Somewhere, in a vast wilderness where cell phones signals go to die and there is no SportsCenter, Crane is feeling a psychic wave of untold joy and relief. That’s because the trade deadline has passed and Roy Halladay stayed in Toronto. Hey, Riccardi, thanks for playing with the heads of Jays’ fans these last few weeks! There’s a special place in hell for GMs like you – right beside John Ferguson Jr.
It’s been a busy few days. Let’s put all the nonsense of PEDs and Papi behind us and concentrate on the actual game of baseball baseball transactions. If your fave player left on a jet plane today for another team and you don’t know when he’ll be back again (hint: check the team schedule), I’m sorry to hear that. On the other hand, if your team has been injected with newfound playoff hope, congratulations! Hope that works out for you guys! Unless you like the Red Sox, and then…you know how I feel.
Let’s start with the blessed Red Sox, shall we? They added some muscle to their lineup today in the form of Victor Martinez.
Sorry, wrong Victor Martinez.
Dreams of a replacement for beleagered Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang were completely effing destroyed when Seattle dealt Jarrod Washburn to Detroit for Luke French and a minor-league prospect.
The Jays were not completely useless today. Scott Rolen – who asked to be traded for personal reasons (hmmm…) – is off to Cincinnati in exchange for Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.
Yes, Twins fans, that’s your new shortstop Orlando Cabrera. You gave up a minor league shortstop to Oakland for him.
So Jake Peavy finally agreed to go to the Chicago White Sox. There’s just one problem – dude’s on the DL. He says he should be ready by the end of August. Before his ankle injury, he was 3.97 in 13 starts. Now is that really so bad when you pitch for the Padres?
Oh, and check out who the White Sox gave up…
That young lad is Clayton Richard. This leftie has a 4.65 ERA and 66 strikeouts. And has nice eyes. He is now in San Diego along with three other young pitchers – Dexter Carter, Aaron Poreda and Adam Russell.
Finally, the Yankees guaranteed a virtual lock for the World Series by acquiring Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Cincinnati Reds for a minor league prospect. Yeah, that’s the sarcasm talking.
Wrong uni, I know, but just look at those eyebrows!
The trade deadline has passed! We can breathe again. Now let’s get out there and play ball.
P.S. Foodie Friday will be back next week – promise!