Does anyone else think that the age of blog leaks has made trades nearly impossible to develop in any kind of back-and-forth manner? As soon as something hits the internet (e.g. the Andruw Jones rumor below, or the Tejada-to-Houston-or-Anaheim rumors), whoever is perceived to be getting the butt end of the deal looks pretty stupid. Further, the GM probably feels pretty stupid, and would not be out of line to kill the talks out of spite. Or how about the reverse... a possible snow job goes public, the GM realizes he's being snowed, and kills what would have been a steal for the other team. Makes you wonder if the public vetting of trades preventing bad ones as often as it kills interesting ones.
Andruw Jones for Coco Crisp, Craig Hansen, and Jon Lester
Thank you, no, which seems to be Theo's reaction. The Braves won't budge on including Lester, so the deal's dead. Oh well... more fuel for the "I Hate The Braves" fire. Didn't they get friggin eliminated last weekend? Isn't Jones leaving Atlanta for sure? Did I miss something? What are they holding onto him for??? Sell low, you cheap bastards! Doesn't matter; this is not happening.
Lowell and crappy prospects for Julio Lugo and Scott Linebrink
I parrot my disdain for Lugo. To give up Lowell for the guy is lunacy. I wouldn't mind grabbing Linebrink (he's gotta be better than Tavarez) but the fascination with Lugo is mind-boggling. They're now, apparently, talking to Lugo about a contract extension. If you ditch a good shortstop for committing 30 errors, what will you do when a bad shortstop commits 30 errors? The fans on the first-base line would get plenty of souvenirs, but that's a wasted public relations effort. Now that Alex Gonzalez has been around for the season, I've become somewhat accustomed to having a shortstop that fields the ball... especially when he fields it so affordably. What's the hurry to get rid of the guy?
Lowell and crappy prospects for Ryan Shealy and Padres starter X
This seems a little more realistic, since Shealy indirectly fills the position (Youk returns to 3B). But you can't take away the only productive guy in that 5-6-7-8 area of the lineup without replacing him; Shealy doesn't cut it. I'm mystified as to why Lowell is on the trading block at all.
Please, God Shammgod in heaven, no. He's looking for another playoff payday. Fuck him. (Unless Houston takes Matt Clement.)
You know, he's not a bad pitcher. And he'd come cheap. But this looks more like a Jeff Suppan move than anything: they'll trade for him because the price is too low to turn down, but he'll suck. Which frightens me. But I'd rather have Kip Wells than Cory Lidle.
If they end up with Kip Wells and nothing else, I'll be fine. Relievers make it across waivers all the time, so it won't mean they're stuck with Seanez and Tavarez until October.
I don't think the Sox need to "counterpunch" the Yankees. They don't have a significant number of problems. They do have one edge on the Yankees, which is a stable of waiver-trade-quality pitchers coming back from injury (David Wells, Matt Clement, Keith Foulke) who will cost the Sox nothing in trade value over the next month, and are approximately equivalent in value as the guys who'd come in. Despite having, in the past, called for Matt Clement's evisceration, I do think Clement has "late-season X-factor" potential. Meanwhile, who would the Yankees exhume if Cory Lidle falters? He's their last hope, besides the Pontoon Queen. And we're worried about them?