Premature Trade Analysis: Yankees v. D'backs v. Tigers

BY foxsports • June 11, 2015

Before you say anything, let me say that I've been planning this post for a couple of weeks.

But yes, it might seem ripped from the headlines (or Twitter, at least) ...

You know, since Shane Greene got hammered again, his ERA jumping to nearly 6. Which leaves some people wondering if Greene should be sent back to the minor leagues for a bit more seasoning. And also if maybe the Tigers should have gotten more when they sent Robbie Ray to the Diamondbacks in that three-team deal with the Yankees last winter.

The funny thing is, JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO people were ripping the Yankees for trading Greene to the Tigers, and getting Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks.

Just to review, here are the principle actors with basic stats and fWAR to date:

Greene: 4-6, 5.82 (0.4 fWAR)
Gregorius: .232/.288/.304 (0.1)
Ray: 1-1, 1.53 (0.3)

Okay, let's get this one out of the way first ... Gregorius is still terrible. I mean, he's still got terrible statistics. He's actually been good with the glove, it seems, but that's more than balanced by his execrable hitting. And it's not at all likely that he'll get a lot better. I suspect Gregorius will be a one-season placeholder, and that's only if the Yankees don't upgrade the position even sooner than next winter.

Greene's pitched better than his ERA, and still seems like a perfectly viable No. 4 or 5 starter for a pretty good team.

And Robbie Ray? As I wrote last weekend, he didn't look good last season but has reëstablished himself as a prospect this season.

Oh, and one more thing... Also in this deal, the Tigers sent the Diamondbacks a 19-year-old shortstop. He's playing poorly this season, but he's also a 19-year-old in the California League. So we'll need to check back in ... oh, maybe four or five years on this one.

I said this was premature!

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