9er Fan wrote:Seriously. How many years in a row does Chavez have to be a "budding star" and fall short of expectations before people stop over-rating him? Obviously, the A's made a huge mistake in keeping him over Tejada.
I think they made the bigger mistake by not finding a way to keep both of them. Either one would struggle without the other in the lineup. I don't think Tejada would be doing all that much better than Chavez right now in the Oakland lineup.
The bottom line is that they have this pitching first mentality, which is fine when you can field a Major League offense. But when your offense is comparable to a AAA squad, it's going to come back and haunt you.