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Tony Gwynn Jr. Now Has Many More Opportunities to Ruin San Diego’s Playoff Chances
Now Gwynn won't even have to reach base to play an integral role in San Diego's collapse.

Now Gwynn won't even need to reach base to play an integral role in San Diego's collapse.

Tony Gwynn Jr., best known as son of Padres legend/small planet Tony Gwynn andテつfor beingテつthe Brewers bench player responsible for spoiling San Diego’s playoffテつhopes in 2007, was sent packing to – of all places – San Diego.

Milwaukee sent Gwynn, who went unclaimed on waivers last month, to the Padres forテつexperienced OFテつJody Gerut and the bulk of his $1.775M salary for 2009. Essentially, the teams swapped low-end, left-handed hitting outfielders they’d longed for over the past few seasons.

There’s noテつword on whether Gerut’s father was a famousテつballplayer. But unlike that of “Little-T” (as he’s known), Gerut’s big league resumテδゥ seems that of a player who has something worthwhile to offer Milwaukee immediately. He can play all threeテつoutfield spots effectively. He hit 22 HR in 2003 and 14 in 2008.テつ Though off to a slow .221 start this season, he’s also registered 4 homers and 14 RBI.

He’ll lose considerable playing time in the trade, but he may take solice in knowing his new employer currently leads the NL Central.

On the other hand, Gwynn offers San Diego a somewhat serviceable outfielder with speed. And the name “Gwynn”テつcan’t hurtテつticket sales in San Diego. Beyond that, his upside peaks a low-paid player who’s arguably worth giving a sustained look at in the bigs.

In all, this transaction seems to fit the model of a perfect trade. Both teams surrendered players who didn’t fit their long term plans, each player is granted a new role for a team that actually wants them, and neither player is really good enough to warrant criticism, conversation or analysis.

Wait, why am I writing this?

Good luck, Tony and welcome aboard, Jody.

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