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czalgosz
04-02-2002, 08:48 PM
Chris Karhl (from the Baseball Prospectus) gives his take on the Guerrier deal - pretty much the same as Kermit's.

Acquired LHP Damaso Marte and 2B/SS-B Edwin Yan from the Pirates for RHP Matt Guerrier. [3/27]

Optioned LHP Jim Parque to Charlotte; placed LHP Kelly Wunsch on the 15-day DL (shoulder). [3/28]

Optioned 2B/OF-L Willie Harris to Charlotte. [3/30]

Acquired LHP Damaso Marte and 2B/SS-B Edwin Yan from the Pirates for RHP Matt Guerrier. [3/27]

Optioned LHP Jim Parque to Charlotte; placed LHP Kelly Wunsch on the 15-day DL (shoulder). [3/28]

Optioned 2B/OF-L Willie Harris to Charlotte. [3/30]

This is a strange little deal, one where the Sox do the Pirates the favor of trading a pitcher with options for a pitcher without them. It's odd because the White Sox need alternatives for their rotation more than they need a situational left-hander, especially with Jim Parque bound for the minors and Jons Rauch and Garland doing little to inspire confidence. Why peddle one of their best high-minors starters like Matt Guerrier, and why do it to add a replaceable lefty reliever with no options left?

The candy--and hopefully the explanation--here is Edwin Yan, an interesting blend of blazing speed (he swiped 56 bases in the Sally League) and enough patience to draw 42 walks in ~500 plate appearances, not shabby for a guy who was supposedly 19 last year. Damaso Marte's chief value is that he's left-handed and he's throws hard for the species, and that's worth keeping around for the bullpen now that it's clear that Kelly Wunsch is headed for the DL.

If the Sox start wondering if they have to rebuild their rotation by the end of April, Kenny Williams will have to remember that he accepted that risk right here.