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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Nationals - Acquired Snelling
Washington Nationals - Acquired OF Chris Snelling and P Emiliano Fruto from the Seattle Mariners for 2B Jose Vidro.
Bavasi’s having a great week. I’m starting to think there’s a Cosmopolitan-type magazine floating out there for people who only have jobs due to nepotism. Inside, it contains articles such as “Is Dumb the New Smart?” and “66 Sexy, Sassy Gifts to Give to Your Dad on Christmas” and “Is Special Education Right for You?”
Here, Buzzie’s Other Idiot Son took Branch Rickey’s old axiom and cleverly twisted it to fit his needs. Why trade away a player a year too early when you can acquire a player two years too late?
It’s such a waste. The Mariners finally get Snelling, who was a deserving top prospect previously, generally healthy and ready to play. So what do they do after all this time? Dump him for the first guy that Bavasi heard of. Oh, and throw in Fruto just the sweeten the deal for no apparent reason. That’s some high quality thinking. The Mariners even get the privilege of getting to pay $8 million over 2 years to be a bad DH! Excelsior!
Is Bowden getting smarter or does he wisely only trade with people he knows are dumber than him? In 6 months, he’s picked up Kearns, Lopez, and Snelling for practically nothing of value. It’s kind of harsh to describe Vidro that way, as he once was a terrific player, but he can’t really handle 2B anymore and his aging offense has declined to the extent that he’s worthless at easier positions.
I’ll always have soft spot for Snelling - I saw him tear his ACL and it’s great to see him back. Looking around, it’s not just me that thinks the Mariners were robbed, so I’m glad it’s not just my bias in favor of Snelling that’s telling here. Snelling fits right into center for the Nats. The bad news is, of course, that Cristian Guzman is written in pen as the shortstop, but the team was probably going to do that anyway. The Nats being stupid otherwise doesn’t make this trade any less great.
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