Sunday, July 20, 2008

Let's Welcome "The Sugarman"

I am one of those people who believe everything they read on Wikipedia, and according to the site, Ray Durham's nickname is "The Sugarman". I'm still not sure why that is the case, but what I am sure of is that former San Francisco Giant Ray Durham will soon be wearing the uniform of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Here's my nickname for him: Tony Graffanino.

Or how about Junior Spivey?

My point is that this just seems like a deal we'd make a few years ago, sort of a David Bell-like move. I haven't followed the career of Ray Durham too closely in my life, but what I do know is that there were two consecutive years I drafted him in fantasy, and there were two consecutive years when I cut him in fantasy. As far as blockbuster deals go, this is not one of them.

This is more like a "Well, why the hell not?" type of move. Ned and Doug have been saying that they want to put together the best 25 man roster possible. Well, Ray Durham is probably better than Joe Dillon. Therefore, the Brewers acquired Ray Durham. If you're trying to make the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, you might as well assemble the best team you possibly can. (I feel bad for Joey D though, he'll be in the clubhouse knowing he's about to get sent down).

When thinking about it, Durham is probably a better option to fill in for Weeks when he struggles than either Dillon or Craig Counsell.

To get Durham, the Brewers gave up outfielder Darren Ford of Class A Brevard County and left-handed pitcher Steve Hammond of the Class AAA Nashville Sounds. Again, why the hell not?

If it seems like I'm a little undecided on this move, I should tell you, that I'm not.

Anytime you trade for a guy named "The Sugarman", I'm all for it.


Jonk said...

Personally, I don't understand this move at all.

Anonymous said...

Great move by the crew. Look at the splits:

Weeks .203/.304/.342
Durham .318/.396/.446

Weeks .256/.369/.430
Durham .221/.354/.324

That looks like a very productive platoon to me.

Jonk said...

The Giants better be paying covering much, if not all, of Durham's remaining* $3.5M salary this year. That's a lot of money to pay a guy who will likely be playing only a couple of times a week.

*—Durham: $7.5M salary this year

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