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Winners and losers at the trade deadline

Jul 31, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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One person’s thoughts on who made out best and worst at the trade deadline.

Winners

Texas Rangers: GM Jon Daniels wasn’t interested in parting with third baseman Mike Olt, much less shortstop Jurickson Profar, in order to counter the Angels’ Zack Greinke pickup, but he was able to keep his best prospects and land Ryan Dempster anyway. All Dempster has done in 104 innings this season is amass a 2.25 ERA, good for second in the NL. I’m less enthused with acquiring the struggling Geovany Soto to replace Yorvit Torrealba in the catching tandem, but there’s some upside there. The Rangers will get Neftali Feliz back (uhh, scratch that, Tommy John surgery coming) and they have the option of moving Alexi Ogando to the rotation if things don’t work out with Roy Oswalt, so I’m feeling better about their chances of staying ahead of the Halos in the NL West.

Miami Marlins: Deciding to hold on to Josh Johnson, the Marlins made a couple of smaller deals before the deadline and did well in both. In getting Zack Cox from the Cardinals for reliever Edward Mujica, they picked up a guy who would have been a top 10 overall pick in the 2010 draft if not for his bonus demands. Cox has been something of a disappointment in the minors, particularly in batting .254/.294/.421 in Triple-A this year, but he’s hit for very good averages in the past and there should be more power on the way. He should get a look at third base in September. The Marlins also traded Gaby Sanchez to Pittsburgh for speedy outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a draft pick that will probably end up around 40th overall.  Hernandez is a fifth outfielder, but that’s a nice return for someone who wasn’t in the Marlins’ future plans. Logan Morrison needs to be their 2013 first baseman.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Time will tell whether the Pirates got better with their trades Monday and Tuesday; they certainly got more interesting with Travis Snider in ight field and Sanchez replacing Casey McGehee in the first base platoon. Snider hasn’t been quite as much of a disappointment as everyone thinks — he has a .248/.306/.429 line and 31 homers in 835 at-bats — and he’s just 24 years old. Sanchez is a career .298/.390/.488 hitter against lefties. He’s been way off this year, but if the Pirates can get him straightened out, he’ll be a nice part-timer. Again, I’m not sold on the moves — Brad Lincoln was looking pretty good since a switch to the pen — but factor in the Wandy Rodriguez pickup last week and they belong in the winners category.

Casey McGehee: From starting against lefties only on a still relatively anonymous team in a ballpark that punishes right-handed hitters to a wide-open corner infield situation on the game’s most celebrated team in a ballpark that loves everyone. McGehee was one lucky dog, getting to go from the Pirates to the Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls. The Yankees figure to use him primarily against lefties, too, but with Alex Rodriguez out, Mark Teixeira‘s wrist still a bit iffy and Eric Chavez always a possibility to spontaneously combust, it’s a great situation for him.

Kansas City Royals: I thought the Royals’ asking price for Broxton would go unmet, but the Reds surprisingly coughed up enough talent to satisfy them in left-hander Donnie Joseph and right-hander J.C. Sulbaran. Joseph ranked as one of the game’s better relief prospects, having struck out 68 and posted a 1.72 ERA in 52 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A. He could help right away. Sulbaran is 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA and a 111/54 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 IP for Double-A Pensacola. He might be a reliever, too, but he has mid-rotation potential if his secondary pitches come along.

San Francisco Giants: The Giants didn’t get the reliever they needed, so they wouldn’t quite get an A grade here. Still, picking up Hunter Pence at a modest price tag is a win. Pence should be a significant upgrade getting at-bats that were going to Gregor Blanco and Nate Schierholtz, and the Giants will no longer be reduced to having Angel Pagan bat fifth. Catcher Tommy Joseph was the only major piece the Giants gave up, and he had Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez ahead of him anyway.

Losers

Arizona Diamondbacks: Lots of smoke, no fire. Caught in between deciding whether they were buyers or sellers, the Diamondbacks kept Justin Upton, Stephen Drew and all of their top pitching prospects, instead making only a minor deal to acquire reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Red Sox for reliever Craig Breslow. It’s not a bad move — Albers is serviceable and Podsednik adds protection in case an outfielder gets hurt — but the Diamondbacks wasted a chance to set themselves up better for either the present or the future.

