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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Another Rumor from the Mill

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The Dallas Morning News among others has reported that the Padres and Rangers may be discussing a trade involving Adam Eaton of the Friars and Gerald Laird, Laynce Nix and Adrian Gonzalez of the Rangers.

To some this will sound like dealing an established Major League pitcher for three no-name minor league suspects. I don't see it that way. First, look at this past year's stats for Eaton:

He's below league average. He's proven to be injury prone. He's past his physical prime. Oh, and he's going to earn about $5M this next season. As for the unproven youngsters of the Texas farm system, here's their stats for '05.

All three mashed at Triple-A Oklahoma (though Nix only for a handful of games). Also, all three are believed to be above average fielders. Gonzalez has even been referred to as a future gold glover by some.

I like the look of the deal as is. Hopefully it can get done.


Blogger Lance Richardson said...

The deal would be swell if one of those guys, I dunno, maybe Gonzalez, since he's left-handed, could pitch every fifth day.

4:31 PM, November 10, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

You did see Eaton's Park Adjusted Run Average, right? A 5.32 means Adam wasn't even "pitching" every fifth day.

7:19 PM, November 10, 2005  
Blogger Yankees Chick said...

and how bout the trevor rumors....IF he leaves, would you entrust the job to aki or linebrink?

1:28 PM, November 11, 2005  
Blogger LynchMob said...

I'd trust the job to Linebrink! No problem! Put the cash into a quality starting pitcher!

2:03 PM, November 11, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

Linebrink was quite a bit better than Trevor this year, so yes. I'd rather eliminate the "closer" position, though.

4:40 PM, November 11, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Trevor is still an outstanding pitcher, although the day that that becomes untrue obviously looms near.
That being said, I think that this is going to be a bad ballclub in 06, with or without Hoffman, and it may be worth $7-mil a year to keep Petco from becoming deserted.
If we keep him, either Aki or Linbrink may be superfluous, and would make good trade bait to a closer-deficient club during the season. We need young bats, especially at the right end of the defensive spectrum.

6:00 PM, November 11, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

I agree that Trevor is still a well above average reliever, though he's no Scott Linebrink right now.

The team could be worse than it was this season, but keep in mind that this team was better than 82-80. Then again, the Dodgers and Giants had better personnel than their records suggested, too.

It might be worth paying Trevor $7M for the PR this year, but what about '07? This year is supposed to be the last year of waiting out stupid inflated contracts. Why add another that will still linger?

As for trading Aki or Linebrink, I'd be inclined to move Aki regardless. The Mets need a closer and they've not valued their farm system properly for years. Maybe that's a fit.

12:46 AM, November 12, 2005  

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