Considering they gave up two guys that stood a great chance of being dropped from the 40 (Poveda) or being rule 5 picks (Reed) this is a win win move for both side.
Cantu is on the cusp of being a Type B FA. If he does well in Texas this trade goes from even to a big win to Texas. I say this both because of the draft pick and the performance involved from Cantu to reach that point.
Once or twice a week I’ll be reading a seemingly innocuous Fangraphs article only to come across a line like,
“Motivation should be no thing; instead, it should be everything within him,”
“He is not mystically aware or knowing. He will not be reciting epics on playoff plane trips because of his own doings.” (Really? How do you know?)
and I get drawn up short as a I realize that I forgot to check the by-line before reading. Few things are as shocking as the sudden realization that I’m reading an R. J. Anderson article. It’s like reaching into a dark fridge for jug of milk and only realizing after taking a swig that it’s really orange juice. Maybe you guys could post the Anderson articles in bright red or something.
“And please note that I am assuming Cantu will not play second base in Ian Kinsler’s absence. He has not played that position since 2007.”
But..but..but…Aaron Boone just said on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight that he would! Are you saying he’s wrong? I mean, what’s next?
ERA is not a good metric to measure pitching performance?
Number of RBI doesn’t indicate the value of a player to a lineup?
American Idol isn’t necessarily a quality television show just because it gets high ratings?
My mind is being blown over and over again today!
(It was also stated on Baseball tonight that Brett Wallace–who today was traded by Toronto to Houston–was obtained by Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade, which while technically true, negates the fact that it was by Toronto first trading one of the prospects they got in the Halladay deal–Michael Taylor–to get Wallace from Oakland. Oh, you guys–so lazy in your research.)