The new regime in Boston made their first player move this week, dealing Josh Reddick and 2 minor leaguers to Oakland for two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and versatile outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
Bailey has had some arm issues in the past, appearing in fewer games and throwing fewer innings with each successive season since his 2009 debut. But when he has played he has been pretty much lights out, posting a sub-1.000 WHIP, a 206 ERA+, and a 3.55 K/BB over those 3 seasons.
As for Sweeney, the 26-year old outfielder can apparently play all three OF positions well and has better offensive numbers pretty much across the board than the 24-year old Reddick (+35 points in BA and +52 points in OBP, though -38 points in SLG).
While there is nothing earth-shattering here, and I don't know enough about the minor leaguers dealt to assess that portion of the deal, it would seem this is a pretty good move for Boston, with an apparent upgrade in the 3rd or 4th OF position and the filling of a big gap left by Papelbon's departure at relatively low cost.
Here's to hoping that Bailey's numbers have been massively inflated by pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum…
Alex Rodriguez’ knee-mending in Dusseldorf did not involve any banned substances. What ticks me off is that the Germans knew this three years ago but he’s only now getting it fixed, even though the only downside is that his trick knee won’t tell him if there’s a rain a-comin’ anymore. That and the concern that every time he has to leg out a single he might run straight into Poland.
Melancon seems like a decent addition at first glance. Then I got bored. And Punto… well, I guess he knows how to win or something, though he may have helped the Cardinals win a Series last year mostly by staying out of the lineup for the greater part of the season. I started to dig some math to describe the Punto factor, but then I got bored. Then I tried to think of a headline. And got bored.
This off-season, the Yankees brass have yet to sign any Once-In-A-Generation sluggers to Rodriguean money, and no Yankee batsman has been implemented in a Rodriguean PED scandal. No Yankee player has ended up exposed in a spread in the society pages. Since Freddy, no pitcher of significance have been signed by the Bombers, foreign or domestic. The Yankees aren’t mentioned anywhere on the front page of mlbtraderumors.com. No trades have been offered to only be rejected by a power-mad commissioner. Okay, wrong sport, but what a sham of a racket the NBA has become.
Joe Girardi, a man who looks like he could bring some serious Sergeant Hulka rage to the party, has yet to say he hates anyone. Rather, he occupies his time by joining Robi Cano in helping with a food drive and when asked about the topic of expanded instant replay — which practically every sentient being in the universe supports — took the controversial position of, “I’m with you fellas.”
“I don’t want to waste valuable time talking about the Yankees.” Bobby V then went on a bit longer not talking about them by saying how he talked to Joe Girardi and used to love the Yankees before discovering his hatred for them, then moved onto other topics not Yankee-related.
There are lots of rumors surrounding both of our teams right now. The Yankees are being linked to Hiroki Kuroda, Gio Gonzalez and John Danks. The Sox are making a push for a Wagner College's own Andrew Bailey. Most importantly it's being reported that the Yankees are willing to listen to offers for A.J. Burnett. Who do you want? Who don't you want? Here's your place to discuss it all.