A’s Could Trade Treinen, Profar, Phegley
The Athletics swung an outstanding exchange this previous end of the week, sending right-hander Jharel Cotton to the Cubs. In any case, that may not be the last close term exchange the A’s make, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (membership connect) reports the group’s “examining” moves including reliever Blake Treinen, infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar and catcher Josh Phegley. Excepting exchanges, they could all be non-delicate possibility for low-spending Oakland, which is anticipated to owe Treinen $7.8MM, Profar $5.8MM and Phegley $2.2MM in 2020.
Regardless of whether there’s an engaging piece here is begging to be proven wrong, however Treinen’s only a year expelled from getting a charge out of perhaps the best season throughout the entire existence of relievers. Treinen posted an eye-popping 0.78 ERA crosswise over 80 1/3 innings in 2018, yet pretty much everything moved in reverse for him in 2019. While the 31- year-old kept on tossing in the 97 to 98 mph run, his strikeout rate tumbled from 11.2 per nine to 9.05, his walk rate soar from 2.35 to 5.68, his groundball rate dropped from 51.9 to 42.8, and his grand slam to-fly ball rate shot from 4.4 to 16.4. The entirety of that helped lead to a 4.91 ERA/5.14 FIP during damage abbreviated, 58 2/3-inning exertion for Treinen, who lost his closer job to Liam Hendriks and whose days with the An’s are likely over as he moves toward his last period of discretion control.
The switch-hitting Profar, 26, should cement a respectable halfway point in 2019 for Oakland, which gained him from division-rival Texas in a prominent exchange the previous winter. Rather, however, Profar batted a minor .218/.301/.410 in 518 plate appearances. Despite the fact that Profar slugged 20 grand slams, this past season still went down up ’til now another frustrating effort for a player who was at one time a first class prospect.
Phegley, 31, recorded one more disappointing hostile season in 2019, as he hit just .239/.282/.411 with 12 homers in 342 excursions to the plate. The right-gave Phegley did, in any case, slice a solid .284/.320/.526 in 103 PA versus lefties, proceeding with a profession since quite a while ago run of overseeing decent creation against southpaws. Protectively, Phegley was a hodgepodge, as he tossed out 32 percent of would-be base-stealers (group normal was 27 percent) however completed dead rearward in the majors in Baseball Prospectus’ Fielding Runs Above Average measurement.
In the instances of Treinen and Phegley, the Athletics are well-prepared to proceed onward regardless of whether it implies non-offering the two. The group has Hendriks, Yusmeiro Petit, Joakim Soria and Ryan Buchter among its top late-game potential outcomes in the warm up area. It likewise flaunts exceptionally encouraging youth Sean Murphy as its No. 1 decision behind the plate. In any case, there’s less assurance at second, where Chad Pinder, Sheldon Neuse, Franklin Barreto and prospect Jorge Mateo include a to a great extent doubtful gathering of choices. Obviously, should the A’s part with Profar, they could sign one of the numerous veteran second basemen on the open market to have his spot.