Saturday, July 31, 2004
More Trade News
Update 2:23 pm: Tom Martin is Atlanta-bound.
Update 2:27 pm: mlb.com has the trade going down as
- Dodgers get OF Steve Finley, and C Brent Mayne
- Diamondbacks get prospects OF Reggie Abercrombie, C Koyie Hill and LHP Bill Murphy
We'll know more when we go up against the Cards.
Update 5:22 pm: Charles Johnson opted to stay with the Rocks, citing family concerns. Hence, Brent Mayne.
Update 5:34 pm: The Score Bard has his analysis up of the various trades:
DePo's no dapper old dandy.
Fans hate his nouveau operandi.
He got Finley and Mayne,
But he didn't obtain
Redemption by pulling in Randy.
The deal is fine by this D-Backs' fan, though not as absolutely mouth-watering as the Werth/Murphy proposal was. Mayne is nothing but a roster spot. Lets us try out another AAA catcher.
I, too, wondered why the Dodgers would consider trading Penny and Jackson to get Johnson. As much as I like Johnson, that trade was one I would not have been disappointed with.
I appear to be in the minority of D-Backs' fans, if Phoenix talk radio is any indication, as most of them seem to think that a handful of magic beans would be better than Johnson.
As far as getting Finley before or after his hot streak, well, isn't that always the question? I think we'd have been better off having those prospects, but perhaps DePo figured losing those two guys wasn't so bad -- they wouldn't amount to anything at the major league level anyway.
What this smacks of is baloney. Several reports say no concrete offer was ever tendered to Johnson. I'm wondering if McCourt's biggest nightmare wouldn't have been for both Johnsons and Finley to have accepted. As it stands now I think the Dodger payroll has actually been reduced with the added joy of not having to pay LoDuca next year (arbitration?).
Now, if the Dodgers don't make the playoffs, McCourt can say they did everything they could but got no cooperation.
Green back in right is a defensive setback with catcher set back both offensively and defensively. They are also apparently going to test the new found attitude of Milton Bradley by moving him to left. I'm not seeing these trades as great moves other than financial.
My read is that the Snakes didn't say anything to Johnson because they couldn't get an agreement on which players to move. But you could be right, and at the end of the year, payroll's down even further. But we kept Jayson Werth. IMO he's a better option than Finley.