To a certain degree, it’s impossible to say yet. I certainly wanted Lowe to go and not Vazquez. Can we assume this all means that Frank found no buyers for Lowe, probably. And, Melky is very nice player. Not a world changer, but a damn good player. And we save about 8MM in the trade. So, what does Wren do with this money about getting us a clean-up hitter? That’s the measuring stick of this trade. If this off-season becomes Melky and LaRoche, I will not be happy.
Cabrera is a very overrated player. If he puts up numbers (offensively and defensively) better than GA’s, I’ll be a little shocked. The players I’m most excited about is Arodys and Dunn. Huge potential for Arodys and Dunn could one day be a very servicable set up man and spot closer. I like the fact that he could also be flipped for someone good like Billy Butler.
“Next season may not be as much about winning as it is about laying the foundation for something better than the last three or four year of Padres baseball…
Could Hoyer send third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff packing, figuring that Chase Headley can play that position? What about Adrian Gonzalez? He could bring the Padres a plethora of young talent…
Hmmm…which team now has a plethora of young talent to spare? I’m thinking…I’m thinking…
As the day has gone, I’ve grown more and more critical of the trade. My thinking being that if we traded Lowe (our assumed Plan A) that would be salary dump and we pick up a great OF free agent player to hit in the 4 spot. A trade of Vazquez, after his career year, would most certainly yield the big bat and that would be that. But now the Vazquez trade seems like a bit of salary dump itself and none of the 1B FAs seem to fit the bill to be the big thumper. Again, I hope that Melky and LaRoche are not the end result here.
All of that said, here’s a more positive view from FanGraphs:
Vazquez is a quality pitcher and the Braves will miss him, no doubt, but they saved roughly $8 million in salary (once you account for Melky’s arbitration award), added a league average outfielder and one of the best young arms in baseball (Vizcaino). Perhaps it isn’t the price that top flight starters used to command, but when viewed in today’s market, this is a pretty decent deal for Atlanta. This is a significantly better return than what Philadelphia got for Cliff Lee, for instance.
Are we nervous with so little experience at 3rd? It seems like a good fit if he’s healthy. I hope he’s out there taking in some infield practice before spring training. I know it’s only a one year deal but he could play 3rd if Chip retires when Freeman comes up. I think I like it. Do I like it?
Leah, Glass half full here, in all things I share other’s concerns on here because I want the Bravisto Mens to win every game, forever. I get upset, to a degree, when they lose or make a seemingly boneheaded trade. But considering that over the last, almost 20 years you could tune in and have an above average chance of seeing/hearing the Braves win…I’m ok!
I’m a nurse and a fiddle/banjo player. Good, happy stuff.
I really appreciate that ABT and many posters here know a lot more about the ins and outs of baseball than I do(that’s why I’m here). Maybe they know more and so they feel it more when things aren’t what we want. They may express that in a negative way, but I’m sure it’s because they want what we all want. Go Braves!