Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
IHowever, in an earlier comment you claimed they were productive in WASH. Versus what? .
Clayton and Maj were extreme negative production at the worst possible time.. when we were contending. (Bray was pretty bad too) The trade pretty much knocked us out of contention by weakening the offense and bringing back nothing in return.
For that reason alone, it was a bad trade.
Think if we could've traded for 1 or 2 competent relievers instead... Think if Wayne had a little bit of forsight to guess that Clayton, Freel, and Deno couldn't cover RF and SS.. I'll never forget his comment after the trade "I don't care who plays SS".. That pretty much says it all.
When "the trade" knocked us out of contention, supporters of the trade spun it to be part of some grand plan for the future.. well, we can close the books now.. We got 1.8 WAR out of Bray, over 6 years.. not a very good "build for the future trade". Just as a point of comparison, Arthur Rhodes gave us a 1.6 WAR in 2010 as an inexpensive FA. Not that WAR is perfect, but it's a nice quick comparison..
So the trade neither helped us contend immediately, nor did it help us build for the future. All it did was save us money.. That's like saying the John Allen giveaways of Sullivan, White, Williamson, etc in 2003 were good trades because they saved us money, when in reality they were just giving away talent.