You’d think maybe he’d write a piece on what he thought the trade meant for Boston and New York as it pertained to the division, or the teams’ respective playoff chances. Or since he claims to be an insider, maybe he could have talked about New York’s reaction to the deal. But no, apparently this trade simply signifies Boston’s transformation into the Old Yankees, and the Old Yankees’ change into Brian Cashman’s New Yankees. I guess the Red Sox are MIA. This isn’t exactly as deep, meaningful, and informative as I’d have
liked my first post to be, but it’ll have to do. It’s a little hard to follow
because Chass sort of jumps around from graph-to-graph. I’ll try
paraphrase for Murray a bit:
– The Red Sox foolishly mortgaged their future to add superfluously to an area of strength. Just like the old Yankees.
– The Red Sox looked into trading for Jermaine Dye because JD Drew
has been a disappointment. I’m not going to mention the
fact that the deal reportedly fell apart because Boston was unwilling
to give up its best prospects, since that would go against my "Boston
as the Yankees" theme.
– Boston added Eric Gagne to cover the failings of J.C. Romero and
Joel Pineiro, which must have left something of a hole in the pen. I have no idea
who Manny Delcarmen, Mike Timlin, or Brendan Donnelly are.
– Boston didn’t need Gagne. Their bullpen is already fantastic, tops
in the AL. They must not have wanted him going to New York.
– Boston dealt Kason Gabbard, who had four wins this season for Boston. FOUR WINS! Who’s Curt Schilling?
– I’ve also never heard of Justin Masterson, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, or Michael Bowden. Or Baseball America.
I guess I wasn’t aware that the Yanks had the monopoly on deadline
deals. Or that adding a postseason weapon without giving up even a
single top-15 prospect constituted a sacrifice of the future. Maybe the
problem lay with the fact that Boston was already in first? Is it rude
for first-place teams to try and improve? Unnecessary? Yankeeish?
Maybe this wasn’t even worth a post. Chass’ latest wasn’t particularly outlandish, insulting, or irresponsible, just poorly
written and incredibly pointless. He could have asked a scout about
Boston’s farm. He could have taken thirty seconds to read reviews of
the trade, or had his editor make sure he wasn’t contradicting himself
in consecutive paragraphs. But Murray don’t roll that way.