JSOnline.com reported this morning that the Milwaukee Brewers are targeting Ray Durham (2B) of the Giants. In return the Giants would get Darren Ford (OF) who is currently playing ball at Brevard County. Durham, who coincidentally was born in Charlotte North Carolina (next door to Durham) is batting .277 in his career. The 37 year-old veteran second basemen is hitting .293 in 87 games thus far in to '08 campaign. In 2006 as a Giant, Ray Durham belted 26 homers (2.93 BA) which was tops in his lengthy career.
Darren Ford is a speedy outfielder who was the 18th round in 2004. Currently, this kid is batting .230 with 2 HR and 13 doubles. He wears his hat funny with a straight brim and the cap covers the tips of his ears.....so for me this is a good trade. Ford, who played HS baseball for the same school as Mat Gamel, is part of the log jam in the outfield and still won't see daylight even when Mike Cameron departs next season (moving up the chain to AA Huntsville). On the Brevard County team website, it shows only 3 outfielders on the roster....Ford is one of them.
This should be balanced trade. We get Durham who is a seasoned vet that can provide a little bit more power than the struggling Rickie Weeks. In fact, Ford struggling like he has, may give us the better of the two. Milwaukee is also eyeing up southpaw Jack Taschner of the Giants...however, that deal with Ford looks to be a long shot for the lefty.
This should be a good trade