Ok...I take it back! Don't trade Riley! Especially not for Ramon Nivar!
Drat. Too late.
I'm honestly surprised that they sold Riley so cheap. Even though I've advocated shopping him, the idea was to get someone to bite on his upside, maybe throw in Julio or another bullpen arm, and get a legit prospect back.
Nivar does not fit that bill. He's 25, and so could theoretically have some upside, but I don't really see it. He was not highly regarded until a surprising breakout year in 2003 at AA and AAA, and was terrible in 2004 at AAA. He was just ok in 2002 repeating A ball at Charlotte, after being dreadful in 2001. So basically, he's had one good year (and even that wasn't terribly impressive), which goes against the grain of his whole career otherwise. The very best-case scenario is that he turns into a decent multipositional backup for OF/2B. But more likely, he'll be a AAA regular for the next 5 years before retiring.
So essentially, we gave Riley away for AAA depth.
Editor's Note: I think this John Hart quote says it all:``He's youthful, left-handed and has a good arm. He's a player we can look at in the present,'' Rangers general manager John Hart said. ``When you have a chance to trade a utility player to get a youthful left-handed starter, that's a deal you have to make.''