DeRosa to the Indians

Mark DeRosa has been traded to the Indians for three minor league pitchers -- Jeffrey Stevens, Chris Archer, and John Gaub.  He apparently is going to play third base for the Indians.

The Cubs were moving DeRosa to clear out some room to afford Milton Bradley, who they are apparently about to sign.  But I'm sitting here trying to figure out why the Rangers weren't involved in this deal.

Stevens turned 25 in September, and is a righty reliever who the Indians got in the Brandon Phillips trade.  He supposedly can get his fastball up to 95, and has put up some nice strikeout numbers in the upper minors the past two years.  He seems like someone who is a decent bet to be a contributor in the bullpen for a major league team at some point.

Chris Archer turned 20 in September, and was the Indians 5th round pick in 2006.  In the Sally League this year, he put up a mediocre ERA while striking out, and walking, a bunch of guys.  He supposedly can throw in the low- to mid-90s, depending on which report you read.

John Gaub is a 23 year old lefty who struck out a bunch of guys in a relief role in the Sally League last year...but then, he's a 23 year old in the Sally League, so that doesn't mean a whole lot.

Actually, sitting here and reading the reports on these guys, it isn't as bleah a package as I initially thought.  Gaub isn't anything of note, but Stevens is someone who can probably contribute in a bullpen role right now, and Archer is a live arm with major control problems but some ability.

An equivalent package from the Rangers would probably have been something like...I don't know...Josh Rupe, Michael Kirkman, and Ryan Turner.  Although Archer is probably better than Kirkman...maybe Omar Poveda instead of Kirkman. 

Given that DeRosa will be a free agent after this season (albeit a free agent who has a good chance of fetching a sandwich pick if he leaves), would you have been willing to part with Rupe, Poveda and Turner to get DeRosa?

That's a hard one, for me.

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