Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fireballer Hunter Strickland Was Once Ours

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
If you were watching yesterday's (and today's) longest playoff game in MLB history, you had to notice 100-MPH fire-baller Hunter Strickland—who closed out the six hour and twenty-three minute game. The San Francisco Giant was originally property of your Boston Red Sox—and is a case study in being patient with talented prospects. Strickland was picked by Boston in the 18th round of the 2007 draft. Two years later, he was "packaged" with Argenis Diaz and sent to Pittsburgh for another participant in yesterday's game—Adam LaRoche. As you may recall, LaRoche's time in Carmine Hose was exactly six games. The first baseman was quickly dealt to the Atlanta Braves for Casey Kotchman. So, basically, we traded an now-emerging closer for Kotchman. Not a good choice.