put me down as in favor of this trade

Ward at the time was the most expendable of the trading chips we had (others being Wood, Cueto and Votto), and Lohse has been the best SP (after the trade) on the trade market. Sounds like a do to me.

IF Ward ends up being ok in a few years, you can't look back with regret. Although I'm sure a lot of Red Sox fans would like to have Freddy Sanchez back, no one faults Theo for trading him for extra pitching help for the stretch drive in 2003. However thats a big IF when he's putting up numbers like he has in Beloit (1-3, 5.82 era) since the trade, as a 23-yr old in high A.