Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 MLB Trade Deadline Moves

July 22:
Boston Redsox Get--1B Adam LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates Get--SS Argenis Dias and P Hunter Strickland
St. Louis Cardinals Get--IF Julio Lugo
Boston Redsox Get--OF Chris Duncan
July 23:
Colorado Rockies Get--RHP Rafael Betancourt
Cleveland Indians Get--RHP Connor Graham
July 24:
St. Louis Cardinals Get--OF Matt Holliday
Oakland Athletics Get--3B Brett Wallace, OF Shane Peterson, and RHP Clayton Mortensen
July 27:
San Francisco Giants Get--1B Ryan Garko
Cleveland Indians Get--LHP Scott Barnes
July 29:
Seattle Mariners Get--SS Jack Wilson and RHP Ian Snell
Pittsburgh Pirates Get--C/1B Jeff Clement, SS Ronny Cedeno, RHP Aaron Pribanic, RHP Brett Lorin, and RHP Nathan Adcock
Philadelphia Phillies Get--LHP Cliff Lee and OF Ben Francisco
Cleveland Indians Get--RHP Jason Knapp, RHP Carlos Carrasco, C Lou Marson, and SS Jason Donald
San Francisco Giants Get--2B Freddy Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates Get--RHP Tim Alderson
Chicago Cubs Get--LHP John Grabow and LHP Tom Gorzelanny
Pittsburgh Pirates Get--RHP Kevin Hart and RHP Jose Ascanio
July 30:
Los Angeles Dodgers Get--LHP George Sherrill
Baltimore Orioles Get--3B Jose Bell and RHP Steve Johnson
July 31(Trade Deadline):
Florida Marlins Get--1B Nick Johnson
Washington Nationals Get--LHP Aaron Thompson
Atlanta Braves Get--1B Adam LaRoche
Boston Redsox Get--1B Casey Kotchman
Detroit Tigers Get--LHP Jarrod Washburn
Seattle Mariners Get--LHP Lucas French and LHP Mauricio Robles
Minnesota Twins Get--SS Orlando Cabrera
Oakland Athletics Get--SS Tyler Ladendorf
Chicago Whitesox Get--RHP Jake Peavy
San Diego Padres Get--LHP Aaron Poreda, LHP Clayton Richard, RHP Dexter Carter, and RHP Adam Russell
Boston Redsox Get--1B/C Victor Martinez
Cleveland Indians Get--RHP Jason Masterson, LHP Nick Hagadone, and RHP Bryan Price
Jeff's Trade Deadline Winner: Boston Redsox
Brief--Their most notable trade was that-of-which landed C/1B Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians. They needed a jolt in their lineup to get their offense going again and Martinez can do just that which exactly what they wanted, and needed. They also got 1B Casey Kotchman from the Atlanta Braves to add to their deapth.
Jeff's Trade Deadline Loser: Cleveland Indians
Brief--They gave up two proven "stars" such as Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez and also gave up three good role players in Ryan Garko, Ben Francisco, and Rafael Betancourt. Despite giving up all that, they didn't get a single Major Leaguer who has proven himself. In the past two seasons, the Indians have given up the reigning AL Cy Young Winner and haven't gotten a Major League Player in either deal.

Victor Martinez is headed for Boston

Victor Martinez bobblehead night will be tomorrow in Cleveland, however Martinez won't be there for it. He will be on his way to Boston getting ready to play for his new team, the Redsox.

The Redsox pulled the trigger acquiring Martinez less than 30 minutes before the end of the MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline.

In getting Martinez, the Redsox will be sending pitchers Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price to the Indians.

Tigers acquire Washburn

The Detroit Tigers made a move at the trade deadline for the third time in the past four years by acquiring left-handed starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn from the Seattle Mariners for left-handers Luke French and Mauricio Robles.

Washburn has an 8-6 recorded and owns the 3rd lowest ERA in the American League at 2.64.

In his only start in Detroit this year, he pitched seven shutout innings while only giving up two hits.

Ortiz is on "The List"

Boston Redsox slugger, David Ortiz, spoke Thursday about being one of the 104 players that tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003 during Major League Baseball's survey testing season.

Ortiz found out before the Redsox game Thursday that his name was on the list and in a post-game interview he stated that he was "shocked" and that he would find out what he tested positive for.

"One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true," Ortiz said. "Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me -- I will not hide and I will not make excuses."

Ortiz now joins Manny Ramirez on the list, both of which played key roles in the Boston Redsox 2004 championship run.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mark Buehrle throws a perfect game

Perfection. That is the only word to describe Whitesox pitcher Mark Buehrle's start Thursday against the Rays.

Buehrle hurled all nine innings perfectly leading his Whitesox team to a 5-0 victory over the defending American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays.

It was not easy though, and Buehrle had to rely on his defense to help him. Manager Ozzie Guillen called on Dewayne Wise to go in to play Center Field as a defensive replacement. He would soon be tested. The first batter to hit in the 9th inning wasted no time in testing Wise. The batter, Gabe Kapler, hit a deep fly ball to straight away center field. Wise leaped up with his glove fully extended over the wall made the play as he slammed into the wall and fell to the ground making the catch.

Wise's catch saved Buehrle's perfect game as Buehrle was able to record the final two outs easily and throw just the 18th Perfect Game in Major League Baseball history.

Shortly after arriving at his house after the game, Buehrle recieved a phone call from the most powerful Whitesox fan, President Barack Obama. The phone call lasted no more than 30 seconds but Buehrle was still honored that the President would take a few seconds out of his day to talk with him.