Back in December the Arizona Diamondbacks traded pitchers
Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook, as
well as outfielder Collin Cowgill for pitchers Trevor
Cahill and Craig Breslow from the Oakland A’s.
It’s no secret that the players of interest in the deal
were Cahill and Parker.
Parker, at 23-years-old, has had an impressive start with
the A’s since being called up in April. In 2012 he has
started eight games and is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA.
He has given up just one run in 21 innings over his last
MLB Network analyst Matt Vasgersian told Arizona Sports
620’s Burns and Gambo on Thursday that even though Parker
is a highly rated prospect, it was a smart move for the
Diamondbacks, who had plenty of other talent in the
“The Diamondbacks (the past few draft cycles) have done
such a great job stockpiling pitching,” Vasgersian said.
“You ask yourself ‘How can they trade Jarrod Parker?’
Well, they can trade Jarrod Parker because they’ve got
Trevor Bauer, they’ve got Wade Miley and probably a
handful of other guys at the lower levels of the minors
who we all may not be as familiar with, who they feel like
Though reluctant to say so, Vasgersian did give the nod on
who came out ahead to the A’s.