The deadline has passed. Moves have been made. Games will be played.
Have at it.
Friday, July 31st, 2009
Victor Martinez and Casey Kotchman (and Justin Masterson and Adam LaRoche) are presumably en route, David Ortiz is still keeping quiet, and J.D. Drew is nursing a strained groin. So the Sox are a team in flux tonight as they visit the Orioles. Here's hoping John Smoltz helps us forget about that guy from Toronto who just lost 40 percent of his value (according to Buster Olney).
As a bonus, we may see the big-league debut of Josh Reddick, the promising outfield prospect from AA, in town to replace LaRoche.
Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yanks have acquired Jerry Hairston. Sometimes it's the small moves that put you over the top. In this case, we're talking a big move. Follow the math. Hairston is blah, whatever. But this means that Cody Ransom is likely heading out. As I so painstakingly taught my fifth grade class this year, if you subtract a negative number, you're actually going in the positive direction. The more negative the number you subtract, the more positive the move! It's a shockingly difficult concept to teach, actually.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweets.
1:02 (my time) – Ed Price retweets: Source: "Looks good" for Victor Martinez to #RedSox, confirming @BNightengale report
1:07 — Joel Sherman says the Rays were the only other pursuer and they were out of it days ago.
1:13 — Rosenthal and Morosi say the Sox are "on the verge," and that it's a "straight up" two-team deal.
1:16 — Sherman's "gut" says it's Buchholz, and on SOSH, this post, presumably from someone watching NESN:
Gammons sent a text to Merloni saying it is just about done. Buchholz. Ugh.
The Indians' exact return is not known, but the Red Sox did not include either right-hander Clay Buchholz nor right-hander Daniel Bard in the deal, according to a source.
1:34 — MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo says Nick Hagadone may be part of the deal.
1:39 — Mayo says Masterson also included. Did the Sox just get Martinez without giving up Buchholz or Bowden??
1:40 — Heyman says deal is done, Buchholz not included.
1:47 — Mayo's got the source here apparently, as he says Sox and Tribe are still looking at names to add to the deal.
1:50 — Heyman confirms Masterson is included.
1:54 — Nightengale says the deal is to be announced shortly.
1:56 — Meanwhile, Mike Silva at NYBaseballDigest says that with the Martinez deal in place, Adam LaRoche is likely headed to the Mets.
1:58 — Nightengale says deal is done.
1:59 — Heyman tweets the Sox are now "shopping" LaRoche, and that the Braves are interested.
2:10 — MLBTradeRumors via Twitter says Verducci on MLB Network named Bryan Price as another piece going to Cleveland.
2:19 — Ed Price says LaRoche is headed to Atlanta.
2:25 — NESN reports it's for Casey Kotchman. Surely he's part of another trade, right? Never mind. Upon further review, Kotchman should provide some good late-inning defensive help.
2:41 — Nightengale: Kotchman is staying put in Boston. They love him off the bench.
With that, I think we can close this round of updates and start a new post for any new trades in the next 18 minutes.
An incredibly frank interview with Bronson Arroyo in this morning's Herald:
Bronson Arroyo, a 2003 Red Sox teammate of Favid Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, said yesterday he would not be shocked to discover his name on the list of 104 major league ballplayers who tested positive in the spring of 2003 for using performance-enhancing drugs.
His reason may shed light on what may have happened to Ortiz in 2003, as well.
Back then, Arroyo said via phone from Cincinnati, he was using both androstenedione, which was not banned until the 2004 season, and amphetamines, which were not banned until 2006.
The only reason Arroyo stopped using andro was because he heard through the grapevine that, because of lax production standards, some andro was laced with known steroids, such as Winstrol. …
“Before 2004, none of us paid any attention to anything we took,” said the Reds starter. “Now they don’t want us to take anything unless it’s approved. But back then, who knows what was in stuff? The FDA wasn’t regulating stuff, not unless it was killing people or people were dying from it.”
Arroyo, who pitched for the Red Sox from 2003-05, said he began taking andro after 1998, when he finished his Double-A season with the Pirates. He loved the effect.
To the Blue Jays:
For Roy Halladay, Alex Rios (and his contract)
For Adrian Gonzalez
Nomah chimes in with an odd take on the 103 names:
"It's just this list that was supposed to be anonymous," Garciaparra
said. "And if that was a mess and it's not anonymous, then how much can
you believe it? It was a joke, if you really know the way we went
through it. It was supposed to be anonymous, and now it's not? Then
what is and what isn't? It's unfortunate."
