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Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Freddy Garcia was signed to a 3-year $27MIL contract today. The deal pays him $8MIL in 2005, $9MIL in '05, and $10MIL in '06.

The signing makes the trade/loss of Jeremy Reed and Miguel Olivo a little less painful. I still don't think the deal can be considered a "win" for the Sox with anything less than a World Series appearance. I suppose the sox have the remaining time left on the deal to fulfill that goal, before this becomes another 'Wells-for-Ritchie' trade. This is just one of those trades that you won't be able to properly evaluate until years down the road.

Lost in this, is this quote from White Sox Director of Minor League Development, Dave Wilder:
"Without a doubt, they wanted Borchard," said Wilder of Seattle's interest in Borchard for Garcia. "We feel like if Joe will be a star, he will be a star in Chicago. He has that type of ability.

What Chicago needs is not another light hitting power hitter. They need an OBP machine with some speed who can hit for contact in the #2 hole. Sadly this organization couldn't see the value of Jeremy Reed, and chose to give him up instead of Joe Borchard.

With Maggs going down earlier in the year, and the sox heading to NL parks where they would be without not only Maggs, but one of the Thomas/Konerko monster, I was asking for a Joe Borchard call-up. There was no reason not to bring the guy up. We were forced to watch Ross Gload botch routine flys in the outfield. We were forced to endure going 2-7 in the NL parks. Borchard could have been called up and given a meaningful trial run in the Majors to evaluate how he would really handle the added pressure.

Jeremy Reed may never be a star. But he will, in all likelyhood, turn out to be Frank Catalanotto. And this organization, doesn't see the value of a few Frank Catalanotto's. They're to busy looking for the next Mickey Mantle.