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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Padres and Pirates set for a trade 

It looks like Kendall is going to the Padres and their brand-spanking new stadium for Cirillo and Ramon Hernandez. And as David Pinto says, this is a salary trade. The Pirates eat some salary over the next couple years (an extra $1.75M) to free themselves of salary ($20M over the lifetime of Kendall's contract) the two following years (he's signed through 2007). Yeah, Kendall is overpaid ($13M in 2007 for a 33 year old catcher), but he's a much better alternative to having Ramon Hernandez as your catcher. Ramon put up pretty decent numbers last year (for a catcher), but the year before he was just plain awful. Which one is going to show up this year? I'm guessing somewhere in between his 2002 and 2003 numbers. And we're all pretty sure which Cirillo is going to show up - the god-awful one that's been showing up for the past couple years. Between 1998 and 2000, Kendall's OPS ranged from .882 to .939 - fantastic numbers for a catcher. But then his .693 OPS in 2001 reared its ugly head. On the bright side, since that bad year, his OPS has increased each of the next two season, to .706 in 2002 and finally to .815 in 2003. He's slowed down a bit and shouldn't be allowed to steal a base (he was 8 for 15 last year in SB).

As long as Kendall's hefty contract doesn't prevent the Padres from signing some good free agents over the next 3 or 4 years, then I think this is a good deal for them. They get a solid catcher who starts the season off at 29 years old PLUS they get rid of a huge paperweight of a thirdbaseman in Cirillo. I feel that they have partially redeemed themselves for trading for Cirillo in the first place.

For the Pirates, well, it's a travesty what's going on over there. They keep slashing payroll, and they keep making bad moves. Now it looks like Cirillo is going to displace Freddy Sanchez and/or Bobby Hill on the roster. That's a great idea, let's trade for a horrible thirdbaseman and play him every day because we have to justify his salary and at the same time let's stunt the growth of two of our better prospects. Blech.
# posted by shawn : 1/13/2004 09:48:00 AM -
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