Mark riffed on the Vernon Wells trade when it happened. However, what I stumbled across today bears at least a brief discussion. I like to think Arte Moreno is one of the smarter guys out there. He just seems to have a good sense of what his team is and what they could be. After reading this below, I’m less sure than I was yesterday:
“If you look at the deal as somewhere around $70 million, you’re looking at a $17-plus million deal, on a four-year average,” Moreno said, before referencing the Crawford contract. “That’s a lot more tolerable than $142 million.”
No, it most certainly is not more tolerable; it’s only less money in absolute dollars. In Carl Crawford (29), you have a game changing player in his absolute prime. In Vernon Wells (32), you have a solid player whose best days are in the rear view mirror. I’m sure Wells can still play but that Moreno was willing to absorb nearly all of the entire albatross contract was a mistake. Just because the term is shorter does not make the deal better or mitigate the mistake.
“Any time you start doing things because of pressure, you’re going to make mistakes,” Moreno said.
Yes, yes you did. Continue reading I spy a fault in your logic, sir