This trade makes the A's a very deep team. And the A's will need it, because they have several injury-prone players.
The worst case scenario for the A's 2006 title hopes is that Eric Chavez's bad shoulder doesn't last through the season. The A's had nobody in the organization who could step in and do any sort of credible job there. With Perez, now they do.
Bradley is a risk, both with his personality, and with his injury history. But when he plays, he will definitely upgrade the offense. And if this pushes Nick Swisher to first and Dan Johnson to DH, it upgrades the defense, too.
You have to ask some questions as a result:
Does this deal mean that the Frank Thomas signing is out? Not necessarily. Thomas is an injury risk, and he probably wouldn't last 162 games. This lineup:
is probably better a better team than this lineup:
even if you lose something defensively in the process.
Plus you have to figure Kotsay, Bradley and Thomas will all miss some time every now and then with various ailments.
Whither Bobby Kielty? Jay Payton and Bobby Kielty probably each lose playing time as a result of this deal, especially if the A's sign Frank Thomas.
Whither Marco Scutaro? You have to figure Perez becomes the #1 backup infielder. Scutaro probably has more trade value at this point than actual value to the A's.
Was Andre Ethier too much to give up? Hard to tell. He had a great year in AA, and a great performance in the AFL. But it was his only good year. It could have been a sign of great things to come, or just a peak season in an average career.
I hate to give up on a prospect who has any sort of chance of being a very good major league player. But the A's got two players who are already pretty good, and who improve the A's right now. It's hard to turn that down.