Minnesota Twins: The Twins got next to nothing for Francisco Liriano from the White Sox last week and then did nothing at the deadline, even though they had Josh Willingham, Denard Span and Glen Perkins all in demand. The major league team is going nowhere fast and the minor league system rates among the bottom third in the game, so this was absolutely the wrong path for GM Terry Ryan and company to take.

Philadelphia Phillies: At least the Phillies tried; I just don’t think they did all that well in their returns for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, Pence especially. They’re going to need a whole lot of help offensively next year, and the money they saved will only go so far. If they could have turned around and traded for Chase Headley, I would have been more impressed. Of course, they could always try that this winter.

  1. lew24 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Dodgers get an incomplete?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      I like the Dodgers’ moves. Victorino wouldn’t have been my top target for LF, but he’s certainly an upgrade, and I like the League trade for them better than the Broxton move for the Reds. I mostly wanted to focus on Monday-Tuesday deals here, but adding in the Hanley acquisition, they were definitely big winners overall.

      • dondada10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

        Then why mention the Wandy Rodriguez move or the Hanely Ramirez trade?

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Because I sometimes ignore my own rules. I know… I’m not perfect.

      • dondada10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Me thinks the Twins moves/lack-there-of have thrown your chi off center.

      • lew24 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        I wish the Dodgers would have gotten a starting pitcher. I think they are leaning on the fact that Lilly is coming back but I would not depend on that. Harang every 5th day is not going to cut it down the stretch and I’m sure Capuano is going to turn into a pumpkin in August!

  2. kinggeorge96 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Casey McGehee is an entity… I guess…

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Dude, the money saved WAS the deciding factor in these trades. If it gets them under the luxury tax, mission accomplished in my opinion. They are going over next season….almost no way they don’t. Difference in paying 17% vs. 30% next year. Big difference. This season has been over. Pence has underwhelmed big time. Clearly they didn’t want Pence for next season at around 15 million and I don’t blame them. Brown will do the job just fine. You know what Pence’s WAR is for this season according to Baseball Reference…0.1. Fangraphs has him at 1.3. That is ridiculously bad for somebody making the sum of money he does. They got what they could for those two, presumably got under the luxury tax, and moved on. You want to call them “losers”, call them that for the trades that brought in Pence and Oswalt not for the dealing of today. Also, have fun watching Pence play RF at AT&T Giants fans.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Being that I don’t own the Phillies, I don’t much care whether they pay the luxury tax or not. I guess I could rearrange the article, put Phillies owners in the Winners category and just keep Phillies fans and players in the Losers.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Okay, apparently rational debate on the subject has given way to dumb ass snarkiness…. as salary constraints don’t play a roll in future acquisitions, I suppose. The season has been over. Victorino wasn’t coming back and they deemed Pence not worth around 15 million. What is the problem with that logic?

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        There’s no problem with that. But I only care about the money as it relates to have them having more money to spend going forward. Paying the luxury tax is strictly an ownership concern.

        The Phillies’ trades today didn’t actually save them a penny for 2013, as they could have simply non-tendered Pence. Of course, the return they got is preferable to that.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        They were going to be over the luxury tax this season, so the trades today does save them money next season as it relates to the escalating penalties associated with the luxury tax. So, they got a return on a player they may/may not have tendered in the off season. Seems like a win to me. Again, call them losers for the cumulative effects of RAJ’s dealing over the past few seasons…but not based upon today.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        I wouldn’t rate them as winners or losers. Between standing pat, and doing something, doing something was preferable. I don’t see how they could have gotten more, it’s just that the Pence trade is being viewed within last year’s rose colored glasses.

        If you want to evaluate a trade independently then you have to do that and not keep comparing it to last year’s, if your response is that trades don’t happen in a vaccuum then you have to accept DrMonkeyArmy’s argument regarding the Luxury Tax, that’s money that can be spent anywhere else on the team, as you point out it may help this coming winter.

        The Victorino trade by itself I think was Ok for a two month rental. The Pence trade itself reflects Pence’s value as affected by one less year of control and a sort of a down year for the guy.

      • xmatt0926x - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        drmonkey, I’d give it up if I was you. I think you’re making very valid arguments and maybe we as Phillies fans understand those arguments since we deal with the minute details of the team more than a non-fan would. You are exactly right about the luxury tax argument but Matthew just doesn’t get it. The Phillies management has said many times that they are willing to pay the tax the first time at 17% but will not pay it a 2nd time at 30%. These trades mean they can spend more next season when they hope to retool and maybe compete again. If they pay the tax this year in a wasted season then they gain nothing and wouldn’t be able to possibly make moves next season. We all know the Pence trade to bring him to Philly was brutal, after the fact. That is water under the bridge and hopefully Ruben gets axed at some point because of his mistakes. What has already been done should have no bearing on how we perceive todays moves. They did the best they could do after admitting failure and trying to move on. They got as much value as possible for a rental in Victorino and an overrated Pence. Just because they overvalued Pence last year doesn’t mean they should have recieved a kings ransom for him this year.

