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John Olerud signed with the Yankees, after being DFA'ed last week by Seattle. Doug Mientkiewicz came over to Boston as part of the trade that sent Nomar to Chicago. Wanna see the difference?
Olerud: 261 ABs .245/.354/.360Big difference isn't it. Defensive minded first baseman who cant hit. Olerud is six years older, so the comparison isn't perfect, but I really only point it out to bring up the insanity of making Mientkiewicz one of the key members in trading away Nomar.
Doug M. is a solid player, and will help the infield defense, but he was worth at most, a B-level prospect. In his urgency to make a deal, any deal, Theo rushed this one and came away with lesser value than he traded away.
I understand he was scared to stay put with the Red Sox so drastically under-acheiving. But staying put is exactly what Theo should have done if this was the best offer he could come up with. Oh, but I can't forget the other key piece to this trade: a shortstop in defensive free-fall, who is also "hitting" .246/.298/.336. Yet, we have Pokey Reese on the roster. He hits about that and he wont cost a thing.
Great deal Theo. Way to screw up the team while at the same time alienating thousands of young fans who worshipped Nomar.