A Trade Target Leaderboard

Since I write most everyday here at FanGraphs, I keep a running list of things to do that serves as a queue for future post topics. One of the things on my to-do list has been to build a custom leaderboard of all the potential trade targets as we head towards the July 31st deadline, so that you guys could easily compare and sort various players who might fit needs for the teams you root (or work) for.

Well, in a pretty happy coincidence, that was apparently also on Tim Dierkes’ to-do list, and he’s more motivated than I, so he beat me to the punch. Not that I’m complaining, as now I get to write about the custom leaderboard he made without having to do any of the work.

Note that this list is just position players, and as Dierkes noted, it is a highly subjective list of who might be available. There are probably players listed who aren’t as available as they might seem from the outside, and players not listed who will end up getting moved over the summer. Dierkes, though, definitely knows the pulse of the rumor mill, given that he runs MLB Trade Rumors, the baseball news behemoth of the internet.

For the purposes of this post, I’ve reproduced the list of top 30 players by past 365 day WAR, but you should click through to the entire leaderboard to look at the 63 names he came up with. From there, you can sort them however you’d like, including using multiple years of data, isolating positions, splits versus pitcher types, and all the other goodies you can find on the leaderboards here on FanGraphs.

Name Team PA BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ Fld BsR WAR
Alex Rios White Sox 673 6% 16% 0.214 0.326 0.302 0.341 0.516 0.366 128 7.3 6.4 5.3
Jimmy Rollins Phillies 705 10% 14% 0.171 0.265 0.251 0.323 0.422 0.324 103 6.6 5.6 4.7
Chase Utley Phillies 552 11% 13% 0.180 0.266 0.258 0.351 0.439 0.341 114 11.0 4.2 4.6
Aramis Ramirez Brewers 526 7% 14% 0.223 0.326 0.309 0.369 0.532 0.386 145 -1.8 -6.3 3.9
Justin Ruggiano Marlins 513 8% 27% 0.193 0.340 0.273 0.335 0.466 0.348 119 4.6 1.1 3.5
Alexei Ramirez White Sox 649 3% 12% 0.103 0.311 0.284 0.308 0.388 0.301 84 10.0 5.0 3.3
Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 363 9% 30% 0.322 0.340 0.285 0.361 0.607 0.404 157 -0.4 -0.8 3.3
Norichika Aoki Brewers 711 8% 7% 0.120 0.305 0.295 0.366 0.415 0.344 117 1.7 -1.6 3.2
Luis Valbuena Cubs 487 13% 18% 0.132 0.268 0.228 0.331 0.360 0.307 89 18.4 -2.0 2.9
Daniel Murphy Mets 641 5% 14% 0.137 0.323 0.290 0.329 0.427 0.327 109 -2.3 1.4 2.9
Alfonso Soriano Cubs 637 6% 25% 0.205 0.305 0.254 0.305 0.459 0.328 103 10.7 -1.4 2.6
Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 421 7% 20% 0.197 0.304 0.269 0.325 0.466 0.339 116 -4.8 1.6 2.3
Kevin Frandsen Phillies 299 5% 9% 0.133 0.345 0.322 0.384 0.456 0.367 132 -0.1 -0.4 2.2
Kendrys Morales Mariners 614 6% 19% 0.190 0.308 0.273 0.327 0.464 0.341 121 1.5 -1.9 2.1
Peter Bourjos Angels 222 7% 20% 0.135 0.356 0.295 0.361 0.430 0.347 123 3.4 2.4 2.1
Alberto Callaspo Angels 554 11% 10% 0.113 0.268 0.258 0.336 0.371 0.312 99 -0.4 -0.6 2.0
Andre Ethier Dodgers 601 9% 17% 0.142 0.306 0.268 0.344 0.410 0.328 110 -0.7 -1.6 1.9
Josh Willingham Twins 614 13% 24% 0.227 0.263 0.234 0.352 0.461 0.352 124 -10.1 -1.0 1.9
David DeJesus Cubs 526 9% 15% 0.165 0.292 0.264 0.333 0.428 0.332 106 -3.4 2.4 1.9
Mark Ellis Dodgers 495 6% 16% 0.100 0.296 0.258 0.315 0.359 0.299 90 6.9 -1.4 1.8
Cody Ransom Cubs 245 10% 37% 0.255 0.330 0.236 0.315 0.491 0.348 119 2.4 0.5 1.8
Nate Schierholtz Cubs 354 8% 14% 0.215 0.301 0.283 0.341 0.498 0.357 126 -1.2 -0.1 1.8
John Buck Mets 456 8% 26% 0.183 0.250 0.215 0.286 0.398 0.297 87 -0.1 0.4 1.7
Darwin Barney Cubs 568 6% 11% 0.101 0.255 0.239 0.290 0.340 0.276 68 13.7 2.1 1.5
Rickie Weeks Brewers 631 10% 24% 0.179 0.300 0.245 0.331 0.424 0.332 108 -14.5 0.5 1.5
Carlos Corporan Astros 190 5% 26% 0.187 0.342 0.281 0.340 0.468 0.352 123 -0.6 -1.4 1.3
Marlon Byrd Mets 220 7% 30% 0.232 0.325 0.263 0.315 0.495 0.344 123 1.2 0.4 1.2
Juan Uribe Dodgers 221 13% 20% 0.122 0.262 0.222 0.318 0.344 0.291 87 6.2 0.6 1.2
Ryan Doumit Twins 572 6% 18% 0.187 0.288 0.261 0.311 0.448 0.328 107 -6.4 -3.7 1.2
Alejandro De Aza White Sox 591 7% 22% 0.157 0.316 0.261 0.316 0.418 0.318 95 -6.3 0.8 1.1

