PITTSBURGH - Brian Giles was traded by the Pirates to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in a long-rumored deal that sends left-hander Oliver Perez, outfielder Jason Bay and a player to be named to Pittsburgh.
And the Friars didn't get stuck with Kendall and his huge contract.
Braving the horror show that is Comicon. We're not set up, but we'll be around all weekend.
You also left out Rondell White getting traded to the Royals. This - well, both of these - should benefit the Pads in years to come, not to mention generate some excitement in San Diego for the new stadium that opens up next year.
Now, for the SDers, was Perez the top young pitcher, or do you have more down there that those of us in the East Coast/East Heartland area may not have heard of?
I think Jake Peavy is/was the top young guy in SD.
Taken from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
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I like the trade. I don't like the fact that the Padres had to send Perez in the deal, but Giles is a stud. I would take a serious look at the Padres this month. The way they play now should be a good indicator for next season. Towers also said the extra money coming in from PETCO Park will allow the Padres to go after a couple of starting pitchers, a catcher, and get some bullpen help. 2004 could be interesting.
Big Giles fan, and sad to see him leave Pittsburgh. He put up some great numbers.. but he is in his mid-30's. His final play in a Pirates uniform was running down a fly ball, over his shoulder, in Milwaukee and not being able to come up with it. Symbolic in some ways, I suppose.
The one bright spot to seeing other Pirates leave was the fact that the guys usualy got dealt to a contender (Jason Schmidt and John VanderWal in 2001, Scott Sauerbeck in 2003, Danny Darwin in 1996, Denny Neagle in 1996, Tony Womack in 1999, etc) You could say "well, good for him. Now he'll get a chance to play in the post season". Then Giles goes to .... San Diego. Considering that the A's and Yankees were rumored to be pursuing him in years past, it was a bit of a downer.
Rumor has it the Reds are still looking at the "retired" Jeff Shaw. Isn't Graves pitching great so far? Why would they want to pay closer's money for a setup man? And I agree that they need a front line starter, badly.