Well, they traded Freddy and I think it was a good move. I didn't see him coming back here. He's a free agen and is having a good year, so he'll be asking for too much and the M's wouldn't pay it. Remember how much he sucked the last 2 years, though. Also, this year he had a 2.61 ERA at home in the friendly pitcher's haven of Safeco and a 3.91 ERA on the road, so he was helped a lot by the ballpark. I don't think he's a #1 guy in the mold of Schilling, Johnson, Hudson, Pedro, etc. He'd be the M's #1 guy if he continues to pitch like he did this season, but there was not guarantee of that. They got a good young catcher, a great minor league outfield prospect, and the shortstop is a good hitter with a bad glove, so far.
I think it's the first move Bavasi has made that helped the team. Everything else he's done has been crap.
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.'