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Late season trades

The transactions over the last month or so for the Sox can be viewed as a great case study in the value of post-deadline trades versus value-for-value trades. The Sox traded two outfielders with value, in Jay Payton and Chip Ambres (The Yanks even wanted this guy to maybe play center for them this year. That's both a testiment to his talent and how desperate the empire is.), for Chad Bradford and Tony Graffanino respectively.

Graffanino has hit .360 with 17 runs in 19 games. That is way above how his career numbers indicate he will play on average. Regardless, he is a decent contact hitter who can run the bases, field his position (and others), and has significant postseason experiance. Bradford is a veterin who's solidified the get-to-Timlin role. His ERA is 2.77 and he's walked only 2 batters in 13 innings. Like Tony G, Bradford is performing thus far above his career average, but there is significant evidence that the eventual fall off will not be Embree-esque.

On the other hand, the Sox picked up non-legends Jose Cruz (who made it 4 games before being shipped off to LA for a couple of used jocks) and Mike "really I was an allstar once!" Remlinger in trades that took place after their respective teams designated them for assignment.

Those two trades were low-risk and had some chance to work out. My point is that they didn't. They can't be expected to. In almost no case will the "answer" be found after the trade deadline.

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mgdistrict said…
"On the other hand, the Sox picked up non-legends Jose Cruz (who made it 4 games before being shipped off to LA for a couple of used jocks) and Mike "really I was an allstar once!" Remlinger in trades that took place after their respective teams designated them for assignment."

Hands down the best sentence I've read today.

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