Trade Deadline Special
I’m going to take a break from the usual weekly update and focus on something a little different this week. The Major League trade deadline was Thursday afternoon, and over the previous week, there have been some major moves. A number of contenders improved their team through trades. I thought this would be a great opportunity to take a look at some of these trades and what their potential impact could be.
New York Yankees:
Brian Cashman’s been busy this week. Over the weekend, Cashman worked out a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for Xavier Nady and Damasao Marte. The Yanks sent a package of prospects including Jose Tabata and Daniel McCutchen. This trade should bolster the Yankees outfield and provide a potent right handed bat to the lineup. Marte should fit nicely in the Yankees bullpen, finally giving them the quality left handed reliever they’ve sought for years.
The Yankees also pulled off a stunner of a trade by sending reliever Kyle Farnsworth to the Detroit Tigers for catcher Ivan Rodriguez. This is another big improvement for the Yankees, adding yet another quality right handed bat to the lineup while also providing strong defensive skills behind the plate. This should minimize some of the pain the Yankees were feeling with Jorge Posada being out, opting to have surgery on his shoulder and effectively ending his season. This was a great move by the Yankees, trading Farnsworth at his peek value to acquire a badly needed veteran catcher.
The Boston Red Sox:
Manny Ramirez was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Red Sox will be getting Jason Bay from the Pirates and will be sending Chris Hansen and top outfield prospect, Brandon Moss to the Pirates. In terms of production, Manny for Bay is a wash. But the Red Sox did have to part with one of their better prospects and still have to pick up the tab for Manny’s contract. It’s a move that makes sense for the Red Sox in 2009, but did little to improve the team in 2008 other than perhaps improve improving chemistry in the clubhouse.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox received future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. from the Cincinnati Reds in return for right-handed pitcher Nick Masset and Minor League second baseman Danny Richar. This move will undoubtedly improve the White Sox and should help them put some distance between them and the second place Minnesota Twins. It’s unclear if Griffey will be in the outfield or in the DH slot, but either way, his presence will help this team.
Kyle Farnsworth. WTF were they thinking? I think there’s a gas leak in the GM’s office. That’s the only explanation for the Farnsworth/Rodriguez trade and the contract they gave to Dontrelle Willis before the season.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels won the Mark Tiexiera sweepstakes by sending Casey Kotchman and a minor league pitcher to the Braves. The Angels were already considered by many to be the best all-around team in baseball. Adding Tex makes the team that much more deadly. This will improve defense in the infield and add some pop to the lineup. A brilliant move.
Posted originally: 2008-08-05 01:26:20