Here were some reactions at the time of the trade:
Tucker - viewtopic.php?t=618&p=4888#p4865
Not terribly impressed with the trade. I love Teagarden as the backup C, but did not like giving up Randy Henry for him. He throws 97, and Don mentioned that he has potential to be in the back end of the bullpen at some point in 2012.
The Orioles did have a surplus in the low minors of guys like this but I still think it's a little much to give up for a backup C. Maybe this shows how heated the market is though. A lot of team are in the hunt for a C.
ofahn - viewtopic.php?t=618&p=4888#p4866
Teagarden is a solid low cost backup that we have control over for years. Henry was just a prospect but I think he was a good one and, obviously, the Rangers agreed. That being said, we have many more like Henry in our system including Ashur Tolliver, Ryan Berry, Cameron Coffey, and Clayton Schrader.
I always thought that we picked up a lot potential trade chips in the 2009 draft. Over the next few years we may see some of these guys on the ML roster as well as few other players that we acquired because we had some trade bait. Now if we would have just chosen Mike Leake with the first pick...........................
Me - viewtopic.php?t=618&p=4888#p4869
Not a fan of this deal. I guess if they felt he was the best backup catcher available, it's fine. But Henry's a solid prospect but I'm not sure it was worth it to deal a potential setup man, possibly a closer, for a backup C.
Shorebirdfan - viewtopic.php?t=618&p=4888#p4869
Have to chime in here. This is not a good deal. Dime a dozen? Not even close. Henry has EXCEPTIONAL stuff. Throws 97 with a nasty slider that sits around 88-90 and simply breaks off the table. Dime a dozen? For an organization that simply cannot find a closer without spending $8 million on re-treads that cannot get anyone out? I don't think so. (Has that closer snarl on the mound too).
Additionally, (and I cannot say enough about this), Randy is one of the nicest young men I've met. I remember late in the 2010 season when injuries had ended his year and he stopped back at Delmarva before heading home he took the time to stop and spend a lengthy amount of time speaking with my wife and daughter (who are huge fans) just to update them on how he was feeling. In this day of Penn State and Syracuse and NBA and NFL lockouts, we need players with character (and talent) and Randy has more than enough of both to go around.
Lastly, Randy is a fan of this site. Best wishes young man, my family and I wil certainly look forward to rooting you on as the Rangers closer in 2013.
At the time, most were against the trade.
Teagarden came up with some clutch hits this past year but I am not sure he was worth Randy Henry. Of course we can't judge the trade really until Henry is well into his career.
Henry put up a .98 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 7 walks in 27 innings as a reliever in High-A. As a starter he struck out 40 and walked 25 in 55.2 IP. His GO/AO on the year was 1.53.
Looking back, I am still not a fan of this trade. What are your thoughts on one of Duquette's first moves?