About 20 minutes ago, I had just sat down with with a nice glass of Diet Coke on ice along with one of my favorite “at home” lunches – some cold turkey meatballs, a slice of swiss cheese, and sliced tomatoes on a reduced-carb bagel – and then I saw a report on ESPN News that said the Yankees were sending Dan McCutchen and Jeff Karstens to the Pirates, along with Jose Tabata and Ross Ohlendorf, and not Phil Coke and George Kontos (for Xavier Nady & Damaso Marte).
My reaction? Whoa! (I screamed, out-loud.)
When I said that, my wife (who was making some lunch for the kids) spun around and said “What happened?” So, I told her that that there was an update as to what the Yankees had given up in their recent trade. (I won’t tell you what she then said to me…but, it wasn’t “Oh, now I see why you have such a legit reason to scream out-loud.”)
So, does this change my opinion on the trade? Well, since I’ve finished my lunch, been given a verbal reality slap by my wife, and had a few minutes to think about it…nah, not all that much.
I guess you can say that Jeff Karstens and Phil Coke are a push. Both will probably have some form of a major league career. And, they could be useful to a big league team in some capacity. But, neither one of them will ever be an All-Star, etc.
Now, getting Dan McCutchen, instead of George Kontos, is a better deal for the Pirates. Sure, McCutchen is older than Kontos. But, he’s closer to being major league ready and probably has a better attitude than Kontos. That said, it’s not a monster windfall for the Bucs to get McCutchen over Kontos…it’s just a somewhat better deal for them.
On the whole, I’m still fine with this deal – even if it’s Dan McCutchen and Jeff Karstens being part of the package going and not Phil Coke and George Kontos.