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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Brewers - Acquired Koskie
Milwaukee Brewers - Acquired 3B Corey Koskie from the Toronto Blue Jays for P Brian Wolfe.
I’ve liked a lot of things the Blue Jays have done this offseason. This isn’t one of them.
Troy Glaus wants to play 3rd. Considering the fact that they’re already weakening their infield defense with the loss of Orlando Hudson, they really needed to keep their best defensive 3rd baseman on the team and starting at 3rd. If things couldn’t be worked out with Troy Glaus on a move to 1B or DH, then the Jays really shouldn’t have pulled the trigger on the trade. That they did anyway and appear to be letting Glaus stay at 3rd has hurt the team and limited the gain that the pickup of Glaus would make.
Corey Koskie had a disappointing, injury-filled 2005 season. I can understand a team trying to contend not wanting to take a chance on Koskie if they can give him away, but the Blue Jays are paying the vast majority of Koskie’s contract to not play for them. If they’re not saving a heap of dough (it appears the Brewers are only paying 4-5 million of the remaining 2 years!) then it’s a far better idea to play Koskie at 3rd and hope he returns to being a quality player. And before 2005, he was undoubtedly a quality player - every year from 1999-2004 was at least a very good season for Koskie.
For the Brewers, there’s nothing to dislike about this pickup. They get a high-upside 3B for much less than they would pay on the open market (2 years, $4-5 million total) and for that bargain, only give up a waiver-wire pitcher who is unlikely to ever help a major league team.
Thumbs up for Doug Melvin. ZiPS likes this trade better than I do.
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