Trade Analysis: Casey Blake
Dodgers get: Casey Blake
Indians get: Carlos Santana and Jonathan Meloan
This one hurts from a Mets’ fans perspective. Like many other deals that went down, this was a player the Mets would have happily welcomed to the lineup, and was obtainable without surrendering a top prospect.
In Blake, the Dodgers got the veteran righthanded bat they needed — of course, they didn’t know about Manny just yet. They gave up a righthanded pitcher with potential in Meloan and a light-hitting catcher who struggled in Rookie and low A ball the past few years but finally is making progress with the bat.
Did the Dodgers give up too much? Maybe, but they have enough depth in their system. Meloan is a sinker-slider guy who has had some elbow issues in the past and is being used as a starter now but projects better as a reliever. He might compare to Bobby Parnell or Brant Rustich. Santana is a switch-hitter and converted third baseman who hadn’t hit until this year. At only 22 years old, he has time to develop.
We know what Casey Blake is: a solid, veteran guy who can play multiple positions, swing the bat, and provide enough power to put into the #6 spot of most lineups. In other words, the older version of Xavier Nady. Would I have traded two top 20 prospects for him, knowing that he’s a free agent at the end of the year and approaching the downside of his career? Probably not. But I would have offered Parnell and a non-prospect — or better yet, insisted on getting Rafael Betancourt as part of the deal.
Bottom line: the Mets either didn’t match up well with the Indians, or refused to make certain players available. Can’t fault them too much, as the Dodgers overpaid for a guy who’s solid, but not exactly a difference-maker.
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