Wil Ledezma trade isn’t exactly a wash

The moves made by Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski in the past week have yet to strengthen the teams largest weakness; the bullpen. A week ago I laid out some idea’s on how Detroit could leverage the excess of starters into a stronger bullpen. I, as much of Detroit, expected a trade that helped the team in the short term and two trades were made, but neither accomplished any significant short-term help.

The week started off with the trade of Wilfredo Ledezma to the Atlanta Braves for a lefty reliever Macay McBride. This move was presumably to make room on the roster due to the team’s inability to send Ledezma to Toledo without risking losing him to another team:

“We create some maneuverability in our bullpen,” Dombrowski said of the trade. “We got somebody we like who is 24 years old who was a No. 1 draft choice.”

Both are lefties and appear very similar making the trade appear to be a wash to most. Below is a quick look at each pitchers statistics this year and at a glance they are very similar.

Ledezma Trade Comparison

This is where the comparison’s stop looking the same. In McBride the Tigers have gained another LOOGY to add to their growing stable. He’ll join Bobby Seay and Tim Byrdak as lefty hands in the bullpen. In Ledezma the Tigers have lost a mid-long relief pitcher and possible starter. They didn’t need him as a starter but he was the only long relief lefty option, outside of Seay who hasn’t been great in that role.

Tiger Bullpen Lefty Comparison

Looking at this the Tigers are stocked up on LOOGYs which is amusing considering a major question this past offseason was who would fill Jamie Walker’s role (FWIW, Walker has a .255 AVG against lefties this year). One of these will go and that will most likely be McBride with the second most likely being Bobby Seay. If McBride isn’t planned to help this year outside of allowing Dombrowski to open a roster slot I think the Tigers came out on the wrong side of this one.

Time will tell as it always does with trades.

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7 Responses to Wil Ledezma trade isn’t exactly a wash

  1. Kurt says:

    I just think it was a case of not having any place to put Ledezma. I was a bit surprised Dombrowski got so little in return, but carrying Ledezma was not really helping matters either. At least they don’t have to carry McBride. Still, I’d have liked to see a better return.

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  4. Eric Jackson says:

    Kurt, Your right and in reality, if no team has anyone to give and you absolutely need to open a roster spot then you are at everyone elses mercy.

    I held out hope for Ledezma and though he could be worth more to others since he is a viable starter as well.

  5. Sam says:

    I disagree. McBride has outstanding minor league numbers, is a former 1st round pick, and I think may be an upgrade over Ledezma.

    Ledezma has outstanding stuff, no one can deny that. But, his command to theis point in his career has been suspect at best.

    -Sam

  6. Jeff says:

    I have to disagree as well. I have two favorite teams, the Tigers and Braves. So I have seen alot of McBride. He has a very good breaking ball, and there were times he was the best reliever the Braves had. Ledezma has a better chance of fulfilling his potential in the NL, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in Atlanta’s rotation by the end of the year. Seay and Byrdak are barely useable.

  7. Eric Jackson says:

    I guess it comes down to my seeing Ledezma’s potential as filling a starting slot as being worth more than a reliever. McBride is good but not great.

    Ledezma has some good pitches as well. Kyle Sleeth was a first round pick as well :)

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