Originally Posted by Rojo
Francisco might throw up some Tony Armas-like seasons. Might.
Overall, that trade was a piece of a larger mission. Walt took a bunch of tweeners, suspects, four-A's and turned them into quality arms.
Sappelt, Alonso, Wood, Francisco, Volquez, Janish became Latos, Hoover, Marshall and Redmond.
The only guy I'd really want back is Grandal.
Yep. This can't be overstated.
I thought for a long time that Jocketty was overrated and Krivsky should get most of the credit for this club. Krivsky should still get a lot of credit, but what Jocketty has done in the last three years has been fantastic, especially this past offseason when he brought in Latos, Marshall, Hoover and Ludwick. He has chosen the right guys to keep (Frazier, Cozart, Cueto) and the right guys to trade (Alonso, Francisco, Sappelt, Stewart, Wood, Volquez). Let's just hope the Mesoraco/Grandal choice plays out that way as well.