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I would take that bet.
That depends on how you look at the team. Offensively I would rather have Morales at DH with Trumbo, Trout and Hamilton in the outfield. That would take Bourjos' bat out of the lineup. So I don't think he was the "odd man out". The front office simply had some trade pieces.
But I do agree with you that Vargas will be an improvement over Santana/Haren
The Angels didn't get anything in return. I would much rather have Morales at DH than Trumbo... it's not even a close call.
If you were going to trade him, then trade him for a prospect or don't trade him. Don't trade him for someone who shouldn't even be in your rotation.
I would much rather have Karstens.
I have no attachment to Morales.
I think he's going to have a good year because he's further removed from injury and he had a pretty good year last year after missing almost two full seasons.
That in itself is remarkable.
I think Vargas is going to have a bad year because pitchers who don't strike anyone out and allow a lot of HRs typically stink.
--Vargas is an improvement over Haren and/or Santana.--Last years Haren or Santana.
--There is no position for Morales to play as a regular that means he is odd man out. --He's going to hit more than 25 HRs this year. You can't find some value for that?
What kind of value when a player CANNOT play a position full time and has Boras as his agent plus after 2013 he would be in his walk year? It would have been a 99% chance he walks if he was kept.
Trades are best made when a team looks BEYOND just one year. Vargas has a healthy arm and will be a far greater asset in the long run regardless of how Morales does with MARINERS.
This was a great trade by Dipoto. Kudos to him!
I don't care about 2014. I don't care about the Boras. We are built to win now, to weaken our 2013 team hoping we'll be stronger in 2014 is not very wise.
--What kind of value when a player CANNOT play a position full time --You mean like David Ortiz, Frank Thomas, Brain Downing, Chili Davis, Edgar Martinez, Billy Butler, Edwin Encarncion and Chris Davis.
It blows my mind that so many people don't understand the purpose of the DH.
Morales does not have versatility...he is cemented to DH.
As a base runner Morales is another Bengie Molina...a double play waiting to happen.
Dipoto got a much-needed LHP for the rotation who is HEALTHY...Morales is NOT what one would call "healthy."
Vargas will win no less than 15 games this year...he might be even better than C.J. Wilson.
--What kind of value when a player CANNOT play a position full time --So what. That's David Ortiz and Billy Butler and Edwin Encarncion. Not to mention, he's a better first basemen than Trumbo.
--As a base runner Morales is another Bengie Molina...a double play waiting to happen.--He doesn't have all that much to do with GIDPs. He's slow on the bases. It's an issue, but not a big issue.
--Vargas will win no less than 15 games this year...he might be even better than C.J. Wilson. --It comes down to Vargas. If you think he is going to have that much value, then you are right. I think he stinks. If he stinks, I'm right.
"The Angels didn't get anything in return. I would much rather have Morales at DH than Trumbo... it's not even a close call"
Really? Trumbo was better offensively than morales in 2012, even with the two month period where he was the worst hitter in baseball. Trumbo put up a higher WAR with minus defense. With Trumbo at DH, his spot in the field has now been hugely upgraded defensively and we still keep his bat in the lineup. AND we got a starting pitcher. How is this a bad move??