Day-after coverage survey
The M’s trade a young, good-hitting, frequently injured good defensive corner outfielder for a once good-hitting, now injury-riddled second baseman who, heading forward, is
– just as likely to be injured
– likely to be a worse hitter
– costs about $12m more through 08 and another ~$9m for 09
– already not a good defender at second and getting worse
If you think Vidro’s going to rebound to his old form because he’ll be able to concentrate on hitting and stay healthy DHing, well, you could do that with Snelling, get better production and save $21m over three years.
They then threw in Fruto, a 22-year old live-arm reliever with great minor league numbers, stuff, and a body that looks like he might have eaten Mateo or something.
What does the press say?
The PI wimps out and runs an AP story.
Geoff Baker at The Seattle Times managed to turn out an article that, unlike his web article that said “Another offensive upgrade for the Mariners is to be finalized later this week when Jose Vidro joins the team as its full-time designated hitter” makes a set of pretty nice points — it includes a discussion of Vidro’s poor health, and manages to point out he doesn’t compare well to AL DHs:
But even his best numbers don’t rival those of the AL’s best DH candidates. The only time he’s topped 20 homers, or slugged better than .500, came during that stellar 2000 campaign.
Vidro has also never had a 100-RBI season, though that was partly a result of batting second in the order through much of his career.
Nice. Much improved from last night, certainly. Though:
To land Vidro, the Mariners finally gave up on the injury-plagued Snelling, 25, an Australian who showed flashes of promise when healthy but has suffered from knee injuries the past five years.
They weren’t all knee injuries.
The MLB.com article is, a little shockingly, conspicously not positive outside the quotes, and even notes how bad his range got last year:
After missing more than a month because of a left hamstring injury, Vidro returned to the club on Aug. 18, and his range at second deteriorated. He had a tough time going to his left and right. It got to a point where then-manager Frank Robinson benched Vidro a few games to give Bernie Castro a shot. Vidro ended the season as a first baseman.
Speaking of mariners.mlb.com, you may wish to vote in this poll:
Not that it’ll do any good.
Jeff @ Lookout Landing had a reaction much like ours.
Vidro’s declined from his peak, and even if he’s able to remain steady for as long as he plays in Seattle, he’s a .270-.280 EqA who doesn’t play the field. That puts him in Jay Gibbons territory, and Jay Gibbons was one of the worst DH’s in the AL last season.
Heh. Jay Gibbons.
Bill Bavasi dealt a young, cheap, good hitter for an old, expensive, arguably worse one, tossing in a talented young arm and a vesting option for good measure. In no way, shape, or form could this ever be mistaken for a good idea. It just couldn’t. There’s no way.
Yup. In general, the Nationals blogs are dancing a jig, as well as our AL West opponents. I’m not saying that consensus is the truth, or that many blogs should be considered to constitute authority, but if all your enemies get together to dance on a grave and sing with joy, well, you might be dead.