Breaking News: CWS Trade Jon Garland to the LAA for Orlando Cabrera
As reported by ESPN, the White Sox traded right-hander Jon Garland to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Orlando Cabrera.
The 28-year-old Garland, an 18-game winner in 2005 and 2006, was 10-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts last season. He [was] 92-81 with a 4.41 ERA in 246 games, including 223 starts, over eight major league seasons, all with the White Sox.
Garland was acquired by the White Sox from the Cubs on July 29, 1998, for pitcher Matt Karchner.
Cabrera, 33, batted .301 with 35 doubles, eight home runs, 86 RBIs and a career-high 101 runs with the Angels last year. He had a career-high 192 hits.
He won his second Gold Glove and led AL shortstops in fielding percentage (.983). Cabrera, who has also played with Montreal and Boston during his 11-year career, is a career .273 hitter. He was on the 2004 Red Sox team that won the World Series.
Chicago also receives cash as part of the trade.
The last sentence shocks me as much as the trade. Without knowing how much cash, it's hard to get overly bothered by this tidbit of information. But . . .
Jon Garland signed an extension in December 2005 that calls for him to receive $12 million in 2008, the final year of his contract.
Orlando Cabrera signed as a free agent in January 2005 and stands to make $9 million in the fourth and final year of his deal.
I don't understand this trade unless . . .
1. Arte Moreno caught OC in bed with his wife.
2. The Angels are on the verge of signing Alex Rodriguez and are planning on playing him at shortstop.
3. The Halos are about to deal Jered Weaver or Ervin Santana as part of a package to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera.
4. The club is going to convert Brandon Wood back to shortstop or hand the position over to Erick Aybar, neither of whom showed last year that they are ready to assume the role on a full-time basis.
5. L.A. is planning to sign fan-favorite David Eckstein to a short-term contract, allowing minor leaguer Sean Rodriguez to develop further.