December 03, 2004

Good old-fashioned trade brewing

Ed Wade, Brian Cashman, Kenny Lofton and Felix Rodriguez, from left, ride in a horse-drawn sleigh to a mutual location to negotiate a trade and eat warm apple cobbler.

The proposed Kenny Lofton for Felix Rodriguez swap is the warm cider brewing on baseball’s hot stove this holiday season.

There’s something to be said about a good old-fashioned trade of two players, Lofton and Rodriguez, of equal salary, of equal skill at their positions, to fill equal needs on teams in opposite leagues.

There’s also something to be said, if the deal goes down, about Ed Wade. When Wade quickly re-upped on F-Rod soon after the season, I had in the back of my mind a notion that he’d be worth more later as trade bait. Believe it or not, Rodriguez was viewed by some out of town papers, the Baltimore Sun for example, as one of the premiere bullpen arms on the market.

So here’s to Ed Wade, and here’s to Brian Cashman, Kenny Lofton and Felix Rodriguez, and the entire Phillies and Yankees families for this (proposed) holly-jolly trade.


At 7:37 PM, Blogger el123chico said...

I would have rather they gotten rid of Tim Worrell, and really, there are better centerfielders than the aging Kenny Lofton, but since Wade has gone the extra dollar in recent years to bring in "names" maybe this was a nice break from that.

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