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Jim Thome/Freddy Garcia Trades November 30, 2007

Posted by Sean in Phillies.tk Archives.
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Anyone who knows me knows I hated the Freddy Garcia trade. Absolutely hated it. And my hatred for it was only justified during the season. But, in order to get Garcia, we had to give away my favorite player (at the time), but for a just cause. Jim Thome went to the Chicago White Sox (defending World Champs) for Center Fielder Aaron Rowand, and minor league pitchers Gio Gonzalez, and Danny Haigwood. The reason behind this trade was defending Rookie of the Year Ryan Howard‘s emergence, which was better than I expected, so I embraced this trade. The “Phightin’s” were supposed to win out in the long run, but they haven’t yet, and it looks increasingly likely that they won’t ever. 2006 numbers are after the “phold”.

Aaron Rowand, CF (Spent year in ML):
12 HR, 47 RBI, 10 SB, 18 walks, 76 K’s, .262, not even counting all of the defensive masterpieces he made over the years. Indispensable, if you ask me. Now he’s on the Giants.

Gio Gonzalez, P (now back with CWS, Spent 06 at AA Reading):
7-12, 4.66, 81 walks, and 166 K’s. This guy is a strikeout machine. In Baseball America’s Top 10 200X through current, peaking at #2. His ’06 numbers weren’t so impressive, but scroll down for his ’07 numbers.

Danny Haigwood, P (spent 07 with BOS, currently FA, spent 06 with AA teams Frisco and Reading):
Reading numbers: 2-5, 3.54, 42 BB, 85 K’s. While he was here, he didn’t do so well. Around the deadline, we traded him to Texas for relief pitcher Fabio Castro.

Fabio Castro, P (spent year with Rangers and Phillies):
Philly numbers: 0-1, 1.54, 6 walks, 13 K’s, all in 23.1 innings. Great numbers with us, but perhaps only because of his short tenure.

Jim Thome, 1B (spent year in ML):
42 homers, 109 RBIs, 107 walks, 147 strikeouts, .288. The big man brings some big numbers. 107 walks is ridiculous.

Ryan Howard, 1B (won MVP, spent entire year in ML):
58 homers (team record), 149 RBIs, 108 walks, 181 K’s, .313. Not only could “the new big man” hit (as evidenced by the .313 average), but he could hit monster home runs (58 of ’em, in fact). He set a record for longest one at CBP, estimated at 495 ft, I think. This kid had an amazing year no one will soon forget.

Everything was looking great for the Phillies. And then, after that season, they pulled the second half of that trade, where they sent Gonzalez, and “my boy” Gavin Floyd back to the ChiSox for bum pitcher Garcia. I didn’t like the trade then, and I especially don’t like it now. I will never, ever, ever, EVER, EVER like this trade. Not even a little bit. First off, why trade two ML quality pitchers that still have lengthy futures (one of which was a number 2 prospect) for a 30-year-old pitcher with one year left on his contract in a weak market for starting pitching? Here are the numbers for the second worst trade in Phillies history (the first being Grover Cleveland Alexander to the Chicago Cubs for a guy named Pickles):

Freddy Garcia, P (spent 07 on DL, currently a FA):
1-5, 5.90, 19 walks, 50 K’s. Like I said, a bum. No further explanation needed.

Gio Gonzalez, P (these are his ’07 numbers. For background and ’06 #’s, scroll up. Spent 2007 with AA Birmingham):
9-7, 3.18, 57 BB’s, 185 K’s (minor league leader). This guy is ridiculous. He recorded 351 strikeouts in 2 years of AA ball, which is more than Cole Hamels did in the same timeframe. Future Johan Santana.

Gavin Floyd, P (spent 07 bouncing between Chicago and AAA Charlotte):
ML #’s: 1-5, 5.27, 19 walks, 49 K’s. Not so impressive.
AAA #’s: 7-3, 3.12, 35 walks, 96 strikeouts. Not so impressive, but he came out of the ‘pen the entire year. And these are still better than Garcia’s numbers.
When you break it all down, the trades look like this:

Chicago White Sox receive (counting Gonzalez):
42 HR’s, 109 RBIs, 107 batter walks, 147 batter K’s, a .288 average, a 10-12 record, 3.06 ERA, 76 walks, and a whopping 234 strikeouts, thanks to Gonzalez.

Phillies receive (counting Gonzalez, Castro, and Haigwood):
12 HR, 47 RBI, 10 SB,18 walks, 76 K’s, .262 average, a 10-23 record, a whopping 4.36 ERA, 148 walks, and 314 strikeouts, thanks, again, to Gonzalez.

The Phillies were screwed over. The trade sucked. End of discussion.

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