Thanks for Greg for the tip on the Texas Rangers having acquired Carlos Lee from the Milwaukee Brewers. I don’t know whether this is good news (the Rangers got him instead of the Angels) or bad news (a division rival adding that coveted BIG BAT will increase pressure on Stoneman to do something stupid).
Wow, two pretty good major leaguers, Francisco Cordero and Kevin Mench (plus Laynce Nix and a minor leaguer), for Lee (and a minor leaguer). Can you say, seller’s market?
The pitcher (and ex-closer) Cordero, whom the Rangers traded, looks superficially like he is having a poor year. His ERA is 4.81. But away from Texas it is 3.20. He has walked 16 and struck out 54 in 48 2/3 innings (overall this year).
Kevin Mench is having a year (and career) not much less productive than Lee’s, and while he is better in the friendly hitting envorinment of Arlington, the gap is not great.
Lee’s road numbers are really good this year (.352 OBP/.596 SLG, compared with .347/.549 overall). But it is out of line with the rest of his career. And he is 30. (Mench is 28.)
In other West-division trade news, I’m a little puzzled as to why the Mariners got Ben Broussard, and why apparently so cheaply (Shin Soo Choo and a player to be named). Broussard is having a career year, but at the price he commanded, he is precisely the kind of player a team looking for one bat to add to its lineup should be after. He might never have another good year (though he was pretty good two years ago; on the other hand, he is 29). He might not even have two more months as good as three of the last four. But the low cost (a minor-leaugue outfielder who is by no means a leading prospect) makes it worth seeing if he might be able to keep his hot bat going a little while longer.
Statistics from various pages at ESPN.com.