Trade Deadline News


We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax.         

Whitey Herzog         

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It’s been a while since I’ve written about sports.  I think the last time I did was during the Stanley cup, just before the finals.  Well there’s a number of things going on out there, and I think it’s time I revisited the world of sports.  In particular the MLB trading deadline.         

Adam Dunn

 

Now, when you’re in the middle of a pennant race,  and one of your star pitchers gets hurt like Jake Peavy did,  it just makes sense to go out and get a starting pitcher at the deadline.  Just like the Chicago White Sox did, when they got Edwin Jackson from the D-backs for a rook and a their top prospect.  You don’t do much in the way of trading away your future, and you get someone who can give you innings as a starter, who has decent stuff, and can get guys out.  Ya, Jackson has a high ERA, over 5 I believe, and he walks a lot of guys, but he isn’t too bad, so Ozzie Guillen should not have too much of an issue getting some good innings out of him.  The White Sox pitchers don’t walk too many guys, so maybe whatever the White Sox Pitching coach is doing there will help Edwin Jackson out.         

For all that I said above,  the rumor du jour says Jackson isn’t finished moving, and should not unpack in Chicago.  The White Sox may try to  move Jackson to the Nationals for Adam Dunn.  Dunn has improved his batting average each of the last three years, and is on pace for his highest career batting average, and is one of the leagues better power hitters, averaging 40 home runs a year over the last 6 years and looking like he will make it to that average again this year.          

Now the move is no guarantee, since the White Sox have already given up their top farm guy, a pitcher by the name of Dan Hudson, and would only be willing to make the deal if they don’t have to trade away any more of their farm, on top of sending Jackson to the Nats to get him.  Stay tuned to the MLB to keep up with all the up to the minute details on all the deals going down.         

Then there is the deal the Nats already made, trading away their closer, Matt Capps to the Twins for catching prospect Willie Ramos.  The Twins, with Mauer, their all star catcher, don’t really need Ramos anytime soon, and being in need of a closer, this was an easy trade for the Twins to make.  Must’ve been slightly harder for the Nationals.  Capps really is a very good closer.  He was one of only 2 bright spots for the Pirates last year, before he was traded to the Nats, the other being Andrew McCutchen…         

Enough about the Nationals.  Let’s talk about the Big Money.  Da Yankees.  They make me ask a question.         

Why?         

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I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball. In boxing, your fist usually stops when you hit a man, but its possible to hit so hard that your fist doesn’t stop. I try to follow through in the same way. The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.         

Babe Ruth         

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Austin Kearns

 

         

I can almost see the need to pick up an Austin Kearns.  He hits lefties and righties at about the same rate, .250 for lefties, .278 for righties, not great but respectable, you could always use another bat off of the bench, and it only costs you a player to be named later, or cash? No sweat.  But I have to ask, why Lance Berkman?  The man has lost a step, he is not hitting like he used to, his average has been dipping the last few years, his power numbers are dropping.         

And he, I am guessing from everything I’ve heard loves playing in Texas.  He was born and raised there, played his college ball at Rice University, in Houston, was drafted by and has played his entire career for the Houston Astros.  So we know he fits in well there.  Now he had a list of teams he wanted to be traded to, and apparently the top one was the Yankees, so apparently he does want to win rather than just play out the string in Houston.  The man wants a ring, and putting the Yankees on your short list for a trade is a good way to get that ring.  That much I like.       

Now how well does he fit in with the Yankees as a player? We have a first baseman, Mark Teixeira, so no go there.  He would obviously play the DH role, but what does that do? It means you bench whatever regular player you were thinking of giving the half day off to, because it has been, for those who aren’t Yankee fans, the practice of Yankee manager Joe Girardi to give his stars half days off by putting them in at DH.  He’s spelled Jeter, A-Rod, and Posada that way when those guys got nicked up or just needed a little rest.        

 

Get Berkman and you lose that, and get in return a $14,000,000 dollar contract with a 34 year old player on the downside of his career. As much as Berkman may still be a force… in Houston, I don’t know that that matters in New York.  But one thing is for sure, we’ll find out what happens.  He’s a Yankee now, like it or not.         

Ok, Lance can play outfield too, he has plenty of experience out there.  And he’s a very good outfielder.  Gotta grant him that much. And maybe those faltering numbers of his will improve in the bandbox that is Yankee stadium.         

And maybe he fits in just fine here in the big city, too!        

Good Luck Lance,  I hope this works out for both you and the Yankees. You’re one of us now.  Welcome to the Club!         

The other deals?  Not really big news.  Oswalt is not the same guy he was a few years ago, and the Phillies found that out during his start yesterday.  Miguel Tejada? He can help the Padres sow up the NL west, but they had that more or less anyway. Same type of deal with Cristian Guzman signing with the Rangers in the AL Central.   I don’t know that Podsednik in L.A. is that big of a deal.  I like Scotty Pods, but the Dodgers will need more than him to make up the 7 games they are down to the Padres.         

But there is talk of  Joe Torre and the Dodgers going after Ted Lilly, and they really could use the pitching help out in L.A.  John Ely and Vinny Padilla aren’t getting the job done out there, and that is why the Lilly deal makes sense for the Dodgers.         

And on that note, I am done.  Have a good night America, and LET’S GO YANKEES!

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