Sunday, February 04, 2007

A few screws loos

Oakland dumped righty reliever Kirk Saarloos off on Cincinnati last week for a minor league pitcher no one's heard of. Saarloos will never be dominant and relies on a good defense and a good bit of luck. He walks more hitters than he strikes out.

The A's on the other hand pick up David Shafer, a low walk, high strikeout guy who's not all that far away, in my opinion. He'll wind up in middle relief, but actually could be an effective one. Can't quite figure out what Krivsky saw in this deal, but I'm not too worried about it. Also, shouldn't the Reds be going after some young hitters? They've got more mediocre-yet-MLB-ready pitching than any team in baseball. The cupboard seems kinda bare on offense, though. Oh well.

* I haven't forgotten about the World Series countdown.. It's more time consuming and trade analysis is a little more topical and fun right now.