Well, that's the basics of it. Sort of.
99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
Bailey CYA winner
Hamilton ROY & GG
Donald as been injury prone in the past. Can play around the infield, came up as a SS. Ok bat. Decent utility guy to have around.
Isn't Jason Donald most well known for breaking up Armando Galarraga's perfect game in that call that the ump botched?
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
I believe it was Donald.
Donald has also added the OF to his resume, in fact he can play a little CF now. There we go.
I'm lukewarm on this. Love Choo, but as a rental that's a problem. Didi, in some kind of package, could have led a package to Arizona for more, if reports are to be believed.
Walt has a history of extending vets he trades for. But it sure seems like the $$$ will be -- and should be -- there for Bailey and Latos first. With Ludwick on a two-year deal in LF and Hamilton getting close, I don't see how Choo fits past 2013. (I guess the uncounted asset would be the first rounder they'd cop in 2014 if they offer Choo.)
Surprised with the short-term nature of this deal. I guess I'm hoping Choo ultimately replaces Ludwick in LF come 2014. But I doubt it happens.
Donald has been a lesser player than I thought he would be. Seems the Reds have liked him for a while, so maybe there's more there. Will withhold judgment.
On the flip side, nice vote of confidence for Cozart. Thought he was super solid for a rookie. Would like to see some improvement at the dish in 2014 and beyond. He's the guy now.
Pumped for the 2013 lineup now. Let's hope Choo knows how to play for big money.
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Reds will offer Choo a qualifying offer and get draft pick comp when he walks next Winter.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Can't believe the Dbacks are willing to trade Trevor Bauer for DiDi Gregorius. Wow.
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choo goes to #reds. done deal.