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Monday Morning Second Thoughts...

First, it was a nice game yesterday and I think I agree with Dan Lucero of Up In the Rockies that the game marked another turning point for the franchise, if any one particular game could. Franchise was solid, how solid?

"I was very impressed with his stuff," said third baseman David Bell, who compared Francis (10-7) with Astros lefty Andy Pettitte.

That's from the Philly Daily News (Philly.com)

The Court of Public Opinion

Rockies bloggers who are displeased with the trading season:

The Good the Bad and the Barmes
Rockies Disaster Report
Roxhead
Denver Baseball Observer

Rockies Bloggers who are pleased:

Up in the Rockies

Tap the Rox hasn't come out with a yeay or nay on the entire trade season, but gives thumbs up to Byrnes for Bigbie, but thumbs down to the Chac deal and Joe K/Witasick for Byrnes/Q and didn't seem that impressed with P-dub for Day/Davis either.

Purple Row?

After some thought we side with Up in the Rockies that this trade season on the whole has to be thought a success. Why?

  1. The quality of the players we gave up wasn't of the caliber of championship teams in the roles they had (with the exception of Witasick, who was in the midst of a fluky spike year, maximizing his trade value) and b) it wasn't high enough for me to believe that the players we dealt couldn't be replaced with nearly equal components more cheaply. I have no reason to believe that Chacon or Kennedy will ever be much more than bottom of the rotation starters on a contending club (look where they have been slotted on the teams they were dealt to) which the Rockies aren't. That makes almost any return on Kennedy and Chacon worthwhile if it helps bring future wins to the franchise.
  2. Until we slough off a couple of spare outfielders for something and acquire a catcher from somewhere, we aren't finished, but as a work in progress, it's not bad. Larry Bigbie and Eric Byrnes are interesting in that Bigbie seems to have more value among the stat savvy GM's and fans, (hence Boston's original interest) while Byrnes seemingly appealed more to less nerdy types (hence Billy Beane's eagerness to dump him and Jim Beattie's desire to pick him up). But as value goes, because of his age and contract, Bigbie is more likely to retain a higher resale price point and actually might increase in value over the coming months, whereas Byrnes was less likely to. Honestly, we were screwed, but I'd rather be left holding the bag with Bigbie than with Byrnsie.
  3. The P-dub trade remains underappreciated, particularly Zach Day, who should be better than Kennedy was and more consistent once his arm is alright. I know he hasn't gotten off to the same start, but his pitches and mechanics are much more likely to work long term, whereas Joe K is still benefitting in the public mind from a lucky 2004.
  4. Omar Quintanilla is the most valuable stop-gap the franchise has ever had. He's an upgrade on Miles, and when Tulo or whomever is ready to ascend, Q will bring a high return either in trade or draft choices (assuming MLB maintains the current compensation system).
  5. Everybody else we received is gravy, if they work out at all, bonus for us! This of course leaves the fair value for Chacon question open as both pitchers acquired in that deal are in my "gravy" column, but I figure we'll be able to squeeze some value out of at least one of them. Given that we were justifiably in a baseball business sense going to get rid of him anyway after the season (see point one) than it was good to get what we could. If Mark Redman of the Pirates or one of the other similar pitchers on the market brought more in at the deadline, I would have really questioned the move. But that didn't happen, and I have to say we took fairly good advantage of the market that was. Relievers will always be overpriced at the deadline, and I see Ramirez pulling a larger haul in a couple of years down the road.