Monday, November 22, 2004

Jose Guillen

And then Bowden did what he loves most: he made a trade.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1926838

The nationals get Jose Guillen for Juan Rivera and Maicer Izturis. Let's look at the numbers:

Guillen (28, $3.5 million): .294/.352/.497
Rivera (26, minimal salary): .307/.364/.465
Izturis (24, minimal salary): .206/.268/.318 (in a very limited sample size).

Guillen is really the same player as Rivera with a little more power, but he is also two years older. Izturis is a player (as discussed in the Guzman signing entry) who is probably not going to be a star, but could have done the job Guzman will do with better defense for less money.

Given Guillen was banished at the end of last season by the Angels, I can't imagine his market value was very high. Overall, I'm a little disappointed in this trade because Rivera did pretty well with playing time and would have been cheaper than Guillen. It is not the worst trade, but again it smells of the desire to make a splash rather than improve the team. And I would have to think that Bowden could have given less to get a player the Angels just wanted to be gone.

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