With Dave Dombrowski’s third full season as President of Baseball Operations coming to a close, it is time to look back and see where the players he has traded are now.
November 13, 2015: Red Sox acquire Craig Kimbrel from the Padres for OF Manuel Margot, LHP Logan Allen, SS Javier Guerra, IF Carlos Asuaje
Manual Margot has been the starting center fielder for the Padres now for two seasons. Despite the speed and solid defense, Margot has yet to come around on offense, posting a 90 wRC+ in 2017 and a 78 this year.
His inability to get hits or get on base also stops him from using his speed on the bases, accumulating just 27 over the past two years combine. Someone with his speed is expected to have more, as evidenced by his minor league stolen base totals.
Of the four prospects they acquired, it seems now that Logan Allen may be the gem. He was seen a solid prospect when traded, but has since turned into a top 100 prospect. He continued to develop a strong minor league track record this year and is now ranked the No. 85 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline. He finished this season in AAA, and will likely start there next year and get a chance in the majors at some point.
The Red Sox likely do not regret trading Guerra, considering how much he has struggled since the trade. He has not posted a wRC+ higher than 68 in the minors since 2015, but has managed to keep getting called up because of his strong defense.
Another guy the Red Sox probably do not regret trading much is Carlos Asuaje. He has been up and down in the majors and has yet to find his footing.
Who won this trade?
The Red Sox as of now have likely won this trade, but what happens with Allen and Margot still remains to be seen. However, Margot may be running out of time and it could be up to Allen to salvage this.