Re: Freel traded for Ramon Hernandez
Doesn't, IMHO, bring them any closer but the trade hasn't done any damage to our longer term hopes--2010 and beyond. That's my prime hope for this trading season, that, unlike his predecessors, Walt doesn't either trade away pieces we will need once our best prospects are on the scene and our best starters have matured enough to constitute an actually condending rotation or enter into ridiculous contracts that make for diminished flexibility. So far he's not done that. Addition of a good RH hitter would make me start to get slightly hopeful, but I just don't see the pitching as being mature enough yet for a real run in 2009. Single realistic acquisition that would give real hope for 2009: Adrian Beltre.