Baseball, at the end of the day, is a business.
I get it. Believe me, I get it. I came to watch the game at the dawn of big free agent dollars, and I have long become used to the idea that players aren’t loyal to a city or an organization, and the era of the player spending his entire career with one team, one organization is now so rare as to be almost unheard of.
Still though, it hurts a lot to watch Hershel Mack “Boog” Powell cruise around Centerfield for the Mariners, making smooth as silk catches and be described by the broadcasters as “effervescent.”
I mean, he is. But seriously, this is another ex-Port A’s prospect that went away in the Zorbrist trade last season. Daniel Robertson, another highly touted A’s prospect went in that deal too. Combined with sending Addison Russell to the Cubs a while back, you have to watch these guys now and wonder what the A’s could have been this year and into the next years.
Watching Boog, Robertson and Russell play in Stockton was a joy. You just knew that all of these guys were going to make it, and someday you’d be able to say, “I was there in Stockton when…”
So yeah… it’s a business. The Mariners and Rainiers benefited in the end by getting Powell from the Rays for Logan Morrison which makes you wonder what the Rays are thinking, and he does look smooth and effervescent” in Center for the M’s.
And I was there when he played 14 wonderful games in Stockton. Then he got suspended and then he went down to Beloit.
It’s a business. Boog business.
Now that the Athletics have sent Yunel Escobar packing to the Nationals, the trade from the other day becomes essentially Boog Powell and Daniel Robertson for Ben Zobrist and 32 year old Tyler Clippard, a solid Right Handed reliever who could end up as the A’s closer. The down side is that he is in the final year of his contract and there are no guarantees that he will want to hang around the Bay Area. He has spent his whole career in New York and Washington, D.C., so you have to assume he’s settled down there.
Still, his tweet was pretty positive, so hopefully he’ll be the missing piece the A’s Bullpen didn’t have last year. He’s been pretty reliable in the Middle relief role and 2012, he had 32 Saves for the Nationals. This could be a really good fit for the A’s, especially if the future is now is really happening.
I’m sure that from a Major League viewpoint the trade makes sense, but given how good Robertson is and will be, and Powell’s undeniable talent, you have to feel like the Rays put one over on Billy Bean on this one. Sure, in the short run maybe Zobrist and Escobar are helpful for a Season or three, but long range, Robertson was the guy you build around. After trading Addison Russell last year it’s clear that the A’s are adopting a “future is now” mentality.
In any case, Robertson was likely moving on to Midland this year, but Powell, coming off the lost last season was probably going to spend at least some time in Stockton. Now, they’re both gone.