Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Dan Szymborski On The Chisox' White Flag II Trade
Dan Szymborski revisits this trade in light of that earlier one:
Is this a white flag trade? Yes. Is there anything wrong with that? No.
There comes a time where yes, it's smart to pull out that white flag and wave it furiously. Fighting to the last man, in many cases, including this one, where the result of losing doesn't mean that the Tigers will disembowel the wives and children of White Sox players, is nothing but romantic nonsense.
The White Sox are simply a mediocre team that would have to play the best ball of their lives to have a shot at the playoffs.
They didn't get a lot for Thome or Contreras, but they're only losing a month of their services, after all, and what they got in return is a lot more likely to help them win meaningful games in 2010 and beyond than warm memories of that time they let it all hang out so they could go 79-83 and finish 8 games behind the Tigers.
I know you'll probably think me a maniac for pressing this point, but I think it's the most interesting decision the Angels have to make this off-season.