Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
The Taveras signing was/is still worse than this deal.
The Taveras deal had no hope of helping this club.
The Rolen trade, however, improves the ballclub.
This trade's value this year is virtually nill.
This trade's value is marginal next year unless they can add solid talent at multiple spots and there is no reason to believe this to be so. They dealt for a guy they could've dealt for during the offseason (after taking a run at Beltre or Figgins).
For this deal to help beyond 2010 means they would need to extned him in the face of his health risks and declining production. This alone is so mind-bogglingly foolish that I would have said even this front office wouldn't consider it if Jocketty hadn't made it a special point in the press conference.
This trade was dumber than the Taveras signing by several orders of magnitude (and I still loathe it).