With the playoffs seeming especially far away at the time, the Cleveland Indians made a batch of moves in order to ditch veterans at the trade deadline. The majority of which have seen quite a bit of playing time with their new teams. While it is far too early to determine a winner/loser for each trade in the long run, it's not too early to peak at those traded players and see how they are performing with their new clubs.
Why, you ask? Well, why not. For a few months at the least and several years at the most, we had been cheering for these players and some of them were even considered to be a key part of the team's future. Obviously that did not happen -- and everyone in the list below is gone -- but it does not hurt to take a look at how everyone has been doing since the trades.
So now, like a jilted ex-lover, let's
spy on their Facebook account take a look at how they are doing with their new teams.
Brandon Moss, St. Louis Cardinals
There is no telling if Brandon Moss would have suddenly learned how to take a walk if he stayed with the Indians, but he certainly has attained the skill in his 30 games with the St. Louis Cardinals. Since being traded for minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky, Moss has walked 11.3% of the time. Extrapolated over an entire season, this walk rate would be the third highest of his career behind 2007 with the Boston Red Sox (13.8%) and last year with the Oakland Athletics (11.6%).
His improved walk rate and steadily increasing power has him hitting for a .262/.361/.464 slash, good for a wRC+ of 125. Compare that to his pre-trade .217/.288/.407 slash in 94 games with the Tribe and it is obvious something has clicked in his time in St. Louis.
Nick Swisher, Atlanta Braves
Hey Nick Swisher, remember that guy? When Ohio’s Resident Bro was not injured in 2015, the Indians mostly hid him as the team’s designated hitter. Now playing in the National League, Swisher is forced to play the outfield with his injured knees and, but it has not hurt his value much. It also helps that, offensively, he has looked great in the 25 games he has played in for Atlanta.
In 79 at-bats, Swisher has 17 hits, including three doubles and three home runs – good for a .279/.418/.475 slash and 148 wRC+. Two of those home runs came in one big game against the Chicago Cubs on August 22 when Swish also hit home four runs for his new team. With the Braves rapidly shredding payroll to shoot for a 2017 window, Swisher is probably not part of their long-term plans. But as far as performing on a losing team goes, he is doing his part.
Michael Bourn, Atlanta Braves
The Braves have not been so lucky with Michael Bourn. After rejoining Atlanta for the first time since 2012, Bourn has looked even worse than he did with the Indians. As of Monday, Bourn has amassed only eight hits and stolen two bases in his 67 plate appearances, far below what was even considered his bad spans in Cleveland. At least Atlanta is footing the bill for the $14 million Bourn is owed next year.
David Murphy, Los Angeles Angels
Cleveland kicked off their 2015 trades with shipping outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Eric Stamets. On the Tribe, Murphy had served as little more than the left-handed side of a platoon with Ryan Raburn where he hit five home runs carried a slugging percentage of .437. Since being traded, Murphy has been much closer to an everyday player, and he has not looked great. His three home runs in 96 at-bats is pretty much on-par with Murphy’s career, but he has walked only twice in that span.
In addition to his non-existent walk rate, Murphy has continued to be below average in the field. It all adds up to a -0.3 fWAR for the Angels, who are struggling to stay in the playoff race.
Marc Rzepczynski, San Diego Padres
Good ‘ole Scrabble. Marc Rzepczynski struggled in several outings for the Indians this year, and it has not gotten better in San Diego. He has pitched 9.1 innings of relief for the Dads but allowed a whopping 10 runs on 14 hits. His 11 strikeouts are nice, but when you are allowing more than a run in every inning you pitch, it will not do you much good. I do not miss the days of Rzep throwing three pitches and allowing three runs, and he also netted the Indians Abraham Almonte, so I’m okay with it.