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Thursday, December 8th, 2016

TRADE TALKIN

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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.

  • dhaab

    The reason Edmonds is having more success now as compared to the previous two seasons is he’s on a team that has a HUGE payroll and they can afford to platoon him in CF. That way he doesn’t have to play every day and be exposed to the better pitchers (he rarely faces lefty’s now) in the league and he is less likely to injure his aging body. Ah, the things one can do with a 140 million dollar payroll.

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