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They usually wait until Dec. 20 or so at the owners meetings to make moves, but this year it is starting a little early.

Was the X. Nady for Cameron deal a good one?

The padres had a fast center fielder who couldn't really hit home runs, and we cut him. Granted, the guy was a doofus it seemed (from anecdotal evidence of people who ran into him at bars) but at one point he was the "5 tools guy" who made it OK to let Finley go.

I refer to Ruben Rivera.

Now, granted, Cameron is a much better hitter than Rivera ever was... but I wonder if they will be able to use him successfully.

Still, if Cameron can hit 20 home runs, he has a chance of leading the current lineup.

I'm still waiting for the Greg Vaughn type acquisition. Hopefully it isn't Sosa.



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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Was the X. Nady for Cameron deal a good one?


Buster Olney was ALL OVER Minaya for making that deal, with other GMs saying if they knew it would only take Nady straight-up to get Cameron they would've easily (in their minds) made better offers, and that Nady, at 28, is too old to be considered a prospect anymore.

Having watched Cameron in CF for the M's for three years, I can tell you Padres fans will LOVE him. Even if he K's a LOT.



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    Was the X. Nady for Cameron deal a good one?


I think it was a good move. Obviously, the Padres had no plans to play Nady this season. That's the only reason to make this move. Getting Cameron frees up moving the very immobile Ryan Klesko to 1B, where he is a much happier man. A happy Klesko is a hitting Klesko. Cameron is a better CF than Dave Roberts, he hits, and he can run. I like it.

It's too bad the Padres are going to lose Brian Giles, but he isn't worth $10 million a year. He can go ahead and play CF for the Yankees. If Yankee fan thought Bernie was slow...

I would like to see them take a run at Jacques Jones. He would be a good, speedy guy to put in the vast expanse of RF, plus he would get to come home.

This is another transition year for the Padres. After 2006, they get out from under the $10.5 million for Klesko and the $10 million of Chan Ho Park. If they can get rid of one of these guys, that will free up some of the precious Moores money.



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Cameron is a good pick-up if he can physically recover from the facial injuries, and mentally recover from having his face destroyed at Petco. The second might be more difficult. Good year would be about .270 23 80, very good defense, a lot of strikeouts.
Roberts will probably be in Boston and Wells will probably be in San Diego. If he can stay away from extra-curricular injuries, Wells will give his usual 13-15 wins.
If Hoffman bolts, getting a closer will be difficult. Wickman is out there, but, can he stay healthy and come close to doing what he did last season for the Indians? Tough to see him putting up back-to-back healthy monster seasons.
Key for the Padres is this: Rockies are bad. Arizona probably will drop back a bit this season. The Dodgers are rudderless. If Bonds is healthy, the Giants will be tough to beat. If he's not, the division is there for the Padres taking. Barring the unexpected though, best case scenario for the Padres would probably be getting to a Game 4 of the NLDS and thus getting 2 home playoff games. But, better to be cannon-fodder in the playoffs than having the season over by the 3rd week of February.



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