Let me get this straight, Patty G got a solid MLB starting pitcher for two unproven "prospects"? Now calling the headcase known as Gavin Floyd a prospect is a stretch, but everybody would agree Gio Gonzalez is in fact a top-tier prospect. Thing is, he's not a proven commodity and he could end up being like top-notch Pirates closer Mike Gonzalez or bottom-feeder journey man Geremi Gonzalez. I'm not upset about what we gave up, I'm excited about what we got...actually I'm joyous that we rid ourselves of Floyd, but I'm a bit sad to see Gio leave. Regardless, we got ourselves one hell of a starting rotation now- Myers, Hamels, Garcia, Moyer, and Eaton. That donut-eatin-sonna-bitch Lieber is out the door for the best offer. Garcia is good too, I don't see the concern with people. Sure he had a 4.54 ERA last year, but his WHIP was a nice and tidy 1.28, and this was while pitching in the hitter friendly AL, so I think we'll see a return ERA around his career mark of 4. He is also almost a lock to pitch 200 innings, just like Moyer, meaning less wear and tear on the bullpen. He's also had limited success at the plate which can only be an added bonus. Speaking of added bonus, he looks like the Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson).
So what else does Gillick have in the works? I've been reading many rumors as to the Phils getting Ryan Church, Kevin Mench, Brad Wilkerson, Geoff Jenkins, Derrick Turnbow, Jose Capellan, Akinori Otsuka, Octavio Dotel, and Rod Barajas. Most of those players could help the Phils in some capacity. I haven't been this excited about a trade since we obtained the rat Billy Wagner. Gillick is in a position of strength now, as he has surplus starting pitching. Lieber is going to be a hot name being linked to various rumors and I believe Gillick will swing a deal for an outfielder and some relief help. Then he'll turn around and deal Rowand for more relief help and when everything shakes out the man is going to look like a genius, even if Charlie Manuel looks like a R-Tard.