Everyone hating this trade is going to look silly, not in a few years, but next year.
Lopez is going to match Todd Walker offensively, for three million dollars less. I could easily see Lopez being a Tejeda type shortstop in five years. And if Larkin gets moved to second, his offensive drop off doesn't look so bad at a normally weak offensive position.
Losing Dessens hurts, but I have faith in Bowden. He's going to replace him at these meetings, and I seriously doubt that he made this trade without something up his sleeve. I'm sure this trade is going to look very different by next Wednesday.