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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Braves - Acquired Uggla
Atlanta Braves - Acquired 2B Dan Uggla from the Atlanta Braves for 2B Omar Infante and P Michael Dunn.
Before the Marlins made this trade and the John Buck signing, I believed in my own existence. I believed that I lived in a world with metaphysical laws, the world of “reality” while when I dreamt, that was the fiction.
Today, I’m not too sure. To paraphrase Zhuangzi, I’m no longer certain whether I’m a man living in a world in which the Marlins dumped Dan Uggla that dreams of going to the grocery store with Chester A. Arthur dressed up as a viking or if I’m a viking going to the grocery store with Chester A. Arthur that dreams that the Marlins are run by Bullwinkle.
In essence, from a playing standpoint, the Marlins are trading a year of Dan Uggla for a year of Omar Infante and a hard-throwing reliever with a history of control problems. Yuck. Sure, the Marlins save money, but they’ve already given 50% more than they would owe Uggla for 2011 to John Buck for no particular reason and threw away the opportunity cost between what they got for Uggla and what a reasonable trade for Uggla would’ve been.
GMs, if you have magic beans for the Marlins, put them away. They’ll take regular beans.
Great trade for the Braves. Though I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t suggest that the Braves could’ve saved the bother if they had just kept Kelly Johnson (1 win better than Uggla the last 4 years by BR’s WAR, 1 win worse by FG’s WAR) in the first place.
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