One Eddie In, One Eddie Out
Finally, a trade whereupon PositivePaul and Marc W can agree ;-) Here's to hoping that this sequence of trades pans out better than the trades of 1997. And, again, it shows that the M's are very serious about contending in 2006. I really hope we don't end up blowing up the farm system, though. I wonder if in 5 years I'll be calming my frustrations saying something to the effect of:
"Think of it this way -- we traded Eddie Guardado for Eddie Perez, and Asdrubal Cabrera for Travis Chick. It takes the sting out, a little -- just like the trade for Varitek and Lowe was really for Jamie Moyer (and, subsequently, it was Bragg for Slocumb)."
I liked the persona that Eddie displayed (I've never met him, so I can't say for sure whether or not I actually like him as a person, but he sure seems like a decent chap to me), but at the same time am with the rest of the M's blog-o-sphere in pretty much overwhelming joy that Hargrove will not have Eddie as an option to go to at any critical point in the game.
And, it's slightly good news for the "Free George Sherrill" campaign. George just took one step up in the bullpen pecking order.