Now that I think about it, turning Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez into Tony Gwynn Jr. is a pretty sobering thought.
Basically, you have a fast, light-hitting center fielder who’s probably a bit overrated thanks to his legendary father. He’s hitting .310/.368/.356 this year, but that’s in a very limited sample size of 87 AB, and his career minor league batting line of .271/.351/.343 doesn’t bode real well for his chances of keeping that pace up.
On the flip side, you have Aki Otsuka, who’s been one of the best relievers in baseball for 3 1/2 years, has dominated in a fairly tough ballpark, and with the exception of his recent forearm strain, has been as healthy as just about any player in baseball since signing with the Padres in December 2003.
What this all really boils down to is this: if Jon Daniels was actually ready to deal Aki for Gwynn straight up, he’s learned a lot less from his failures in the trade market than I thought. It’s not a move that helps you right now, nor one that’s probably going to help you a whole lot in the future.
And if this had gone down (or still does go down) in its present form, without any other players coming back from the Brewers, it really hurts my confidence in Daniels to make quality deals during this trade season.