Ricciardi Trade History Clarified
There seems to be much confusion regarding the analysis in this morning's column of J.P. Ricciardi's track record as a trader. The list of 17 trades that I used was only those trades in which he was trying to maximize the return on a well-paid starting player or pitcher that had already been established in the majors.
We have always agreed in the column through the years that Ricciardi is at his best when dealing for undervalued players -- especially pitchers -- and getting the most out of them. But Halladay in no way qualifies in the same category as trading Mark Hendrickson.
The 17 trades were, in chronological order, were sending away 1-Billy Koch, 2-Alex Gonzalez, 3-Paul Quantrill, 4-Brad Fullmer, 5-Pedro Borbon (maybe a little sketchy), 6-Dan Plesac (and yes I would question that Cliff Politte was a good move), 7-Raul Mondesi, 8-Felipe Lopez, 9-Shannon Stewart (and you can't use the commutativbe theory for Ted Lilly because Bobby Kielty does not qualify as an established player for purposes of this study), 10-Orlando Hudson and Miggy Batista, 11-Corey Koskie, 12-Shea Hillenbrand, 13-Scott Schoenweis, 14-Terry Adams (also sketchy), 15-Eric Hinske, 16-Troy Glaus, 17-Dave Eckstein.
I was not ignoring good trades, but Halladay is a big-time property and they need maximum in return. Ricciardi has not proven he's the man for the job.