Jim Hendry press conference on trade
On giving up Kevin Hart after today’s win: Trades are meant to help both clubs. I tried — like I always would — I tried to keep guys out of the deals you don’t want to do, like we did [Sean Gallagher]. We held on, finally if you want Rich Harden, you got to go. And certainly you guys read the stories around the country, John Grabow is a sought after guy, a perfect deadline deal. A good left-hander out of the pen, who doesn’t want that at the deadline? So I’m sure [Pirates GM Neal Huntington] had five or six other good opportunities to move him.
Kevin understood. He’s been a really, really good kid since the day we got him. Randy Bush had a lot to do with us getting him a few years ago when nobody knew who he was and not many scouts had him in great rating. [Bush] had seen him by accident one night at A ball, and then we traded Freddie Bynum for him at the Winter Meetings, just because we needed Freddie’s roster spot. We picked up Kevin on a flier. He’s been a real good kid. Like everybody else, he’s been inconsistent at times, and out of the pen, his walk ratio was a little high. But you know, he did a solid job for us in the starts he gave us, and we did our part and scored a lot of runs for him the last couple times.
On how today’s trade affects Sean Marshall’s usage: Sean’s doing a very good job where he’s at. I’ll let Lou [Piniella] and Larry [Rothschild] decide which way they want to go with it.
On the surplus of lefties if B.J. Ryan makes the big-league club: Ryan’s good enough to help, certainly. I remember Jimmy Leyland won a World Series, and he always used to have to have three lefties. If you can find the right three, why not? The good ones get the lefties and the righties out.
On B.J. Ryan’s status: He’s throwing again tonight. I think he’s throwing two innings or 25 or 30 pitches. He went the other night, a solid first outing. [Minor-league pitching coordinator] Mark Riggins has a plan for him, keeps expanding his role, and just play it by ear. It’s way too early to tell when or how he might help us.
On John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny’s reactions: Both [Grabow] and Tom Gorzelanny are very happy to be coming here. Grabow said he’d be there [at Dolphins Stadium] before the [team] bus tomorrow, and Gorzelanny sounded like the happiest guy in the world. You know, from here. We’ve always liked him. He was really good a couple years ago, and then he got off-track. But like I said, [special assistant] Dave Littlefield feels he’s back on the path of where he was. Hopefully, it will be a good trade for both. You have to have some empathy for how the Pirates have to trade a lot of good players. Except if he’s pitching against us, you won’t want to root against Kevin Hart.