Monday, August 02, 2004

Trade Deadline: Winners and Loser


White Sox:
Getting Jose Contreras was a great move for the Sox, Contreras is 17-2 against teams not named Red Sox. Losing Loaiza could be a bad move but he has been terrible all year.

Yankees: The Yankees needed a big game pitcher and Jose Contreras proved he wasn't. They Yankees will probably try to fix Loaiza's cutter and he could be a great addition down the stretch.

Cubs: The Cubs gave up a below average SS and 3 minor league players for All-Star SS Nomar Garciaparra. Garciaparra probably won't re-sign in Chicago, and he may be injured, but it is still a good risk for the Cubs.

Red Sox: The Red Sox managed to move Nomar Garciaparra, a free agent to be, reportedly injured, and thought to be a clubhouse killer. Cabrera won't match Garciaparra's offense, but is much better in the field. Minky will be a great player at 1b for the Sox, a position filled by Kevin Millar and David Ortiz. Dave Roberts adds another speedy player to the Sox bench, a position they have missed.

Marlins: The Marlins managed to fill all their needed positions. Paul Lo Duca is a huge upgrade over Mike Redmond. Encarnacion will force Conine to 1b. The loss of Choi will probably be meaningless as the Marlins have AA 1b Jason Stokes. Penny could be the a huge loss if Josh Beckett does not get healthy. Mota will be a huge addition to a weak pen.


he Mets are below .500 and over 5 games out of the Divison with the Marlins, Phillies and Braves ahead of them. Kris Benson might re-sign but is not a pitcher worth 3years/27million. Zambrano is even worse, he leads the majors in walks. To get these two pitchers, the Mets gave up their top pitching prospect in Kazmir and their top catching prospect in Huber(who Kansas City stole).

The traded 3 major league players for 1 pitcher, a 1b who strikes out to much, and a CF who will leave at the end of the year. Finley is better that Encarnacion but losing Lo Duca was a huge blow, they now have David Ross to do the catching. Mota was the biggest reason the Dodgers are in 1st place, he got them to Eric Gagne. Penny could be a good starting pitching with Hideo Nomo throwing meatballs, but the Dodgers are a team that struggles to score runs, and they give up 2 above average hitter for 1 above average hitter.


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