A couple of interesting snippets from yesterday, as we continue over analyze the Bonifacio-for-Rauch trade.
First one is from yesterday's Boston Globe online. Seems the Red Sox were interested in Rauch, but Jimbo asked for two of their top prospects:
The Sox inquired about reliever Jon Rauch before he was traded by Washington to Arizona, but the Nationals were asking for top prospects Michael Bowden and Jed Lowrie
For what it's worth, Lowrie (ss) was ranked #5 in the Sox system by Baseball America; Bowden (rhp), ranked #7. So, that would constitute asking for too much?
Next one is a little tidbit from SI.com's Jon Heyman, who reports that, shockingly, Jimbo managed to piss off some other teams who feel he set the bar too low for the relief market as the Trade Deadline approaches:
But a couple executives with relievers to sell expressed annoyance that the Nationals dealt Jon Rauch to the Diamondbacks for second-base prospect Emilio Bonifacio, claiming it wasn't enough for Rauch. "I was surprised that's all Washington got,'' one AL executive said.
So using these two examples as opposite ends of the spectrum (if one is too much, one too little), what would've been "just right"?