Logan Forsythe could just never seem to stay healthy enough to have much of an impact with the Padres, so losing him as a utility player won't bother me until he inevitably starts tearing it up in Tampa Bay. I like the rest of the swap for no other reason than new blood in the bullpen.
I inaccurately depicted @WoeDoctor's opinion. This trade just got fresher and now sits at 91% and is on par with movie greats like There Will Be Blood, Shaun of the Dead and fittingly, The Breakfast Club.
Apologies to RottenTomatoes.com
Here's what the media and bloggers think of the trade:
Padres Acquire Alex Torres from Rays - Friars on Base
My initial reaction to this trade was, wow, that’s a lot of people to give up. But, the more I look at it, the more I think that the Padres really just got rid of some players from the El Paso Chihuahuas roster for a much needed left-handed reliever.
Padres fortify the bullpen in 7 player trade with Rays. | Bob Scanlan |
In short, there is no short term pain as the Pads gave up no players that were going to be factors for the 2014 season, nor likely any long term regret having not shipped out any high ceiling players that are projected to be impact guys down the road. Of course, you never know what players will actually develop into, but the arms they got back appear to have higher potential than what was given back. The Padres bullpen was certainly further fortified with this move.
LOOGY Acquired For Logie | Padres Public
The deal basically boils down to this: The Padres went out and got the left-handed reliever they identified as an offseason need in exchange for a utility player. Everything else was just window dressing.
Padres giving up a lot of talent for a lefty specialist that coming into 2013 had control issues.
Breaking down Rays-Padres trade - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
Overall, it looks like a deal that should help both teams, especially if the Rays can help Boxberger maximize his potential.
Trade seems marvelous for Pads. Too good to be true? If Forsythe could stay healthy (big if), I like his upside
Like the deal. Fills a need and acquires high upside potential.
I think both teams did well here. Satisfies needs both now, and in the future.
Alex Torres isn't just loogy either. Love it thus far.
Chat with Keith Law - SportsNation - ESPN
I think they [Rays] gave up the two best players in the deal. Hahn has a ridiculous arm; he just can't stay healthy and I don't project him as a starter for that reason.
Rays, Padres Fill Needs And Challenge One Another | FanGraphs Baseball
the moral of the story is that this deal has the potential to be a win-win