Off The Mark
First, a history refresher…
Ok, so what could the misconception be? Trading Mark Teixeira was a horrible move because he would be a permanent fixture at first base and we wouldn’t have to worry about Mitch Moreland.
Why it bothers me? People never, ever seem to consider the following:
I don’t often shout (in real life or print), but this point is important… HE DECLINED AN EXTENSION! Whether it was solely because of Vicente Padilla getting on his last nerve and then some or other unknown factors, he was done with Texas. Texas didn’t pursue him as a free agent either. The trade was the final straw and that was that. There was no point in any other move than a trade move at the July deadline in 2007.
We all have our opinions on Harrison and Feliz, but they’ve helped shore up so much of the pitching here in Texas. Feliz had a magical 2010 and I always love watching him zip one right past Alex Rodriguez to secure the first World Series trip. Harrison took it upon himself to learn and improve and not get left off of any Rangers MLB roster again. Oh, and that kid Andrus? Well, let’s just say he’s been pretty dang good. The haul was worth it. Accept it. Embrace it.
It’s easy to see the frustrating aspects of a player moving on to a new team and doing very well there. It makes it more frustrating when they’re doing better than their counterpart on the former team. If you ever feel the thoughts of “what if Tex had stayed” creeping upon you, just consider the two points above. Sure, it’d be nice if he was here, but his departure helped even more. It’s all good.