Skip to content

The Indians and Pirates make a minor trade that got me wonderin'

Aug 10, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

The Pirates traded minor league catcher Luke Carlin to the Indians today for a player to be named later. That this is as minor a trade as can possibly be is illustrated by the fact that the most significant part of it — Carlin, the guy who was actually named — has really only had one nice minor league season, and that came on his fourth go-around in the Pacific Coast League. A prospect, he is not.

But there is some value here, and that’s that the transaction got me wondering how such a deal even comes together on this particular day at this particular time of year.

Who calls who first? Do the Indians really covet Carlin?  Did they simply need an organizational soldier at catcher and spun the wheel?  How long does it take for such deals to come together? Is the player to-be-named really just a fiction or an IOU designed to make it look like Carlin was just given away? What I mean is, do the Pirates just let this skate until they need their own organizational soldier sometime next year, or is the player to-be-named a to-do item on some intern’s desk?

Sorry, this is just the stuff I think about.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Aug 10, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Trades like these are done through an Internet matchmaking service. GMs post anonymous listings, saying things like “obscure player wanted” and “need to make a deal to impress boss” and “toner needed – will trade underachieving pitcher.”

  2. Steve C - Aug 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    My first thought is that this is a ramification of Santana being out (and probably some other minor leaguer(s) being hurt), so I’d say soldier. The team can’t play with out a catcher. Maybe he will stick around long enough to teach some hot Pirates prospect how to pitch and deal with the media and life in general. And who knows, maybe some day Carlin will set the all time minor league home run record.

  3. Jonny5 - Aug 10, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I think there is a dollar value put on this players head, kinda like the old west, but Dead ain’t going to get ya paid partner. Ok, so instead of offering up the loot, first a couple of prospective players names are tossed out, which could be refused based on the dollar amount that was placed on this player. You know they want apples for apples, so they either pick a guy of equal or lesser value, or take the $$$. I think since it’s a low level trade the $$ is not going to be taken, they’ll find another player of almost no value like what they “traded” AHEM! gave away. It’ll just more than likely be a position they need filled more. The Phillies did this with Sweeney, but he’s obviously worth more than Carlin, so they may need to shell out some loot instead of losing a higher regarded prospect, and probably will.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Aug 10, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Players at this level are merely pawns in the toils of Beelzebub.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Patience finally paying off for Royals fans
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (2842)
  2. D. Ortiz (2139)
  3. J. Hamilton (2087)
  4. N. Arenado (2087)
  5. C. Kershaw (2058)
  1. G. Stanton (2028)
  2. A. Rizzo (1948)
  3. A. Pujols (1844)
  4. A. Pagan (1780)
  5. H. Ramirez (1714)