I get Wright, Helton, Aviles, and Haren
Miggy, A-Gonz, Gomez, and Maddux
Honestly, my gut reaction is that I don't love
the trade for you. You're paying for some risk, here.
Miggy for Wright is largely a push, but a benefit for you if you have a need for speed.
I guess Aviles for Gomez is ok for this year, because you were desperate for a SS. The only potential problem I see there is if, for some reason, Aviles starts slumping, he'll lose playing time. The Twins are going to keep Gomez in no matter what.
I like that you're moving A-Gonz right now. I think the conventional wisdom around here is that he's a "sell" guy. But I think you could have tried to do a little better than Konerko. e.g., Gomez and A-Gonz could've potentially gotten you Konerko + someone better than Aviles? Just a thought...
With regard to the SP component.. yeah, let's hope that Haren doesn't tail-off like he did last year. The knock on Haren is that he falls apart in the 2nd half. But is that true? I looked at his #s for the last three years, and found that 2007 was the first time that there was a huge disparity between his 1st and 2nd halves. In 2006, his ERA went up ~0.50 after the ASB. In 2005, his ERA actually went down 0.25 after the ASB. Granted, there are a lot of other factors (cumulative IP from earlier in the season, previous year) that I can't speak to. I'm not saying that last year was necessarily a fluke, just that I'm not ready to entirely resign the guy to being a 2nd half stinker - just inconsistent/unproven and, thus, risky. Unlike Maddux, who will continue doing his unsexy thing for another 10-15 yrs. If Haren stays consistent, this was good for you. If not, this was bad. No, not particularly insightful. But, fuck it, dude, I'm going bowling.