I just didn't see him as an improvement over Steve Johnson or Miguel Gonzales; and he wasn't in his first start.
I'm still very skeptical that Johnson could continue being as successful as he's been after more teams get scouting reports on him. I agree that Gonzalez is a better option. Luckily we didn't give up so much to acquire Saunders that the Buck and DD will keep starting him even if he continues to be ineffective. If he's bad in his next start, chances are Hammel will take his spot in the rotation and Saunders will move to the pen. If Patton gets healthy and they need to release either Saunders or Wolf, it'll still be the case that we gave up so little that it isn't a very big deal.
ofahn wrote:P.S. I could see Hunter as piece in a deal with your home town boys for Headley. I read the piece today in MLB Trade Rumors quoting Byrnes as saying they want to keep him. I'll believe that when I see it. They will need a spot for Gyorko, they have two many holes to fill to not use him as currency while his value is still high, and moving him to the OF would only diminish his trade value. We'll see.................................
Hunter would definitely be much more valuable pitching in the NL and especially Petco Park. I'd hope the O's would be in on Headley in the offseason if the Padres try to move him again. Problem is, the new Padres ownership group seems determined to send a signal to the casual fan that they're financially committed to retaining players (totally illogical contract extensions given to H. Street and C. Quentin), so I wouldn't be surprised to see them offer Headley an ill conceived extension, despite his two remaining years of team control.
Really though, I don't know what they're doing with Gyorko. It's time for them to get the guy some MLB at bats to continue his development. They played with moving him to 2B earlier in the year, but I imagine that didn't go too well.