Expos trade for Fernando Tatis and Britt
Look at the Expos! Who'd have thought
that they'd be clever enough to pull off a deal like
this? They struck while the iron was hot, dealing highly
sought-after (and extremely over-rated) starter Dustin
Hermanson and lefty reliever Steve Kline for stud third
baseman Fernando Tatis and prospect Britt Rheams. Tatis
is obviously the crown jewel of this trade, although he
struggled through injuries to a .253 average last year.
Nevertheless, he's still only 25 years old, and should rebound
to build on his breakout season of 1999 when he hit 34 homers
and drove in 107 Cardinals. Rheams is a bit of a wild
card, but after posting a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings for St.
Louis last season (7 starts), he should be able to grab a
low-end spot in the Montreal rotation. The Expos' lineup
suddenly looks pretty formidable, with Vlad, Tatis, Jose Vidro,
and Lee Stevens making up the core. Michael Barrett most
likely will move back behind the plate with the addition of
Tatis, strengthening two positions. Great trade for
Montreal - we didn't think they had it in them.
Triple Steal rating: Home
TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A
can't miss move; automatically makes the team
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.