Let me preface all of this with the fact that I loved the trade from the start. I was never sold on Lopez, he really disgusted me the last game I went to (vs. Chicago White Sox when Claussen was demoted) by absolutely giving up, and had shown me nothing on defense since that. Kearns is a good player, but we have the depth to replace him, even if we might miss a few of his homers, I won't miss the 0-1, 0-2 and 1-2 holes he gets in every at bat.
I mean, how well did Bowden's trading away pitching really work for us during his tenure anyway?
But what really sold me on the trade was looking at the pen before and after the trade (For the sake of argument, lets define Everyday as post trade, since he didn't really pitch until then):
Closer - Coffey
Setup- Weathers, Merc and Yan
Situational Lefty - Shack
Midddle Relief - Standridge
Long Relief - Belisle
Closer - The Daily One
Setup - Majik, Bray, Coffey
Situational Lefty - Merc
Middle Relief - Weathers
Long Relief - Standridge/Belisle (post-DL)
On paper, that is a huge change. EG has already proven in the past few days he can handle the 9th. Majik has been unlucky, but has good stuff. Bray looked good his one outing, and can get out lefties and righties. Coffey is much improved not pitching the 9th. Merc is a very good situational lefty, and is also much better after comming off his injury. Weathers I like much better in the 6th and 7th than in the 8th. And Belisle is fine as long relief, and Standridge will make do until then. The shakeup lets players move to roles that are much more comfortable for them, and that, even more than Bray and Majik should help the pen's ERA.