Originally Posted by M2
It was a like a 250-car pileup. Cyberwailing at its finest. The most fantastically disproportionate response any of us hopeful ever get to witness.
My memory says, yeah, people weren't happy about the trade, but the reasoning was more like, "why did we trade for this washed-up has-been who we could have just signed later as a FA anyway?" then it was about Zach Stewart being some kind of cy-young winner. I know that was my
thought, and while I was happy to eat crow about Rolen in 2010, I still thought it was a swan-song fluke. I was way more opposed to the extension we gave him than the initial trade, and I was right about that. Hell, I was thinking of Stewart more as our closer-of-the-future than I was as some kind of ace. Scouting reports had him as a middling starter at best.
I also remember being just as unnerved about trading EE as I was about Stewart, because I thought everybody was making too big a deal about the defense in general. Not that the D wasn't a liability at the time, but everybody was talking about "changing philosophy" and I don't believe in philosophies. Issue #1 for me was just getting rid of all the negative-value players like Taveras and replacing them with players that didn't just flat out stink. And EE wasn't one of those negative-value players, so I didn't want to trade him. I'll grant that that was just me, though. Everybody else wanted to drop him like a bad habit.