Thomas Harding Said What?

October 14, 2008 at 11:52 am 9 comments

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I couldn’t help but pick this apart. Thomas Harding, who is a beat writer for MLB.com and covers the Colorado Rockies, was asked by a reader this question: “The Marlins are not necessarily interested in bringing back arbitration-eligible second baseman Dan Uggla, and I know Clint Hurdle is a fan of Uggla, do you think a trade is likely, and who might the Rockies part with in such a deal?” Not so bad. But what Harding offered to his loyal readers is just plain ridiculous.

Here is what Harding replied with:

I think a trade is possible. The Marlins are likely to have a payroll of between $30 million and $35 million, and could look to avoid paying Uggla the $5 million to $6 million he’ll get in the arbitration process. They also could package him with left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen, who could make $2.7 million.

A match could be made with the Marlins, who are looking for catching help and have flirted with obtaining the Rockies’ Yorvit Torrealba in the past. They couldn’t work a trade with the Rockies at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but could be in a better position if they gave up some players with rising salaries and obtained Torrealba and a pitching prospect.

The Rockies, of course, have Clint Barmes coming off a solid year and Jeff Baker, who was a decent run producer in limited playing time, at second base. But Uggla could change positions, and there could be trade interest in Barmes or Baker. If the Rockies deal Matt Holliday, Uggla might be feasible in left field.

What?!?! Is he serious? Does he actually get paid to write this stuff? Uggla and Olsen to the Rockies for Torrealba? Way to be a fanboy for the team you get paid to cover. No matter the salaries there is no justification to trade either player straight up for Torrealba even if they are cutting payroll. And which pitching prospect would they get in return? Not the injured Casey Weathers, who is their best arm. It would take more than Jhoulys Chacin or even Franklin Morales for that matter.

Let me take a stab at this Harding style: Barmes and Baker are mentioned as trade bait if they get Uggla so they will in turn be traded to San Diego for Jake Peavy because the Padres are also looking to cut payroll. That’s trading the Harding way!

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  October 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Cool! While we’re at it, the Cubs get Jake Peavy for Rich Hill and Koyie Hill? (Barrett just refuesed his minor league assignment!)

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  • 2. Charlie Nehl  |  October 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Oh, and didn’t Torrealba just sign like a 3 year 18 million deal? Uggla @ 6 million > Torrealba @ 6 million.

    Where can i sign up to be a paid sports writer?

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 15, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Torrealba actually lost that contract. That was what Minaya was offering him with the Mets. This is what’s left on his Rockies’ deal: 2009: $3.5M and 2010: $4M mutual option ($0.5M buyout)

    So at worst he is still owed $4M for next year.

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  • 4. erik  |  October 15, 2008 at 11:30 am

    If I was dealing Uggla to the Rockies I wouldn’t think it was serious unless the name Chris Iannetta was the catcher I was getting in return. I would probably deal Olson for Torrealba not Uggla for him maybe an Uggla and Olson for Tavares and Torrealba deal.

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I agree. Iannetta would have to be the one I get back for Uggla. Tavares is a 4th OFer especially with Maybin ready in CF.

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  • 6. erik  |  October 17, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Tavares lead MLB in steals he is no 4th OFer plus he gives decent defense… Maybin did well but he’s not ready…he needs another year.

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  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 17, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Sorry but a stat line of .251/.308/.296 is a 4th OFer at best. He’s a good pinch runner/defensive replacement not a full-time starter no matter how many steals he can get.

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  • 8. erik  |  October 20, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I disagree Jonathan, sorry.

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  • 9. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 21, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Really? You think a guy with an OBP hovering around .300 and a SLUG under .300 is a starter? I just don’t see it.

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