Has it really been four years since Paul Lo Duca became an ex-Dodger? In retrospect it's a great trade, but it also likely signaled the beginning of the end for GM Paul DePodesta.
Now SportsHubLA has dissected the infamous transaction: 07.31.04 Revisited: Looking Back at the LoDuca/Penny Deal. They sensibly conclude:
Forget that the presence of Lo Duca would’ve blocked Russell Martin’s development, and Guillermo Mota’s flameout, and that Finley was gotten for a song. Critics of the trade have never confronted the salient question, which is this: In cutting ties with an aging free agent catcher in favor of a young Top 20 starter entering his prime, isn’t it just possible that Paul DePodesta had enough foresight to recognize a 2008 spreadsheet opportunity when he saw it in 2004? Isn’t it foolish to pass judgment on a long-term move in the short-term? And isn’t it senseless to treat “character” and “leadership” as if they’re static features, especially when you’re talking about 25-year-old jocks?
The article also scores bonus points for containing the phrase "colossal wankers."