Good moves or bad?

Much like a team in the basement with the best closer in the league, the York Revolution had to make a move. They didn’t need two of the best catchers in the league. For one, York manager Andy Etchebarren couldn’t play them both in the same game.
If one goes down with an injury, he would have had to turn to one of his position players to catch. One day he sat one catcher, the next game he sat the other catcher.
So he had a dilemma: Which catcher does he keep?


He kept the better defensive catcher.
He likes the way John Pachot calls a game. He likes the way he throws. He likes his defense. And his hitting isn’t too shabby either. Pachot is batting .474 (9-for-19) in five games.
But he traded a great offensive player in Salomon Manriquez. Manriquez ranked among the best in the league in hitting. But York didn’t need another hitter. They needed to fix a bullpen that had blown six of the first 10 save opportunities of the season.
More to the point, Pachot may help fix the bullpen problem. He knows the league, having played in it since 2006. So he knows many of the best hitters. And he can guide York’s pitching staff through some rough stretches.
Granted it would have been ideal for York to trade Manriquez off to the Liberty Division. But the Revs wanted right-handed reliever John Muller. They also found a suitable backup catcher in Adam Witter.
What’s not to like?
The moves Wednesday caused a major shakeup with the Revs roster. Five players left, including the four relievers who were released. And the team also signed former big leaguer Justin Hampson. The former regime always wanted to keep players as long as possible. Former Revs director of baseball operations Adam Gladstone didn’t want players looking over their shoulders. Now the Revs will find out if that philosophy has merit.
With a number of moves Wednesday, one message has been sent. This isn’t a prospect league, and York is not willing to wait for players to develop. York is a team that needs to see performance out of its players. Perform, or move on.
Will that sit well in the clubhouse? Will the players respond?
We’ll see.

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5 Responses to Good moves or bad?

  1. Josh says:

    What this trade shows beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that teams who are owned by Opening Day Partners will always make shady deals in order for the overall product to be competitive and lucrative.
    If one ODP team is down(Lancaster) there is no heistation to send a good player to them from another ODP team with little regard to competition. It’s no coincidence that Somerset, who is it’s own independent team, has been the class of the league for years. They don’t have to worry about farming out their players to different teams for competition’s sake.
    I would love to have ODP open up their books, and show how their profit motive determines their moves. I think they forget that most of the teams play in taxpayer funded stadiums, and at the least should be accountable for fair competition in this league.
    Until each team is indepently owned, the league will have a socialist lean towards it.

  2. Josh says:

    What this trade shows beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that teams who are owned by Opening Day Partners will always make shady deals in order for the overall product to be competitive and lucrative.
    If one ODP team is down(Lancaster) there is no heistation to send a good player to them from another ODP team with little regard to competition. It’s no coincidence that Somerset, who is it’s own independent team, has been the class of the league for years. They don’t have to worry about farming out their players to different teams for competition’s sake.
    I would love to have ODP open up their books, and show how their profit motive determines their moves. I think they forget that most of the teams play in taxpayer funded stadiums, and at the least should be accountable for fair competition in this league.
    Until each team is indepently owned, the league will have a socialist lean towards it.

  3. Adam says:

    I’m not crazy about the trade.
    I can see how improving the pen was a priority over having two catchers, but I think the Revs might be buying high on Muller. He’s been great this year, but he topped out in low-A in affiliated ball, so you have to wonder if that is going to continue.
    I don’t like the Lancaster factor, either. It doesn’t seem in the spirit of good competition to hand your rival an everyday player to plug a big hole in their lineup in exchange for a long reliever and bench player.
    The ODP clubs are too chummy, and it hurts the credibility of the league, if you ask me.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ll admit, I don’t know the track record of trades between ODP teams but I didn’t think this trade was bad. I mean, a team in contention with a glaring weak spot in the bullpen. Why not plug it up as quickly as a possible with a quality arm? Growing up a heartbroken Met fan, I’ve seen the results of not having a quality bullpen time and time again!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ll admit, I don’t know the track record of trades between ODP teams but I didn’t think this trade was bad. I mean, a team in contention with a glaring weak spot in the bullpen. Why not plug it up as quickly as a possible with a quality arm? Growing up a heartbroken Met fan, I’ve seen the results of not having a quality bullpen time and time again!

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