Trade Analysis: LaTroy Hawkins

Astros get: LaTroy Hawkins
Yankees get: Hawkins’ absence, Matt Cusick

This trade is hardly worth mentioning in terms of impact, but I feel the insanity and shock value of the deal is worth discussing.

As mentioned earlier, Ed Wade is insane if he thinks the Astros are going to make a push for the playoffs this year. He’s even crazier if he thinks Randy Wolf and LaTroy Hawkins are the final pieces to a postseason puzzle. But hey, he has to do something to pass the time.

Hawkins was ineffective in various bullpen roles for the Yanks, and was DFA’d. Had Houston waited a few more days, they could have picked him up for nothing. The only other team with a hint of interest was the Twins, who probably weren’t that serious about a reunion with the aging righthander.

Still, Wade gave away a player with some upside. Not a top prospect, but no slouch, either. Matt Cusick is a 22-year-old second baseman who snuck into the Astros’ Top 30 Prospects as anointed by Baseball America. It’s doubtful that he’ll be a big leaguer, as his glove is suspect, he doesn’t have speed, is undersized, and hasn’t shown power. But then, Wade Boggs and Don Mattingly were evaluated similarly at the same age. Cusick hit over .300 last year in the NY-Penn League and currently sports an OPS over .800 in high class A.

Bottom line: another head-scratcher by the Astros, and a bonus deal for the Yankees, who were ready to let Hawkins walk away for nothing.

Next trade analysis: Casey Blake

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.