And now, MY $0.02 about Dick Harden
What does XM know about mid-season pitching acquisitions, anyway?
Even though Hendry, et al. are adamant about this trade is not a knee-jerk to the Sabathia deal, I did the math and I am willing to bet that Gallagher was not part of the deal until yesterday. Billy Beane was lusting after him, for good reason. Gallagher has guts, he does not give up when he doesn't have his best stuff (paging: the Marquis de Suck) and we are going to hate losing him.
I am very happy for Murton, as he is finally going to get the chance he deserves. I wish him quite well in his endeavors, and we are going to hate the numbers he puts up in the next few years.
Lil' Strut can kiss my butt, and Donaldson is already a self-inflated headcase with a keen sense of his own worth. I mean, they play Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar" when he comes to the plate already? I guess he's big in Boise. Don't be scared of losing him; this is NOT Dontrelle Willis here.
I am glad the trade went down this way. If for some reason we completed our trade first, and then the Brewers countered with theirs, that would give them the clear psychological edge. Some may say that the trade was reactive, but Hendry is correct when he says that you just don't pick up the phone, call Billy Frickin' Beane and ask "Hey, the Brewers just got CC. What can you do for us?"
Some are also questioning Harden's health, that his last two starts were only for 5 innings apiece, that his most recent start against the Sux was one of his worst this year, and that Beane doesn't just give up on good players for no reason - he must be damaged goods. Mmm hmm, yep, Dan Haren looks real shitty. Beane's trading record has been excellent, but even he gives up value sometimes.
All in all, I think Uncle Lou said it best when he noted that he is "...glad that Jim is so competitive. The Brewers got a ace lefthander, and he went out and got a good righthander." This is just what we needed.
Any takers on the Cardinals getting A. J. Burnett later on today?