It sure didn’t look like he did a very good when he was here, but as it turns out, MacPhail made some great moves.
Thursday night was another example. Chris Tillman pitched great, going 7 innings and given up 2 runs to get his 15th win. He was acquired in the trade that sent Eric Bedard to Seattle.
Of course, the centerpiece of the trade was Adam Jones, and he has turned into one of the best centerfielders in baseball.
So, now you have a potential top of the rotation starter and perennial All-Star. In addition, in that deal was George Sherrill, who gave us a couple All-Star seasons, then netted Josh Bell in a trade, who did nothing before being traded away for Steve Johnson, who was a very helpful player in last season’s playoff run.
MacPhail also was the one who traded for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter from Texas, got JJ Hardy from Minnesota, and drafted Machado and Wieters. MacPhail, as it turns out, did better then we thought.