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Sunday, August 20, 2006

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Moyer to the Phillies for Andrew Barb and Andrew Baldwin, both young arms that might or might not become good at some point. Baldwin is older, but apparently throws 92 with absolutely no effort and has a decent chance to increase his velocity. Probably not going to pan out, but they weren't going to get much more for Moyer. This was probably a favor for him more than anything else.

As for Moyer, good luck. You could hardly ask for a more standup guy out of a ballplayer. That doesn't even cover it; he actually seems like a genuinely wonderful human being. Some people are flipping out about this, which is completely ridiculous to me. Clearly, he wants another shot to compete for the playoffs. I think he's earned it. I'm a little surprised the Phillies think he'll help, but the National League does suck ass, so who knows? But some people are acting like he was shipped out of town for cents on the dollar, tarnishing his legacy or something. Insanity! The man waived his no trade clause for a reason. He'd like to pitch in another important game before he retires. I, for one, am happy for him, though I don't think he'll be pitching in the playoffs. Sorry Philly, not buying your resurgence.

Anyway, Bavasi has certainly made some questionable signings. I think Washburn was probably the worst overall, but that's probably being optimistic about Beltre and Sexson. We'll see. The hatred that some people have for him in Seattle, though, is mystifying--and really, really annoying. It makes me want to defend him, though if you look at some of his signings (Carl Everett? Scott Spiezio? Rich Aurelia?), it can be kind of tough. Fortunately, I didn't have to say anything. A poster over at USS Mariner layed the smack down on some of these fools, and I have to quote him here:

Criticize Bavasi’s FA signings all you want, I’ll sit back and assist you. But to criticize his trades? When he got Foppert for a guy we didn’t need, Carvajal for a guy we didn’t want, Bazardo for an aging bullpen guy, Reed/Morse/Olivo for a guy we weren’t going to be able to resign, and now two more young arms for 6 weeks of a guy who’s done, is just stupid. Outright stupidity. Prospects fail. That’s why their called prospects. If they didn’t fail most of the time, teams wouldn’t trade them because when they succeed, they’re worth their weight in gold since they cost you nothing.

Amen, brother. And I would add, to all the Shin-Soo Choo fanatics out there, teams constructed entirely of prospects lose. A lot. So do teams constructed of overpaid, over the hill veterans, but I think we're mostly through with that in Seattle, depending on how the Sexson situation shakes out this winter. It's a team with a lot of young talent. The last thing we need is a bunch more marginal prospects with minimal power clogging up the outfield.

Anyway, good luck Jamie. Sorry the team wasn't ready to contend again in time for you to be a part of it.

3 Comments:

  • Isn't the Sexson situation that you're paying him $13 million next year? Trading him isn't an option, because:

    1) Who would take him at that price?
    2) Won't the State of Washington be out, like, $3 million per season in taxes if he leaves? A bunch of middle schoolers are gonna lose their music classes if Sexson gets traded. What about the CHILDREN????????

    By Blogger Jeff, at 8:42 PM  

  • I don't think Sexson will be on the roster for opening day 2007. That's my prediction.

    His contract is backloaded, so he's making an absurd amount of money next year. We'll still be paying a good chunk of that, for sure. But hopefully some other team will be paying more than half.

    By Blogger Jesse, at 3:08 PM  

  • Also, he almost went to San Francisco this year. Remember, for teams with big holes at first base, the alternative is to shell out too much for more than just two years.

    Two years of Sexson in the JV NL for 9mil or something could look pretty good to somebody. I don't know who, now that San Fran is out of it (assuming they're satisfied with Hillenbrand), but I don't think it's that outlandish.

    And Washington State has no income tax.

    By Blogger Jesse, at 3:15 PM  

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