Sunday, August 2, 2009

Who made the right move?

This past Thursday afternoon was the trade deadline for major league baseball. It is a time when teams will try to beef up their roster and inject some momentum towards a postseason run.
The media appointed crown jewel of this year’s trading deadline, Roy Halladay, is going to be staying put in Toronto. He was supposed to be this year’s CC Sabathia and help a team make the post season. Now, he’ll be watching the playoffs from his home instead of playing in them.
Unfortunately, there really weren’t any “blockbuster” deals that were made this time. The deals that were made, however, were more quality deals. Teams did not go out just to grab a name player. They went and got somebody that will help them in the long run.

I know that I’m going to be called a homer for saying this, but I like the trade acquisition of Victor Martinez by the Red Sox as the best deadline deal this summer. Martinez can play first base and catcher which will provide insurance for aging catcher Jason Varitek. Martinez can also play first base which will allow Kevin Youklis to move across the diamond and spell Mike Lowell.

Grade = A+

Matt Holliday going from the Oakland A’s to the St. Louis Cardinals actually happened on July 24, so technically it wasn’t a trade deadline deal. The Cardinals did however pick up Holliday so that he can help them into the playoffs. Albert Pujols desperately needed a big bat behind him in the lineup. With Holliday now following Pujols in the Cards lineup, teams can no longer pitch around Pujols.

Grade = A+

When this deal went down, I heard a lot of people that were praising the Phillies for getting Cliff Lee from the Indians. Yes, he is the reigning Cy Young award winner. Yes, he is still considered to have “ace” stuff. He even started out his Phillies career by throwing a complete game shutout. I’m just not totally sold on him being the “savior” that people seem to think that he’ll be. It’s just my opinion, but I think that Lee is not the pitcher that people think he is.

Grade = C+

The Twins middle infield has been horrendous at the plate this season, so obtaining Orlando Cabrera will help out greatly. They are also hoping that lightening will strike twice with Cabrera, as it did in 2004 when he ignited the Red Sox and helped them win their first World Championship in 86 years. I’m a big fan of Cabrera and really like this trade for Minnesota.

Grade = A

Living in Michigan, I hear a lot of people on the radio giving their opinion on what the Tigers should/need to do to win a championship. I’ve heard everything from firing the manager to trading Joel Zumaya and Rick Porcello for Roy Halladay. I’ll admit when I saw that the Tigers got Jarrod Washburn from the Mariners, I was a bit surprised. I figured that they would go for a hitter, ala 2006 when they picked up Sean Casey for the stretch run. I like this move for Detroit though. This solidifies an already solid starting rotation while adding a veteran arm to a still young group of pitchers.

Grade = A

Last year, Jake Peavy was this years Roy Halladay. It seemed like each week there was a different story about another team that was about to pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal to obtain the Padre ace. Peavy had been relatively quiet this season, partly because he’s been injured for almost 2 months now. If Peavy was healthy and ready to pitch, then this trade would have made the Chi Sox the team to beat in the AL Central. Unfortunately for the Sox, we’re not quite sure when Peavy will be making his debut. Grade = C-

As I said before, this is only a short selection on the trades that happened. I just picked a few of the most interesting. Some of these trades will pay off greatly, and others will fall flat on their faces. Come this October, we’ll all find out.

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