On the Block: The 2014 Trade Chips

One of my favorite tools here at FanGraphs is our Custom Leaderboard section, as it allows anyone to create a page to keep track of the performance of any player or group of players, whether it’s just guys on your fantasy team, upcoming free agents, or some random collection of players that you happen to care about. It’s a super helpful resource, and I have a handful of saved reports that I reference all the time.

And for the next six weeks or so, I’ll be adding another one to the list, because now that we’re just a few days away from the start of July, MLB’s trade season is upon us, and I wanted an easy way to keep track of who might be available at each position. So, I made a 2014 Trade Chip custom leaderboard. That links goes directly to the list of position players, but you can just click pitching up at the top to see the available arms as well. And the positional tabs up top will let you view players at various spots around the field.

This list is, of course, speculative, since it isn’t a matter of public record who is and who is not available for trade. To create the pool of potentially available players, I went to our Playoff Odds page included players from 10 of the 11 teams with less than a 4% chance of reaching the postseason; I didn’t include players from the Twins as of yet, as they are hanging around .500 and are unlikely to blow up their roster just yet. As teams move out of the playoff picture, we’ll go ahead and add their trade chips to the list. For instance, the Red Sox probably aren’t active sellers right now, but if their slide continues, they might be in a few weeks, and players like Jake Peavy will get added when it becomes clear what their intentions are.

But keep in mind that this list is is just my list. You can go to that link and add or remove any players you’d like, and then just save it as your own Custom Report for the future. You’re not limited to my selections; this can be the base from which you build your own list if you prefer to make different assumptions, or want to compare players who aren’t listed here. This isn’t the definitive list; it’s just one person’s guesses as to who might be available.

We’ll list the players by position below, but again, if you want to view updated numbers on a regular basis, simply use this link. And then just save it as your own custom report and you won’t even have to come back and find this page again.

For those who prefer a snapshot, though, here are the numbers of each player on the list, by position; note that players who have played 25% of their games at multiple positions will appear in each category.

