How did you become a Braves fan from there? Or were you originally living in the States and then you moved to Japan?
>Mostly it was 90% homers saying Wells was a steal and would hit 30 HRs and get 100 RBIs, and I tried to temper their enthusiasm, but it didn't work.<
My memory must be failing me. I don't remember very many people who liked the trade. There were some who hoped he could perform like he did during his good years but I don't remember anyone saying he was a STEAL. Almost everyone hated the contract.
Some, like me tried make the best of it yet none of us were convinced that he was a good addition to the team. Last year was terrible, he should be able to improve from last year but will never be worth the money he is making.
It was a bad move even if he ends up hitting 30 HR's and getting 100 RBI's because I doubt he will ever have a good AVG, OBP, WAR, OPS.
< My memory must be failing me. I don't remember very many people who liked the trade. >
I remember quite a few people that tried to justify the Wells trade, but no one that actually thought it was a good idea.
>I remember quite a few people that tried to justify the Wells trade, but no one that actually thought it was a good idea.<
Exactly how I remember it. I know I was trying to look for any possible bright spots. I, as well as anyone else knew he would never be worth the money he is getting paid. I really don't remember anyone gushing about the trade.
Nor do I. I don't see how Arte let it got though to be honest.
I don't know for sure but Arte must have OK'ed it because of big dollar commitment. Not a popular trade to say the least.
But he's here and I'm rooting for him to have a great comeback season and help us get to the World Series.
YEs, Arte has to accept some of the blame for that trade.
I have to assume that Reagins was the driving force behind the trade since if he had opposed the trade he would probably still be the GM.
I think Arte realized that Reagins was over his head in negotiating with other GM's and that is why he is no longer in the position.
As far as Wells, I've rooted for him since he became an Angel and will continue to root for him to do well and contribute to the Angels success.
Sources: #Angels interested in Burnett, but they are on his no-trade list and he wants to stay east. #Pirates heavy favorite. #Yankees #MLB