Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Rays Get Sean Rodriguez, And Color Me Annoyed
Thanks to Tripon in the comments for the heads-up.
Update: Tony Reagins confirms the deal:
“We feel we gave up a lot in moving Sean,” Reagins said. “He’ s a quality baseball player and a baseball player in the true sense of the word. Very intelligent, great instincts, able to play multiple positions — I think that’s what made him attractive to the Rays.
“But with the depth we have in the middle infield we felt it was a move we could afford to make.”
Meanwhile our bullpen still is a mess and we just got a starter with a pretty bad lifetime WHIP and someone who consistently does not go past 6 innings.
Might as well have traded for some solid bullpen help for half the cost. What a gamble...
Kazmir: under contract through 2012. In the American League, Lee arguably isn't any more of an ace than a healthy Kazmir (who's also only 25).
Also be aware that Cleveland (Lee) and Toronto (Halladay) were demanding pitching in return...pitching that is major league ready. This deal did not cost anybody on the Angels 25-man roster, or anyone they expected to be a starter in 2010. The lone pitching prospect in the deal likely won't see the majors until 2011 at the earliest.
I'd much rather have Lee at this point than Kazmir. Lee had proven his 2008 season wasn't a fluke, while Kazmir's career is headed in the wrong direction. Plus Kazmir is just about to get pretty expensive.
I understand that Tampa Bay wanted to shed payroll, but they're still in the middle of a playoff hunt. Does it bother anyone that they were so willing to get rid of their "best" pitcher at the end of August. Why wouldn't they just wait until the offseason and shop him around?
We won't know whether this is a good trade or not until the close of the 2011 season.
If I'm annoyed at all, it's because a number of other teams got more with less this trading season. OTOH, Torres and Sweeney were barely on the prospect radar at the beginning of the season, and S-Rod was at best a known-unknown AAAA guy who was third or fourth on the depth chart.
All of them have high ceilings and not a one of them are can't miss. About the same we can say of Kazmir.
Three minor leaguers for Kazmir. I'm happy, especially the way Kazmir has been pitching lately.