Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Red Sox Trade For Brad Emaus

Today, the Red Sox acquired minor leaguer Brad Emaus from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Emaus is a middle infielder who has had success in the minors which, at 26, could still translate into big league success. After starting the season as the Mets' starting second baseman, Emaus struggled-- he batted just .162/0/1 in 14 games. However, he was traded to the Rockies midseason and had quite a bit more success with their AAA affiliate. In 45 games, he batted .309/9/28, getting on base at a .389 clip and slugging .564-- great for a second baseman. His isolated power has grown each year as he ages, topping out at .252 this past year-- remarkable for a second baseman. In comparison, Robinson Cano's isolated power in 2011 was .231; Emaus was that good in the minors. Chances are that, unless Dustin Pedroia goes down with injury, Emaus will not see much playing time in the majors. However, he provides some depth and a potential trade chip in the future.

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