Re: How did Walt do?
B for me.
Balentien has upside and can probably fit well into a platoon. In 2010 or 2011.
Rolen was a necessary move, and not an easy one to pull off, given the money involved and the thorny question of what to do about EdE's 4-5 million contract for 2010. I like both Roenicke (who looked good this year, in my opinion) and Stewart (though I think he's a BP guy long term), so this deal is not an A for me. But the team clearly needs some leadership and ballast for the guys who score runs, and I think Rolen is a great choice for that. The defensive upgrade is real nice, too. (Now go get Tejada or Scutaro in the offseason.)
Moving Hairston to save a little cash is a small positive, but a positive nonetheless.
The trade market is not easy, but the team was relatively active at a time they needed to be. I hope August will bring more.
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