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Rob Neyer (3:04 PM)
Welcome to this Super Special Trade "Deadline" Edition of ESPN.com's SportsNation chat, hosted by "pundit" Rob Neyer!
CBS Sportsline is reporting that the Red Sox have acquired V-Mart for Masterson and Hagadone. Can you confirm that?
Rob Neyer (3:06 PM)
I cannot, but I'm someone will be able to, in the next hour or so. I'm going to need your help, as I won't have time to check the wire too often.
Adam (San Jose, Ca)
I'm embarassed to be a Tribe fan. Since you have AL central ties (sorry about those Royals), what are your thoughts on the Tribe?
Rob Neyer (3:07 PM)
I think they're doing what they have to do. A lot of people (including me) thought they'd be pretty good this year. They're not. So it's time to think about the future, and right now the talent base is looking pretty good to me.
Why doesn't Selig double the number of playoff teams? Isn't it a no-brainer? More teams involved in the playoff race=more money more fans more excitment. Just take 10 games off the allready too-long season and add another round. Whats up?
Rob Neyer (3:08 PM)
Double? That seems a bit extreme, don't you think? I certainly can see adding one more Wild Card team per league, though. With a one-game (or best-of-three) playoff to see which advances to the second round.
Are you surprised that the Yankees have been so quiet at the deadline?
Rob Neyer (3:10 PM)
Not really. They've said they're not taking on additional payroll, plus they're pretty solid from top to bottom. Except for that pesky fifth-starter slot, of course. Where Washburn would have been a good fit. But again, there's the salary thing. Hank Steinbrenner must be saving up for a new ten-speed.
Thoughts on Hagadone? What's his ceiling?
Rob Neyer (3:13 PM)
Who can say? The kids thrown only 59 professional innings, thanks to Tommy John surgery last summer. He's a strikeout machine who also makes a lot of walks, and there's probably nobody on the planet who knows what Hagadone will be doing three years from now.
Paul (New York)
Should there be a trading limit per team to prevent wholesale selloffs like Pittsburgh or Cleveland? Those poor fans...
Rob Neyer (3:15 PM)
Really? Were I a fan of either team, I'd be pretty optimistic about the direction of the franchise. Granted, I can be too enthusiastic about young players. Still, neither club is run by idiots.
Andy (Cincy, OH)
Please explain why Walt hasn't tried to improve the Reds???
Rob Neyer (3:17 PM)
You mean for this year? This year's over, Andy. If you mean for next year and beyond, then you've got a damn fine question there. Essentially, *everybody* should be doing something right now.
Matt (Springfield, MA)
The Sox still have Buchholz after the Martinez trade, which makes me think there's another move to be made. Plus there's a logjam at the corner infield positions with LaRoche and others. Any possibilities?
Rob Neyer (3:19 PM)
Sure, anything's possible. But with Masterson gone and Kid '66 still on the DL, I'm not sure the Sox are willing to spare Buchholz at the moment.
Mets, Mets, Mets. Any way to right this ship?? Minaya is probably feeling the pressure with the awful week, and I'm sure he's been given some sort of notice on his job. Anything for sad Met fans?
Andy (St.Paul, MN)
Rob,The Twins went out and got Orlando Cabrera which I don't think actually improves the team that much except possibly in a psychlogical way. I think Brendan Harris is just as good as Cabrera right now. You see any chance they make a move for a pitcher either a starter or in the pen in the next hour and a half or so??
Rob Neyer (3:23 PM)
But won't they just push Harris to second base, which improves the club at both positions? I don't see them going after a pitcher, as they're pretty deep already in that area.
Would Nick Johnson really be the answer for the Marlins? How reluctant would you be to trade Andrew Miller after two seasons of incredibly inconsistent ball?
Rob Neyer (3:23 PM)
If I were the Marlins I wouldn't trade away a single player with any real chance at a good career.
Did the Giants do enough?
Rob Neyer (3:25 PM)
I'm not wild about Garko, but I also think the Giants have to basically dance with what brung 'em and hope for the best. Now's not the time to trade away prospects, after so many years of not having enough of them.
Rockies acquire Joe Beimel from the Nats. How serious is Colorado at trying to get the Wild Card?
Rob Neyer (3:27 PM)
That's a cursory "have to" move. Beimel obviously isn't likely to make a difference; not throwing 15-20 innings the rest of the way. But a lot of baseball think that a contender has to do something, just to show everybody in the organization that the front office is working hard.
Sean (New Haven)
Can you discuss Masterson in Cleveland? Immediately into the rotation, Stretch in AAA or will he remain in the bullpen until Spring? What's his outlook in that park? I love his stuff.
Rob Neyer (3:30 PM)
I love his stuff, too. But he's got a 1.63 K/BB ratio as a starter in the majors, and that's more of what the Indians don't need. Not saying he can't improve, but he's far from a sure thing as a starter.
Who will catch Wakefield when he returns now that V-Mart is here? Tek usually hasn't usually and right now Kottaras does right now, will V-Mart be able to catch the knuckleball?