      • xmatt0926x - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Francisco says it best. They are surely not winners from today but they aren’t losers based on the trades either. As Matthew says, the luxury tax may be an owners issue but if the decisions based on paying it or not affect the product on the field then it becomes a competitive issue as well and does need to be taken into account by the fans.

      • phillyphreak - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        I just don’t get the need for this kind of reply.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        First of all, not going over the luxury tax is important. If you’re over the luxury tax and don’t make the playoffs then you’re giving away money for nothing.

        “But I only care about the money as it relates to have them having more money to spend going forward. Paying the luxury tax is strictly an ownership concern.”

        Not paying the luxury tax this year puts more money into their payroll for next year. The Phillies owners pay what they make. Ever notice the increase of payroll with increase in attendance? Or was their drastic increase in payroll over the last 6 years due to magic? They will not spend more than they have and they will pay what they do have.

        Second, “and just keep Phillies fans and players in the Losers.” Really? Is there a reason you said that? That’s a really childish and douchey remark. Unnecessary and completely irrelevant to any discussion on this article.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Dodgers? Pinning all their hopes on Ted Lilly? Who is the #5 starter in LA?

  5. dondada10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    “…in a ballpark that loves everyone. ”

    I wonder if A.J. Burnett told him otherwise on the way out.

    • redguy12588 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      ba dum tish.

      Pirates made a ton of great trades so far this season, but I really don’t get the Qualls deal.

      • evilnaturedrobots - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        They picked up Gaby Sanchez… you can’t have two first basemen that hit right handed.

  6. Ben - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Another year, another Twins front office that can’t or won’t do the things you need to do in order to field a competitive team. The Mauer contract at this point is a sunk cost, so enjoy it for the wins he is providing. And trade everyone else. But they didn’t do that, and so now we get to limp through the cellar of the AL Central for another season. Ugh.

    • nekotman - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Agree with that. And don’t they have one of, if not the richest, owners in baseball?

  7. ame123 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Phillies outfield is going to be better next season than this season.

    Brown – LF
    Bourn – CF
    Right – Sshierholtz/Mayberry platoon

    Its going to cost just about as much as Pence is gong to make on his own in 2013.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Brown needs to seriously outperform his prior visits to the bigs in order for that statement to be accurate. And from what orifice are you pulling Bourn?

    • bleedeaglesgreen - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      You do realize Bourn is going to cost just as much as Pence next year right? His agent is Scott Boras, and He’s expecting 5yrs $70-80m. So you can just forget about that idea right now.

      • nekotman - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        Don’t count on Bourn. Braves have 25-30,000,000 coming off the books for 2013.

      • natinals10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        Boras sounds like bourn will be a Nat to me

  8. keithbangedyermom - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    wow…the Phils are going to battle the Mets for 4th again next year.

    • ame123 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      unlikely.

  9. ningenito78 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    ‘The Twins got next to nothing…’

    That seems to be the sentiment every time they make moves around the deadline. Maybe they need to change their approach.

  10. Aaron - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    The Reds have to be a loser, right? That team needs a leadoff guy and a LH off the bench. They got neither. Instead, they added reliever with a 6.31 K/9 to an already crowded bullpen.

    If they wanted to help their bullpen out they could have just told Dusty to stop treating Marshall like a LOOGY.

  11. ningenito78 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Phillies outfield is going to be better next season than this season.

    Brown – LF
    Bourn – CF
    Right – Sshierholtz/Mayberry platoon

    Its going to cost just about as much as Pence is gong to make on his own in 2013.

    AHAHAHAHA!!!!

    • ame123 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Its great, right?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Are you laughing at the Phillies acquiring Bourn or the notion that the mentioned OF would be better than the OF they have been putting out there this season?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        Um…yes…?

