How Much Does V-Mart Help the Red Sox?

Would you think I’m crazy if I said the Yankees should be thrilled at this deal?  When you look at the what the Red Sox acquired versus what they gave up, it’s very hard to knock the Victor Martinez deal.  They got an All-Star level bat who can play 2 positions for 3 pitchers who...

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Yanks get Jerry Hairston Jr.

Joel Sherman has the news. Hairston, 33, was acquired from the Reds, where he hit .254/.305/.397. He can play the OF—all three positions—and some IF (3B, 2B, SS). Hairston isn’t as fast as Gardner (not even close), but he offers some speed and is a good OF defender while his defense in the IF...

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Game 102: Yankees 2, White Sox 3

Thumbs Down:
Yankee Bats: The Yankees struck out 14 times last night and were 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Perhaps their offense got a late flight from Tampa?

Teixeira & A-Rod: Both went 0-4 with 3 Ks. Teix left 4 runners on base.

Cano: Also went 0-4 and had a crucial error when Pierzynski took a hard ‘slide into second in the seventh.

Thumbs Up:
Pettitte: Despite the fact that he is still searching for his first victory since July 1, Pettitte put in a great night. He threw 6.1 innings, gave up only 5 hits and 2 runs (1 earned). Pettitte didn’t walk anyone and struck out 8.

Swisher: His homer in the bottom of the ninth with two outs was clutch, too bad the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on it.

Damon: Johnny’s bat had been kind of quiet in Tampa, but last night he went 2-3 and picked up a RBI.

Hughes: When Hughes walked out to the mound in the ninth I had a bad feeling.…

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Red Sox to acquire Victor Martinez, per twitter

No word on the price yet, but hopefully the Indians were able to extract some valuable players/prospects from Boston.  The tweet is from Bob Nightengale, a USA Today writer.  Of the big 3 of Halladay, Adrian Gonzalez, and Martinez, V-Mart would likely have had the lowest cost, and is not the same caliber player...

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A bit more on Papi, Manny

  • Every team since (at least) the 1989 A’s have had someone using something illegal. Not just the World Series winners. Every team. Every WS Champ has a stain.
  • This doesn’t invalidate what any team accomplished. It might make it less “heartwarming” or something like that. Or… not. I don’t think Sox fans’ views on 2004 and 2007 will materially change, just as I still look back at 1996, 1998-00 with great joy. Especially 1996 and 1998.
  • According to Big Red: “David Ortiz lied to you. It seems safe to say that his entire Red Sox career is a lie“. That’s a bit over the top, even from a Yanks fan. Sure, he lied but that doesn’t negate his entire career.
  • Why on Earth did Ortiz say those things back in February and earlier about one year suspensions, not embarrassing his family, etc.? Are we to believe that Ortiz had no idea his name was on The List? Why would he take such a self-righteous stance, obviously lying to his fans?
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