Transaction Analysis

A's trade for Aaron Harang and Ryan Cullen

The A's are prepared to give the second base job to Frank Menechino or Jose Ortiz, so the loss of Velarde isn't particularly severe. In return they get two solid minor league pitchers - Harang is 22-7 over his past two seasons, and Cullen is only 20 and has been striking out Class A hitters like mad. On the downside, neither pitcher has reached the AA level yet, and minor-league pitchers are notoriously risky propositions. Overall, however, the upside is big, and the loss of Velarde is a risk the A's are willing to take.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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