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In the News: Reactions to the Glaus Trade

I had an analysis of the trade all written up, but I accidentally closed the window. After composing myself (it took a while), I've decided to post some of the reactions to the tentative agreement between the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks instead.

I'm not a fan of Bob Elliot's, but here's his view of the trade. Within the article, he questions J.P. Ricciardi's logic (Elliot has long held a negative opinion of J.P., so this comes as no surprise):

Is this a case of "back to the future" for the Jays? Consider that first baseman Carlos Delgado was dismissed a year ago as an unwanted albatross for his salary and production. Glaus is a similar type of player, making similar type of money. What has changed in the Jays' building a winner -- except losing a Gold Glove second baseman?

Jack Magruder from the East Valley Tribune reports that Sergio Santos, a former No. 1 draft pick, will be sent to Toronto to complete the deal. Although he's not quite on par with the likes of Carlos Quentin, Conor Jackson, and Stephen Drew, he's not a bad prospect in the least.

The D-Backs would send shortstop prospect Sergio Santos, their No. 1 draft choice in 2002, to the Blue Jays to complete the deal, the source said.

Santos struggled at Triple-A Tucson last season, hitting .239 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs, although he was one of the youngest players in the league. He turned 22 on July 4.

But with Stephen Drew and the likely addition of 2005 No. 1 draftee Justin Upton, the D-Backs look to be well-stocked at shortstop.

Those at Batter's Box also chimed in about how they feel about the deal: link
As did those at baseball primer: link

Readers' opinions of the trade appear to be rather mixed. On the one hand, many feel that Troy Glaus is the final piece that the Blue Jays need in order to contend in 2006. On the other hand, others feel that Arizona was the clear winner in this deal because they managed to pry away an excellent defensive second baseman in Orlando Hudson while somewhat alleviating concerns of an overcrowded infield.

Anyway, I'm off to eat turkey and drink plenty of eggnog. Enjoy the holidays, everyone!