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Nothing makes sense anymore... does this?

So for my own knowledge, I went back, found the Haren-to-Arizona and Sabathia-to-Milwaukee trades and looked up the corresponding prospect return Oakland and Cleveland received (grades are based on various top-20 lists I found on sbnation.com, regardless of how correct they may be - I used only sbnation.com lists to determine the grades for all of the following trades, so I'm assuming they're somewhat equivalent) ...

First, the Oakland/Arizona Trade.  I understand Haren was cheaper, and came along with a fringe prospect in Connor Robertson, but this may be the closest thing to equivalent in return... (a B+ SP, ML SP, C+ SP, B+ 1B, B+ and B- OF) and that's a lot of grade-B players going back to Oakland.

Oakland sends SP Dan Haren and SP Connor Robertson(C) to Arizona in return for SPs Brett Anderson(B+), Dana Eveland(4 or 5 in rotation), and Greg Smith(C+), infielder Chris Carter(B+), and outfielders Aaron Cunningham(B-) and Carlos Gonzalez(B+).

Second, the Cleveland/Milwaukee trade.  This trade is different in that it happened in the middle of a season and involved only sending two months worth (and it was a damn good 2 months) of CC Sabathia.  The players sent to Cleveland include a B+ OF/DH, a couple of Pitchers at C and C+ and a player to be named later B-).

Cleveland sends SP CC Sabathia to Milwaukee in return for OF/DH Matt LaPorta(B+), P Zach Jackson(C), P Rob Bryson(C+) and a player to be named later (I did a quick search and the best name I could find was 3B Taylor Green (B-))

Thirdly, I don't expect the Padres to get a Haren-load of gold but I also expect more than Cleveland got for CC Sabathia.   Looking at the similar Braves (based on the new top 20 for 2009) and Cubs top prospect lists, I find (and can only hope for) the following (this could go a hundred different directions, but whatever...) :

San Diego sends SP Jake Peavy to Atlanta in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar (B+?), SP Tommy Hanson (B+) and OF Gorkys Hernandez (B-)

or San Diego sends SP Jake Peavy to Atlanta in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar (B+?), OF Jordan Schafer (B+) and Morton/Reyes (4 or 5 in rotation) and SP Jeff Locke (B-)

It is not crazy to expect that in return, right? Seems like the Braves won't give in. Anyways, as for the Cubs (and I don't like this idea as much as the Braves deal and I also know less about who it would take from the cubs - probably why everyone's calling the Braves the frontrunners)...

San Diego sends SP Jake Peavy to Chicago(NL) in return for 3B Josh Vitters (B+), SP Sean Marshall (4 or 5 in rotation), P Donald Veal (B-) and OF Felix Pie (B-?)

I wasted a lot of time on this, so I hope you enjoy it... and please leave comments/corrections/critiques - because I have no idea what I'm doing. Basically nothing makes sense with the trade offers the Braves are throwing out.  I understand not wanting to part with Hanson or any other top prospect, but you have to deal talent to get talent.  If I were KT, I would take Peavy for 2009 unless I get one of those two offers from the Braves.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Gaslamp Ball community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Gaslamp Ball managers or SB Nation.

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