Originally Posted by Jay Bruce
Thank you for the compliments. Once Saltalamacchia was traded, I had very little interest in trading Arroyo to Atlanta, unless a trade starting with Kelly Johnson could be discussed.
My sentiments were pretty much the same: I am one of the ever-shrinking minority that is not that high on Salty...if he can't stay behind the plate his value takes a huge hit because IMO his bat is below average at 1B.
However, I do have quite a bit of man-love for Kelly Johnson. He is slugging .500 since May 1, with an .891 OPS; granted, Cox sits him against lefties quite a bit, but I like his patience and doubles power, and his defense will only get better with experience. I think he is one of the most underrated players in the game this season, and in spite of his injury history I would have demanded him back as well...an excellent call, you're on a roll today!