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Hardly. (In ref to beane getting raped in the deal) He upgraded RF (possibly significantly) for a GD reliever.
You guys vastly overrate relievers....now for the starters he's shipped off, I haven't looked at those closely... I definitly think Beane got a good deal for an injured reliever.
The thing is, though, that the Red Sox were still getting back as the centerpiece of the deal Andrew Bailey, who was good on a per innings basis but was missing a lot of those "innings." Trading an OF even of Reddick's pre-2012 caliber -- 24 years old and holding his own and at the age when improvement is certainly not atypical -- for an oft-injured reliever is foolhardy, especially when you have two good outfielders if lucky (Ellsbury and Crawford) plus Cody Ross.
I like Reddick okay I guess, but considering what Chicago got for Santos - which many didn't think was even that great a haul - this seems pretty underwhelming. Reddick's upside seems like "just a guy" which I guess is an upgrade for Oakland, but what's the point?
More than one team that looked good on paper fell completely flat in practice.
Oakland could be in the Central and they still wouldn't be much of a contender.
There is other stuff in here, though, beyond the excerpt.
1) Henry flew out to Seattle. That is the sort of thing that happens before the manager is fired.
Read in several places that John Henry "flew across the country" to Seattle on Monday to see his team. Guess that sounded better. He was actually on the West Coast all week and was in Vancouver before he went to Seattle.
The most famous player in the return for Bailey is Josh Reddick, who leaves me cold. Reddick is 25 and has a .293 OBP above Double-A. That's not a player or a prospect.
he averaged .309 during ages 23/24
Am I the only person who thought this article was about the Mariners? Not that I minded reading the thread.
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