The Rays dealt Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson to the Los Angeles Dodgers today for RHP Jae Seo, C Dioner Navarro and a player to be named later.
I’ve got to say, my first thoughts on this were complete surprise. I know living over here in England means I’m out of the loop somewhat on trade rumours and the like, but I had heard nothing on this at all. Most of the rumours I hear revolve around Julio Lugo (and the Mets), Aubrey Huff, and recently Carl Crawford. And I have already read suggestions that Seo will be packaged up with Lugo and sent on to the Mets… we’ll see what happens there.
As for Hall and Hendo, well I’m sad to see them go. Toby Hall especially – I’ve often shared my thoughts here on what a great guy he is to have on the team – a good leader, good defensive catcher, who really seems to help the young pitchers, and he can hit a bit as well. He has been slumping lately, but still…. I’ve also read that he is one of the nicest guys in baseball – he’s passionate about his charity foundation, and has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente award. Hendo, whilst he always amazes me at how softly he throws for a guy who is 6’9, has been great this year. He’s only 4-8, but that’s entirely down to a lack of run support. He’s led the team in wins the last two years as well I think.
If any of you want to let me know what our two new guys are like, then please enlighten me – I have vague recolections of watching a game with Seo pitching in the past, but I’m certain that I haven’t seen Navarro play. Hopefully they’ll be good additions.
And I wish both Toby and Mark the very best of luck out West. Thanks guys.