Friday, August 1, 2014

Pitch Slapped

Four-fifths of the Opening Day starting rotation have been traded since Saturday.

Almost one-third of the team has either been traded or released in the past two weeks.

July 16th

A.J. Pierzynski is released. (He has since been signed by the Cardinals.)

July 26th

Jake Peavy (and cash) is traded to the San Francisco Giants for Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.

July 30th

Felix Doubront is traded to the Chicago Cubs for a bag of balls to be named later.

July 31st

Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes are traded to the Oakland A's for Yoenis Cespedes.

John Lackey and minor leaguer Corey Littrell are traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly.

Andrew Miller is traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Eduardo Rodriguez. 

Stephen Drew (and most of his salary!) is traded to the New York Yankees for Kelly Johnson.

(That's when you know you really don't want a player...when you trade him to your biggest division rival.)

So I guess the question is...who is going to pitch?

Tonight Anthony Ranaudo makes his major league debut against the New York Yankees. I guess there will be no "easing in" of the younger players.

So who's pitching for the Yankees tonight?

Chris Capuano. (Yes, that Chris Capuano.)

My thoughts?

You've got to do something. All the pitching in the world is not going to help if you can't score runs. And from what I hear, more changes are a-comin'.

This is going to be a interesting last two months of the season.


  1. I like most of the moves (even Lester) but I wish they hadn't dealt Lackey also.

  2. Looking forward to watching Renaudo tonight. Owens also has moved up to Pawtucket.

  3. I liked the moves as long as they can get Lester back. The Lackey move was questionable, but they must have thought he would have retired rather than play for 500k. I'm interested to see how they use Craig. He is pretty brutal to watch in the outfield. Best fit would be first base, but Napoli has that secured.

    1. I don't think there is a shred of a chance Lester is back next year. You could have signed him for a lot less in Spring Training. This is a lot different than the 2012 horror show because they had zero pitching depth in the farm system. It is quite different today. I'm going to guess that Pawtucket to Boston shuttle is going to be very busy for the next two months.
      Oh yeah, and there's not going to be a bidding war between the Sox and Yankees for Scherzer either. He'll cost more and is only 7 months younger than Lester. (I love reading forums. They are so amusing sometimes.)