One of these guys was always overvalued at rotisserie drafts. The other guy probably still is.
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
It may not be rational, but yesterday's poor start by Brad Penny, his second in three appearances, convinces me the Sox need to go after Roy Halladay. Meanwhile, the market for Victor Martinez appears almost nonexistent. Could the Sox actually acquire both? Probably not, but you never know. Maybe a three-way? Theo loves his three-ways! Ok, that didn't come out exactly right.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Heading into their game against the Angels on June 10th, the Rays sat two games under .500 having just dropped two of three to the Yanks and the first game of their series against the Halos, finding themselves six back of division-leading Boston. They beat Anaheim that night to kick off a six-game win streak and have compiled a 26-15 mark since, which includes last night’s defeat of CC and the Yanks on the back of Scott Kazmir to help them keep close pace at only 6.5 out of first-place held by the rather torrid Yankees.
Tonight, Matt Garza gets the rock while Joba Chamberlain goes for the series win for the Bombers. Joba has been dealing in his last two starts, allowing just two earned runs over just shy of 14 innings. Garza’s Rays have lost both of his starts this year against New York, but he is coming off a stellar outing against the Jays.
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Here's what Joel Sherman says about the Yanks and Roy Halladay:
A person close to the Steinbrenner family said that Cashman has not even asked permission to expand the 2009 payroll nor is there anticipation that ownership would allow a significant financial increase now. This is pertinent because the Yankees do believe that the Red Sox have put Clay Buchholz into a trade offer for Halladay and that Boston just might get the ace righty. …
As of early this afternoon, the Yankees also had engaged in no extensive talks with the Mariners for Jarrod Washburn. The Mariners had yet to request any players from the Yankees.
Either due to high financial costs or because their scouting reports are not overly favorable, the Yanks also are not pursuing Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo, or Arizona's Doug Davis and Jon Garland.
So the Yankees are doing basically nothing this trade deadline? I don't find this entirely believable.
Ken Rosenthal and others are reporting that the Indians and Phillies have agreed on a deal that sends Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to Philly for a prospect package. Philadelphia gets its front-line starter and now there is one fewer team in the Halladay sweepstakes. Call it a hunch, but I think Halladay is heading to Boston or the Bronx before the deadline.
Craig Calcaterra notes the relationship between the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka might be souring:
A day after Dice-K declared the Red Sox' training methods as the reason for his injuries
(no word on whether he blamed them for his second chin and inability to
throw a pitch down the middle), the team is striking back. And, as is
the custom in Boston, they're doing it through the media. First, Tony Massarotti hits him,
relaying that the team is "downright angry" at him, and that "the truth
is that the Red Sox were tired of Matsuzaka's high-maintenance act a
long time ago, but they kept their mouths shut and put up with it
because Matsuzaka won games."
Then Dan Shaugnessy,
who has long been a trusted messenger for the Sox, says "the Sox are
steamed. Matsuzaka talked out of turn, infuriated his bosses and his
teammates, and unwittingly took the focus away from Hall of Famer Jim
Rice on the night the slugger's number was retired . . . It is
reasonable to wonder if Matsuzaka will pitch again for the Sox this
season. Or ever."
Meanwhile, the relationship between the Yanks and Kei Igawa has never been stronger. Reports are Yanks officials are so happy with his minor league record, they're thinking of calling him up to do mop up work in a blow-out game in September. Yanks management believes the huge bid it took to negotiate with Igawa was worth it. It is believed that American minor league baseball has never been as popular as it is now in Japan.
Should Nick Green have bunted last night with nobody out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the 11th inning?
My initial reaction to these sorts of questions is always no. Don't give up the out. And for the Red Sox, that's almost always the correct answer, which is why you see the Sox bunting so infrequently. But Green presents a different situation in that, for the Red Sox, he is a uniquely bad hitter. The following is reprinted from what I wrote in the game thread below.
What have we learned in the last 15 hours or so?
- When "Rob Bradford" posts from a Twitter account that he's never used before, delivering a scoop in which the Sox acquire one of the most sought-after pitchers of the deadline for seemingly nothing, it might not be Rob Bradford.
- The Sox didn't offer Buchholz, Bowden and Westmoreland, per se, to Toronto, but they did offer Buchholz, one of Bowden/Masterson/Anderson and lesser prospects, Gordon Edes said in a revision to his earlier report, one which the Sox and Jays both denied.
- Buchholz is no longer untouchable, but Daniel Bard and Casey Kelly are.
- The Sox remain most focused on offense, despite their offer for Halladay, according to Jon Heyman.
I suspect that we will learn more in the next 15 hours, yet still know exactly the same thing: Nothing.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
There was a rumor that lasted about 10 minutes on mlbtraderumors just now. The Sox and Indians were on the verge of deal that would have sent Cliff Lee to Boston for three prospects. Rob Bradford twittered it. Or so we thought he did. Turns out that it wasn't Bradford who sent out the rumor into the Internet space field. Someone hacked into the poor reporter's Twitter account. Truth, as we know it, is changing.
We should remember the slippery nature of truth and fact as we watch the Yanks and Rays tonight. Or rather, we should expect our basic assumptions to be challenged. How amazing would it be if tonight a tall right-hander went to the mound instead of CC Sabathia. And how mind-boggling would it be if we all learned that Roy Halladay was that pitcher and he had been traded to the Yanks. Michael Kay read out the line-up and we noticed Melky Cabrera's absence. "Yep, the Yanks and Blue Jays completed a deal this afternoon. Melky is no longer on the Yanks. He was traded in a straight swap for Roy Halladay, tonight's pitcher."
Instead, we have this hacked into reality: the Nothing New. Instead we get Sabathia (he used to be new but he's now kind of boring) vs. Kazmir. Try to enjoy reality if you can.
I love the trade deadline. Every year, I get excited (as the post below probably indicates) about all the possibilities — trades that could hapen, would never happen, should happen and finally do happen. It's a thrilling time. Wrapped up in it is the idea that in one day, with one move, your team could drastically change its fortunes.
The Sox are always big deadline players, although they don't always make a deal. But when they do, it's usually noteworthy: In 2004, they traded Nomar Garciaparra in a four-way deal that brought back Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkewicz. In 2007, they traded prospects for Eric Gagne. Last year, they dumped petulant megastar Manny Ramirez in another three-way trade that brought back Jason Bay — an impressive return, even moreso given the circumstances.
The rumors fly, and you never know what to believe, but that doesn't stop us from devouring everything we can — such as this report from Gordon Edes, who says the Sox have offered Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden and Ryan Westmoreland for Roy Halladay.
That's a pretty strong offer, as MLBTradeRumors says, if it's true. I have a hard time believing the Sox are really that interested in Halladay. More likely, it's a bit of Toronto misinformation, trying to get better offers from teams outside their division.
Source: WBZ's Dan Roche says this report is bunk.
Speculation really heated up yesterday over the Red Sox' alleged pursuit of an impact arm or bat as the trade deadline approaches. The Sox were tied to all three major names out there, in varying degrees of seriousness.
Monday, July 27th, 2009
I think there’s trouble brewin’. Beast action: James Shields hasn’t had fared well against the Bombers, who have a 139 TOPS against the right-hander. He squares off at the Trop against the Yankees who send Allan James Burnett. A.J. has done quite well against the Rays over his career and has struck out more Devil Fish than any other opponent.
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