First of all, I am a supporter of trading Griffey. He was going to leave after this season anyway, and at least we got something for him, even if we still do have to cover his contract (which i still don't get, but then again I've never understood the business of baseball). This trade will be the right thing...probably. But looking at it right now, this hurts. Who's playing for Griffey now? Hopper and Freel are both probably done for the year. Hairston's on the DL. Which means that the frontrunner for the spot is, our buddy, Corey I-have-a-worse-average-than-half-th
e-pitching-staff Patterson. That's just great. We just gave Dusty a legitimate reason to play that guy (okay, legitimately he should be in Seattle's rookie league or something, but let's face it; we all know he's not leaving this season.) Of course, Hairston should return soon, but is he really a long-term outfield fix? I'm not entirely convinced this isn't just his career year and he doesn't return to being a below average player after this year (.260 career average and only one other season batting over .270). And according to popular belief, Dunn is also done in Cincy after this year. That leaves us with only one sure thing in the outfield. As far as I know, we don't have any other real prospect outfielders to bring up (Stubbs would be the closest and he's only at High A). Sure, after this season we'll be okay not having Griffey....I think (see my next entry for thoughts on that). But for right now....well, lets just hope Patterson breaks his leg or something. It would be too much to ask for one of our BAD players to get hurt, wouldn't it?
EDIT: Thank god Hairston was able to return immediately. The thought of Patterson getting regular playing time gives me nightmares. Regardless, I still don't think Hairston is the long term fix.