Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg
You mean like $4M? There really was no reason to include Stewart in this deal when WJ should have had all the leverage (Jays wanting to shed payroll, Rolen wanting to come home, etc.).
And look at Rolen's last two years on the back of his baseball card and tell me if that you don't mind him playing 70% of the time.
EE for Rolen with no $$$ involved should have gotten this deal done, but WJ went all in with a pair of two's.
EE and Roenicke was more than enough to get this deal done.
And if it wasn't enough he should have walked away. problem is the organization had sat on their hands for so long (mistake #1) they felt forced into doing something to appease the general fan base. Stupid is as stupid does.
And BTW you don't have to usually have to give up something to get something that is a big myth. Ya just have to be able to outsmart your competition Ricciardi did that.