Greene ships sails a year late

A year later and prospects short.      

A move that should have been made an off-season ago came to fruition with the reported trade of shortstop Khalil Greene to the St. Louis Cardinals for relief pitching prospects.

After a horrid season that saw Greene bat .213 with a paltry 35 RBIs in 105 games only to embarrass himself further by punching a storage chest and breaking his hand, Greene has been dismissed.

It is a move that should have been made prior to the 2008 season.

In 2007, Greene slugged 27 bombs with 44 doubles and added 97 RBIs - all coming from a guy that touted a .291 on-base percentage. The Clemson alumnus had belted exactly 45 homers in his three subsequent seasons - 15 homers a year.

For those who didn't notice - the 2007 season was the aberration. Only once has he posted an on-base percentage over .320. His strikeout totals are rising. His walk totals are diving. The sell high motto that should have been employed was ignored.

The Padres remain a small market team that has to be creative, and management didn't handle this issue properly. Greene would never be the poster boy for the Padres patiently, aggressive approach. He was the antithesis of that thinking. He swung and swung often.

If the Padres needed to move a runner over or score one from third with less than two outs, you prayed that Greene was not coming to bat. His potential hit a crescendo in 2007 and the slide began this past season.

The Padres fooled themselves by thinking he was a player on the rise. They already saw the top of the iceberg. The heat has arrived and an ice cube was left.

The odd part - he has more value outside of San Diego than inside it. He became enamored with the homer and will actually get a few more now that he will move away from PETCO Park.

So, what did the Padres give up?

A low-talker that would make Jerry Seinfeld wear puffy shirts.
A disgruntled employee that cared more about himself than the team.
A player that was single-handedly trampling the Padres want and approach to taking pitches.
A man that had worn out his welcome with silly antics (punching anything that might break a hand is downright dumb and even dumber as a baseball player).
A very good defensive shortstop.

If only they did this deal sooner. They might have surrendered more in perception, but the reality is they would have gotten a lot more back.

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