Re: Hanrahan deal done
posted at 12/26/2012 2:36 PM EST
In response to Drewski5's comment:
In response to BosoxJoe5's comment:
In response to Softlaw1's comment:
Wow, nice to see desperate financial condition benefit the incompetent Cherry. Basically, it was a swap of the more expensive Hanrahan for Melancon. De Jesus for Holt. Pimental and Sands are Pimental are truly farm scraps.
It works for the Pirates and the Red Sox, becuase of the Pirates budget.
You realize Sands has a much higher upside than De Jesus who was DFA and not claimed by any teams.
Sands was a throw in w/ the LAD deal. He was never part of our plans. Ive heard that his AAA success was a mirage and he doesnt have major league batspeed.
The deal was practically Melancon for Hanraham. The rest were throw ins. I just read a quote from teh Pirates GM speaking of the trade. He doesnt even mention Sands and Pimental. He goes on for a bit about how he thinks Melancon is better than his 2012 performance (I would hope so). He even compares the Melancon acquisition to how he acquired Hanraham a couple of years back.
I honestly dont know how good Sands actually is. Its possible that you are right and he has major league upside. However, its pretty clear that he was an afterthought in this trade. Personally, I think the Sox probably should have kept him. It sounds like a straight up Melancon for Hanraham swap would have gotten it done.
I think the deal might stand or fall in the long-term based on whether Sands becomes a good major leaguer or just another career AAAA guy. I found him intriguing...he's raked at every level in the minors, so it wasn't just an Albuqurque thing, but the RS didn't seem to think much of him. With openings at 1B and LF and not many great options out there, now would have been the time to give him a shot if they thought he could play.
For my part, I'd just as soon have kept Melancon and given him a chance to rebound. He's younger and cheaper, and Hanrahan's walk rate kind of scares me. But I guess we'll see.
Holt could be interesting, but don't know much about him. Looks like a Ciriaco type, if Ciriaco could get on base.