The infielder, who
spent seven and a half years with the Red Sox between 1996 and 2003,
expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the idea that names from the
list are slowly but surely being leaked.
Garciaparra cast doubt
on the method employed to obtain the 103 names on the list, suggesting
that some players opted not to take the test in order to purposely fail
the test. The players assumed that doing so would increase the number
of positive tests and therefore require PED testing throughout
"There were literally guys who said, 'I'm not taking
it. Go ahead and put me positive because I want the number to be above
[the requirement to warrant steroid testing in baseball],' because they
wanted steroid testing," he said.
He said that now, those
players will look like they tested positive for steroid when, in fact,
they essentially lied in order to implement steroid testing where it
I spent all of ninth grade not doing homework because I wanted my teachers to implement a stricter homework policy. I played Warrant really loud in my room because I wanted everyone outside to hear it so they would spread the word about how awful Warrant was. I stand in the doorway of subway cars because I want to emphasize how dickish a move that is so that others will not follow my lead. I have severe coffee breath because I want others to know that halitosis is a serious problem that affects those close to them.
Who knows? Maybe this is true. And maybe we should move on. The Truth is not coming out anytime soon.
h/t rootbeerfloat for the link
Could the Roy Halladay rumor mill be any more ridiculous?
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
We all know Papi talked about those Dominican milkshakes, and how he stopped drinking them once he found out they might have been laced. But what if Papi got to Boston and just couldn't kick the frappe habit? Everyone loves Friendly's, right? It's a New England staple. We can only imagine the allure of a late-night Fribble. You hit a game-winner, and all you want is a metal cannister filled with milk and ice cream, whipped into a thick, frothy drink. It's just too bad Papi wasn't paying attention to their product tie-in back in 2003.
That's what the AL East leaders are going to be, now that the Yanks have gotten Halladay. And for nobody off the Major League roster either, at first glance. Link to come.*
I admit to having some mixed emotions about the outing of Ortiz. My first reaction was one of immense sadness, in part for the illusion that perhaps the man most responsible for ending the 86-year championship drought was really clean, despite all the skepticism surrounding that idea, and in part for Ortiz himself, who is by all accounts a wonderful person who is now going to experience some of the worst few days of his life.
My second reaction, however, is a deep and resounding apathy.
This is going to sound convenient, coming as it does now, but my ambivalence on steroids and PEDs has really grown over the course of the last year.
I think a lot of it has to do with the outraged moralization from the sportswriters. It's so over the top that my natural reaction has been to push against it. A lot of it also has to do with the fact that PEDs have been used and abused in baseball since the early 1900s, leading me to believe that there really is no "PED Era," except insofar as the specific type of PEDs has changed over time. And this has provided me a measure of peace in the fact that this is how it has always been, and probably, to some extent, how it will always be. The records, the HOFers, the great players — they were still great, both in the context of their era and throughout history.
Would I have enjoyed David Ortiz beating the Yankees in 2004 any more if he had been clean (and maybe he was, for all we know)? No. I still cherish those memories, and I always will. Do I root against A-Rod any harder now because he's a steroid user? No. Others might answer "yes" to these questions, and they are likely a good deal sadder today than I.
Ultimately, this sport is something we use to entertain ourselves, divert our minds from the cares and worries of the world. Why do we insist on turning it into something else to worry about? I'm going to enjoy the game, and acknowledge that it's played by flawed humans who do not live up to our hopes and dreams for them.
If I were at Fenway Park today, I would stand and cheer when David Ortiz's name was announced for the first time. This revelation does not change who he is. It does not change what he did.
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results. …
The information about Ramirez and Ortiz emerged through interviews with multiple lawyers and others connected to the pending litigation. The lawyers spoke anonymously because the testing information is under seal by a court order. The lawyers did not identify which drugs were detected.
Unlike Ramirez, who recently served a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy, Ortiz had not previously been linked to performance-enhancing substances.
Scott Boras, the agent for Ramirez, did not respond to telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment.
Asked about the 2003 drug test on Thursday in Boston, Ortiz shrugged. “I’m not talking about that anymore,” he said. “I have no comment.”
Of course, that's not entirely true. Ortiz has linked himself to performance-enhancing drugs in the past, saying he discontinued use of a Dominican protein shake that may have, unbeknownst to him, contained banned substances.
Still, this sucks.
It's also the first time Ramirez has been tied to PEDs while a member of the Red Sox, though that's not particularly surprising either.