Max Scherzer trade not a complete loss
It seems like every time the thought of trading one of the Diamondbacks top pitching prospects is brought up, it is immediately met with a comment remembering the trade that sent once top prospect Max Scherzer out of Arizona.
With the deadline coming up quick, talk of Tyler Skaggs, Archie Bradley, Matt Garza, and Yovani Gallardo filling social media, and the fact that Scherzer was just selected to start the All-Star Game Tuesday for the American League, the sentiments are as high as ever.
Relax, it’s alright.
Sure, Scherzer was 13-0 before his first loss this weekend. Sure, he’s second in the entire league in strikeouts. Sure, he carries a sub-.200 batting average against into the break.
Seriously, the Diamondbacks did not lose this trade.
First of all, let’s take a look at the trade and what each team got back in December 2009.
Yankees get: Curtis Granderson
Diamondbacks get: Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson
Oof. Alright, on the surface that looks pretty bad. Kennedy is struggling this year. So is Jackson, and for another team.
But hang on a second.
Remember 2011? The Diamondbacks don’t make the playoffs without the performance Kennedy had. And oh yeah, Jackson threw the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history the year before.
But the best part is that Jackson got traded to the White Sox about a month after that no-hitter. The return? Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg.
Hudson has definitely been a bit of a letdown, and more of a sad story, having had two Tommy John surgeries in a row. But in Hudson’s only full season in the majors, that same 2011 that Kennedy had so much success in, Hudson had a 3.49 ERA and won 16 games. He showed so much promise before the elbow injuries took last season and this one away.
Holmberg is the real promising piece the Diamondbacks hold though. He’s made 19 starts this year with Double-A Mobile, holding down a 2.97 ERA. He’s considered one of the top pitching prospects in the system.
In short, the Diamondbacks got a Cy Young-worthy season from Kennedy, a no-hitter from Jackson, a solid season from Hudson, and Holmberg all for Scherzer. This is the first season Scherzer has had THIS good a year in as well.
So if you watch the All-Star Game and get sad about seeing a former Diamondback striking out the National League’s best while Arizona’s rotation continues to sleepwalk through the 2013 season, don’t fret. At least not too much.