Phillies Trades Revisited
It is best to evaluate trades after larger sample sizes have been accumulated and the outcome of the season has been determined, but it is safe to say so far so good (ERA, IP, Opp. BA):
Felix Rodriguez - 0.00, 4.0, .214
Todd Jones - 0.00, 3.1, .250
Ed Wade had difficult factors to overcome leading up to the trade deadline, some internal and some external. Sure, snagging Carlos Beltran or Randy Johnson may have been a bit more glamourous, but one cannot deny that without Felix Rodriguez and Todd Jones stabilizing the bullpen through extra innings nail biters and early exits by starters due to injury, the 4-game win streak the Phillies are currently enjoying would not be possible.