Re: Behind the Reitsma Trade - Excerpt from "Scouts Honor"
This story does help back up what Gammons said at the time. Gammons said that other teams were offering packages which some said were better, but DanO insisted on getting 2 starting pitchers in return for Reitsma. That's what bothers me. A rebuilding GM should try to get the best talent available, regardless of position. DanO insisted on two starting pitchers, which shrunk the list of possible trade partners, and set him up to be screwed.
I wish Nelson the best, but I said at the time of the trade that Nelson was a future bullpenner. There's nothing wrong with that, we need good bullpen guys. It just annoys me that DanO crows about getting 2 starting pitchers in that deal, when they clearly were more likely to be relievers.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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