With the Mariners acquiring Milton Bradley from the Cubs (somehow getting Chicago to take the useless Carlos Silva and most of his salary), their demand for a bat like Luke Scott probably decreased a little. Another potential suitor would be the Atlanta Braves, who currently only have Nate McLouth as a full-time starter in the outfield. I once again took to Twitter, looking to make a deal. This time it was an extended conversation, with Capital Avenue Club, OriolesProspects.com, and Scouting The Sally all joining in the fun.
[Tweets reordered a little to try to maximize clarity and flow of conversation.]
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue Any interest in LF Luke Scott maybe?
CapitolAvenue – @camdencrazies If the price is right!
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue What do you think would be a reasonable return?
orioleprospects – @camdencrazies Id love to get Freeman back from them but I think that is a little too much to ask for.
camdencrazies – @orioleprospects That’s what I thought too. I don’t know the system well enough to make other proposals.
CapitolAvenue – @camdencrazies Good question. I don’t know. Would the O’s want arms in return?
orioleprospects – @camdencrazies They have a pretty deep system. J.J. Hoover might be a reasonable return from them.
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue From a quick look at the Braves system, it seemed like the arms were more plentiful than the bats. Same with the O’s though.
orioleprospects – @CapitolAvenue I think they would want a bat. 3B/1B the most.
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue If it’s pitchers coming back it might take a little more, but you can never have too much pitching I think.
CapitolAvenue – @orioleprospects @camdencrazies Good thing infielders is the biggest weakness in the Braves’ system.
ScoutingtheSAL – @orioleprospects I saw J.J. Hoover at the end of the season. Pretty blah. He would not be a player I would want in return.
orioleprospects – @ScoutingtheSAL Oh, I thought I had heard positive things about him. What are the negatives?
ScoutingtheSAL – @orioleprospects He was a little old for the Sally and was average/fringe average across the board. His hype is driven by good peripherals.
camdencrazies – @ScoutingtheSAL And that’s why scouting is important. Thanks. Anyone in the Braves system you like (but not too too much)?
ScoutingtheSAL – @camdencrazies I did not catch the beginning of the convo. Who is the player?
camdencrazies – @ScoutingtheSAL Luke Scott to the Braves, maybe.
orioleprospects – @CapitolAvenue Yeah it seems like most of their top prospects are pitchers.
CapitolAvenue – @orioleprospects My top-20 Braves: 14 P, 4 OF, 1 C, 1 1B.
orioleprospects – @CapitolAvenue no SS,2B, or 3B on the list. Didnt know it was THAT heavy on pitchers. Good for the philosophy buy the bats, grow the arms.
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue @orioleprospects @ScoutingtheSAL I think one solid B pitching prospect or a couple of lesser (C+) guys would work. Ideas?
orioleprospects – @camdencrazies I think that would work, maybe even a B- would do the job. I just want Scott out of here to get Pie regular playing time.
camdencrazies – @orioleprospects A B- infielder might work, but if it’s going to be pitching it should probably be a solid B (supply & demand).
camdencrazies – @orioleprospects And it obviously depends on other teams’ offers. Got a B- 3B and C+ SS (+ maybe C pitcher) out of M’s fan.
orioleprospects – @camdencrazies Yeah true. SS is definitely a need in the minor league system.
ScoutingtheSAL – @camdencrazies hmmmm, tough one! 1.75 avg. WAR over the past 3 years. I’m not sure how much I pay for that. Hoover or Rohrbough is close.
camdencrazies – @ScoutingtheSAL His WAR was lower in ’09 because he was DH’ed so much. He can still play an average-ish LF, which would increase his value.
orioleprospects – @camdencrazies Yeah maybe Randall Delgado would be a fit. @capitolavenue Delgado?
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue I assume Freeman would be too much?
CapitolAvenue – @camdencrazies Yeah, Freeman wouldn’t work. R. Delgado.. Yeah, that sounds about right.
CapitolAvenue – @orioleprospects Maybe one of the AA/AAA relievers or one of the soft-tossing lefties, w/ R. Delgado.
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue Delgado does sound about right. Hey @ScoutingtheSAL, any info on Randall Delgado?
ScoutingtheSAL – @camdencrazies I did not see Randall Delgado. However, I did hear very good things from people in Rome who saw him in person.
orioleprospects – @CapitolAvenue Id love if that happened. Delgado plus a potential reliever or something like that. @camdencrazies, thoughts?
camdencrazies – @orioleprospects I’d like a little more info on Delgado, but that sounds good to me. Andy should pay me for rounding up offers for him.
CapitolAvenue – @camdencrazies Extremely live arm. Sits mid-90’s with good sink and tail. Plus CB. CH and command are fringy at this point.
orioleprospects – @CapitolAvenue @camdencrazies if he can improve his command he looks like a #3 starter to me
CapitolAvenue – @orioleprospects Complicated mechanics. I think he’s 70 ceiling, honestly, but he’s a ways away.
orioleprospects – @CapitolAvenue Yeah very raw right now.
camdencrazies – @CapitolAvenue I do like pitchers with hard sinking FBs. Alright, thanks. Very helpful conversation everyone. Twitter is actually useful!
So there you have it. Luke Scott to the Braves for 19 year-old right-handed pitcher Randall Delgado and maybe a minor league reliever. I don’t like it quite as much as the Scott for Jharmidy De Jesus and Gabriel Noriega deal (from the Mariners), but it’s solid. Delgado is rated as a B prospect by John Sickles, which is the expected return for Scott. He had a superficially mediocre season in A-Ball this year, with a 5-10 record and 4.35 ERA. The underlying stats where much better though, with a 10.2 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, and strong 49% groundball rate. He’d be a fine addition to the O’s stable of young arms.