...and here's why.
This may be the worst piece of sportswriting I have ever read from the Sun-Times, a paper that features a regular column by Jay Mariotti. I was puzzled when I saw A.J. Pierzynski's name on the list of players who received MVP votes in 2006, thanks to a tenth-place gift on Cowley's ballot, but no longer.
Cowley's evaluation of each trade is incorrect and slanted, but the real kicker comes at the end of the article:
"Point is, these deals were to be measured in September, not in February."
If you're keeping track at home, this is the conclusion to an article that focuses on HOW THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SEASON PROVED THAT KENNY WILLIAMS WON ALL OF THESE TRADES. In other words, evaluating the deals in February is folly, but doing so now is sound practice.
Kenny isn't infallible, though; he was offered Aaron Hill straight up for Albert Pujols in his fantasy league, declined, and hasn't heard the end of it from the Sun-Times staff.
Ironically, if you're actually going to use one week's stats to try and prove anything, the best deal for the Sox was the Garcia trade, the one Cowley listed as a tie, where the Sox exchanged an inactive player for two arms who have been productive in the minors. This is certainly more clear-cut than the two deals where the Sox swapped one pitcher for another with a higher ERA.
The boys at Fire Joe Morgan could have a field day with this, and I hope they do.