Before we get to this year’s trade, do you all remember when we got Tex last year and he arrived in the Atlanta dugout in about the 7th inning and they showed him on the big screen and the place went absolutely beserk? I was watching that game on TV and got goose bumps. We had just made THE move of the trade deadline and it was going to push us into the post season. Those were heady times. And they seem like a LOOOOONG time ago.
Anyway… After the travesty that was the final two games of the Phillies series this weekend and the added bonus of Hudson to the DL with potential TJ surgery – this had to happen. Though it came a day earlier than I expected, frankly. One of our faithful listeners, Jon, sent in a question tonight asking what we thought about this Texy for Kotchman and Marek trade. And while it’s all still very fresh, here are some initial thoughts:
> Thank goodness we traded Teixeira and got something for him. I started getting nervous this past week with all the talk about the contenders not needing a 1st baseman and that the Boras factor was scaring teams away. If we still had Tex come Thursday night I’d have been livid.
> Kotchman looks pretty damn good. We weren’t going to get Loney or Jackson and Kotchman was the next best thing. He’s cheap (1.5 mil). We have him until 2011. He’s young. He’s cheap. He hits lefties. He was referred to as the MVP of this year’s Angels team. He’s cheap. And I’ll take an above average defensive 1st basemen who’s going to hit .290+ and 20+ home runs any day over a prospect.
> And who knows about Marek. He’s supposed to be a flame thrower. He has a curve ball. And he began his minor league career as a starter and has recently been converting to a reliever. So maybe he gives us some versatility. Maybe he doesn’t. Who cares about Marek, really? I don’t.
We needed to get rid of Tex and get something of significance in return and Kotchman fits that bill.
Now let’s see what we can get for Ohman and Kotsay (and Frenchy – oh please, oh please, oh please!).