Saturday, December 23, 2006
- The Rockies deny that they're talking to the Angels about Todd Helton. Duh.
- The Giants and Barry Bonds still have no deal, but talks continue. Get it through your head, Barry: the easy boy's right out.
- The White Sox and Rangers traded five players:
- White Sox get LHP John Danks, and RHPs Nick Masset and Jacob Rassner.
- Rangers get RHP Brandon McCarthy and OF David Paisano.
As for what the Rangers got, McCarthy looks like what Danks might be in a couple years: solid strikeout rates at a precocious age with perhaps a bit more consistency and similar K/BB ratios. He'll almost immediately
go to the head ofslot in second or third in the Rangers' rotation. Paisano, a Venezuelan, hasn't even played in the U.S. yet, so he's a total roll of the dice. Clearly the Rangers are going for it immediately, and I like this deal for them, especially if they can buy out some of McCarthy's arbitration years.
Update: Here's the BTF thread on the deal, and the AP story behind it. As pointed out there, both Danks and McCarthy have home run problems. The only justification I can think of is Kenny Williams stockpiling young arms with a view to contending in the 2009-2010 timeframe.
- Apparently Eric Gagne has to finish 66 games to make his $5M bonus. For illustration, K-Rod made it to 58, and he was one of the league's more prolific finishers. Joe Nathan led the league with 60.
I guess what trying to say is that Danks has a higher ceiling AND is closer to being ready than your giving him credit for. I think a better comparison is between, say Ethier and Kemp. One guy is ready to start now, and the other might/probably needs some time in AAA, but has a higher ceiling.
My main problem, now, with McCarthy is his FB tendencies in Arlington. I think McCarthy's ceiling looks more like a RH-Barry Zito. Danks; like a LH-Jason Schmidt.