Catcher Team PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
Carlos Ruiz Phillies 263 0.265 0.369 0.368 0.334 110 -1.5 1.6 3.8 1.4
Jose Molina Rays 120 0.162 0.203 0.171 0.175 6 -0.4 -13.1 1.8 -0.8
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First Base Team PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
John Mayberry Phillies 112 0.229 0.339 0.458 0.353 124 -0.1 2.9 -0.8 0.6
Adam Dunn White Sox 268 0.228 0.358 0.438 0.352 120 -3.5 2.6 -9.0 0.2
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Second Base Team PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
Daniel Murphy Mets 344 0.300 0.355 0.419 0.341 120 2.7 10.5 1.0 2.3
Ben Zobrist Rays 283 0.242 0.326 0.363 0.308 98 1.5 0.9 3.3 1.5
Luis Valbuena Cubs 237 0.266 0.359 0.425 0.348 117 0.5 5.1 0.0 1.3
Emilio Bonifacio Cubs 261 0.261 0.307 0.340 0.287 75 2.1 -5.2 6.9 1.0
Gordon Beckham White Sox 237 0.267 0.322 0.429 0.330 105 -0.6 0.8 -1.7 0.7
Cliff Pennington Diamondbacks 83 0.243 0.325 0.324 0.297 81 0.7 -1.1 2.0 0.4
Didi Gregorius Diamondbacks 61 0.196 0.300 0.333 0.289 76 0.9 -0.7 -2.2 -0.1
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Shortstop Team PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
Alexei Ramirez White Sox 320 0.302 0.335 0.425 0.335 109 0.6 3.7 0.8 1.6
Jimmy Rollins Phillies 319 0.249 0.338 0.390 0.325 104 -0.2 1.4 3.9 1.6
Elvis Andrus Rangers 325 0.271 0.319 0.353 0.300 82 3.6 -3.0 4.4 1.3
Cliff Pennington Diamondbacks 83 0.243 0.325 0.324 0.297 81 0.7 -1.1 2.0 0.4
Didi Gregorius Diamondbacks 61 0.196 0.300 0.333 0.289 76 0.9 -0.7 -2.2 -0.1
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Third Base Team PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
Luis Valbuena Cubs 237 0.266 0.359 0.425 0.348 117 0.5 5.1 0.0 1.3
Chase Headley Padres 224 0.201 0.286 0.332 0.281 79 -0.3 -5.5 5.7 0.7
Eric Chavez Diamondbacks 81 0.246 0.346 0.449 0.350 118 0.6 2.3 -1.1 0.4
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Outfield Team PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
Seth Smith Padres 255 0.294 0.402 0.523 0.403 163 -0.7 17.5 -3.7 2.3
Drew Stubbs Rockies 181 0.292 0.322 0.464 0.341 102 2.5 2.9 4.4 1.4
Emilio Bonifacio Cubs 261 0.261 0.307 0.340 0.287 75 2.1 -5.2 6.9 1.0
Dexter Fowler Astros 326 0.273 0.380 0.399 0.351 124 2.7 11.5 -12.8 1.0
Alex Rios Rangers 311 0.316 0.350 0.457 0.349 116 0.2 5.7 -6.7 1.0
Matt Joyce Rays 250 0.262 0.352 0.386 0.323 108 1.2 3.6 -2.7 1.0
Chris Denorfia Padres 197 0.253 0.303 0.346 0.290 86 1.8 -1.4 1.3 0.6
John Mayberry Phillies 112 0.229 0.339 0.458 0.353 124 -0.1 2.9 -0.8 0.6
Marlon Byrd Phillies 312 0.260 0.311 0.474 0.341 115 -4.0 1.4 -7.2 0.4
Bobby Abreu Mets 103 0.281 0.359 0.416 0.343 121 0.8 3.3 -5.3 0.1
Mark Trumbo Diamondbacks 87 0.210 0.264 0.506 0.330 104 -1.3 -0.9 -2.0 0.0
Justin Ruggiano Cubs 106 0.220 0.321 0.352 0.305 88 -1.4 -2.9 -2.0 -0.2
Dayan Viciedo White Sox 294 0.246 0.299 0.393 0.304 87 -0.2 -4.5 -7.4 -0.2
Will Venable Padres 241 0.201 0.266 0.283 0.250 58 1.0 -10.4 -0.5 -0.4
Nate Schierholtz Cubs 258 0.205 0.260 0.308 0.254 52 -0.2 -14.1 2.6 -0.4
Carlos Quentin Padres 96 0.185 0.302 0.333 0.292 87 -2.6 -4.0 -3.9 -0.5
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Designated Hitter Team PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
Adam Dunn White Sox 268 0.228 0.358 0.438 0.352 120 -3.5 2.6 -9.0 0.2

And now for the pitchers. For this breakdown, only innings thrown as a starter or a reliever are included in their respective total, so a pitcher’s overall line won’t match either if he’s split time between SP and RP.

