* got Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies for prospects * got a bunch of prospects from the Marlins for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren * dealt the best of those Marlins prospects (Andrew Heaney) to the Angels for Howie Kendrick * signed Brandon McCarthy
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Bert played for some really bad teams for a lot of years, including my beloved Indians. His record considering what he played for is amazing. Put him in. Eck defined what a modern closer is. Put him in.