MLB Trade Rumors has the scoop:
M's acquire Denard Span. We send Andrew Moore and farm lefty Tommy Romero to Tampa Bay.
Go back one thread and you will find something that I posted jsut this morning about a potential Span trade. It reads exactly like this:
Span is still a decent 100-ish bat, although this year it is driven by a huge number of walks that might be unsustainable. He's mostly squishy with the glove in CF AND he would cost you a $4M buyout next season. Again, we have farm guys for stuff like this.
I will have this to say and then sort of stop: I hate this deal. Hatehatehatehate
Romero isn't bad. He might be pretty good. (1.12 WHIP, 10.8 K/9, 3.1 BB in 2 low minor seasons. He has allowed ONE homer in 87.1 innings). You know what I think about Moore (he's good). Heck, Romero could turn out to be ther better arm. Reminder: Moore is good. And you can see what I wrote about Span, just this morning (see above).
This has to mean that Gordon is out for longer than we want. Well, for goodness sakes then, just go get a 2B then.
Span hit .302 and .301 in '14 & '15. Since then it's been .266, .272 and now .238. He's completely in LF this season, as TB as given up on him in CF. His vR OPS has been .781, .802 and .722 over the last three seasons.
Don't like it. And this is a sort of un-Gamel move. Yet Gamel has been .748 and (an improving) .636 vR in two seasons. Over the last 28, 14 and 7 days his OPS has looked like this: .768, .785, .886. He's back in the groove after the long time off.
If this is just a "replace Gordon" move it is a panic-job. Heck, Andreoli might well be a .750 bat. If this means that Haniger is more injured that once thought......then we're in doo doo, anyway. (Late Edit: Haniger is in the lineup today, so that isn't it)
We gave up two young promising arms to get 1 year of a declining OF, and then a $4M buyout next season (no way we pay him $12M to be a 4th guy).
If there is another trade in the works.....Somebody for Gennett, for example...then it makes a bit more sense. But that means it makes 2% of sense.
We even get Alex Colome (really the major object of our desire) a pretty decent to dang good bullpen arm, (but arbing at $7-8M next season) and I still don't like it. Admittedly, I should have Colome in the thread title.......but I like him and that might ruin my cranky mood.
Will say this, Dipoto went big early. All the same: Bleh!
Your mileage may vary. Please correct me if I am wrong.