Saturday, 28 March 2015
But with a Whimper
So this is the way the world ends...
The last morsel of hope we have remaining has finally fluttered away, and it has done so with very few of us noticing, and probably fewer of us caring. Kyle Drabek is no more than a glimmer in our eye, or a tickle in our loin. The greatest era is over, and the honeymoon of that era has followed, lethargically.
One Harry Leroy Halladay, who all prospective Blue Jay talk has, and should surround, has long since re-signed and retired, but the eponymous trade is really only just making its' mark, as sad as that seems. He was traded years and years ago, for a pile of prospects, none of whom really ever did anything, and he flourished, making the playoffs, throwing a no-hitter and a perfect game, and winning another Cy. Of course, those are years that we can give a fuck about, since he wasn't a Blue Jay at the time. He was traded, of course.
There was Travis d'Arnaud, the catcher, who was part of the R.A. Dickey trade that we will all maybe regret on AA's behalf. He was certainly the eventual centerpiece, whether we knew it or not at the time. Sure, he's flashed some bat at age 26, but there's still no sure thing, especially at catcher. Not like Dickey's gone and 4-WARred for us though, and Syndergaard is probably better than Dickey right now, all things being considered.
There was also Michael Taylor. He, of course, got flipped for Brett Wallace, who eventually got flipped for Anthony Gose, who eventually got flipped for Devon Travis. Devon Travis should make the opening day roster at 2B. That's OK, but it's also several degrees of Kevin Bacon away from what WE WERE LOOKING FOR IN 2009. And it's certainly better than letting something leave through waivers or free agency.
And then there's Drabek. The one who did leave through waivers or free agency. The Travis Snider of pitchers, per se. Prospect #14 per baseball prospectus, and #29 per MLB in 2011. A scalding hot prospect who never had it come together. A guy who might have been the next ace if he didn't walk everybody, or get hurt, or a combination of the two.
And now he goes elsewhere, unceremoniously. Like, so unceremoniously, that I don't remember reading that he was DFA'ed or removed from the 40-man or whatever. It didn't make the news. This guy was traded for Roy God Damn Halladay. And he's been jettisoned so a 20-year old can make the team.
The Halladay deal is closed, and the era of the same name has come and gone long ago. It still hurts. And it feels like it came and went with 118 K's, and 111 walks, and literally, a line drawn in the sand. In a more literal sense, d'Arnaud got Dickey, and Taylor eventually got Travis. Those things range somewhere from OK to good, at least at this very moment, because the ultimate goal of the Halladay trade was to help the team contend a few years after it.
We don't know that Travis doesn't go and kill it. Nor do we know that d'Arnaud doesn't go kick ass the way we all expected him to. And Drabek might find something in the Chicago system that allows him to throw the ball in the strike zone. But there's a statute of limitations on this kind of thing, and I suppose it's time to say it now. The Roy Halladay trade was a disaster.
Yeah, prospects will break your heart sometimes, and TINSTAAPP, and Tommy John's up the wazoo, I get it. And it's not like AA's track record in trades is exactly anything less than stellar, to the point where we've pretty much forgotten about this deal, since there have been so many others in its' wake. But sometimes you just look back and relive those glory days and don't know what to do with yourself anymore.