Here goes trade number two before the weekend starts. I started thinking about this after Jeff Niemann lost his arbitration hearing to his club the Rays today. What's his trade value? I figure this deal might be a starting gauge of it:
SD receives P Niemann, IF Elliot Johnson, and P Dane De La Rosa
TB receives SS Jason Bartlett, 1B/OF Kyle Blanks, IF Andy Parrino, and $3m cash
Here's the rundown: Niemann becomes a front-of-the-rotation arm in Petco with several years of control for the Friars, while Johnson fights Everth Cabrera to become either the team's shortstop or utilityman, and De La Rosa deepens their pen possibilities.
Bartlett (with a little cash included) becomes the Rays' cheap but above average starting shortstop (with a possible extra year of control), Blanks gets a change of scenery and a chance to replace Russ Canzler as a possible platoon partner for Carlos Pena or Luke Scott, and Parrino gives Joe Maddon some versatility to stash on the team's 40-man roster.