The 15 Trades of Bill Stoneman
In a little over five years on the job, Bill Stoneman has averaged 3 trades per season. On a scale of one thru ten, let's judge how well Bill Stoneman has traded.
1. March, 2000: Acquired Adam Kennedy & Kent Bottenfield from St. Louis for Jim Edmonds
Rating: 8 on a scale of 1-10
For all of Edmonds' statistical greatness, he stunk up the Anaheim clubhouse and chickenshitted around before deciding to get surgery - a great ballplayer yes, a clubhouse toxin - absolutely. Kennedy may not be Edmonds' peer at the plate, but he solidified a long-sore spot in the organization and was a key contributor to the 2002 Championship. In addition to Edmonds maintaining an elite status (my money was on him gimping out meekly by 2002), Stoneman could have gotten a better addenda than Kent the Fat Man - reasons this trade is not a 9 or 10.
2. July, 2000: Acquired Ron Gant From Philadelphia for Kent Bottenfield
Rating: 4 on a scale of 1-10
Almost a wash, but you wonder if something else could have been cooked up for a little pitching. Also shows Stoneman's trepidation with deadlines.
3. December, 2000: Acquired Wilmy Caceres from Cincinnatti for Seth Etherton
Etherton blew out his arm the next season, while we will get to Wilmy's contribution later on this list.
4. March, 2001: Acquired Jose Nieves From CHN for Mike Fyrhie
Nieves played a small, unsung backup role on the 2002 team, but was let go in August of that season. when I see pictures of non-roster Amezaga cavorting in the Championship dogpile on the mound, I think of Jose Nieves. Fyhrie pitched unspectacularly for the Cubs.
5. March, 2001: Acquired Glenallen Hill from NYA for Darren Blakely
Blakely never went anywhere, and neither did the cartilage-free Hill, although everyone got to tell the hilarious story about Glenallen's arachnaphobia.
6. July, 2001: Acquired Chone Figgins from Colorado for Kimera Bartee
At first, it was just a trade of the two weirdest names in sports. Now, it is the gift that keeps on giving. This carries the potential to be Stoneman's legacy.
7. December, 2001: Acquired Mickey Callaway from Tampa Bay for Wilmy Caceras.
See, Caceres was flipped a season later for a bit player in the 2002 Championship season, but Callaway's bit happened to be in the heat of the August pennant race.
8. December, 2001: Acquired Kevin Appier from NYN for Mo Vaughn
One of the big ones. He got the cancer out of the clubhouse and 14 wins out of Appier on the way to the World Series title.
9. January, 2002: Acquired Brad Fullmer from Toronto in exchange for Brian Cooper
Fullmer was an integral part of the 2002 Championship team, and a steal for perennial minor-league diarist Cooper.
10. July, 2002: Acquired Alex Ochoa & Sal Fasano from Milwaukee in exchange for Jorge Fabregas, Johnny Raburn and Pedro Liriano
Ochoa was less of a presence than Callaway on the late-season '02 champs-to-be, but still helped all in all, had a different die been cast, someone else might have dropped a ball and another team would have won it all. Liriano is still pitching with the Brewers, so there is always the potential for a point or two dropping from my generous rating.
11. July, 2003: Obtained Gary Glover, Scott Dunn & Tim Bittner from CHA for Scott Schoeneweis and Doug Nickle
There can only be upside to this. In a year or two, it might be an 8 depending on Dunn and Bittner's accomplishments.
12. May, 2004: Acquired Zach Sorensen from Cleveland for a PTBNL
Rating: Tell me who the player is and I still give it a value-neutral 5.
13. November, 2004: Acquired Maicer Izturis and Juan Rivera from Montreal for Jose Guillen.
Maybe an 8 after this season, maybe a 10.
14. December, 2004: Acquired Dustin Moseley from Cincinnatti for Ramon Ortiz
A steal with nothing but upside. Could be a 10 in two years.
15. March, 2005: Acquired Bret Prinz from NYA for Wil Nieves
Lots of upside, but do we castrate Josh Paul if Nieves is flashing signs in the World Series?
Stoneman's rating is 6.8 - with much upside and little (think about it, almost NOTHING) lost.