Royals Offered Myers for Anderson
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that before settling on their big deal to acquire James Shields and Wade Davis from Tampa Bay, the Kansas City Royals attempted to acquired A’s left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson straight up for Wil Myers. He tweeted,
Billy Beane turned down Dayton Moore on this one and I largely agree with the decision. The A’s have an abundance of talent in the outfield presently and while Myers, the most recent Baseball America MiLB Player of the Year, its unclear where the 23 year old would fit. This past season with the Northwest Arkansas Travelers and Omaha Storm Chasers he hit a combined .314/.387/.600 in 591 plate appearances slugging 37 home runs. In Omaha specifically he had an impressive .400 wOBA and 137 wRC+ in 439 plate appearances with the Pacific Coast League franchise. Myers is an undeniable talent, ranked the 28th best overall prospect by Baseball America entering 2012, but the A’s just didn’t have a great place to put him as he has primarly played center and right field and it is unclear how he would handle the transition to left (see Yoenis Cespedes‘ difficulties making that transition).
In Brett Anderson, the A’s have a left handed pitcher with a relatively affordable contract as he is set to earn $5.5M in 2013, with club options for 2014 ($8M) and 2015 ($12M), especially when viewed against the money free-agent starters are getting these days where Joe Blanton gets two years/$15M and Dan Haren gets $13M for a season of work. Anderson’s big issue is staying healthy, he hasn’t played a full season since 2009, but when on the mound he has been pretty darn good as in 68 career starts spanning 406 innings he has pitched to a 3.57 ERA, in line with a 3.53 FIP throwing 6.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9 and allowing 0.8 HR/9. He has been worth a grand total of 8.6 WAR in his career, but when you think about it he has pitched about two full seasons of baseball meaning he is a 4.3 WAR pitcher if he stays healthy. That is a big if, and that is the only reason this trade is one that should even be considered. If Myers were a shortstop, I think this deal gets done, but with Myers being an outfielder, even though that could give the A’s the luxury of moving some pieces, this deal seemed a non-starter.
The A’s do not need to be subtracting pitching right now, but they most certainly do need pitching and with Zack Greinke off the board and Brandon McCarthy off to the desert, one has to worry about the price of available starting pitchers quickly escalating. The A’s need to continue to use the advantage of the Coliseum being a great place to rebuild value, or just being a great place to pitch. Hopefully they can make a play on some of the available arms.