Best line I read about the Griffey trade: “1995 called. They said, “Great trade!” While that is funny, the trade is a great trade. The Sox traded 2 AAAA players for a left-handed power bat. Forget the name. It’s the perfect rent-a-player deal. I love it.
Jim Edmonds’ numbers as a Cub: 12 homers in 155 at-bats. .277/.372/.587. Wow. I figured that getting out of the cavern in San Diego and getting some better weather would help him some. But did anyone imagine this? How’s that for a pre-deadline trade?
Phil Rogers ranked the Yankees’ acquisition of Ivan Rodriguez 3rd best of the pre-deadline deals. 4th was C.C. Sabathia to the Brewers. 5th was Mark Teixeira to the Halos.
Wrote Rogers: “Are you kidding me? This is a no-brainer for the Yankees, who are suddenly on even footing with Tampa Bay and Boston in the three-deep AL East. Rodriguez is a difference-maker, so bet on him to help Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and the Yankees into the playoffs for the 14th straight season.”
Pudge hasn’t been a “difference maker” since 2004. Now he’s an experienced player with a decent stick and still solid defensively. It’s a good move for the Yanks. But to think that this somehow catapults the Yanks to the playoffs-or even puts them on “even-footing” with the BoSox and Rays is just goofy.