Monday, February 01, 2010

Miles for Taveras

Oakland and Cincinnati just completed a deal that sent Aaron Miles (along with a player to be named later) to Cincinnati for Willy Taveras and Adam Rosales.  Immediately after the deal was completed, the A's designated Taveras for assignment, meaning that he may never end up playing for Oakland, even if he clears waivers.

The deal will have little effect on our forecast for Miles and only a bit of an impact on Rosales, who will be projected to hit for slightly inferior power with his home games played in Oakland.

The key change here is what happens to Taveras.  He goes from being a player previously projected to end up with about 330+ at bats and close to 25 steals as a backup with a seemingly secure bench job in Cincinnati to being someone who will now have to fight to even win a spot on a roster somewhere this spring.  We will be downgrading his forecast to around 150 at bats and maybe 10-12 steals in the next edition, this unless he lands on his feet with a pretty secure role somewhere else.