grabarkewitz wrote:Who asked YOU??? Seriously, did anybody ask Chris??? Nobody??? I didn't think so.....
I like this move not only because I have been down on AJ for three years, but because it is the right move...
I figured you'd like this move. It's the one player you and I have disagreed on across the board the last 2-3 years. My SMH moments have to do with Friedman saying over and over again that the primary reason Chooch was needed was because he hits lefties better. But guys, check the stats. Just last year, AJ's 94 plate appearances against lefties produced a .260/.394/.519/.913 line. Chooch this year is .250/.421/.409/.830 in 57 plate appearances. If that's the primary reason, it's not a smart one, IMO. Other reasons about more postseason experience (slightly favors Chooch), and that this year Chooch is playing better than AJ... fine. But it just doesn't seem like enough reason to make such a move.
That said, I'm over it. I'll stop whining.
One thing no one has mentioned is "Did the Phillies really need/want, even care about acquiring AJ?" Philly is going nowhere this year, but have some promising future stars. They also possess two of the top eight rated catching prospects
, along with Cameron Rupp, who displaced Ruiz, and is no slouch offensively (OPS+ 115, Wow!). I think they just wanted to shed Ruiz' salary and option/buyout next year, but didn't really care about a replacement backup. The Phils probably would have taken another middling prospect, we could have DL'd AJ retroactive to when he last played, reactivated him in September and everybody would have been happy. (Put BMac on the 60 day DL to clear a space. He's done.) Nobody would shed any tears about AJ missing the postseason roster with deference to Ruiz, and any permanent divorce would have been delayed until postseason. NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PENNANT RACE, DAMMIT! Why don't they ask us what to do?
You are right, Kyle, we might as well get over it, because it's done and so all we can do is move forward. Just could have been better orchestrated. Way better!