GARCIA TO PHILLIES
The White Sox send Freddy Garcia to Philly for former Sox farmhand Gio Gonzalez and Gavin Floyd.
Ken Williams must really like Gonzalez and Floyd because Freddy Garcia is a horse. He had a terrific year last year. The Sox must think pitching coach Don Cooper can fix Floyd, lest he turn into the latest Sidney Ponson. Gonzalez is really young and has plenty of potential, but my first thoughts on the trade are that several GMs are saying to themselves “I would have offered more than that.”
Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports agrees with me. If you trade a stud like Garcia, how do you not get back at least one solid, known quantity in the deal? How exactly does this help the Sox in their quest to reclaim the championship in 2007? Right now this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
At a time when teams like the Cubs are shelling out $40 million to Ted Lilly–who has never thrown 200 innings in any one season–how do you not get much more for Garcia, who has thrown in more than 200 innings in 7 of his 8 seasons?