This makes about as much sense as the Liriano trade.
Are you guys maybe making this more complicated than it really is? The guy sulked publicly about the trade to begin with. Then he showed up last spring in less than optimal condition. He earned a demotion, big time, despite the patience of his employer. He continued to perform poorly in AAA, almost comically poor, and got sent home early. He came back, looking trim and ready, but then it got windy, and he let us all know it "is out of my hands".
So yeah, they "didn't like the guy". More accurately, they like others better. They like Meyer, May, Darnell, Johnson, and Gilmartin better as starters in Rochester. They like Tonkin, Olivares, Pressly, Guerra, Hoffman, Thompson, and Ibarra better as relievers down there, apparently.
So, yeah, it was a personnel decision, and not a complicated one at that in my view. He became a commodity with no significant value over the masses in AAA.
Edited by birdwatcher, 25 March 2014 - 06:51 PM.