Yoda wrote:Scooter1027 wrote:Luke Scott, 29 years old, .855 OPS (career .882)
Miguel Tejada, 31 years old, .799 OPS
Now, I would rather have Tejada, don't get me wrong, he has more value because he plays SS and 3B (I would assume 3B in Houston?). But this isn't the Tejada of old. He'll be 32 in May and didn't seem like the same player last year. He's also signed to an awfully big contract. Baltimore's also getting themselves a couple pretty solid pitching prospects, a slugging 3B prospect, and a power bullpen arm in Sarfate.
What I don't understand is what Houston is going to do for pitching. They're giving up on Albers awfully quickly and dealing two of their better (or should I say only) legit prospects in Patton/Costanzo. Their farm system is nearly bare, and I don't think Houston has the core in place to make a real run this year. It's Oswalt and pray for rain in that rotation. Wandy Rodriguez slipped as the year went on, Woody Williams just isn't good, and counting on a healthy Brandon Backe relies on some significant optimism. Patton made his big league debut at only 21 and held his own through a couple starts (12.2 IP, 3.55 ERA). They'll have a nice offensive core with Berkman/Lee/Pence/Tejada, but I don't think their starting pitching can even begin to handle the Brewers, Cubs, and Reds lineups. And knowing Ed Wade, I fully anticipate Kyle Lohse or something like that to be his solution.
Tejada has $26 mil/2 yrs left on his contract which is really not that bad. He's a solid bat and sure he is regressing but he clearly wasn't happy in BAL. I think the change of scenery will help him.
Patton's stock dropped last year and you can't tell me that facing Luke Scott is the same as Miguel Tejada. I think the Stros did a little bit better because I honestly don't think they gave up a lot to get back a potentially potent bat. That could change if Patton surprises everyone and pitches great.
No, Tejada's better than Scott, I have few doubts there. But Scott's no slouch and can at least come reasonably close to Tejada's offensive production, which seems like it might be declining. Then you add 4 young guys, one in Patton who made his way up to Houston at age 21 after quite a bit of minor league success. I guess my main point is, can Houston afford to give up 2 potentially decent starting pitchers for a bat? Their rotation does not impress me in the slightest. If Patton pans out at all, I mean even if he's just a solid 3-4 type starter, that would be most welcome in Houston.