Deadline dealings strengthen Yankees, RedSox; deplete Reds
As is almost always the case, I was less than impressed with the wheeling and dealing that took place during yesterday's MLB trading deadline. It's my fault though, I read so much about so many rumors and expect most of them to come true. However, of the trades that did go down, a lot of them have significant impacts on the remainder of the season and the playoffs that will follow. Remember, deals can still be made, but the participants must pass through waivers. So what sort of effect will the moves have? Let's look:
Sidney Ponson is traded to the Giants for Damian Moss, Kurt Ainsworth, and minor-leaguer Ryan Hannaman.
The hottest pitching commodity available at the deadline finally landed after all the rumors. He's most likely a 2-month rental, but the Giants acquired him for the specific purpose of getting to the World Series and winning it. I like this trade for both teams as the Orioles got three solid pitchers for someone they'd have lost at the end of the season anyway. Moss has started to straighten up and fly right. His last three starts:
IP ER RA K
5 2 8 5
7 1 8 0
7 3 6 3
Ainsworth is injured right now, but he will be all the way back in 2004. Before the injury, he was off to a solid start in his season with 5 wins and a 3.82 ERA. As for the young lefty, Hannaman, this is what ProspectReport.com has to say about him:
Ryan Hannaman - SP - DOB: 8/28/81 - ETA: 2005/2006
Notes: Every organization wishes they had a pitching prospect like Ryan Hannaman. Hannaman is a 6' 3", 200 pound projectable lefty with good stuff. He's improved every year and is off to a hot start in High A-San Jose. The 21-year old has 65 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings. Hannaman has struggled with his command. He'll need to harness control of his pitches before he makes it to the majors. Still, so far so good for Hannaman. He has top of the rotation potential.
Also, the Orioles now have gobs of money ($60 million) for next year. The Giants are now my odds-on favorite for the World Series. Effect O' Meter: ***** of 5
Aaron Boone is sent to the Yankees for Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and money.
The Evil Empire strikes again... Like a loyal son, Boone demanded out of Cincinnati once his daddy was fired and he got his wish. He'll now play 3rd for the Yanks, while the Reds acquire the Yanks' top pitching prospect in Claussen. He is coming off of Tommy John Surgery, but he's been very effective so far this year. For Columbus, Claussen was 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP. Manning was recently demoted back to A, but here are his numbers:
Eastern League » Trenton Thunder 04/12 to 06/24
W-L ERA IP H R ER BB KO
0-2 6.26 46.0 53 34 32 35 34
Florida State League » Tampa Yankees 06/28 to 07/27
W L ERA IP H R ER BB KO
2 4 3.45 31.1 27 14 12 15 25
With the money, they can buy the fans a ton of Kleenex to mourn the firesale. Boone has an .808 OPS, 18 HR, 65 RBI, & 15 SBs. Effect O' Meter: ****
Jose Guillen is traded to the Oakland A's for Aaron Harang, Joe Valentine and PTBNL.
Further use for the aformentioned Kleenex as Guillen was a waiver wire gem that started to make good on the potential he had with Pittsburgh. His 23 homers thus far easily eclipsed his previous career high (14). Guillen is also hitting .337 with a 1.014 OPS. He solidifies the middle of an inconsistent A's lineup and will most likely hit 5th or 6th. Harang was just 1-3 with a 5.34 ERA in his second season in the bigs, but he is an improvement to that wretched Reds staff that includes Ryan Dempster, Jimmy Haynes and Paul Wilson. With Rich Harden shining thus far and the Big Three, if Guillen adds the proper spark to this lineup, the A's will be playoff bound once again. Effect O' Meter: ****
Jeff Suppan, Brandon Lyon and a minor leaguer are sent to the Red Sox from the Pirates for Freddy Sanchez and Mike Gonzalez.
Suppan is the starter the BoSox needed to complete their pitching. Pedro, Lowe and Wakefield are a solid 1, 2, 3 and Suppan makes four. He's enjoying his best season ever and now gets the opportunity to pitch for a team in contention. Lyon is damaged goods and thus comes back in the deal after being sent over for Scott Sauerbeck. Sanchez is a solid infield prospect with some pop and some speed. He was hitting .341 for Pawtucket with a .932 OPS, 17 2B, 5 HR and 8 SB. Effect O' Meter: ***
Raul Mondesi is sent to the Diamondbacks for Bret Prinz, David Delluci and John Sprowl.
Super mal-content Mondesi punched his ticket out of the Big Apple when he took his ball and went home after being pinch-hit for earlier this week. The Yankees wanted so badly to removed Mondesi from the team that they gave the D'Backs some money too. With Schilling and Johnson coming back to go with Webb and Batista, the staff is set, but the runs weren't there. Mondesi adds some punch and should help the D'Backs down the stretch in their wildcard chase. Effect O' Meter: ***
Scott Williamson is shipped to Boston for Phillip Dumatrait, a PTBNL, and cash.
A great move for Boston, but a horrible move for Williamson owners in NL only leagues. He will set up Byung-Hyun Kim along with Scott Sauerbeck. The oft-criticized bullpen of the BoSox has now become a major strength. The division and wildcard races are extremely tight, though, and if the Red Sox can't find a way to win when Pedro pitches, things are going to be tough. After taking 2-of-3 from the Yankees, they give back 2-of-3 to the Rangers. Yes, those Rangers! Effect O' Meter:**
Robin Ventura to the Dodgers for minor leaguers Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor.
Ventura wasn't necessary with Boone moving in and thus the Yankees decided to get a token for him. This move won't cure the immense offensive woes of the Dodgers, but it will improve their situation. ESPN's Tim Kurkjian said this move might inspire in Adrian Beltre to stop being a complete disappointment and actually play well. I don't think that's ever going to happen! Effect O' Meter: