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The Cabrera/Garland trade from the "Other" perspective

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:22 pm
by GOODave
I know it's a funny name, but the following is the Garland/Cabarera trade from The Pantagraph, our general-circulation newspaper:
White Sox send Garland to Angels for Orlando Cabrera
By Ken Peter

AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera was traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland on Monday in a surprising swap of dependable players.

The deal came 12 days after the White Sox re-signed shortstop Juan Uribe to a $4.5 million, one-year contract. Now, he could wind up on the bench or with another team.

“We saw an opportunity to acquire one of the best shortstops in the game and one of the smartest shortstops in the game. Somebody who can fit into the No. 2 spot in our lineup for 155 games,’’ Chicago general manager Ken Williams said, adding the trade frees up money that could help the White Sox pull off another deal.

“We’re not done yet. We’re still out there trying to land some big fish,’’ he said.

The Angels, too, may have more deals ahead. Los Angeles has talked with Florida about a trade for Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Los Angeles also is believed to be interested in Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada...

...Garland, an 18-game winner in 2005 and 2006, was 10-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts this year. He joins a solid Angels rotation that includes John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar and Jered Weaver.

“For me it’s a great opportunity, growing up in the Southern California area, to come home and show the West what my capabilities are,’’ Garland said. “I’d love to bring a championship back to Southern California and enjoy it back home.’’

The 28-year-old right-hander is 92-81 with a 4.41 ERA in 246 games, including 223 starts, over eight major league seasons, all with the White Sox. Chicago also receives cash from the Angels as part of the trade.

Garland’s salary is $12 million next year, then he can become a free agent. Cabrera’s salary is $9 million in 2008, and he also will be eligible for free agency after the season.

Garland pitched a four-hitter to beat Lackey 5-2 in Game 3 of the 2005 AL championship series, giving up a two-run homer to Cabrera...
There's a bit more, but that is the jist of it.


Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:41 pm
by Parrotpaul
I have no idea what the Angels are up to, but it will be interesting to watch this unfold.

They're up to least they are shoring up their starters.

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:58 pm
by GOODave
Parrotpaul wrote:I have no idea what the Angels are up to, but it will be interesting to watch this unfold.

They're up to least they are shoring up their starters.
TDad pointed out that they now have 6 starters and really only need five...while some other teams are struggling to come up with four...

I think you're right: They are up to something.

And the Winter Meetings start next week...