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  1. “While avoiding the Luiz Martinezes of the world” – LoL

    Comment by Havoc — November 23, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  2. I was of the idea that LeBlanc was an above average pitcher. The culprit? Only seeing him play in Dodger Stadium and Petco Park. That’ll do it.

    Comment by DeliBlue — November 23, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  3. As captivating as blockbuster trades get! I’m surprised ESPNews isn’t all over this right now!

    Also, I am anticipating a Felix Pie for Aaron Heilman trade in the works. Could be the biggest deal in over a decade!

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — November 23, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  4. Good article. Petco Effect is crazy.

    Comment by RationalSportsFan — November 23, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

  5. Nice to see us get the better of this one! It still amazes me how other GM’s pick up pieces like LeBlanc and completely ignore the effect of Petco. Same reason why I don’t think Heath Bell will have the same rate of success if he leaves the Padres.

    Comment by Luke — November 23, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

  6. Ripping on Luis Martinez. That’s premature, the guy is the best defensive catcher in the organization. Baker has a lot to prove and at his age, he doesn’t have a lot of time.
    Gonzalez was also a guy that would go oppo and outside of 2010 (when he adjusted his swing to compensate for his busted shoulder) he was a .245 career hitter in Petco. Outside of Baker staying on the field, it doesn’t look like he’s going to hit well enough to compensate for his poor defense.

    Comment by Steve — November 24, 2011 @ 12:21 am

  7. It might move the Padres from dead last to distant last.

    Comment by Matty Brown — November 24, 2011 @ 1:15 am

  8. Yes, one trade like this doesn’t make a lot of difference. If a GM can make 10 trades like this, they would add up to a couple of blockbusters.

    Comment by Husker — November 24, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  9. And you claim to understand Sabermetrics?

    The Padres play 1/2 of their games in PETCO. If you havent noticed, no one hits well in Petco. The league average in Petco is 40 points lower than the average in the rest of the ballparks. The Padres were exactly middle of the road offensively away from Petco which is a much better indication of their offensive ability as a team.

    So just to throw out some BS that they were 29th in offense and not factor in the ballpark shows you to be a complete and utter moron.

    Then throw in the fact that Baker bats left handed which will further erode his already below league average batting skills and everything you say has to be thrown out. Looking at your spray chart shows that over half of all balls hit off his bat in those years were on the 1B side of the diamond. Go ahead, count them.

    Baker is mediocre offensively before playing in Petco and now he will decline. That will certainly not improve the Padres offense. Plus his defense sucks.

    If the Padres had just trotted LeBlanc out as a #8 hitter every game it would have been better than trading for Baker and his pathetic bat and arm and $800k to $1 million salary in arbitration..

    Comment by Out in Left Field — November 24, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  10. Harsh, but right about him not adjusting for pad hitters but Killing Leblanc by adjusting. But in my opinion he isn’t a moron. Just a guy too into his own side of the story. However, I think he might become one of baseballs best writers. Lots of good stuff this week. As for the padres catching, Hedges is now their best defensive catcher. Defensively he already might be elite for MLB standards. Probably above average for sure.
    Lastly I counted 25 hits in that chart that would be Petco outs. Just look at all the warning track balls? Makes me think: how good would Albert be in people’s minds if he played his whole career in Petco? Would guys like Chase Headley have all star appearances and fantasy respect if they got to spend their careers on any AL East team, or for the Reds or Phillies?

    Comment by Johnnycomelately9 — November 25, 2011 @ 4:19 am

  11. Forgot about Baker. He looked like a kid on his way to stardom

    Comment by Kenny — November 27, 2011 @ 8:17 am

  12. I agree this was a good trade for SD. Le Blanc was terrible so anything they got in return was worth it. Backup C was definitely an area where they could easily improve offensively. Byrnes needs to grasp the obvious and move in the fences. Then trade Bell, Bartlett and Hudson.

    Comment by Tanned Tom — November 27, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

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