Back to pitching and May. I know the Pads wanted to trade Long and to get out from under his contract but at this point would you rather have May or Tankersley back regardless of Long's contract? It's probably more a question of potential and in retrospect the deals seem to make sense. If you look at the overall trades the Pads have made for a number 5th pitcher it's come to this:
Traded: Tankersely, Long, Quintero (+ $1 million cash to help w/ Long's payroll)
Acquired: Bukvich, May,
net to the Padres: May and
Ok, it looks so-so from that perspective (and the Padres were out $900,000) but look at what the Padres and Royals are left with and you see the real picture (pardon the pun). May is making a lot of money and currently in the bull-pin and I don't think he will do much there until he finds his fastball again. I bet you won't see him in any games unless the Padres are leading by a large margin. So the trades, breakdown like this:
Traded: Tankersley – starting, Long - starting (part-time), Quintero – unknown
– gone (waivers), May – Bull-pin and
maybe should be in AAA,
On another note, I'm glad to see Nady getting a full-time shot. He deserves it and I'm sure we'll see a lot of him especially with Roberts' injury (and where he has ended up almost every year – on the DL). We gave up a lot too to get him and we'll see how this trade plays out in the long run. I think the plan to sit him early and get him healthy is a sound one but I think his injuries are going to be an on-going issue all season. We've seen this spring that when you get your shot at making the team you need to take advantage of it – they came, they saw, they were sent back to the minors. Now, I think it's Nady's turn and he'll get steady playing time and at-bats. I personally think he'll rise to the occasion and be there all season. He's proven himself in AAA; let's give him a full season and a chance. I see Roberts ending up being a platoon player and pinch runner because you just can't depend on him being injury free and Nady will do so well you won't want to sit him.
Well… I can't wait. Let the games begin. Time to dust off the Padre hat and tune into some games.
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