Well, this is shaping up to be one of the quieter trade deadlines in recent memory. Nevertheless, as I have done every year on this blog, I’ll be here all afternoon to give you hasty reactions to each trade as they happen. Newest trades will be on top
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Boston dumps Manny Ramirez, cash on the Dodgers for Pirates OF Jason Bay. Pirates receive Andy LaRoche, Bryan Morris, Craig Hansen, and Brandon Moss
Sigh. Yet more confirmation of Ned Colletti’s severe case of big-name-itis and Frank McCourt’s mad quest to acquire as many members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox as he possibly can. The Dodgers are weakening their defense terribly. Manny is the worst defensive left fielder in all of baseball by virtually every measure there is. And it is not even all that close. The short left field in Fenway was just about the only park in the majors where he was even serviceble. Now the Dodgers have huge defensive holes at third, short, second, and left. Not to mention the huge logjam in the Dodgers outfield being made even worse. If the Dodgers play anything other than Manny-Kemp-Ethier most of the time, this deal doesn’t really even help anything. But you know that Torre is going to be sorely tempted to run Andruw Jones and Juan Pierre out there as much as he possibly can.
As for Boston, this is an insanely good deal. It is ridiculous that they got JASON BAY, who is locked up through 2009 for just Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss (and Manny). Those are two guys they didn’t even want!
As for the Pirates, this has to be a bit of a disappointment. LaRoche has a chance to be good, but this is not anywhere near the return you would have expected for a year and a half of Jason Bay.
Reds ship Griffey Jr to the White Sox for P Nick Masset and 2B Danny Richar
This is a pretty baffling trade for the White Sox, one which smacks of big-name-itis and favorite player obsession. Griffey can still hit a bit, and of course both 1B Paul Konerko and CF Nick Swisher are struggling at the plate this season, so playing Griffey in center can allow Ozzie Guillen to bench one or the other with Swisher either sliding over to 1B or riding the pine, but Griffey is not *that* much of an improvement over Swisher, and playing him in center is just asking for another groin pull or hamstring tear. Not a bad deal for the Reds though, as they get out from under Griffey’s salary and buyout to an extent (splitting them with the Sox), and they also get Masset, who is a mediocre but usable swingman, and Richar, who is only 25 and was once heralded as the future 2B of the ChiSox, and may yet become at least a handy piece of the bench or something.
Mariners trade Arthur Rhodes to the Marlins for minor league P Gaby Hernandez
Meh. The Marlins already had a pretty decent bullpen (4th in the league in bullpen ERA), so this is just adding a tiny extra piece. Plus, Arthur Rhodes is old and has only pitched 22 innings this year, so he’s likely to wear down and pitch not quite as well down the stretch. But it does let them get the ball out of Taylor Tankersley’s hands and let him try to rebuild his shattered psyche down at AAA. Gaby Hernandez is a B-grade prospect, but that is not a bad return for a Mariners squad that is always in need of pitching and which was going nowhere this year.