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Chavez vs. Tejada

A lot of wasted time has been spent recently criticizing BB on past trades, probably none more than letting Tejada go, and keeping Chavez.
Trying to prove a point, they compare apples to oranges.  They assume that if Tejada had stayed in Oakland he would have hit .300 plus with 30 plus HR's last year, ignoring the obvious fact that he went to a right handed hitters paradise, was surrounded by good to great hitters up and down the lineup, and that he got to face TB 18 times last year instead of the 6 he would have had had he played in Oakland.   For arguments sake let's assume that Chavez had been traded to a hitter friendly park where he was protected in the lineup by good to great hitters, would his average and HR's  be what they are now?  I suggest that the same writers criticizing BB now would be frothing at the mouth for him trading a great young player for a washed up Tejada a la Kendall.  Chavez is playing on a team where he has absolutely no protection, he is the only player on the team who is a legitimate power threat, and I have to believe that other teams are smart enough to know that not pitching to Chavez has it rewards since no one else in the lineup can hurt them.  
When Tejada was here he had Giambi, Chavez, Dye to bat behind him, he had to be pitched to, the same as in Baltimore, of course his stats are better, he is no longer hitting in Oakland, a poor hitters park.
In my mind this is a silly argument, you cannot assume that a traded player will have the same stats as if he were not traded, parks are different, lineups different, opponents different.  Pretty soon guys will be comparing Mulder and Hudson ERA's in the NL vs. the A's pitchers in the AL.  
Last but not least, please get off the Peterson-YOung comparison.  My understanding of this was that BB let Peterson go because Peterson wanted to live with his family in New Jersey, the Mets job opened, and he wanted to go there.  BB should be praised for letting a guy go for family reasons at the expense of his own team.
We were quick to praise BB when he turned down Boston because he didn't want to be that far away from his daughter, but critcize him for letting Peterson go so he could be near his family.  I am sure BB knew that his own team would take a hit, but he was considerate enough to take into account another man's feelings.
And by the way, does the Met staff lead the league in ERA?  Did they win the World Series last year, seems to me he is having some problems with his staff also.  It is not the A's pitching that is killing us, it is the hitting.

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