Originally Posted by shaunsinger
Unfortunately, when you say we could have packaged him with Lidle, Wilson or Larue, this is real life and not MVP Baseball 2004 for Xbox. When 2004 started we didn't even have Todd Jones on our team and now we have two prospects in retrun, say thank you to the Phils and go to sleep happy. When I was crediting Obrien's "hardball" I was only 1/2 serious. The fact he even said "we weren't gonna trade him" made me chuckle because it's like all of a sudden Todd Jones is untouchable? I just meant he is playing this 'Hardball' thing out to the last hour and I kinda like it. Where does it help us to take the first thing out there? Our prize right now is Paul Wilson, you know that and I know that. I really think we might keep him just to anchor the staff and not embarass Mr. Lindner and Assoc., but I do think if we get bolled over by a great offer we will take it. And I promise you that offer won't be the same one we got a week ago I promise you that. Dude, Victor Zombrano just netted an A++ Prospect. Paul Wilson can get us a B- to B by his lonesome in this market and I'm excited! However, If Dan O'Brien really stays pat, I'll know he is just an owner's whipping boy and not the GM that knows the proper direction of this team.
I can agree with most of what you say, but still believe that with the market for veteran pitchers, Jones, could've meant an extra decent prospect or a prospect upgrade if added to a deal with someone like Wilson, Lidle or LaRue.
Out of Wilson, Lidle and Jones, hanging onto Jones and playing out the string for the rest of the season with no compensation would have bothered me least. If nothing else, the 8th inning should now be even more adventuresome.