Rob Neyer (3:32 PM)
I think probably not, but 1) as I mentioned earlier, Kid '66 is still on the DL, 2) September and the bigger rosters are just a few weeks away, 3) Martinez figures to play a lot of first base, and 4) Wakefield doesn't figure to pitch a lot in October. Problem solved!
Andrew Watt (Newps, CA)
Rob, I don't agree with your assessment of the Beimel trade. Getting to Huston Street is imperative the rest of the way. What's wrong with doubling your proven setup men. (Betancourt, now Beimel)
Rob Neyer (3:33 PM)
There's nothing wrong with it. I'm just saying that Beimel's 20 innings probably won't make a difference. I mean, that's just science.
Joe (Parma Heights, OH)
Do you think the Indians got enough for Cliff Lee, or could they have held out for more? They didn't even receive any of the top prospects that the Jays wanted for Halladay.
Rob Neyer (3:34 PM)
Well, what does that tell you? Also, the Phillies' second-tier prospects are (or rather, were) a lot better than many teams' first-tier prospects. The Indians did well enough in this one.
Rob,its bein reported the Braves have brought back Laroche.What does this do for us if anything?
Rob Neyer (3:37 PM)
One left-handed, league-average hitter who plays first base for another? Color me confused.
Blue Jays trade. Oops, scott Rolen to the Reds. Does this move do anything, really, for either team?
Rob Neyer (3:42 PM)
Really??? I don't see how on earth it helps the Reds unless they flip him immediately, and I don't know if it helps the Jays because I don't know who they got for Rolen.
The Rolen trade clears payroll for the Blue Jays and makes it possible for the Reds to end up 9 games back instead of 10.5
Rob Neyer (3:44 PM)
How did the O's do in the Sherrill trade?
Rob Neyer (3:45 PM)
As I wrote in my blog yesterday -- don't you read it? -- that's the best kind of deal a GM can make, trading a good (but not great) reliever for a couple of legit prospects. Kudos to MacPhail.
So you can't even take the time to answer one question about the impact of the Washburn addition to the Tigers? Really?
Rob Neyer (3:49 PM)
It's obvious, isn't it? Washburn gives the Tigers another solid starter, which they (and almost every other team) can obviously use. Just don't expect another Doyle Alexander circa 1987. That was lightning in a bottle and isn't likely to happen again.
Are the Mets really just going to sit there? Is it true that Omar Minaya has his scouts doing background checks on beat writers instead of looking for talent to acquire?
Rob Neyer (3:50 PM)
Who are they going to trade for this talent? Livan Hernandez? Gary Sheffield? I don't know that the Mets can do anything except spend another truckload of money this winter.
So if Halladay isn't traded in 10 minutes the big loser is the Jays, right? They're not going to win next year, and Hallday has a lot more value for 2 post season runs than 1.
Rob Neyer (3:52 PM)
Gosh, that sure is how it looks to me. If the reports about the various packages offered for Halladay are accurate and he's not ultimately dealt, Ricciardi's going to have a lot of 'splainin' to do.
Did the Pirates receive enough value in their recent fire sales to finally be able to contend in a few years?
Rob Neyer (3:55 PM)
I'm not convinced, but I don't know nearly enough about their farm system to say with any confidence. I do get the feeling that they're on the right track, but what they're trying to do is exceptionally difficult.
Dan (West Haven, CT)
Please tell me the rumors that Austin Jackson being traded in the Hairston deal are false.
Rob Neyer (3:58 PM)
I think that is *highly* unlikely, Dan.
Five more minutes, those teams better hurry up sending me those mind-blowing offers. Any second now... I'm sure they're on their way... Plenty of paper in the fax machine... cell phone ringer's on...
Rob Neyer (3:58 PM)
Any chance Branyan gets traded?
Rob Neyer (3:59 PM)
Sure haven't seen his name mentioned, though of course it would make a great deal of sense ... assuming that some other team is willing to deal a couple of good young players for him. Branyan's been great this year and he'll probably be good next year, but the M's are loaded with guys who can hit and play first base.
Was the Tigers' trade for Jarrod Washburn a good idea, or was this a bad idea, giving up two promising young prospects?
Rob Neyer (4:01 PM)
Josh, I think it's the sort of trade that contending teams basically have to make. Especially when the particular team has a payroll like the Tigers'.
BTF says EE and Yonder Alonso for Rolen. My mind has been blown.
Rob Neyer (4:04 PM)
Alonso's struggled in Double-A this summer ... but isn't it a bit early to give up on him? Even with Joey Votto entrenched with the big club?
Halladay to the Angels? Any news yet?
Rob Neyer (4:06 PM)
I know that's the hot rumor, but nothing official yet (not even on Twitter).
not even on Twitter? Not even on Twitter! Why don't you just check wikipedia!?!
Rob Neyer (4:07 PM)
That was a joke, Kyle. I mean, dude.
Ben (NY, NY)
Anything else trickling in?
Rob Neyer (4:10 PM)
Sorry, nothing yet. And I have to run and blog about what does trickle in, eventually, as my vacation officially (according to Twitter, anyway) starts in about two hours. Thanks for the many thousands of questions, sorry I couldn't get to more of them. And make mine Marvel!
Yep, aaaany second now..... phone's gonna ring..... still waiting..... just waiting..... (sigh)