Mandel’s Musings: Deals, Deals, Deals!!

Published on: 31st July, 2009

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In the big trade of the day, the Red Sox pulled the trigger to get Indians slugger, Victor Martinez for right-hander Justin Masterson and minor league pitchers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price. Martinez can catch, play first and D.H so the Sox get another bat for what has been an anemic offense with David Ortiz mired in a season-long slump and Jason Bay’s hot start now a thing of the past as his average has dipped into the .250s.

 

The Red Sox didn’t have to give up Clay Buchholz, which is a key for the Saux….Francona now has lots of lineup options to play with but someone will be sitting more than they would like. Jason Varitek might be the odd man out with a sure platoon situation with Martinez behind the plate but Martinez will most assuredly be playing first base, precipitating Keven Youklis moving to third to replace Mike Lowell. Either way, the Red Sox have strengthened their lineup immeasurably.

 

Seattle moves Jarrod Washburn, a lefty who was on many teams’ watch list, to the Tigers for Luke French, a good prospect. It is a very good trade for Tiger as Washburn now  becomes  the third guy in their starting rotation after Justin Verlander and     This also makes the Tigers a very dangerous team in a short playoff series, being able to send out three solid pitchers in a row.  

 

In something of a surprise move, Toronto moved 34 year old third base star, Scott Rolen to the Cincinnati Reds. It means Edwin Encarnacion, the Reds’ third baseman, is moving to the Jays to become their new third baseman. This is a confusing deal, as Rolen has been beset with injuries for several years now, has only 8 home runs this season even though he is hitting for a high average, and Rolen makes a lot more money than Encarnacion. Curious.

 

The Red Sox also traded Adam LaRoche, just days after acquiring him from the Pirates, back to the Braves for Casey Kotchman.  Hard to figure this one as there is no playing time for Kotchman so he will be a pinch-hitter off the bench.

 

After spending most of the season getting right-handed pitcher Claudio Vargas healthy, the Dodgers traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers for Minor League catcher/first baseman Vinny Rottino on Friday.

Vargas, 31, opened the season on the disabled list and was activated July 3. In eight appearances, he had a 1.64 ERA and was clocked with a fastball as high as 93 mph. He pitched for the Brewers in 2007.

Rottino, 29, has appeared briefly in the Major Leagues for Milwaukee in each of the past three seasons and was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team last season when he posted a 24-game hitting streak. He was hitting .249 with four homers and 48 RBIs for Double-A Huntsville this season.

The move opens a spot on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster for reliever George Sherrill, who was acquired from the Orioles on Thursday. Vargas was on the disabled list the first three months of the season with an elbow injury.

Cliff Lee was sent by Cleveland to the Philadelphia Phillies from for a bunch of prospects. Philly could well have wrapped-up the National League pennant with this deal for Lee, who was the Cy Young award winner last season with a 24-4 record, astounding considering the Indians had another mediocre season. This year, Lee has pitched very well despite his losing record and should fit right into the second slot behind Cole Hamels in the Phillie rotation.

 

Joe Beimel gets sent by Washington to the Rockies…Mets and a lot of teams were interested and the Rockies are in the wild card fight in the N.L. for two minor league prospects.

 

Jerry Hairston becomes a piece for the Yankees bench in a move from Cincinnati. This probably makes Cody Ransom an extraneous part of the Yankees roster.  

 

Claudio Vargas goes to Dodgers for Vinny Rotino, a catcher. Vargas, 31, opened the season on the disabled list and was activated July 3. In eight appearances, he had a 1.64 ERA and was clocked with a fastball as high as 93 mph. He pitched for the Brewers in 2007.

Rottino, 29, has appeared briefly in the Major Leagues for Milwaukee in each of the past three seasons and was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team last season when he posted a 24-game hitting streak. He was hitting .249 with four homers and 48 RBIs for Double-A Huntsville this season.

The move opens a spot on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster for reliever George Sherrill, who was acquired from the Orioles on Thursday. Vargas was on the disabled list the first three months of the season with an elbow injury.

Oakland sends Orlando Cabrera, the starting SS of the Athletics goes to the Twins for Tyler Ladendorf, a young shortstop with lots of potential.

 

In a late move, the Nationals sent first baseman Nick Johnson to the Florida Marlins for Thompson.

 

Another late move just took place as we were transmitting this article. Jake Peavey has been traded to the Chicago White Sox, even after Peavey turned down the same trade two months ago. The White Sox get an excellent pitcher for the stretch run who is healing from a sprained ankle. His arm is in great shape though, so this becomes a win-win for the Chicago team on that city’s South Side. The question is, what has changed for Peavey to accept this deal now that wasn’t acceptable to him two months ago. The Padres get Clayton Richard and three young right handed pitching prospects.

 

Roy “Doc” Halliday had been the big uber-rumor of the trading season but it seems, the Jays were looking for much more in return than teams were willing to give up. It reminds one of how the Twins kept holding out for more talent in return for their ace, Johann Santana. In the end, with moments remaining on the trade deadline, the Twins were forced to settle for the Mets offer of weak-hitting centerfielder Garcia and xxx for their great ace. It looks like he will be the one to say where he’s at. But don’t look for him to be on the Blue Jays roster next season

 

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