This is probably the last time I'll address it (or anything) this weekend, but I've had some time to think. I don't have any right to kick and scream as I've spent this entire summer encouraging people to let the business be the business and take heart in what we have. I guess this trade just cut me too close for comfort. Saving the money is great if it goes to re-sign Halladay, but I'm less than confident that'll happen. I'll pull my self-styled analyst hat down low over my reddened eyes and attempt to be look at this deal for what it is: a cold-blooded salary dump that has taken the best third baseman of his generation out of town.
While this looks like it should be the time to run kids out there everyday, it won't quite be that. We'll be subjected to plenty of Jose "I've never played well as an everyday guy" Bautista and a little more Johnny GD Mac, but also plenty of Millar for the rest of this month. JP is determined to do two things this season:
- Continue his streak of justifying the trade of a big name by insisting they begged out of town.
- Get something for nothing out of Kevin Millar.
Enough hand-wringing. Some good back-and-forth in the previous post about the validity of E5 Encarnacion's defensive stats. Yes, his -23 URZ/150 this year is bloated by a smallish sample size. It was unfair of me to cherrypick it, but that doesn't raise his career UZR/150 of -12.2. Fact is, he's a bad defender. But as Johnny Hale ain't a damn thing changed said: work your magic Butterfield! I agree with Hale and commenter DaveC that EE presents an excellent buy low option. The two arms are live and after a good Arnsberging and the requisite year of rehab; they'll be holding down the bullpen in no time.