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  1. So we know Omar is a moron, but what was with the Indians part of the deal.

    Comment by Gina — June 16, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  2. “Jackson, who is having an even better season for the D’Backs this year, helped net the Tigers SP Max Scherzer and OF Austin Jackson.”

    Hmmm. I wouldn’t say he’s having an “even better season” this year. His underlying numbers in terms of K’s, BB’s, and FIP are about the same, but if you account for the change in leagues as well as the fact that his ERA is a point and a half higher, it’s hard to say he’s been having a better year in terms of actual results.

    Comment by WY — June 16, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  3. Come on, join the 21st century of baseball analysis. Actual results don’t matter, silly!

    Yes, I am (sortof) joking.

    Comment by Steve — June 16, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

  4. Great idea for an article; nicely done.

    I would also like to see the thoughts on the Indians in that three-way trade.

    Comment by Adam — June 16, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  5. The thinking at the time was that Guit would hit well enough to be a 4th outfielder at best and nowhere near enough to play a corner spot with any regularity. With Sizemore playing literally every day in CF at the time it didn’t look like he was going to play all that much. Even at the time they probably grossly undervalued his defense in addition to missing the mark on his batting projections. Combine that with a desparate search for some one end the rotating door at 2B since Belliard left and there you go.

    Comment by James — June 16, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  6. I”m not sure saying, Matt Joyce has struggled at AAA this season is quite accurate. He has struggled getting healthy this season; however, his numbers at AAA are coming along nicely now with a triple slash of .343/.470/.507.

    Looks like it may be just about time for the Rays to end the Blalock experiment and call up Matt Joyce.

    Comment by Brennan — June 16, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

  7. Looks like I either mis-read your Matt Joyce statement or it was editted.

    Nice overall article.

    Comment by Brennan — June 16, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

  8. The Holliday trade is not quite as simple as you state. The A’s traded for a full season of Holliday plus his compensation value as a coming free agent (Type A, I assume). They traded away roughly half a season plus his compensation as a free agent.

    So they traded less and got less. And it’s way too early to give up on Taylor.

    Comment by Matt Lentzner — June 16, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  9. Brennan,

    Yup, I either initially misread his Triple-A line or he got really hot in the last three days. Thanks.

    Comment by Pat Andriola — June 16, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

  10. Edited that part in. Thanks.

    Comment by Pat Andriola — June 16, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  11. It is too early to give up on Taylor, but his ceiling is similiar to that of Carlos Gonzales. Street and the rest give a clear advantage to Colorado. Also, why do the Indians get a free pass on this site? They were badly hosed in the Putz trade, the Lee trade, and going back a little farther, the Marte trade. There needs to be a point that results force us to question the Indians process. How long can they continue to blame their problems on bad luck?

    Comment by Bill — June 16, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

  12. Pat, In your defense, Joyce has definately heated up lately. Now if he could just translate some of that success to the MLB level.

    Comment by Brennan — June 16, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  13. Here’s the way I see that set of trades as a whole:

    Oakland gave up Carlos Gonzalez to get Michael Taylor

    Oakland gave up Street and Smith to get 2/3 of a season of Matt Holliday, Clayton Mortensen and Shane Peterson.

    I consider the second part a wash. The A’s didn’t really need Street, Holliday was pretty good, etc…. The real way to tell if the deal worked is to compare Gonzalez and Taylor going forward. Colorado wins the deal thus far, but it’s way too early to make a final judgement.

    Comment by suicide squeeze — June 16, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  14. Agree that the Nats won that trade. Hold off on the Scott Olsen rejuvenation, though. Olsen has been on the disabled list for awhile and has been shut down until further notice. Ironic because I think the Nats were more interested in Scott Olsen when they did the deal but Hammer has been the man since he got here and should be getting a tidy paycheck through arbitration or extension after this year.

    Comment by Souldrummer — June 16, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

  15. As a Sox fan, by June/July of ’08, Swisher was disliked. By October when he was complaining about not starting in the playoffs (even though he hadn’t been any good all year and at best was considered a minor failure) we openly started to hate him. I am glad to see him go and don’t miss him one bit. He created more problems than his .200 batting average and, thus imo, overrated OBP is worth. And Kenny was wise/smart enough to get rid of Wilson Betemit sooner rather than later; have to give him credit there.

    Comment by Otter — June 17, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

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