The Hudson trade was Hudson for Charles Thomas, Juan Cruz, and Dan Meyer. Thomas and Cruz haven't shown much but Meyer still has potential, and the money due to Hudson was the overriding factor.
Statistically, Loaiza looked like a guy who was in the middle-of-the-pack as far as free agent pitchers went last off-season, who got paid what the going rate was for a mediocre starting pitcher. No one could have expected the 2 horrible starts he's had so far.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'