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Thursday, December 07, 2006

UPDATE--No Garland After All?

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that the proposed deal that would bring Jon Garland to Houston fell through after Taylor Buchholz failed his physical. The most interesting part of this story? Heyman reports that the Astros were going to give up Buchholz, Taveras, AND Hirsh for Garland. That's completely different from what Jose Ortiz was reporting. And it's an absolute ton to give up for a dude with a 4.51 ERA. This is making my head spin.


Blogger Scott said...

Purpura should be fired for even offering Buchholz, Taveras AND Hirsh for a run-of-the-mill starter like Garland. That's insane. Unless, of course, he knew that Buchholz's rotator cuff was disintegrating and was just trying to dump him off on a willing dope.

Two notes:

1. Jason Schmidt is barely making more money that Gil Meche or Ted Lilly? That's incredible. If Padilla/Meche/Lilly are making $10-$12M/year, then Schmidt should be making $17M+. I think the Dodgers got a steal with him.

2. Biggest steal? Easy - Atlanta getting Rafael Soriano for Horacio Ramirez. Soriano is a young, nasty arm who immediately becomes the best reliever on the Braves, and Ramirez is a pus-tossing Wandy-type. Great, great move (again) for John Schuerholz. No wonder they win their division almost every damn year. Purpura's attempting to give away the farm for a #4 starter, and Schuerholz is pawning off his falling stars for new, bright shiny ones. The contrast couldn't be any clearer.

Thu Dec 07, 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I refuse to believe that Purpura was really offering Buchholz, Hirsh, and Taveras for Garland. There's no way he's that nuts. If he did in fact make that offer, the 'Stros must think that Hirsh and/or Buchholz will peak as a poor man's Mike Gallo, which makes me even more uneasy.

Thu Dec 07, 02:22:00 PM  

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