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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Blue Jays - Acquired Glaus
Toronto Blue Jays - Acquired 3B Troy Glaus and SS Sergio Santos from the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2B Orlando Hudson and P Miguel Batista.
I feel this trade works out quite well for both teams, though perhaps a bit better for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have a logjam of talent at the corners and this trade enables them to get some talent at an area in which they’re a bit weaker organizationally in the short-term. While there will (hopefully) be the eventual problem of what to do with Stephen Drew and Justin Upton, Hudson’s a fine defensive 2B and in a weak division, it doesn’t take a lot of sweetening to improve your chances at the NL West title. I don’t know how it would sit with O-Dog, but after Hudson had troubles with lefties once again after a promising 2004, the Diamondbacks should strongly consider platooning him as they have a number of players that would complement Hudson at 2nd, even if the team’s given up on Scott Hairston at 2nd for good.
Batista also provides much-needed pitching depth, wherever they end up using him.
Sergio Santos is a still a prospect, but is going to get squeezed from below by Drew and maybe Upton after a very disappointing 2005 season for Tucson. There’s still upside there and it was a good idea of the Jays to pick up another low-risk middle infielder.
Glaus plays positions the Jays have a lot of, but he was probably the best bat available in the market. I like this from the Jays side as well, but I’d still have to give it an incomplete at this time until I see how the team deals with the surplus of Hillenbrand and Hinske and how Adams/Hill line up in the middle infield (I’d personally rather move Russ Adams to 2nd and try Hill at short). This isn’t to say losing Hudson doesn’t hurt, but unless you’re trading with Jim Bowden, you have to give value to get value.
Both the Blue Jays and the Diamondbacks are now two of the most interesting teams in baseball and I look forward to watching both quite a bit in 2006.
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