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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Trade Phil Nevin

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I never bothered to suggest that the first baseman be traded because I couldn't imagine anyone wanting him. It has been suggested by Dan Graziano and Ed Price of The Star Ledger that the Yankees may be willing to eat Phil's stupid contract (hat tip: Gas Lamp Ball):

Another possibility is San Diego. The Padres can't take on any payroll, but if they dealt a player like Phil Nevin (who's making $8.5 million this year and next) for a player like Matsui (who's making $8 million this year and can be a free agent when it's over), it could help them free up some cash for other things.

That's a fantastic idea if it's actually possible. Matsui plays a much better left field than Ryan Klesko (Who doesn't? A lot of people actually, but that's not the point I'm trying to make). Also, Matsui is a free agent at the end of this year and that translates into both a draft pick and freed up cash. If the New York Yankees are stupid enough to make this deal, Towers had better be smart enough to take it.

Josh Barfield

Josh Barfield Batting Stats
Idaho Falls 18 277 16 54 23 86 0.058 0.195 0.296 0.267
Fort Wayne 19 536 26 105 31 164 0.049 0.196 0.248 0.189
Lake Elsinore 20 572 51 126 68 187 0.089 0.22 0.405 0.364
Mobile 21 521 48 119 49 129 0.092 0.228 0.403 0.38
Portland 22 241 18 55 13 69 0.075 0.228 0.327 0.188

Why was Barfield pushed through the ranks so fast? I just don't get it. Anyone?


Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Maybe Barfield keeps getting moved up because his results at the plate remind the front office of the results our major leaguers are currently getting.

6:47 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

That's just wrong.

7:36 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Maybe it's because he's a Winning Machine, like Dave Roberts.

8:26 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

Nobody is a Winning Machine like DR.

9:07 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Agreed, but DR will not play forever. Just as the Pirates should have groomed a young reliever to go 18-1 after the decline of Elroy Face in the 60's, the Padres must develop a successor to Roberts as "Winning Machine."

10:06 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

I just read someone making an Elroy Face reference and now I can't remember where it was...

12:14 AM, June 16, 2005  

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