In an admirably detailed article ("The 2014 Lookout Landing off-season plan") on the Mariners SBN site, Weber lays out his dream-scheme for Seattle's renaissance, and it includes our high-socked super-defender patrolling the newly-edited confines of Safeco Field. Here's the key bit:
- Trade SP Erasmo Ramirez, RP Yoervis Medina, and SP Edwin Diaz to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for CF Peter Bourjos.
Some background on the offered players:
Erasmo Ramirez is 23, a RHSP, and first cracked Seattle's rotation last year, making 8 appearances as a starter and 8 in relief. He saw instant success, putting up a healthy 3.36 ERA with impressive peripherals, including a 4 SO/BB ratio. His sophomore stint was more sobering, however, as he suffered from the longball, surrendering 12 over 13 starts, and saw his ERA balloon to 4.98, with higher hit and walk totals. The kid is very young though, and his 2013 PCL marks were much better, with a 2.83 ERA between three levels, and promising K/9 over 9.
Yoervis Medina is a 25-year-old full-bodied, right-handed reliever, who had a solid season with the Mariners in 2013, with an ERA+ of 127, nice strikeout rates, and durability (he appeared in 63 games last year). He has some control issues (with a BB/9 above 5), but his minor league marks suggest room for improvement.
Edwin Diaz is a third-round draftee from 2012, and at a very young 19, he's at least 3-4 years from factoring in to the MLB picture. But his 13 Rookie league starts in 2013 suggest significant upside. He had a 1.43 ERA with low walk rates and an impressive 10.3 K/9. High-ceiling, high-risk arm to dream on.
At first blush, this looks like a pretty fair offer for what essentially is a fourth OF on the Angels' roster – not due to lack of talent, but due to the current roster composition and previous acquisitions. It delivers a young arm that could compete now for the back-end of the Angels rotation, a very solid bullpen piece, and a high-ceiling prospect who would likely immediately break the top ten among current scrubs on the Halos farm.
What do you all think?