Transaction Analysis

Padres trade for Santiago Perez

The Padres needed a shortstop, and realistically they can't even afford to make a run at Alex Gonzalez, let alone Alex Rodriguez, so this move made sense.  Perez is only 24, which fills the Padres' desire to find a young, athletic shortstop to team with Chris Gomez this year and eventually take over the starting job.  Perez won't be a star, but he should develop into a solid, Ricky-Gutierrez-with-speed-type player, which makes it worth shipping Brandon Kolb to Milwaukee for him.

Triple Steal Rating: Double

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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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