Originally Posted by dougdirt
Not really. The difference between Didi and Cozart for 2013 is small. Maybe a win, which on this team, isn't going to make a difference. And by the time the playoffs roll around, I think they will be on par.
Again, this isn't to say I don't like the trade or wouldn't have made it. Just that I believe there is more risk involved with the trade than a lot of people seem to believe there is, even for 2013.
Doug and I are on the same page for the most part. He's higher on Didi than I am for sure, but he's spot on when he says people are overlooking the amount of risk here. A team that's won on pitching and defense just lessened a cornerstone on defense considerably in center and took the knees out of the clubs' depth at yet another defense cornerstone, shortstop. I don't think ANYBODY is against this deal...it's just not a slam dunk like some portray it.
Personally I didn't think it would've mattered very much as to which shortstop we dealt, just the fact that we traded either of them hurts. I was quite concerned as soon as Jocketty announced that they were open to dealing one of the shortstops at all.
As for Jason Donald, I've seen him play some but not a bunch. When I've seen him he's been Keppinger-esque defensively at short but looked much better at 2nd. Does anybody have any kind of glowing praises about his defense? Because he strikes me as strictly a back-up infielder and not to be used for long stretches. Same goes for Hannahan except he looks fantastic at third...but pedestrian at short. Hopefully I'm wrong.