Thursday, July 29, 2010

Was Yorvit Torrealba and Jesse Fopert for Randy Winn a Bust

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 29: Randy Winn #2 of the San Francisco Giants follows through on his swing during interleague play against the Texas Rangers at AT&T Park on June 29, 2006 in San Francisco, California. The Giants defeated the Rangers 2-1. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Forbes has a list up of the Baseball's Biggest Trade Deadline Busts at number 4 is the 2005 Giants trade of Yorvit Torrealba and Jesse Fopert for Randy Winn.

Forbes says:

Winn had a couple of decent years in San Francisco but never drove in more than
65 runs in a season, very low for a corner outfielder. The Giants would pay him
$29 million through 2009 while never finishing higher than third place.

Is this enough to qualify as a bust?

I disagree, Winn had more then just decent years but actually some pretty good years with the Giants. He had 3 seasons of 3+ WAR (according to baseball-reference) a season of 2+ WAR and 1 season at replacement level.

This to me does not even close to a bust, the Giants have made much worse trades and this is not one of them.

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1 comment:

  1. Doesn't one have to take into consideration what the Giants gave away as well? Foppert out of baseball by 2005 and while Torrealba has done well, the Giants weren't lacking at catcher. Winn definitely contributed. Hard to see this as top 5 worst.