"Gutierrez is the player that made this deal happen," Zduriencik said. "[Mets GM] Omar [Minaya] and I had a discussion late today, and I told him I had to get a center fielder in one of these deals and the guy I really want is in Cleveland."
As it turned out, the Mets and Indians also had been talking trade.
"Omar called me back a half-hour later and told me we could get the guy I wanted."
Yeah.... That's what Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik had to say about this deal...
There's potential there and I'm going to continue to scream about it. We gave up on Gutierrez too soon.
When you sit here and watch the Cleveland Indians, 162 games a year like we all do, you start to undervalue a player like Gutierrez.. You magnify his struggles and you start to say, this guy sucks, no one wants him.
I maintain my position on this. Franklin Gutiererz is the best all around defensive outfielder on this team. That's not a slight at Grady Sizemore, but rather a statement at just how good Grady is. He doesn't have the arm that Gutierrez does and I don't think he has AS MUCH god-given talent to go get the baseball at every single spot on the outfielder as Gutierrez does.
You can print this post out and save it, or bookmark it or whatever if you think I'm wrong. I truly believe that we made a mistake in getting rid of Gutierrez at this point. Not just getting rid of him, but for what we got and the situation we are in.
I'm not excited about Joe Smith or Luis Valbuena. I'm just not. They may turn out to be fine players... That's great.. But why would a team like Seattle trade a youngster like Valbuena, when their goal is to get as much young talent as possible?
All the players they gave up, aside from Valbuena, were washed up prospects or valuable major league pieces that another team can use.
JJ Putz: Obvious
Jeremy Reed: I mean, come on now, he was just a failure there in Seattle.
Sean Green: Again.. He's just another arm..
And then we get to Valbuena.
There is only a few reasons I can think of them giving him up.
A) Jose Lopez is their second baseman.. However they were considering moving him to first and letting this kid start at second next year.
B) He's not as good as he appears to be.
C) They REALLY like Franklin Gutierrez.
I'm going to go with C and a little bit of B.
One team's trash is another team's treasure.
I think we are going to regret this... If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.. You can throw all sorts of stats at me.. If you read this blog often, you'll know that I'm kinda half-and-half when it comes to statistics. I go with what I see and If I need stats to aid my argument, I'll use them.
But when I watch Franklin Gutierrez.. I don't see an All-Star, but I see a major league outifelder.
Better all around than Ben Francisco and way too valuable to be traded for a situational righty and a second baseman, that MIGHT pan out.
We have one of those.. His name is Josh Barfield and he's already shown he can do it at the Major League level. We don't need two second baseman that MIGHT pan out, we need one.
Like I said.. There needs to be more moves for this trade to make sense.. But I still am not a fan of it and think we were wrong to give up on Gutierrez this quickly.
Understand what I'm saying.. I'll be fine with the move organizationally if we make more moves to iron out everything. But I'm not fine with it in respect to giving up on Gutierrez. If that makes any sense.
Let's move on from this...
Here is what Mark Shapiro had to say on the deal.
Today is the Rule 5 Draft so we could probably lose another player.. Damnit..
Tony Lastoria doesn't think we will though.. Chuck Lofgren and Jordan Brown are probably the two most likely candidates. Lastoria got a little consensus from other organizations about the Indians list of players and it might not be as good as thought.
How do we know about people we don't see?
That's all I've got for now.. Kerry Wood is set to take his physical today, so remember that. Let's hope all goes well..
By the by.. CC for 161 million? Ya.. Good luck with that NY.