Saturday, September 17, 2011

Revisiting that Brandon McCarthy-John Danks Trade

Before the 2007 season, the Rangers traded John Danks, and Nick Masset to the White Sox for Brandon McCarthy. Brandon McCarthy has had a very nice year in 2011, with a 3.35 ERA, 1.150 WHIP, and a 3.3 WAR (a WASP of 303, which is amazing). The only problem, he is pitching for the Athletics, not the Rangers. The Rangers released him after he was unable to make a single appearance for the Major League team in 2010. In his time with the Rangers, he recorded a grand total of 1.2 WAR (because he never made much money for the Rangers, his WASP was still pretty good, but not near what it is as an Athletic). He also is a free agent this year, and with the constant need of starting pitching, expect him to bring in some nice money from a team. Nick Masset (who is now a nice reliever for the Cincinnati Reds) appeared in 32 games for the White Sox and registered a .2 WAR in 2008. He was then part of a trade to the Reds for Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey was a disaster for the White Sox at a -.4 WAR, making the Masset part of the trade a -2 for the White Sox. John Danks is a different story, he has been a great success as his WAR has been 19.1 since the trade (and he has been worth it too, as he has registered an awesome WASP of 562, even though this year has been around the Halladay Standard of 3000). The trade has won about 19 games for the White Sox (with a 18.9 WAR), while the trade won just 1.2 for the Rangers. John Daniels is rightly a respected GM for the Rangers, but he has had his misses (especially early on).

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