  12. hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I hate you Andrew Friedman. I really do. The DFA’s have done nothing, for the 5th year in a row. They watch their competetion get much better, and they do nothing. He has somehow managed to get absolutely nothing for BJ Upton. He was worth a top 50 prospect last year. Now, he walks away as a disappointing free agent. The DFA’s have a massive hole at first next year, with Pena not returning. That should have been a priority, even if he intended to keep his major trade chips. Farnesworth, a proven closer, could have been usen to acquire something of value.

    Anyone who hears a Rays rumor, and still believes it, is a gullible fool. Friedman waits til his players have their lowest trade value, then he expects a massive return, and ultimately, all our free agents walk at the end of the year.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Comp pick?

      • hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        I don’t know what kind of comp pick they might get for Upton. Is he really a top %20 CF? Hamilton, Granderson, Jackson, Kemp, Ellsbury, Bourn, Victorino. He might be, but I doubt it. Even so, it is going to be like the 60th pick of the draft… a garbage pick compared to what Friedman is reported to have turned down in the past.

    • bigleagues - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Don’t fret, dude. The Rays will finally have a big league TV deal after next year. Then they can finally play with the big boys.

      Plus, you can’t expect there to have been a significant market for Upton with the other OF’ers reportedly on the market.

      1B is something the Marlins always deal with in the off-season.

      I think most of all, the Rays don’t do deals just to do deals. They wait until the right offer comes along. Shields didn’t move because there weren’t significant offers for him.

      This trading deadline confirmed what I have felt for several weeks . . . that some teams are simply waiting until the off-season when the players they are seeking to deal have more value.

      As it apparently shaped up, the Sox felt they had more value in keeping Beckett (much to my chagrin) than if they ate salary now just to clear him off the roster.

      • hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        I have never heard about the TV deal. What I have heard is that Sternberg, their owner, intends to keep payroll the same as this year, in the 60-65 million range. Assuming Shields is traded, and Peralta, Keppinger, Upton, Farnesworth, Scott, and Pena are gone, they are at around 45 million including the massive raises to Price, Joyce, and Longo. They have no left fielder, no first baseman, no DH. Their catcher is still Lobaton/Molina. Their SS is still Brignac/SeanRod/Johnson.

        18 million in free agency to fix those holes doesn’t sound very doable. Whatever trades that have to be done in the offseason to fill next year’s holes, should have been attempted this year, because those same holes already exist.

        Also, Friedman sucks at evaluating other team’s talent. He has never “won” a trade. He traded away Garza for 30 year old OF Sam Fuld, close to bust Chris Archer, 26 year old never will be Brandon Guyer, 28 year old catcher Robinson Chirinos, and disappointment Hak Ju Lee.

        His trade with the Angels was even worse. He traded a 2 time all star 25 year old starting LHP who was locked up long term for a below market value contract for Sean Effing Rodriguez. I know that Kazmir went on to explode, but the fact is that he essentially traded Madison Bumgarner for a utility infielder.

      • bigleagues - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        I hear your frustrations. I just wouldn’t be to down on Friedman – without who, the Rays likely wouldn’t be enjoying the success they have had.

        Their TV deal ($20 Million Per Year) has been among the worst in baseball for a few years now. and has been very limiting in terms of the available payroll. I’m pretty sure it was signed in 2007 or 2008 for either 5 or 6 years, so it will be up soon. Which could mean, short of some miraculous development on the stadium front, they are simply biding their time until they are able to ink a new far more lucrative TV deal.

      • hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        The most recent article I found says that the deal expires in 2016, so we will be biting the bullt for a long time. I also says that in 2010, the Rays ranked 5th in ratings in all of baseball, so they should be due for a massive raise.

        http://www.raysindex.com/2010/10/rays-local-tv-ratings-finish-5th-among-mlb-teams.html

        Everytime I see what Theo gave up for Rizzo, it makes me sick. Everytime I see what The Pads got for Latos, it makes me sicker. This team has so many holes, but they have the pieces to fill them. Friedman just won’t pull the trigger. I don’t think Friedman is the GM everyone makes him out to be. Longo was a great pick. His deal was great. Price was a great pick too (although any gm in the game picks him 1st overall too. It’s like saying Rizzo is a genious for picking Strasburg and Harper). Beckham wasn’t. Garaza/Kazmir trades sucked. Bringing back Pena was foolish. Luke Scott is only barely superior than 2/24 million on Burrell.

  13. dowhatifeellike - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Orioles are losers again. Couldn’t even complete a trade for a replacement-level arm.

    • DJ MC - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Seems like they shouldn’t be adding to their surplus.

  14. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    dont know these guys but didnt trust RAJ to make great deals. Sucks but true.

