Now we really see if Joe Torre can manage anyone. The laid-back Torre will have his hands full now, as the Dodgers acquire Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox. In return, the Red Sox get Jason Bay from the Pirates in the 3-way deal. The Pirates get Craig Hansen (1-3, 5.58, 2 saves for the Red Sox this year), and OF Brandon Moss (.295-2-11 in 78 AB) from Boston. Both are 24. From LA, the Pirates get 3B Andy LaRoche, 24 (.203-2-6 in 59 AB) and another minor leaguer.
Manny was at .299-20-68 with Boston (OPS+ 140) and Bay .282-22-64 for the Pirates (OPS+ 35). Not a bad return for Boston, but Bay isn’t Manny (508 HR, one of the greatest righty bats ever), and we don’t know how he will respond to a pennant race or Boston’s atmosphere.
I just know that I’m happy not to see Manny Ramirez kill the Yanks anymore. He was a .321 hitter vs. the Yanks with 55 HR. Goodbye, good riddance.
Now if Manny leads the Dodgers to a division title and the media kisses Torre’s butt by then calling him a “genius,” I’ll go ballistic.
Other trades: The Mariners sent Arthur Rhodes to the Marlins. Considering how Yankee hitters teed off on Rhodes throughout the years, I’m sure there were tears shed in the Yankee clubhouse.
The Yanks sent the ex-D.A., Alberto Gonzalez, to the Nationals. A.G. was 9 for 52 in his brief time with the Yanks this year. He was .250-4-23 at SWB. In return, the Yanks get a 22 year old pitcher, Jhonny (yes, the spelling is correct) Nunez. At AA Harrisburg (about 80 miles from me), Nunez was 0-0, 1.12 in 8 IP. 8 K. At A+ Potomac, he was 2-8, 5.22, 82 K in 81 IP.
Junior Griffey takes his 608 HR (one behind Steroid Sammy Sosa) to the White Sox. .245-15-53, OPS+ 103 in what could be his last hurrah.
Guess who makes an appearance with the Yanks? With Farnsworth(less) gone, Chris “Great” Britton gets called up.
The Yanks had a scout watching Freddy Garcia’s workout today.
Posada’s recovery time is a minimum of six months. That basically means February 1st, 2009…just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers. Note that I bolded the word MINIMUM. For a reason. Don’t be surprised if he misses the first month of 2009.
Interesting stuff from Kevin Millar on Edwar. He is convinced Edwar was throwing at him, which he probably was. He called Edwar a “Cute little thing” and said that he was “fortunate to be in the big leagues” and that it was a good thing Edwar was ejected, because he would have taken him to Monument Park. Big words for someone 1 for 4 with 3 Ks vs. Edwar. More: “The kid doesn’t throw that hard and doesn’t have very good stuff…I love facing him.” Edwar is 2-0, 2.35 with 44 K in 38 1/3. Someone should tell Millar that. By the way, Millar should remember that Boston saved him from eating lots of sushi. Remember? From Was Watching…
Back in 2003—from the Times:
Kevin Millar was obtained by the Boston Red Sox in a cash deal with the Florida Marlins yesterday after the Japanese team he agreed to sign with last month released him from his contract.
The Marlins received an undisclosed payment for Millar, 31, a first baseman-outfielder.
Millar, who led Florida with a .306 batting average last season, agreed in early January to a two-year, $6.2 million contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League. The Marlins released him in exchange for a $1.2 million payment from the Dragons. Millar, who was being pursued by the Red Sox, then changed his mind about playing in Japan, saying his family did not want him to leave at a time of possible war with Iraq.
After talks with Major League Baseball officials, the Dragons released Millar on Friday for an undisclosed payment, the commissioner’s office said. One of the negotiators said the amount would be $1.2 million to $1.5 million.
Theo Epstein, Boston’s general manager, said the Red Sox were not involved in the discussions to free Millar from the Dragons.
I know the Mike & Mike show has a Michael Bolton tune for the Favre/GB fiasco. Are you as sick and tired of the Green Bay/Brett Favre dance as I and many others are? I think there is a better song to describe their dance and what’s going on.
Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) by Gladys Knight and the Pips.