December 19th, 2008
San Antonio receives:
CF Yoshino Miyata (27, ML) - $19.2
SP Kirby Gibson (35, ML) - $13.2/$14.1
1B Arron Campbell (27, ML) - $2.4/$2.4
Miyata was traded on the same day to New Jersey (12/19/08). He had an excellent year for New Jersey hitting .306 with 37 doubles and an impressive .482 on base percentage. A former All-Star and All-Leather winner, the 1st overall pick in the '07 inaugural draft is simply one of the best players in the league. He possesses an incredible eye along with a smooth swing and excellent gap power. His defense is exceptional. A future hall of famer.
Gibson had a disappointing '09 season with Duluth. In 30 starts, he went 8-11 with a 4.04 ERA. An '08 All-Star, the aging Gibson may be showing signs of decline. It remains to be seein in '10 if Gibson will be the Gibson of '08 or '09.
Campbell struggled for Duluth in '09. In 152 games, he batted .229 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs. Primarily a DH and 1B, Campbell needs to improve on those offensive numbers if he plans to stick at those positions. Prone to the strikeout, Campbell would be better served as a bench player rather than starter.
Commentary: Who says all the blockbusters have to happen during the Winter Meetings? You're not likely to see bigger names than Gibson and Miyata changing hands this year. The Warriors really needed to bring in a pitcher like Gibson to bolster their staff. They have bats to spare; what they need now are quality arms. Gibson fits that to a "T". And great strategy on Matt's part regarding the timing of the Miyata acquisition. Like Bill, I appreciate an owner who does his homework before making a move. Well done to both teams. - Commissioner John