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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, November 19, 2007
Angels - Acquired Garland
Los Angeles Angels - Acquired P Jon Garland from the Chicago White Sox for SS Orlando Cabrera.
Dear Managers and Coaches,
Thank you for giving our league-average defensive shortstop a Gold Glove to enable us to continue our goal of putting together the deepest starting rotation in baseball.
P.S. I’m actually Tony Reagins but nobody really knows who that is.
Good move for the Angels. Cabrera’s at the absolute height of his value. He’s not a terrible deal at $9 million, since he’s a decent shortstop, but he’s gone at the end of the season. The only question is what they do now. I think they’ll be another move at some point as one has to think that Ervin Santana or Joe Saunders are going to have to go at this point. The first guess is that they use Erick Aybar at short, but that would be a mistake as I don’t think he’ll hit enough to make him worthwhile, at least at this point, and the team’s only sees Maicer Izturis as a shortstop in a pinch. To completely make up a trade rumor that I’ve heard nothing about, perhaps the Angels will revive the Tejada rumors by cashing in Saunders and maybe Brandon Wood?
The White Sox are at a crossroads and I think they did the wrong thing here. Picking up Cabrera would be a classic win-now move, but I don’t think they could afford giving up Garland in a win-now mode and this team still looks like the 4th best in the Central for 2008 and isn’t particularly young. They have to decide whether to trade now for later or trade later for now, not simply rearranging their weaknesses.
If they move Uribe to 2nd, then they simply have a situation in which their 2nd baseman is even less acceptable offensively than he was at short and in which their 2nd-best defensive shortstop is the shortstop.
It’s amazing to me that Garland just turned 28.
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