Thursday, July 06, 2006

So long, Eddie 

According to KJR, the Mariners just dealt Eddie Guardado to the Cincinatti Reds for Travis Chick

Righty who struggled in first year at AA last year at age 21, handling it better this time around, though he has not gotten his K/BB back to his A ball levels of 2004. Entering 2005, Baseball America ranked him as the San Diego Padres 4th best prospect, with the "best fastball."

Reds may intend Guardado to close, with the recent struggles of Todd Coffey. I wish Eddie the best of luck, he was a fun guy to root for, and its been painful watching his struggles this year.

This move may look like a dump trade, signalling that the Mariners are no longer contenders after dropping 5 of 6 in horrific fashion. I think this is the wrong way to look at this. Instead, I see this as getting something for nothing, and finding a way to prevent Hargrove from running Eddie into crucial situations in games.

Lets hope the moves continue. If Bavasi can manage to find similar value for formerly-but-no-longer-effective players like Carl Everett and Julio Mateo, then I will be thrilled. And lets hope we can find a way to pick up some relief and rotation help to fill the void left by these departures.

White-hot Detroit comes in for three and we need to win two, to enter the All-Star Break on an up note.

Other links to Travis Chick:
Chick emerges as top pitching prospect down on farm (2/22/2005)
Reds trade Randa for young arms - Swap with Padres nets right-handers Germano, Chick (7/23/2005)
2005 Top 10 Prospects - Cincinatti Reds (11/30/2005 - Chick at #10 for the Reds)

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