Saturday, July 30, 2011
If the Padres trade Heath Bell or Mike Adams to the Rangers this weekend, it'll be the first major league trade between Texas and San Diego since the Adrian Gonzalez deal in January 2006. At that time, Jon Daniels was 28 year old and four months into his job as Rangers general manager. (At the GM meetings a few months earlier, when the teams laid groundwork for the trade, two Padres operatives referred to Daniels as The Virgin.) Daniels has evolved into a pretty good GM, and it was Rangers manager Buck Showalter who didn't cotton to young pitcher Chris Young, making the trade talks dicier for Daniels. But if you traded a young Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young for mostly dead money -- dressed up as pitcher Adam Eaton -- you probably would be extra vigilant about the next deal you make with same club. Gunslinger or no Gunslinger.