By Jason Wojciechowski on March 26, 2006 at 8:28 PM
Tip o' the cap to Athletics Nation for pointing out that Juan Cruz has been traded for Admiral Brad Halsey. Halsey spent last year as a starter with the Diamondbacks. His homer rate was high (one every eight innings), and his strikeout rate low (4.5 / nine innings), but his walk rate was also low (1.25 / nine innings). His 4.61 ERA doesn't look terrible, especially for Arizona, but that does hide 19 unearned runs.
In other words, I wouldn't expect Halsey to contribute much at all. Maybe he's a project, but more likely he's filler, a quad-A player, and the best the A's could get for Cruz at this point.
The A's are now the third team to give up on Cruz despite his youth (he's still only 27) and his electric stuff, so we'll see if he can ever carve out a consistent career for himself.
EDIT: Halsey is, by the way, a former college teammate of Huston Street and Omar Quintanilla.