It has begun with two trades. New York and Boston were not involved…or were they? Aren't these teams not named the Yanks or Red Sox but proxy states in a cold war far greater than their local interests? So Oakland acquires Holliday, but obviously he will be flipped to the Yanks today. And then Scott Olsen and Todd Willingham are sent to the Nationals only to facilitate the nifty trade of Ryan Zimmerman to the Red Sox. Duh. Obviously. It's so easy to see the domino theory in action.
Or maybe not.
Both WasWatching and NoMaas think the Nationals' trade might be a case where Cashman dropped the ball. The prospect package the Marlins got back was less than stellar, surely the Yanks could have bettered it. And in return the Nats received two players that could be very useful to the Yanks. Myself? I'm not so high on Willingham who is a good bat but who, with his back problems and poor fielding, is a DH-in-Waiting. In other words, he is not what they need. Olsen is an interesting case though. He's shown the ability to log innings and has upside. Oh well.
In any case, today might be action-packed or not. There are rumors that the Sox are so desperate to upgrade their catching position that they are shopping Ellsbury and Buccholz. They are hopeful that they can bring back Rod Barajas in return.