Collette Calls: The Unmeasurables

Collette Calls: The Unmeasurables

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

The most recent trade deadline was arguably the most exciting and insane in recent memory. We saw both a quantity of names as well as a quality of names change addresses in July as teams continued either their pursuit of a pennant or a more controllable payroll in the coming seasons. Teams had visions and hopes for each player acquired, yet the performance of the players since they were traded varies greatly. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned.

Using weighted runs created plus (wRC+), the table below shows how each of the major league hitters fared before the trade and how they have performed since the trade (data through end of games Aug. 30):

Player

wRC+ before trade

wRC+ since trade

% Change

Nelson Cruz

141

83

-41%

Joey Gallo

139

88

-37%

Starling Marte

139

135

-3%

Kyle Schwarber

137

182

33%

Trea Turner

137

128

-7%

Kris Bryant

132

134

2%

Adam Frazier

129

48

-63%

Anthony Rizzo

114

103

-10%

Jordan Luplow

111

66

-41%

Josh Harrison

117

108

-8%

Eduardo Escobar

105

111

6%

Javier Baez

105

92

-12%

Adam Duvall

103

103

0%

Cesar Hernandez

99

68

-31%

Joc Pederson

93

103

11%

Myles Straw

93

104

12%

Abraham Toro

89

129

45%

Stephen Vogt

86

7

-92%

Jorge Soler

80

152

90%

Nelson Cruz and Joey Gallo were arguably the two biggest players — both figuratively and literally — involved in the trade deadline. Both were well above average hitters

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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