Monday, November 28, 2016

Ex-Sox GM Hazen Makes Turkey Eve Trade For Pitching

Former Red Sox GM Mike Hazen
Red Sox fans are all abuzz about the potential of acquiring some additional starting pitching for 2017. But a baseball executive we used to have has already made a terrific deal for a young starter. Mike Hazen—the new general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks—acquired highly-touted 24-year-old starter Taijuan Walker from the Mariners on Thanksgiving Eve. In return, the D'Backs had to give up a great young shortstop in Jean Segura—but Hazen was able to include a shortstop (21-year-old Ketel Marte) coming back to Phoenix. It's a gutsy—but very smart—deal by Hazen, who was highly regarded in the Boston organization before fleeing west. Hopefully, Dave Dombrowski can pull off an equally impressive mound acquisition before Opening Day.