For some reason as I write this, all I hear is my head is the theme from Welcome Back Kotter. That could be due to the fact that I haven’t done a thing on here for almost a week and a half. I have a few things to say today.

First, I would like to comment on the trade Hendry worked out today. I don’t like it. It seems to me that if we have an excess of young, quality arms, like we do, why not trade them for someone other than a young arm? Why would you trade Cruz because we do not have a place for him and get another kid we don’t have a place for? I feel like Hendry kind of dropped the ball here. Cruz should have commanded more in return. Why not give him a chance to start the year in the rotation until Prior returns? By doing this we could have increased his trade value if Cruz were to do well. I don’t know, I just feel like we should have got more in return. I was actually surprised to see that a lot of people did not write about this trade today. Let me know what you all think.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail