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05/29/2013

Jon Daniels actually made a bad trade once

B-shmooze-daniels-101510This seems impossible to comprehend now, but there was a time when Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels made a dumb trade. It was the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, when gas was afforable and when we could turn on the TV without watching a singing talent show. 

No, I'm not talking about the Adam Eaton deal.

On Dec. 23, 2006 Daniels thought he pulled one on Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams when he sent left-handed prospect John Danks for righty Brandon McCarthy. There were some others involved in the deal, but those two pitchers were the primary components. 

McCarthy could never stay healthy when he arrived with the Rangers, while Danks developed into a decent starter.

McCarthy (2-3, 4.36) is scheduled to face the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark tonight as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brandon+McCarthy+Cleveland+Indians+v+Texas+CBL936OSOiUxIn three seasons with the Rangers, McCarthy was 13-15 with a 4.68 ERA in 221 innings. He was not re-signed after 2009 season.

The thought was that at 6-foot-7, 200 pounds he could not stand up to the pounding of a 35-game start type of season. That he was pretty good, but not durable.

But then he "found it" with the Oakland Athletics where in two seasons he was 17-15 with a 3.29 ERA. He signed with Arizona in the offseason.

Danks, meanwhile, was a pretty consistent innings eater from 2007 to 2011. He made at least 26 starts in all five of those seasons; he was at his best from '08 to '10 when he was 40-31 with an ERA in the 3s every season.

Last season was the first time he was a total dud; Danks suffered a season ending shoulder injury in May of last season, and is only now about ready to return.

Danks has been the better pro while McCarthy just has not been able to string it together for long enough to say that Daniels didn't whiff on this one.

 

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Bob in Arlington

Do your homework Mac.... Daniels flubbed in 2011 by his desire to have Koji Uerahea by trading Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Pedro Strop, and Taylor Teagarden.

Davis is now on pace for the triple crown with a .365 BA, 19 HRs, and 50 RBI's.

Tommy Hunter is their set up man out of the pen with a 3-1 record, a 1.80 ERA.

Where's Koji?

If he tries to acquire Cliff Lee again it will cost the Rangers too much... trade Jon Daniels for 20 bats and a catchers mitt.

Ann

#Bob in Arlington - You're mixinf up three different trades. Koji for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter was a fair trade at the time. Rangers needed help in the bullpen on their way to the World Series while Chris Davis was on pace to break the record for most strikeouts in a season. "Big Game" Hunter chokes in the big games...Orioles relegated him to the bullpen. Meanwhile, Rangers made it to the World Series with Koji pitching in the late-innings. Rangers trades Strop for Mike Gonzalez who pitched well for us while we were making a run for it to the World Series. As for Teagarden, it was sad to see him go but the Rangers didn't need him...he was our third catcher because we already had Napoli and Torrealba. Teagarden wasn't going to be useful for us in the near future anyways, so Daniels was smart to trade him for younger players.

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