On Easter Sunday, the day before the Padres season was to begin, A.J. Preller pulled off another blockbuster deal. The Padres had an excess of outfielders, so they packaged two of them (Quentin and Maybin) along with their best prized pitching prospect (Wisler) and a lower Minor League outfielder (Paroubeck) for the best closer in the game and a bad contract.
Yes, Kimbrel is the best closer in the game. He has the numbers and history to prove it too. At the age of 27, Kimbrel had an amazing future and hopefully the Padres will retain his services this offseason. Upton Jr. has a horrible contract, but he has proved semi-useful in a backup center fielder role. He is owed $31.9 million for the next two seasons and that’s what makes this deal tilt towards the negative side. Upton has amassed a 1.4 WAR so far which is incredible because his numbers aren’t great. He is hitting .250 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 180 at-bats. He has eight stolen bases on the year but has struck out 54 times in his 180 at-bats.
Cameron Maybin put in a solid year for the Braves. He has played in 132 games totaling 429 at-bats. He is hitting .261 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs. He has stolen 22 bases and has a .323 on base percentage. All that translated into a 0.2 WAR. Upton Jr has easily outproduced Maybin this year, even though Maybin has seemingly better numbers. Carlos Quentin never made it into Braves camp. He was released by the team then signed by Seattle. He failed to make the Mariners and was sent to AAA. He retired from baseball shortly after that.
Matt Wisler started the season in AAA Gwinnett for the Braves. He went 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 12 starts. He was then promoted to the Major League team where he made 16 starts for the team. He is 5-8 with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.633 WHIP. He is still figuring things out, but looks to be a middle of the rotation starter for the Braves. Paroubeck had a fantastic season in rookie ball. The 20-year-old switch hitting outfielder played in 35 games and got 136 at bats. He collected a batting line of .331/.409/.551 with five homers and 28 RBIs. He is a below average fielder, but at the age of 20, he can still develop. This young outfielder is taking great strides and could eventually pay dividends for the Atlanta Braves.