Good post Steve.
I have no idea if our front office will be successful executing their plan, or even if their plan is any good. Or even if it is good, if it will work.
I am, however, very pleased that we did not get Sheffield and give the Yankees Penn. I am glad that we got a pitcher who was willing to listen to Leo successfully. I am glad he can throw 94 mph and is not old and I am glad he is a one year stop gap. League average starting pitchers will cost 5 to 6 million this post season.
I liked Britton as I liked John Maine. I wish them both the best when we are not playing them. I guess my only concern here is could we have gotten a better starter than the potential upside of Jaret for this year for Britton alone. I suspect not.
I think with Duquette handling the post season moves and the fact that our insiders tell us this is the precursor to other corollary moves I can be very pleased that a plan appears evident. It has been a while since we have seen any semblance of a plan this early in the year.
There have been many excellent point in favor of this trade and against in this thread. I do not believe that we made as big a gaffe with this move as the Tigers potentially did with the Sheff deal.
If you search my posts you will find that I consistently favor the development of a rotation that saves the bullpen. If Wright is slotted at number five as he should be, I can't help but think that he would improve our production there in 2007.
I do not have rose glasses that tell me that this move will in anyway get us to game 6 of the World Series with Jaret winking at Leo and throwing strike three past Pujols.
But, IF we got there two years before I have said that we will, and he throws the home run pitch that forces game seven...I will be real, real, happy. I miss having Tony Fernandez beat us.