Some info on Herrera:
Carton of course is being a complete ass and moron as always...best thing about Boomer is that he calls Carton out on his stupidity and hypocrisy constantly. And though I know Carton is a clown and isn't talented enough not to have to have some kind of schtick, he could at least do a little research...he keeps referring to Herrera as a shortstop. He's a friggin' second baseman you bonehead! Everyone seems to know this by now, except for you!
But anyway, Idiot is bitching about the Mets waving the white flag. Like I said, I know he's a clown, but what the hell did he want the Mets to do, do everything in their power to try to win 75 games? The point of that being what exactly?
Herrera is 19 years old and will be 20 at the start of next season, where he'll be playing in A+ ball. Maybe by the end of the 2014 or a little earlier, he'll be in Binghamton. In 2015 (he'll be 21), hopefully he finds his way into AAA ball, or at the very least, has a strong full season in AA. 2016 (he'll be 22), maybe he's a solid AAA player and, depending on where the Mets are at that point, either figures into the 2016 or 2017 Mets and beyond, or has had a strong enough minor-league career that he's made himself a nice trade chip. The good thing is even if his development is on the slow-but-steady side, it's hard to imagine he'll be older than 24 by the time he's considered to be ready, but it also means this is one of those deals that will take a long time to pan out...and even if it doesn't, it was well worth the risk.
At any rate, the fact that Carton is actually criticizing this deal is laughable and embarrassing, even for him. Buck's only reasons for remaining here through the end of the season were to give d'Arnaud a little rest (with all of the games d'Arnaud missed, does he really need that much of it, even if he is a catcher?), and to help mentor d'Arnaud. As for Byrd, goes back to what I said before...is it that friggin' important to win a few more games with Byrd? Maybe Sandy could've gotten slightly more back had he moved Byrd earlier, but I really don't know how much more.