So after these two blockbuster deals, here are the teams pitching staffs. Oakland will roll out John Lester, Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardgia, Jason Hammel, and Scott Kazmir. And then the Detroit Tigers will roll out an even more dangerous staff including the last three seasons American League Cy Young winners: David Price, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, and Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers GM jokingly texted Billy Bean moments after the Price trade saying, "You have exactly one minute left to acquire Chris Sale." Lol. Well anyways, I find it hard that one of these teams will not represent their league in the World Series. I think the A's and Tigers just booked their tickets to the American League Championship Series.
Of course, there were some more deals that went down on a less caliber scale than the Price and Lester deals. John Lackey was sent from the Red Sox to the Saint Louis Cardinals for pitcher Joe Kelly and First Baseman Allen Craig. After acquiring Lester, the A's then sent pitcher Tommy Millone to the Minesotta Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld. The Red Sox remained busy by trading reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for young pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. The New York Yankees acquired Shortstop Steven Drew for Second Baseman Kelly Johnson. They also acquired Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks for prospect catcher Peter Obrien. There were a few other minor moves made.
So, after all of these deals, who is the winners and who is the losers. Well, I believe the team that benefited the most was the Red Sox. They traded two really good Starting Pitchers; however, they got major league talent in return and Cespedes is under control next year. Im Imagine him in the lineup with David Ortiz (Big Papi). They also got another good starter back in Joe Kelly and young first baseman Allen Craig, the heir apparent to Ortiz. So to me, the Red Sox set themselves up to contend next year, so it was not a rebuild. The Detroit Tigers were the second best winners by getting the best pitcher on the market, David Price and they only had to let outfielder Austin Jackson and a few prospects go in return.
I would also have to say the Athletics were winners as they did pick up Lester. However, there is a good possibility that they sent an all star away and will lose Lester to Boston in Free Agency. But I like the aggressiveness by Bean. The Yankees also bolstered their team for the stretch run. Ok, now the losers. Well, the biggest losers were the Phillies. Ruben Amaro should be on his way out, he is an embarrassment to the league. He had many pieces to unload to try and get prospects back. He did nothing. This is a travesty to the Phillies organization and fans. And then to add insult injury, Cliff Lee reinsured his elbow and is likely out for the season. So the Phillies were the biggest losers on Thursday.
August 1, 2014.