Very sobering column in today's OC Register by Earl Bloom on this topic (8-5-12).
One may always be able to cite the rare pure gold we've acquired; Nolan Ryan or the draft pick chits which led to the drafting of Trout.
But the way is likewise strewn with multitudes of stinkeroos consummated by the various characters who have held the Halo GM title through the long years.
More often we've been hamstrung by their 'efforts' than the opposite.
Maybe Jerry DiPoto will help usher in a new Halo era or then again....
Point was that Weaver is signed for five years, and he's not getting younger. By the time those "prospects" are ready, Weaver may not be as effective.
Why the attitude!
I would say they have hurt more than helped.
I am pleased with the Freiri trade, but I might feel differently in a couple years. I am neutral on the Greinke trade
The trades for Haren, Wells, and Kazmir collectively did more harm than good.
Major trade record is therefore 3-1-1.
I remember wishing that it was Santana instead of saunders for Haren and prospects.
I think Saunders is pitching as well as Haren.
Additionally, the Diamondbacks have the up and coming Skaggs, as well as Corbin now in their bullpen.
I like Haren, but I would rather have the other three.
Could Kazmir still work out? He's only 28.
Looking at his stats, all you can seriously say is "no." One good outing doesn't do much to change his horrible ERA.
I don't read the Register but let me guess.... yet another negative jab at the Angels?
The facts are, trades help and hurt at the same time. What helps now usually hurts in the future.