Half the trades being made are ones that were not even rumored. As a fan, I love it. As someone who reads more newspapers and sports media at this time of the year to get the inside scoop, I'm shaking my head at how the media is this out of the loop so often right now.
This trade is my favorite transaction of the off-season so far. Incredible benefits rest in store for the Nationals. Superb move by the Nationals' front office. I would have rather kept Sledge and explored other routes if possible, but trading Wilkerson and Sledge for a huge upgrade in the outfield, where Soriano is moving to - thumbs up.
this looks like the biggest name player dealt so far with Soriano. I don't know why Texas was so down on him. the trade makes little sense for them, they got two outfielders and that was the position they least needed. (can they now move Matthews/Mench and maybe get some pitching?)
He staying at second, he refuses to move. I'd keep him at second anyway not just to spell Vidro. His biggest advantage as being an all-star second baseman. moving him to outfield makes as little sense as moving Kent to 1st or Piazza to 1st. The power numbers will go down in RFK. His contract is also only good for another year, and they are unlikely to afford to resign him without an owner willing to spend.
the worst trade so far is Loretta for Mirabelli, an all-star second baseman for a backup catcher-I don't see it.
Soriano has got to be one of the most overrated guys in the league right now. Yeah, that 30/30 ability is nice, but he had a whopping .309 OBP last year because he doesn't walk ever while on the other hand he'll swing at anything. Plus he gets the added bonus of going from the Coors Field of the AL to what was last year an extreme pitcher's park in RFK, and his bumbers are set to drop. Last year he hit .224 with a .265 OBP away from Arlington and in 2004 those numbers were .244 with a .291 OBP. That has to be below replacement level. And oh yeah, he's a bad second baseman who won't consider changing positions. Other than that this guy is a Hall of Famer in the making.
Originally posted by skorpio17the worst trade so far is Loretta for Mirabelli, an all-star second baseman for a backup catcher-I don't see it.
The reasoning was the need for another catcher to go with Olivo and to free up extra money so they could resign Hoffman. I'll actually miss Mirabelli because he and Wakefield had developed such a connection that Wakefield was an above average pitcher when Mirabelli was catching and a poor pitcher when it wasn't Mirabelli. Still had to make the trade if you are Boston, but if Wakefield has a 6-15 season, it was a bad trade no matter what Loretta does.
(edited by redsoxnation on 11.12.05 1212) Any complaints about the preceding post can be directed at the time traveling aliens who edited it.
With 8 weeks to go, your standings look like this (going into Monday August 6): AL EAST Boston 68-43 - New York 61-50 7 GB I'd say the Gagne trade clinches the division for the Red Sox. That pitching staff is second-to-none.