This was a shocking trade and I have not really made up my mind on the trade. Some RFB’ers have said that they like the trade. For me, it really depends on what pitchers the Brewers get now without J.J. Hardy. John Lackey’s name is out there and he would be AMAZING to bring in. One thing I believe is that J.J. for Gomez opens up the possibility of trading Gamel or Hart for pitching, especially if the big free agent names go elsewhere. Here are some reactions from around the area about the trade:
JSonline currently has a poll running that shows Brewers fans are split 50/50 right now.
Bernie’s Crew is underwhelmed with the deal.
Brewerfan believes that Gomez won’t be able to match Cameron offensively, but should be similar defensively.
Michael Hunt believes that the new youth movement will put the Brewers farther away from the playoffs.
WISN’s Andy Kendeigh believes the move was at the right time and made an interesting point saying Gomez won’t have to look over his shoulder all year.
620’s Gene Mueller hopes this means the Brewers will no longer be deathly afraid of running, but won’t be able to judge the trade until the team comes together in April
Brew Crew Ball believes the Brewers should re-sign Cameron anyway (at least still offer arbitration…what’s the worst that could happen? He takes it and you still have a leader who can help Gomez become even better in center. Plus, the team could continue to piss off the NL Central and untuck their shirts.) and they believe the trade was good overall.
Cute Sports believe that Tweens and Teens will weep (she forgot sorority girls as well), but she seems most sad that there won’t be any “J.J. makes me Hardy” jokes.
View from Bernie’s Chalet said they are excited about the young Gomez.
In-Between Hops believe the loss of Hardy isn’t a big deal and might be very good for the team.
Star Tribune writer Jim Souhan believes this was an “amazing” deal for the Twins.
A Fan’s View liked Gomez (save for something he calls Gomez’s “bunny hops” when throwing to home) but likes the trade especially because it upgrades their infield defense.
Twinkie Town likes having Hardy and so do most of their readers.
The Saint Paul Pioneer Press thinks that Hardy will be a long term shortstop in Minnesota and enjoyed that it fixed two of the Twins’ problems.
Matt Borzi of MinnPost loves the trade, but believes Gardenhire will move Hardy to third (if that were the case, he would probably still be a Brewer!)
Blogger Aaron Gleeman believes that Gomez got a bum rap in Minneapolis because of who he was traded for (Santana), but believes the acquisition is very positive for the Twins.
SethSpeaks LOVES the deal for the Twins.
Twinkie Talk believes this was definitely the right move for the Twins.
The Twins Most Valuable Blogger is glad the Twins didn’t give up a king’s ransom for the player they needed.
So as you can see, Brewer fans are unsure and Twins fans are seemingly thrilled.