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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, December 25, 2006
Rangers - Acquired McCarthy
Texas Rangers - Acquired P Brandon McCarthy and OF David Paisano from the Chicago White Sox for P John Danks, P Nick Masset, and P Jacob Rasner.
Quite a gutsy move by Kenny Williams, trading the young pitcher that was guaranteed the #5 spot in the rotation. While I don’t think McCarthy was very well suited to such a homer-prone park, I’m not sure if this was the best move for him. You already have 4 pretty durable starters - why not try to shore up the outfield a bit?
Despite a lot of press, he definitely needs another full year at AAA - honestly, I think that Thomas Diamond is more ready than Danks is. Masset, however, I believe will beat the projection below and be a solid reliever pretty soon. He’s got a nice sinker and will have a nice White Sox defense behind him, a good combination for a big step forward.
McCarthy probably isn’t terribly well-suited to Texas, either - he’ll still allow a lot of home runs there. He could really come into his own in a bigger stadium, getting a bigger-than-usual boost from somewhere like Petco. Maybe the Padres can steal another young pitcher from the Rangers for magic beans after 2007?
Paisano and Rasner are both a long ways off. Paisano looks now that he might be a leadoff-type, but he just turned 19 and hasn’t played above the Venezuelan Summer League yet.
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