    Maybe his luck will improve if Ed Wade gets a job with another team

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Funny because Ed Wade was the guy who fleeced him over Oswalt and Pence.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Ruben did what he did because of the pressure to win now, now, NOW! Funny thing is, if the team doesn’t fall short in 10 and 11, everyone would be saying how all the chips were worth it.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        Oh, I agree on that. If WS titles ensued, nobody would care about the fleecing.

  15. hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Put the Cubbies in the Losers category too. They still have Soriano and Silva. I know they could be dealt later, but as of now, Theo let them down. With the new rules limiting the amount of money spent on prospects either through the draft, or internationally, the best way for a rich team to “buy” prospects is to sell off veterans and pick up their salary. Even if they had to pick up all of both of their salaries and only netted a B prospect, they should have done it. Neither of those players will EVER help them to a winning season.

    • bigleagues - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Hard to label the Cubs deadline losers. Their whole objective is to clear roster space and cut payroll. They accomplished both. Even with Garza and Soriano, I believe they are now below $40 million in payroll committed for 2013.

      They made significant headway.

      Plus there’s still the non-waiver deadline and the off-season.

    • rythestunner - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Um, what?

      The Cubs haven’t had Carlos Silva since 2010.

      And Soriano is significantly improved this year. He’s not longer a liability on defense. There was no need to trade him for nothing just to get rid of him, he has some value.

      • hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        I said Silva, but meant Marmol. That is the point about Soriano…he actually has some value. If he goes .220/.280/..350 for the rest of the season, he won’t any longer. Teams that would trade for him, likely don’t believe his success will carry over to next year, seeing that he hasn’t done this in 4 years. So, to me, his trade value will never be higher. A team won’t be planning to have Alphonso batting cleanup and playing left for them in 2013, but they might have imagined that for the final 55 games this year.

  16. geoknows - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    It’s Sulbaran, not Sulbarban.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      Yes, it is. Unfortunately, I’ve missed him the couple of times I’ve gotten to see the Blue Wahoos this season.

      • umrguy42 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Also, Rangers and Angels are in the AL west, not the NL west :p

  17. bigleagues - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    So the DBacks blockbuster for a Pitcher nets them Matt Albers.

    Oooooooooooooh.

  18. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    DBacks got Johnson too, but I guess that was yesterday. I think many teams are cought in between sell and buy mode and it shows. Except the Twins. They should be 100% in sell mode and I don’t see how they could see it any other way. But they will still have Willingham and Span next year, so they get one more year of their services, and probably do not drastically reduce the returns they will see anyway.

  19. temporarilyexiled - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Matthew, since the Giants weren’t able to land a closer, who do you see, if anyone, being able to step up?

  20. huffdaddyco - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Rockies were going to make some deals today, but O’Dowd couldn’t decide if he was a seller or a buyer. He was thinking of trading Carlos Gonzalez to the Giants for Marco Scutaro and a ball fished out of McCovey Cove, but just couldn’t get it done before the deadline.

    • nekotman - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Good one!

  21. eaglessuperfan - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I don’t think the Phillies did that bad at all. Victorino was a dog this year and threw fits and was benched more than once. Not gonna get a lot of a malcontent. The catcher from the Giants is very highly rated and will be in line with Valle to replace Ruiz. The Phillies made a choice to sign Hamels, and that means a lot has to go. There will be another bat added before 2013 but guys like Ruiz and Utley will be gone after 2013 also. They have to start working to replace these guys now for 2014. Don’t count out Brown either he has played very well, and will finally get a real chance to sink or swim now in CF. I don’t think you can call them losers, but not really winners yet. More wait and see if it works out.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Brown played pretty well before the other times he was called up, too.

  22. stairwayto7 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Pirates trrades were very good! Young 1b amd of and with Jos Bell,Tallison and Cole coming up withon 2 years, Trading Garret Jones, Corriea, Barmes and Bedard in off season for a few young players. Pirates will own Central divison for years!

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      Chad Qualls will do his damnedest to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  23. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    “Logan Morrison must be the Feesh first baseman in 2013.” Dear Buddha, I hope not. When are the Feesh notochord trustees going to get it through their empty skulls that the knee is a convenient smokescreen and that this is as good as he is?

  24. matt20hew - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

  25. stercuilus65 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Really the Giants are winners but the Dodgers aren’t? Compare the acquisitions and tell me if that makes any sense.

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