Friday, December 19, 2008

Card Spotlight: 12-19-08

1997 Finest #259 - Jaime Navarro

I received this card in a recent trade with Payton. It's everything a card should be. It's shiny, bright, with good stock. Only... it makes me laugh.

The card itself is a beautiful addition to my collection. There is no doubt about that. The prospect of Jaime Navarro being one of the White Sox organization's "Finest Acquisitions" makes me bust a gut!

Maybe, it's because in the three years that Navarro was on the South Side, he won no more than 9 games in a season. The least amount of games that he lost in a season with the Sox? 13.

1997: 9-14, 5.79 ERA
1998: 8-16, 6.36 ERA
1999: 8-13, 6.09 ERA

I expected great things from Jaime Navarro when he came over from the Cubs. He was outstanding with the Cubs. He plain sucked with the White Sox.

Despite this, he netted two big acquisitions that helped the White Sox take the AL Central Division in 2000, the year after he left. Cal Eldred and Jose Valentin. Still, his $20 million dollar four year contract could have been spent more wisely. At the time, he looked like he was worth it.

1 comment:

PunkRockPaint said...

They really should have titled these cards:

Finest brand baseball cards presents : Acquisitions.

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