And probably the present. However, the White Sox trade RHP Brandon McCarthy and OF David Paisano for LHP John Danks and RHP's Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner. I thought one of the reasons they shipped Garcia to the Phillies was to open a slot in the rotation for McCarthy. Maybe the Labor Day '05 Game in Fenway was a fluke, but McCarthy looked like he had dominant stuff that day and is only 23. If he wasn't the future of the franchise, why make him a stumbling block towards getting Soriano at the trade deadline, a move that probably would have put the White Sox in the playoffs, and who knows what would have happened from there with the wacky post-season that developed. If the Rangers ever get Zito to go with Millwood, McCarthy and Padilla, they would actually have a quality rotation for the first time since the mid-late 90's teams that won the AL West.
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I was a little shocked to say the least when I saw this yesterday. I asked my best friend who happens to be a Ranger fan, and he didn't have much input on the 3 we got back, but from where I'm reading, Kenny Williams seems to be excited about the deal, and said that they were just bowled over.
I'm a little surprised that we haven't really brought in a big name on offense or defense, and figured as well that the Garcia deal cemented McCarthy's place in the rotation. I guess our rotation will be Garland, Buehrle, Contreras, Vasquez, and surely one of the young arms we've dealt for this offseason.
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I like the deal. I thought McCarthy was good, but honestly having seen him pitch this year, I don't think he has a ceiling higher than #3 guy. Everything I've seen on Danks suggests his high end could be #1 level stuff. While I don't much like it for this year, I think it's a good deal. The Rangers get a guy who is ready to contribute this year, while the Sox continue to stock up on high-powered arms. This deal should work out well for both teams.
Bobby Cox came out in support of instant replay (sports.espn.go.com) for at least tough home run calls, and Joe Torre agreed with him yesterday (nydailynews.com). Not exactly earth-shattering, but still an interesting consideration.