The Redsox made a trade today, acquiring Alex Gonzalez from the Cincinnati Reds. Gonzalez, an often injured defensive whiz at short, will get the majority of the playing time at short, with Nick Green backing him up.
To be completely honest I do not see this as an upgrade for the Redsox. Green is a great defensive player, also and he has been hitting better.
Here are the biggest trades that occurred today on trade deadline day:
-Tigers acquired Jarrod Washburn for Luke French and a minor-league pitcher
-Twins acquired Orlando Cabrera for a minor-leaguer
-Reds acquired Scott Rolen for Edwin Encarnacion and a few minor-leaguers.
-Brewers acquired Claudio Vargas for Vinny Rotino
-Rockies acquired Joe Beimel for two minor-leaguers
-Marlins acquired Nick Johnson for a minor-leaguer
Late last night, the Dodgers acquired George Sherrill for two minor-leaguers.
Saved this for last, but the Yankees made a few moves today, only one trade.
-Yankees called up Shelley Duncan.
-Yankees will have two more moves to make to free up room for Duncan and Hairston Jr.
The Yankees did add to their infield/outfield depth with Hairston and the call-up of Duncan, which is always good. Duncan plays 1b/lf/rf, while Hairston plays 2b/3b/ss/lf/cf/rf.
I would expect the Yankees to DFA Cody Ransom and option out one of Mark Melancon or Jon Albaladejo. Also, they will probably transfer Xavier Nady to the 60 day DL.
ONE LAST PIECE OF NEWS:
Shocking news out of Chicago. The Whitesox have traded for Jake Peavy….again….pending his approval. The trade has Clayton Richard, Adam Russell, Aaron Poreda, and Dexter Carter for Peavy. Richard is scheduled to start tonight against the Yankees. I’d expect Peavy to approve it if they made the deal again. When the original deal was made, the Padres had a better record than the Whitesox.
My immediate analysis is that the Redsox came away as the big winners of the trade deadline. The Yankees also did well, filling a utility need, but they did not acquire the starting pitcher they needed.
While the Redsox are improving their depth the Yankees are sitting back and doing nothing. The Yankees NEED to make a trade for a backup OF now that Gardner is on the DL. The Yankees also need, in my opinion, two more capable MLB starters. I would like to see the Yankees trade for both Ian Snell and Jarrod Washburn. They definitely need at least one of the two.
Recent rumors saying Bronson Arroyo will soon be traded to the Yankees have been shot down by multiple people familiar with the dealings.