 ERA. He gave up five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings this spring.

Edit: mykalmorgan has brought it to my attention that Archer was part of the trade for the Cubs to acquire Matt Garza.  The tree has been updated accordingly.  Thanks for the assist.

Also, Stevens has been switched from “MLB Green” to “Current Minor Leaguer” green.

Perez is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, but not the active roster.  Perez spent ‘08 and ‘09 with Tampa, and ‘10 in AAA.

Friday, March 4, 2011
This tree is another of no real significance, but involves a favorite name of mine (see also: Benny Agbayani)  ”Shinjo” is a fun name to say, and the man himself had a bit of flair, in particular his bleached blonde hair.  Shinjo and Desi Relaford were packaged by the Mets and shipped to the Giants for Shawn Estes.  Estes was later traded with some cash to Cincinnati for four players (two were PTBNL).
Feliciano was claimed by the Tigers off waivers, but released and re-signed with the Mets.  Clark was claimed by the Brewers.  Gonzalez was released by the Mets, signed a free agent deal with them a month later, then was re-released 4 months after that.
Elvin Andujar is also known as Elvin Beltre.  He spent a year at the Mets’ Low-A club in Brooklyn, then was demoted to Rookie Ball.  He was released after two years.

This tree is another of no real significance, but involves a favorite name of mine (see also: Benny Agbayani)  ”Shinjo” is a fun name to say, and the man himself had a bit of flair, in particular his bleached blonde hair.  Shinjo and Desi Relaford were packaged by the Mets and shipped to the Giants for Shawn Estes.  Estes was later traded with some cash to Cincinnati for four players (two were PTBNL).

Feliciano was claimed by the Tigers off waivers, but released and re-signed with the Mets.  Clark was claimed by the Brewers.  Gonzalez was released by the Mets, signed a free agent deal with them a month later, then was re-released 4 months after that.

Elvin Andujar is also known as Elvin Beltre.  He spent a year at the Mets’ Low-A club in Brooklyn, then was demoted to Rookie Ball.  He was released after two years.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Earlier today I posted a three-way trade and a teaser about today’s tree.  Can you see what I’m getting at?
Nick Swisher was drafted by the A’s in 2002 as compensation for losing Johnny Damon to the Red Sox.  Years later, they would be teammates as Yankees.  I haven’t cross-checked the database at all to see if this is a unique case.  I only noticed it because the lightbulb went off in my head when I entered in the data.  One big shiny Internet to anyone who can come up with another example.
Also, de los Santos spent 2010 at AA in the Oakland organization.  John Sickles rates him as the A’s #5 prospect coming into this spring.

Earlier today I posted a three-way trade and a teaser about today’s tree.  Can you see what I’m getting at?

Nick Swisher was drafted by the A’s in 2002 as compensation for losing Johnny Damon to the Red Sox.  Years later, they would be teammates as Yankees.  I haven’t cross-checked the database at all to see if this is a unique case.  I only noticed it because the lightbulb went off in my head when I entered in the data.  One big shiny Internet to anyone who can come up with another example.

Also, de los Santos spent 2010 at AA in the Oakland organization.  John Sickles rates him as the A’s #5 prospect coming into this spring.

Way back in November, we posted three trees together - Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye, and Carlos Beltran - the Royals outfield that could have been.  This is the three-way trade from involving Johnny Damon.  Next we’ll examine things from the A’s point-of-view to show something very interesting I found finishing our draft database.  What might that be?  Stay tuned to find out.

Way back in November, we posted three trees together - Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye, and Carlos Beltran - the Royals outfield that could have been.  This is the three-way trade from involving Johnny Damon.  Next we’ll examine things from the A’s point-of-view to show something very interesting I found finishing our draft database.  What might that be?  Stay tuned to find out.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
In December, 2003 Sexson was traded from Milwaukee to Arizona.  You’ll notice Jorge de la Rosa in the right-hand side of your screen.  This is part of the Schilling trade featured here a few days ago (in reverse, as these would be players leaving Arizona not going there).
The Brewers let the majority of the returns for Sexson leave via free agency, but only Sabathia garnered any return in terms of compensatory draft picks.*  Both of the draftees via Sabathia - Walla & Davis - are currently working through the Brewers’ farm system.
*Our draft database is nearly complete. I’m through 2008.  Hopefully in the next week or two we’ll have something new and shiny to play with.

In December, 2003 Sexson was traded from Milwaukee to Arizona.  You’ll notice Jorge de la Rosa in the right-hand side of your screen.  This is part of the Schilling trade featured here a few days ago (in reverse, as these would be players leaving Arizona not going there).

The Brewers let the majority of the returns for Sexson leave via free agency, but only Sabathia garnered any return in terms of compensatory draft picks.*  Both of the draftees via Sabathia - Walla & Davis - are currently working through the Brewers’ farm system.

*Our draft database is nearly complete. I’m through 2008.  Hopefully in the next week or two we’ll have something new and shiny to play with.

Anonymous asked: richie sexton

Richie Sexson being traded from Milwauke to Arizona will be up later today.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Here is the second tree from yesterday’s slight detour down Pedantry Lane.
Lance Clemons was sent from the Houston Astros to St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.  A reliever with St. Louis, Clemons pitched 5.1 innings over 3 games, giving up 8 hits and 6 earned runs.  During 1972, he also appeared in 21 games (all starts) for the Cardinals’ AAA affiliate in Tulsa.  He was traded to the Red Sox after 1 year with St. Louis.  For his career, Clemons appeared in 19 games in 3 seasons with 3 different teams.

Here is the second tree from yesterday’s slight detour down Pedantry Lane.

Lance Clemons was sent from the Houston Astros to St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.  A reliever with St. Louis, Clemons pitched 5.1 innings over 3 games, giving up 8 hits and 6 earned runs.  During 1972, he also appeared in 21 games (all starts) for the Cardinals’ AAA affiliate in Tulsa.  He was traded to the Red Sox after 1 year with St. Louis.  For his career, Clemons appeared in 19 games in 3 seasons with 3 different teams.

Monday, February 28, 2011
Here is the first tree from Anonymous’s question.  This is the actual Roger Clemens tree.  Interestingly, even though this tree is more than 10 years in the making - the trade was 2/18/99 - current Blue Jay Dustin McGowan makes an appearance.
Also, I included Matt DeWitt being traded with David Wells to the White Sox because he would eventually return to Toronto, and thus was traded for himself.

Here is the first tree from Anonymous’s question.  This is the actual Roger Clemens tree.  Interestingly, even though this tree is more than 10 years in the making - the trade was 2/18/99 - current Blue Jay Dustin McGowan makes an appearance.

Also, I included Matt DeWitt being traded with David Wells to the White Sox because he would eventually return to Toronto, and thus was traded for himself.