Re: Todd Jones traded
I think some of us are working from a false assumption. I'm not sure packaging Todd Jones along with anyone else would bring ANY upgrade in a return pachage. In fact, I wonder if including Joners in a deal might not DECREASE what you get in return. IMO, the market for Todd Jones was extremely limited - to perhaps one or two teams. I'd say this was the best deal anyone offered for Jones.
Look at it this way. OB got two prospects. While you'd rather have QUALITY prospects, the next best thing is QUANTITY. You never know how a player might respond when he changes organizations. And when you look at the career minor leaguers that fill the Reds' farm system, here are a two guys who have a chance to excel.
You never know. Gullet and Hume may have watched video of Hancock pitch and may see a minor flaw that could be corrected, that might drop his WHIP a bit. And Machado could be worked with in the batter's box and add some hits to those walks. (Can you imagine how many pitches that Jiminez and Machado would see while in the same lineup?)
By the way, for those folks who think we just just got another Castro/Olmedo clone, keep in mind two things: 1) Machado knows how to take a walk. A walk is not in Castro or Olmedo's vocabulary. 2) Castro is now a .250ish BA hitter. If Machado becomes a .250ish hitter and adds his walks, he would have a respectable OBP - much higher than either Castro or Olmedo. Machado has consistently put up an OBP of over .340 the last four years of his time in the minor leagues. Juan Castro has a lifetime OBP of .270. Machado is NOT Castro or Olmedo.
With all the SS's OB is collecting, you may see a couple included in trades - especially if Wilson goes to Texas in a deal for Kinsler and a pitching prospect.
As I said, I'll grade this trade a B-.
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Last edited by MikeS21; 07-31-2004 at 09:27 AM.