Check out the 2007 organizational stats for these two Oakland A’s relievers:
Outstanding numbers, and eerily similar. Is it a trick question? Are they from the same guy? Nope…
The first reliever is Huston Street. The second one is Andrew Brown, the player the A’s got in the Milton Bradley trade.
As lines on a spreadsheet, Street and Brown look identical. As physical specimens, they look about as much like twins as Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Street is listed as 6’0", 185 and throws with a near-sidearm delivery, while Brown brings his 6’6", 230 frame over the top, with a funky delivery that reminds me a lot of Kevin Appier:
When the A’s acquired Brown, I thought the A’s were just dumping Bradley for, shall we say, reasons of personality. It made little sense to me at the time otherwise, as the reports I’d heard about Brown made him sound like just another dime-a-dozen reliever the A’s could have picked up anywhere.
But obviously, Brown is much more than just staff filler. Now we can ask this question: would you rather have four months of Milton Bradley or four years of a second Huston Street? Granted, Brown accumulated more of the above stats at AAA than Street, and Brown is also 2 1/2 years older than Street, who just turned 24 this month. But Brown’s major league numbers so far are not any less excellent than his AAA numbers. Billy Beane’s deal is looking pretty darn good right now.
1. I still think it's bizarre that Brown was one of the players the Dodgers traded to Cleveland to acquire Milton Bradley.
2. Well, if Andrew Brown is worth Milton Bradley once, he's worth Milton Bradley twice, doggone it!
3. Yeah, but why was Depo involved with trading him away twice? The first time, fine - you gotta give action to get action. But the second time, Bradley was DFA'd. The Padres shouldn't have had to give up much, so they couldn't have thought much of Brown. Or maybe they just didn't forsee having a roster spot for him?
My memory's hazy... was Bradley DFA'd by Cleveland when things went sour for him there?
4. I don't know that Bradley was DFA'd, but I remember him being kicked off the team right at the end of Spring Training, and summarily being traded to the Dodgers.
I like what I've seen from Brown so far, but I don't trust him, for one reason: he reminds me of Jay Witasick. The first time I saw him pitch, I thought it was Witasick's ghost.
5. Doesn't look like he was DFA'd by Cleveland: