Let me preface this post by saying, historically, I have had a penchant for going hysterical over what others think are minor issues related to minor leaguers.
Still, even with that history, the trade for Joe Smith just sucks rotten eggs.
Big time sucks rotten eggs.
Look, we got a middling middle reliever, yeah, a middling 7th inning guy who is a free agent at the end of the year and, for this, we paid two of our CURRENT top 30 prospects in my opinion.
This was like the Guyer deal last year. Do we even remember who was traded for Guyer?
This was like the Coco Crisp deal last year. I don't even think we traded anyone for Crisp, did we?
But in this deal we traded two guys, Thomas Pannone and Samad Taylor who were REAL, LEGITIMATE prospects...and for a freakin' right-handed reliever.
We had lots of needs on this team, especially on offense. The LAST thing we needed was another relief pitcher. Yeah, I know, you can't have too much pitching and maybe there are some injury issues that we don't know about yet.
But Pannone and Taylor for Joe Smith. That is just a bad, bad deal.