Before I begin, I should first state my bias - I think the Hudson and Mulder trades were the dumbest trades in the history of baseball, which is ironic when you consider the man who traded them is probably, honestly one of the best tradesmen in the history of baseball. Having said that, I wanted to offer this though/comparison into the minds and hearts of you, my fellow A's fans....which starting unit would you have preferred?
Current Team A or what would have been...
C Jason Kendall C John Baker/Adam Melhuse
1B Scott Hatteberg 1B Dan Johnson
2B Mark Ellis 2B Mark Ellis
SS Bobby Crosby SS Bobby Crosby
3B Eric Chavez 3B Eric Chavez
LF Eric Byrnes LF Eric Byrnes
CF Mark Kotsay CF Mark Kotsay
RF Nick Swisher RF Nick Swisher
DH Erubiel Durazo DH Scott Hatteberg
P Barry Zito P Tim Hudson
P Rich Harden P Mark Mulder
P Dan Haren P Barry Zito
P Joe Blanton P Rich Harden
P Kirk Saarloos P Joe Blanton