Starters Team IP ERA- FIP- xFIP- WAR RA9-WAR
David Price Rays 115.2 101 83 67 2.5 0.9
Jeff Samardzija Cubs 103.0 67 74 86 2.3 2.3
Jason Hammel Cubs 96.1 79 79 88 2.0 2.5
Cliff Lee Phillies 68.0 86 70 77 1.7 0.7
Ian Kennedy Padres 97.0 112 85 84 1.7 0.9
Bartolo Colon Mets 100.2 105 98 98 1.2 1.0
Edwin Jackson Cubs 84.1 135 100 98 1.0 -0.4
Erik Bedard Rays 63.2 116 99 115 0.8 0.0
Brandon McCarthy Diamondbacks 97.0 141 105 80 0.8 -0.5
John Danks White Sox 93.1 106 113 127 0.7 1.0
Kyle Kendrick Phillies 94.1 114 113 117 0.7 0.5
A.J. Burnett Phillies 104.0 106 113 114 0.5 0.6
Carlos Villanueva Cubs 17.2 255 93 112 0.3 -0.8
Daisuke Matsuzaka Mets 22.2 91 96 128 0.3 0.5
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Relievers Team IP ERA- FIP- xFIP- WAR RA9-WAR
Joakim Soria Rangers 25.2 42 19 49 1.4 1.0
Neal Cotts Rangers 31.0 83 56 80 1.0 0.6
Joaquin Benoit Padres 31.2 41 51 75 0.9 1.2
Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 30.1 40 70 118 0.8 1.4
Chad Qualls Astros 26.1 52 67 66 0.6 0.8
Ronald Belisario White Sox 37.0 130 79 86 0.5 -0.7
Tony Sipp Astros 19.0 48 57 51 0.5 0.7
Huston Street Padres 28.0 28 74 77 0.5 1.6
Carlos Torres Mets 46.2 94 81 85 0.5 0.5
Mike Adams Phillies 17.0 57 73 79 0.4 0.3
Oliver Perez Diamondbacks 30.2 62 82 109 0.3 0.4
Antonio Bastardo Phillies 35.0 77 88 112 0.3 0.4
Matt Belisle Rockies 32.0 107 85 96 0.2 0.1
Wesley Wright Cubs 21.0 68 82 95 0.2 0.5
LaTroy Hawkins Rockies 27.0 64 91 119 0.2 0.4
Scott Downs White Sox 23.2 139 88 101 0.2 -0.5
Carlos Villanueva Cubs 23.2 90 94 105 0.2 0.1
Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 40.1 64 94 90 0.2 1.0
Dale Thayer Padres 32.2 55 107 96 0.0 0.6
Juan Oviedo Rays 27.0 62 109 130 0.0 0.6
Erik Bedard Rays 2.0   124 167 0.0 0.0
James Russell Cubs 20.1 58 106 116 0.0 0.5
Daisuke Matsuzaka Mets 24.1 63 110 123 -0.1 0.3
Grant Balfour Rays 29.1 147 117 121 -0.1 -0.6
Matt Lindstrom White Sox 19.0 81 117 121 -0.2 0.1
Addison Reed Diamondbacks 32.1 109 119 82 -0.3 -0.3

From the custom leaderboard, you can expand the view to look at more than just 2014 performance, or evaluate them based on split-type, or any other number of fun ways to view the available players. Have fun!





Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.

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j6takish
8 years ago

Alexei to Oakland seems like the perfect “most obvious trade that needs to happen but won’t” candidate

Jeff in T.O.
8 years ago
Reply to  j6takish

Daniel Murphy to the Jays says hello!

Ballfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeff in T.O.

it’s tough to buy high on Murphy

Dayton Moore
8 years ago
Reply to  Ballfan

It’s easier than you think!

Matthew Murphy
8 years ago
Reply to  Ballfan

An above-average 2B available for 1.5 years at a significant discount won’t be easy to acquire. Murphy projects for about 4 WAR over that time, and will cost about $11-12M, for a surplus value of $14-19 Million ($6-7M/WAR).

By comparison, David Price projects for about 6-6.5 WAR over the next 1.5 years, but will cost about $25M in that time, for a net value of $11-20M.

Not saying that Murphy will command a return anywhere close to Price, but when you’re just looking at the net value on their contracts, they’re pretty similar.

dirck
8 years ago
Reply to  Ballfan

This is the second year in a row that Murphy has been an above average 2B offensively . Above average looks pretty good next to a black hole .

Balthazar
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeff in T.O.

Valbuena to the Jays might be a winner too. He could back up more than one position, which given injuries in Toronto has it’s worth. Wouldn’t be too expensive to come by, probably less than Murphy (who is better, be it said).

Ruben A
8 years ago
Reply to  j6takish

I think Daisuke can help our club!

Murph's biggest fan
8 years ago
Reply to  Ruben A

what is buying high about murphy? dude’s been doing it for years. guy can hit. it’s what he does.