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Monday, July 31, 2006

Cardinals - Acquired Belliard

St. Louis Cardinals - Acquired 2B Ronnie Belliard from the Cleveland Indians for 2B Hector Luna.

This isn’t one of Walt Jocketty’s best trades.  While I was skeptical of Luna’s play last season, he’s playing just as well this season splitting time with Aaron Miles.  While Luna has a disproportionate amount of at-bats against left-handed pitchers, the difference in platoon splits is only 29 points of SLG (identical OBP), so one can’t argue that his stats are beefy from beating up lefties.  Speaking of platoon splits, the Miles/Luna sorta platoon has to be one of the most pointless platoons ever - Miles actually has a higher career OPS against lefties and hasn’t been as good as Hector Luna at either handedness.

While I appreciate Belliard and his impressive Fat-Leticism at second, I don’t see him as all that much a better player than Luna now (if at all) and I’d rather have 4 years of Luna than 2 months of Belliard.  Yes, the trade gets Aaron Miles out of the lineup, but the team could’ve done that anyway.  My only complaint is of utilization - Luna’s a good acquisition for a couple of months of Belliard, but I feel that Joe Inglett is around that range of quality and they already have him.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 31, 2006 at 03:07 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 31, 2006 at 04:25 AM (#2119153)
Yes, the trade gets Aaron Miles out of the lineup, but the team could’ve done that anyway

You don't know what it's like to have Tony LaRussa managing your team. Without a proven replacement, Jocketty would've met more success working on cold fusion or finding a young pitcher than Dave Duncan won't mess-up.

Aside from defense, I think the point of the Miles part of the platoon was some weird motivational ploy directed at Luna. TLR obviously decided it wasn't working. Beyond the Miles angle, I really don't care about this trade one way or the other. I am betting that Luna doesn't match his 2007 ZiPS.
   2. Sparkles Peterson Posted: July 31, 2006 at 04:28 AM (#2119156)
Hector Luna is not for real. When his bat vanishes next year and leaves nothing but the fleeting aroma of Craig Paquette, people will finally understand why Tony was spotting his playing time so carefully all season.
   3. NTNgod Posted: July 31, 2006 at 04:29 AM (#2119158)
Acquired <strike>2B</strike> RF-rover Ronnie Belliard

Man plays deeeeeeep.
   4. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 31, 2006 at 04:46 AM (#2119184)
Hector Luna is not for real.

Does this make him a fraud who poops his pants?

Where are the Mets fans to hijack this?
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: July 31, 2006 at 05:50 AM (#2119247)
Luna will be a borderline all star next season if he plays second base everyday for the Indians next year.
   6. MM1f Posted: July 31, 2006 at 06:41 AM (#2119267)
Luna came up in the Indians farm system and was lost as a Rule 5 pick.


you know whats funny? that Luna is still listed at 6-1 170
   7. Sparkles Peterson Posted: July 31, 2006 at 07:41 AM (#2119299)
The Mets fans will hijack this deal if the Marquis for Heilman deal leaps from Will Carroll's blog to the headlines. I think even the Mets fans around here will have to admit that Minaya is an idiot if that goes down.
   8. NTNgod Posted: July 31, 2006 at 07:43 AM (#2119301)
Has one of his trade rumors ever actually happened?

(not health reports - his trade stuff)
   9. Raskolnikov Posted: July 31, 2006 at 07:50 AM (#2119304)
The Mets fans will hijack this deal if the Marquis for Heilman deal leaps from Will Carroll's blog to the headlines. I think even the Mets fans around here will have to admit that Minaya is an idiot if that goes down.


Nah, it would be a bad deal, but not a catastrophic one. I would be able to see the motivation, even if the assessment would be poor. Mets fans have lived through worse tortures than this ...

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