Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Aftermath Of Bloody Monday

This is the last time I get to use this picture, I guess.
So Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm, and Geovany Soto are gone. I am a big fan of all three players -- though Soto was probably my favorite, Maholm second, which is the opposite order for most Chicago Cubs fans. Still, they needed to be traded given their contract status and the Cubs' overwhelming pitching needs.

I had the pleasure of reviewing this trade for FanGraphs. Here's the juicy bits:
The Braves trade feels a bit like a fleecing for the Cubs; the Rangers trade is at best a wash.
Concerning the Maholm/Johnson trade:
So, in many ways, this trade cost the Cubs nothing. Johnson and Maholm were brought in purely on speculative purposes — in speculation of a potential run at the Wild Card and, more importantly, in speculation of a possible trade deadline deal. And considering what they received in exchange, that speculation appears to have paid dividends.

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For all the sensation that Anthony Rizzo has become on the north side, [Arodys Vizcaino] has the potential to be the same on the pitching side.
And concerning the somewhat disappointing Soto trade:
All told, though, the Cubs traded from a strength — their catching situation, which had three decent options — to build on their weakness and achieve their stated goal. It is just a little surprising that Brigham was all they got in return, but who knows? In 10 years, this may be the Infamous Brigham Trade, and my descendants will come back to this spot and put a placard on where I stood to say, “That’s it?” And Brigham’s descendants will write movie scripts and include mentions of how nobody thought a young man from central Florida could become THE Jacob Brigham.
Good on Theo and Hoyer for finding trade partners, but — man! — it feels like we just traded for Casey Coleman 2.0.

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