David Stearns’ Batting Average On Trades, Part 1
Over his five years as the Brewers top executive, David Stearns has completed 45 trades. He has made trades with 22 teams, although that number is now up to 46 trades and 23 teams after his recent deal with the Dodgers for Corey Knebel.
However, since that move just happened and there hasn’t been a chance to see results, it won’t be included in this article.
For those curious, the teams Stearns has traded with most often are the Seattle Mariners (5 trades), Texas Rangers (4), and Chicago White Sox (4).
With that said, let’s get started on the list.
- Francisco Rodriguez to Detroit for Javier Betancourt and Manny Pina – Hit
- Cy Sneed to Houston for Jonathan Villar – Hit
- Luis Sardinas to Seattle for Ramon Flores – Draw
- Adam Lind to Seattle for Freddy Peralta, Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki – Hit
- Jason Rogers to Pittsburgh for Keon Broxton, Trey Supak – Hit
- Trevor Seidenberger to San Diego for Rymer Liriano – Draw
- Jean Segura, Tyler Wagner to Arizona for Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill, Isan Diaz – Hit
- Khris Davis to Oakland for Bubba Derby, Jacob Nottingham – Miss
- Cash to Pirates for Jhan Marinez – Hit
- Aaron Hill to Boston for Aaron Wilkerson, Wendell Rijo – Hit
- Jonathan Lucroy, Jeremy Jeffress to Texas for Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz, Ryan Cordell – Hit
- Will Smith to San Francisco for Phil Bickford, Andrew Susac – Miss
Stearns made a lot of trades in his first year as GM and almost all of them went well. K-Rod was traded for the final time by the Brewers and he brought back Manny Pina, who has been an excellent catcher for the Brewers ever since. That was a hit.
Luis Sardinas for Ramon Flores was a complete wash. Sardinas didn’t do much of anything for Seattle and Flores didn’t do much of anything for Milwaukee. Neither side wins, it’s a draw.
Stearns makes another deal with Seattle, sending first baseman Adam Lind over for three lottery ticket teenage pitching prospects. The Freddy Peralta lottery ticket had a jackpot in it. Was Stearns lucky or good? Either way, it’s a hit.
Rymer Liriano was looking good and this was looking like a hit, but he got hit in the face with a pitch towards the end of spring training and missed the whole season. It’s extremely unlucky, but because of what happened, this has to end in a draw.
Jean Segura needed a change of scenery, and the Brewers brought in Chase Anderson, who was good for a number of years, Aaron Hill, a solid third baseman, and Isan Diaz, who was eventually traded for Christian Yelich. This goes as a hit for Stearns.
After an amazing streak of hits or draws, Stearns comes to his first miss, the Khris Davis deal. Bubba Derby has yet to make his big league debut and Jacob Nottingham has disappointed. Meanwhile Davis has thrived with Oakland. This is a miss.
Stearns had to pivot to Texas, sending Jeremy Jeffress went along Lucroy with in this trade and the Brewers got back three big prospects, who ended up getting traded in other big deals. Meanwhile Lucroy and Jeffress didn’t do what Texas expected. This is a win for Stearns.
Smith pitched well for the Giants for the next few years while Andrew Susac didn’t do much of anything and Phil Bickford has taken a long time to develop, dealing with a lot of setbacks. This is a miss for Stearns.
HIts: 7 Misses: 2 Draws: 2
Now let’s move on to part two of Stearns’ many trades.