Well I was against this trade at first, but after seeing Pittsburgh absorb some of the contract it isnt so bad. Actually a fairly decent move.
As an A's fan, it cant be stated enough that we still need middle relief help in a bad kind of way. Rhodes well not performing anywhere near as well as his years in Seattle, would have done much better as a lefty set-up man (and will in Pittsburgh), than he did crashing hard as a closer last year.
Assumeing we keep Durazo, I hope Beane still has a trick up his sleave to help out in middle relief. Our offense has only gone from pathetic to possibly respectable and we arent going to win many 3 - 4 run games with no middle relief.
"Son we would like to keep you around here but were trying to win a pennant this year."