Monday, July 31, 2006

Maddux For Izturis

If the reports of Maddux + more than $1m to the Dodgers for Izturis are true, that's a surprisingly good deal for the Dodgers. It doesn't make a whole lot of difference, and I'm not sure that Maddux has much of an advantage over Tomko at this point. But the difference in salary for the rest of the year is only about $2m, so the cash should cover most. Izturis is due to be a little overpaid next season and the Dodgers have no reason to keep him. And the Dodgers might end up with some draft picks out of it, or possibly a reasonable deal on Maddux next season, which isn't worth a whole lot but isn't bad.

This one gets my stamp of approval for the Dodgers. For the Cubs, it's pretty asinine, and likely heartbreaking to their fans to be getting another weak-hitting middle infielder. Izturis does have some value, but probably not as much as Hendry thinks.


At 3:11 PM, Blogger DodgerRoger said...

I agree completely with your analysis. I would go a step further and say that trading izturis is addition by subtraction. It was only a couple of years ago when izzy was considered the 2nd worst bat in the majors (behind Neifi Perez). Now the Cubs have both.

Let me also say that sabermetrics aside, as a fan of the game I love watching Maddux pitch. Coming to a pitchers park that suppresses doubles and triples, Maddog will do better than many expect I think.

Any thoughts on our new infield's defense? Furcal and Nomar/Loney are supposedly quite good. Not sure about the other two.


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