January 15, 2003
Isn't it ironic...oh shut up!
Sometimes, writing stuff that other people read on a daily basis makes me feel like a complete idiot.
A prime example of that occurred yesterday.
Here is what I wrote at the end of yesterday's column:
Sometimes I am not completely happy with my team's GM, Terry Ryan.
Whenever I feel that way, I think how lucky I am that my team is run by someone like Ryan and not someone like Kenny Williams.
As long as there are teams in my division being run by Kenny Williams and Allard "Mr. Beane on line two" Baird, I feel a little safer with my team's division title hopes when I go to bed at night.
And then do you know what happened?
I literally went "to bed at night" and, when I woke up, Kenny Williams had gone out and acquired Bartolo Colon.
There is so much irony in this situation that it makes me want to puke!
I think I speak for all Twins fans when I say: Awwwww crap!
As far as a blow to the Twins' division winning chances, this is a pretty big one.
If I were making a list of things the White Sox needed to do to have a better chance of winning the AL Central this year, #1 would probably have been to get another top-level starting pitcher.
You see, their offense is pretty great and their bullpen isn't bad, but the one thing they didn't have was another top-of-the-line starter to go along with Mark Buehrle.
Well, until now.
Get a load of this deal from the White Sox's perspective:
Are you f@#%ing kidding me?!
In exchange for one of the top handful of pitchers in all of baseball, the White Sox only needed to give up:
A 30 year old relief pitcher with a 3.86 ERA in 2002
A soon to be 27 year old pitcher with a career ERA of 5.23
A 28 year old corner outfielder/first baseman that hit .230/.295/.373 last season.
And a minor league pitching prospect that had a 3.48 ERA in Double-A and a 5.85 ERA in Triple-A last season.
Antonio Osuna is a very nice relief pitcher, but 30 year old relievers that aren't dominant are pretty easy to come by, so losing him is no big deal.
Rocky Biddle is the best player they had to give up and he has a chance to become a good pitcher, but he is already 26 years old and hasn't exactly been great thus far.
Jeff Liefer is your run of the mill left handed LF/1B/DH-type that can't hit lefties.
I really don't know much about Delvis Lantigua, but he is not an elite pitching prospect by any means.
1 decent "young pitcher," 2 completely replaceable players and a decent minor league pitching prospect.
It is never easy being a Twins fan.
But hey, at least we signed Chris Gomez this off-season, right?
If you needed any more evidence as to how much of a crock of excriment the Montreal Expos organization has become, look no further than what they gave up to get Bartolo Colon and what they received for him less than a year later when they traded him away:
Yeah, that's a well run franchise.
Not only did they get ripped off by the White Sox when they dealt Colon, they completely demolished their farm system in order to get Colon in the first place.
Phillips, Sizemore and Lee are all top-level prospects, with Phillips and Lee both appearing on my official "Top 50" that should be posted on Baseball Primer very soon.
And we already talked about what they got in return for Bartolo - a whole lot of mediocre players.
Since we talked about this from Chicago and Montreal's end, I suppose we should touch on the Yankees' part of the deal.
Essentially, they gave up Orlando Hernandez and some cash for Antonio Osuna.
Personally, I think Orlando Hernandez is perfectly suited to be a relief pitcher, so I would have just stuck with him as my replacement for Ramiro Mendoza.
But, the Yankees felt the need to trade away a "starter" for a "reliever" and they chose Osuna, who is a nice member of a bullpen, assuming he is healthy.
There isn't exactly going to be a ripple effect throughout the organization because of the cash they had to give up in order to make the swap of pitchers, so it's basically just the Yankees preferring a 30 year old relief pitcher over a however-old-El Duque-is starting pitcher.
Yesterday I proclaimed how safe I felt going to bed at night with Kenny Williams running the White Sox...and then I woke up and he had gone and made an excellent trade, making me feel the exact opposite of safe.
So, with that in mind...
When I go to bed at night, I feel completely confident that I will not be given $1 million dollars upon waking up the next morning.
Let's see that statement come back to bite me!
For more on the Colon deal from a Twins fan's point of view, make sure to check out TwinsGeek.com.
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