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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Astros - Acquired Jennings
Houston Astros - Acquired P Jason Jennings from the Colorado Rockies for P Jason Hirsh, OF Willy Taveras and P Taylor Buchholz.
I would’ve liked this trade better for the Rockies if they hadn’t picked up Taveras - his BA and OBP are just not-terrible-enough that he’ll look marginally useful for the Rockies and with his defensive reputation, which seems to have been earned solely by virtue of him being fast and a bad hitter, will make him look like a solution to the Rockies and eventually, some other stupid team. Coors is no longer the Best Hitters Park Ever, but it’s still a decent hitters park and increases hits of all types, not just homers. I could start writing the entry for the Taveras free agent signing now and open it up come December 2010, I think.
Hirsh, of course, is the prize of this trade. He’s a good pitching prospect, though not on the Hughes/Bailey level and Buchholz has potential, if some injury concerns, but I’m not sure I’d do this if I were the Rockies. You have a starting pitcher who can survive in Coors and you’re going to cash him in and start over? Kind of risky.
I think this works for the Astros. The Lee signing is no longer needlessly blocking their young outfielders, the only thing the farm system has to offer. Taveras was simply in the way - getting another real bat into the outfield is very important when you’re going from Clemens/Pettitte to Jennings/Williams. The Astros would be smart to get Jennings signed to a long-term contract as soon as possible. After all, he’ll cost some dough now and when was the last pitcher to have his stock fall after leaving Coors? The Astros will not be able to replace Jennings easily.
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