This is a trade I completed last week, prior to Martis’ rough second start. I dealt Shairon Martis ($2) and Brandon Morrow (not eligible to be kept) for John Maine ($5). Now, there were a few things I considered when pulling the trigger on this deal:
- Those who have been reading this site since the preseason know how high I was on Maine heading into the season. While he has stumbled a bit, he has shown signs of being fully recovered from the shoulder surgery he had in the offseason. If he can get things back on track, he’s a bargain, not only for this season but as a keeper in 2010 as well.
- Morrow is not only struggling, but was expendable for me. I already have Joakim Soria, Frank Francisco & Brian Wilson, so I am three strong in the closer department once Soria returns to the mound. Given Morrow’s inconsistency, even if he does resume closer’s duties, I don’t think I would use him over my other options. The way things are going, there really is no guarantee that he’s going to close again anyways. Obviously, I am a little bit concerned that I sold too low on Morrow, but given the situation I can’t worry about that too much.
- Maine gives me a ton of depth in the rotation. My top six starters are now Chad Billingsley, James Shields, Aaron Harang, Mark Buehrle, Clayton Kershaw & Maine. I also have Jeremy Bonderman (once healthy), Kyle Lohse, Gavin Floyd & Jordan Zimmerman as depth. I don’t think I could ask for much more out of my rotation at this point.
So, what do you think? Is this a trade I should have made? Did I sell too low on Morrow?
As a side note, this is a column I would like to do a little bit more of. If you have a trade that you want to hear the rest of the communities thoughts on, send it in to me at email@example.com and we’ll see what everyone has to say.
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