How can you call it a ‘good’ trade?

December 13, 2007 | Drew Forrester

I have no idea if the deal to send Miguel Tejada to Houston is a good trade.

And, neither does anyone else.

But, it’s a good MOVE, I’ll agree with that 100%

It’s impossible to tell if it’s a good trade or not – we haven’t seen any of the five erstwhile Astros play a game for the Baltimore Orioles.  If they all wind up becoming Marty Cordova or Rocky Coppinger, was it a good trade? 

Again, I say this:  While it’s still way too early to evaluate the merits of the trade and whether or not it was "good", there’s no doubt it was a good MOVE on the O’s part.

Next up:  Send Brian Roberts and Erik Bedard packing this week and complete the disgruntled trifecta.

Roberts needed knee pads during a Tuesday radio interview in Baltimore…that’s how evident it was that he’s BEGGING to get traded.  "If we’re going to go through a major rebuilding phase, I’ve told the Orioles that I don’t think I want to be a part of that process," B-Rob said.  Code word:  "GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE!  PLEASE!  I can’t spend the next two years winning 10 games a month."

In Roberts case, you move him because, as he’s now said over and over, the kid just no longer has the heart for losing 90 games and playing in front of 8,000 people at Camden Yards.  And, really, who can blame him?  Secondly, at this stage of his career, there’s still tangible value there and if Chicago wants to give up a couple of their young major league arms or a prized prospect or two, go ahead and throw him on a plane to the Windy City.  It’s a tough thing to do, because Roberts sort of epitomizes what you’d like the Orioles franchise to be all about.  Good, hard-working players who serve their community well are extremely hard to come by these days and Roberts is a winner in that regard.  But the fact – undeniably – is that Brian would rather be somewhere else.  Make the deal and move on, with regret…but make the deal.

As for Bedard, he’s almost the opposite of B-Rob in that he’s NOT a guy that epitomizes what you’d like the club to be about.  I’m not going to go into a long refresher-course on his surly nature and questionable durability – it’s all well documented.  Make a deal for him and move on.

Tejada’s departure earlier today shows that MacPhail understands the value in having guys on the team who actually WANT to be playing on the team. 

He’d probably be wise to hold an emergency meeting in Baltimore with all of the players under contract for ’08 and ask everyone to answer one question:  "Do you want to play in Baltimore for the Orioles in the 2008 season given that we’re clearly going through a rebuilding process and structuring our roster to include good, young, inexperienced major leaguers?"  Those players that check off "no" will be put on notice that the club will try and trade them by January 15. 

It should be simple enough for MacPhail.  He can almost come across looking like a good guy to the players in all of this.  "I’m just looking out for YOUR best interests," he can say to those who don’t want to be here.  "No hard feelings…we’ll do our best to move you on right away."

Is the team going to stink in ’08?  You friggin’ bet. 100 losses?  Very possible.  But, really, what’s the difference between winning 72 games with Bedard and Roberts, for example, or winning 62 WITHOUT them?  The team doesn’t WANT to lose, but they’ve put themselves in this position with shoddy management and poor player acquisitions — at least MacPhail appears as if he understands the road is long, winding, bumpy and not very scenic.  But it WILL get better, I think.

And, no matter what happens with Luke Scott and any of the other quasi-prospects the O’s received today, getting Tejada OUT was more important than who came IN.  Not only is the club saving nearly $30 million on Miggy’s salary, but the fact that he’s in Houston means we won’t be having his departure shoved in our face everyday if starts the season hitting .390 in April with 10 HR’s…the way we would have if, for example, the O’s would have shipped him to Boston or the Yankees or White Sox. 

Good trade?  Who knows?  The O’s jettisoned an aging, used-to-be-really-good All-Star shortstop with apparently-eroding skills and declining production to a National League team that gave us a guy with decent – nothing more – numbers (Scott) and four other players that might become major league journeymen or, hopefully, they might turn into something special.

I won’t be able to tell you if the Tejada trade is a good one for at least two years, probably. 

But I can tell you that what happened today with the Orioles was a good move.

And, in my recent memory anyway, it’s a very rare occasion when those three words –  Orioles good move — collide in the same sentence.

A "good move" is good enough for me right now.

 

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