MLB Trade Deadline Thoughts

J.P. Ricciardi is a moron. I really can’t believe that he couldn’t get a deal done for Roy Halladay. The Jays need prospects much more than they need an ace they can’t properly support. By being stubborn and uncooperative he has sunk the team’s best chance of being competitive a few years down the road. Another bone-headed move by a truly terrible general manager. I wasn’t particularly clear why Toronto hired him in the first place, and I really don’t understand why they have kept him around for as long as they have. I’m not convinced that the Jays can compete with the Red Sox and Yankees at the best of times, but they certainly won’t with him in charge.

Strange deal in Chicago today. Jake Peavy wound up with the White Sox after rejecting a deal earlier in the season. I’m not sure why either side was thrilled by this move. San Diego got less this time than they had on the table before, and Chicago gets a pitcher that won’t be ready to pitch until the end of August at the earliest. I guess I don’t hate the deal for either side. I’m just surprised.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are the worst franchise in sports, and there is now no way to dispute that. Just look at the players they have dealt in the last week – all-star second baseman Freddy Sanchez, shortstop Jack Wilson, starters Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny, and reliever John Grabow. That’s five roster players in three deals. Add in everyone else they have sent away in the last year starting with Xavier Nady and Jason Bay at this time last year and you have a team that has essentially given up. They have very little of note on their major league roster anymore, and though they have all sorts of prospects through these trades, few of them are blue chippers, and the future with them is uncertain and distant. This team hasn’t made the playoffs since Barry Bonds was skinny, and it will be a long, long time until they do it again. Pathetic.

Jarrod Washburn to the Tigers – love it. Good deal for both teams, and a fair price. The same goes for the deal that saw Orlando Cabrera land in Minnesota. The stretch drive in the AL Central couldn’t be more intriguing.

The thing I find interesting about trade deadlines in any sports is how every year a solid player is suddenly portrayed as a must-have megastar. This year that was Cleveland’s Victor Martinez. Don’t get me wrong – Martinez is a nice player. I just don’t think he is worth the frenzy that happened as he ultimately landed in Boston. He’s a solid bat, but he’s very streaky. As a catcher he’s a defensive liability – my grandmother could steal a base on him. He’s a switch hitter, but he’s far from the same hitter from both sides. He’s a nice piece, but the hype was crazy for him, and I think Boston overpaid for him. The fate of the Red Sox will not be determined by the addition of Martinez. The Indians, on the other hand, did a pretty decent job of getting good value for their key assets in Martinez and Lee.

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