And, because he’s awesome, he also made a similar custom leaderboard for starting pitchers. As with the position players, here are the top available options by past 365 day WAR, though we’ll just do 15 instead of 30 this time.

Name Team IP BB/9 K/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP WAR RA9WAR
Cliff Lee Phillies 243.2 1.15 8.42 0.89 29% 78% 9% 2.77 2.88 3.14 6.2 6.4
Ricky Nolasco Marlins 207.2 2.08 6.59 0.74 30% 72% 8% 3.81 3.50 3.90 3.4 2.8
Jake Peavy White Sox 187.1 1.97 8.50 1.39 30% 75% 12% 4.04 3.97 3.77 3.2 3.1
Scott Feldman Cubs 166.2 2.32 6.91 0.97 29% 69% 11% 4.00 3.79 3.77 2.9 2.0
Kyle Lohse Brewer 202.0 1.69 6.37 1.07 27% 78% 11% 3.21 3.78 3.88 2.7 4.1
Yovani Gallardo Brewers 209.0 3.23 8.14 0.99 29% 76% 15% 3.62 3.82 3.47 2.4 3.3
Joe Blanton Angels 190.2 1.79 7.88 1.32 34% 70% 15% 4.81 3.88 3.41 2.2 0.2
Bud Norris Astros 190.1 3.26 7.09 0.95 30% 73% 9% 4.07 4.03 4.37 2.2 2.0
Jason Vargas Angels 206.1 2.53 6.06 1.05 27% 80% 10% 3.36 4.14 4.38 2.1 4.6
Lucas Harrell Astros 194.2 4.07 6.61 0.74 30% 77% 11% 3.56 4.11 4.10 1.9 3.4
Joe Saunders Mariners 186.0 2.27 5.18 1.06 30% 69% 11% 4.55 4.25 4.25 1.7 1.3
Shaun Marcum Mets 101.0 2.67 7.57 0.98 32% 63% 8% 5.17 3.81 4.29 1.6 -0.5
Kevin Correia Twins 185.0 1.80 5.35 1.12 30% 72% 13% 4.09 4.15 3.96 1.5 1.7
Ivan Nova Yankees 114.1 3.62 8.90 1.18 36% 68% 15% 5.51 4.28 3.84 1.3 -0.2
Aaron Harang Mariners 163.0 3.26 6.63 1.05 28% 69% 8% 4.36 4.30 4.84 1.2 0.5

He did relief pitchers too, but I have to go pick my wife up from work, so you don’t get a table of those names. Just click the link!

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Dgood
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Dgood

Where does Brendan Ryan fit on this? Why are his defensive numbers so low this year? He still looks excellent.

Choo
Member

Errors and small sample noise, and I’m not sure present-day Brendan Ryan profiles as a worthwhile upgrade for any contender at this point.

Speaking of the Mariners, stabilizing their crumbling 40-man roster via trades would be ideal but they have no options of interest. I think Ulysses Everett McGill sums it up best: “Damn! We’re in a tight spot!”

Yeah
Guest
Yeah

Dealing relievers is the only possibility that comes to mind.

Clifford
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Clifford

Brendan Ryan would prolly be an upgrade for the Cards actually, and one could even make an argument that once he left Saefco, he might even be an upgrade for the Red Sox, As(move Lowrie to 2B), and Dodgers(move Hanley to 3B). I understand he’s an absolutely awful hitter, but on a team like the Cards or Dodgers, he doesn’t have to do much at the plate.

eric
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eric

If the Red Sox wanted to solely upgrade their defense at SS they would just move Iglesias over from 3B and trade Drew, not acquire a guy that can’t hit.

nilbog44
Member
nilbog44

Fun Fact: Defense in baseball is the most overrated thing in existence. Every single major league baseball player can make routine plays. And 99% of batted balls are either routine plays or clean hits. If a guy sucks that bad at hitting, there is absolutely no reason to play him. Also, remember before last season started how everyone was saying what a disaster the tigers infield was going to be with Miggy at 3rd and Prince at 1st? It meant absolutely nothing.

Baltar
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Baltar

One case is enough proof for me!

Machado's Mittens
Guest

To an extent, I agree. The fact that the Tigers made it work is an excellent example. That said, as an O’s can who had to endure seasons of Mark Reynolds at 3rd, I assure you that there are players that are bad at certain positions. He’s not so bad at first (amazing I know) but the man was the second coming of the human vacuum cleaner… Except his was always set on “blow”