Thursday, July 06, 2006

Thumbs up on the Guardado deal

Here the Bavasi crew makes a correction, swapping a useless major league albatross (Eddie Guardado) for a likely useless but cheap and youneverknow kind of fringe prospect pitcher in Travis Chick. Nicely done.

Opening this season, Baseball America still ranked Chick as Cincinnati's tenth-best prospect...while John Sickels saw him as merely the sixteenth-best prospect in a pretty sad minor-league system.

The good news, though, is that Mr. Chick (6'3", 215, just turned 22, and sporting a 4.61 ERA with 36 BB and 77 K in 16 starts for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts) is better than a wet bag of nothing, which happens to be precisely Everyday Eddie's current trade value. A coup! A coup!

Aaaaand the M's trudge along, three games out of first and two games under .500.



At 8:04 AM, Blogger Tad said...

Chick is the proverbial "live arm" that you get back in a trade. I suspect that they could have gotten more for Eddie had they waited a bit, but I don't fault Bavasi for thinking that he had better not count on his recent streak of semi-effectiveness and get what he could for him.

I wish of course that they had traded him at the deadline last year when he had some real value, but at this point, I am happy to get low level prospect for him.

I truly enjoyed Eddie's run here. The crotch grabbing, the 88 mph fastballs, the fact that he truly lived up to his reputation as a good clubhouse guy, and a near miraculous recivery from a rotator cuff injury without surgery, all good times. I hope he finds his groove in the NL and wish him all the best!


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