Transaction Analysis

A's trade for Eric Ireland

If any team can afford to trade a slow outfielder with on-base skills, it's the A's, the team of 9 DHs.  Stairs is coming off a bad season, and this is probably not the best time to trade him, as he's likely to post better numbers next season.  Ireland is a decent prospect, but the Astros apparently weren't really impressed, since they let him go this off-season.  Ireland could turn into a good major league starter, but for now it seems like the wrong time to get rid of Stairs.

Triple Steal Rating: Single

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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