Yeah… I had to crack the bad joke. Sorry.
It seems the Pagan/Ramirez for Torres trade is generating a lot of discussion. Opinions range from an upgrade and solid leadoff presence to a straight swap in talent at CF with the loss of a valuable bullpen arm.
I’m of the mind that Pagan is at least a modest if not respectable upgrade over Torres. His career average numbers put him well above Torres, and if last year was an abberation from solid 2009-2010 seasons, Giants fans will definitely see the difference.
There’s no questioning Ramirez has been putting up great numbers, but he was still the 3rd-4th guy in the bullpen. Lopez and Romo have the setup spots filled and Wilson is going to be the closer for the forseeable future. They also have a few arms in the minors and Runzler/Mota also in the fold. Ramirez is a damn good pitcher, but in this bullpen he was a situational righty, and they don’t get much more expendable than that.
And they might not be done with the deals just yet. Baggarley reports that they might be in the advanced stages of another deal which could include Jeff Keppinger and an unnamed AL club…