Cedric 3/24/08It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
I'm not terribly impressed with Sweeney, so I look at it as Swisher for two pitching prospects. The wild card here is de los Santos. He had a sick, sick year, came out of nowhere. If he's for real, then the A's have some pitching prospects to watch in the upper minors, if not they just swapped a big bat (expect Swisher to put up some big numbers in U.S. Cellular as he moves into his prime) for Gio Gonzalez (who's a fine prospect, but that's no guarantee of anything and the A's have some serious scoring issues).
I'd say Oakland's on its way to 100 losses in 2008. Probably time to have some serious talks about Joe Blanton.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
cool baseball trade. Billy Beane does his Larry Beinfest imitation but forgets to win the World Series first
another funny thing-- Reds went from OF-rich/Marcus McBeth-type poor to OF-poor/Marcus McBeth-type rich in a hurry.
MlbTrade Rumors.com's take on the deal:
The White Sox paid a massive price to get their man, however. Pitchers De Los Santos and Gonzalez were their two best prospects, according to Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein. De Los Santos is said to have a huge ceiling, whereas Gio is a solid lefty who's nearly big-league ready. Goldstein ranked Sweeney eighth on the team, but projects him as more of a fourth-outfielder type (he was once very highly regarded though).
If it wasn't obvious with the Dan Haren trade, the A's are in full-fledged rebuilding mode. Joe Blanton, Huston Street, and Mark Ellis could be next to go.
If you have a losing record at Reds games, please stop going.
Maybe Beane just likes his young OFs better, he has depth there. The key to the A's run in the early 2000s was young pitching.
What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand
"Sometimes, it's not the sexiest moves that put you over the top," Krivsky said. "It's a series of transactions that help you get there."