The Baseball Revue
Wooten can hit, that's for sure. What you do with him as far as getting him into the lineup is a mystery. He's not much of a catcher, but can play there, sort of like Rob Fick. He won't embarrass you or anything, but if there's a better option around, use that one. So Bengie Molina shouldn't lose any sleep. Brad Fullmer is left-handed and has hit a little this season, so he should be okay. That leaves Scott Spiezio, who has been moderately useful, but the Angels could use a third power bat in their lineup with Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon, so if Wooten hits, he should probably take Spiezio's job simply based on the fact that he has the ability to cause a lot more damage to the scoreboard.
BOSTON RED SOX
Sanchez will move right back in at second base as many frustrated Red Sox fans continue to curse the day Jose Offerman was born, even if he has been useful for them before.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Jimenez's star sure faded out. He's a hell of a streaky player, but he can play three positions well enough and could provide the White Sox with a great reason to tell Royce Clayton to hit the road.
Signed OF Karim Garcia to a minor-league contract; placed OF Matt Lawton on the 15-day DL; recalled UT Bill Selby from Buffalo. (07.12)
Manuel was in a no-win situation with Mark Shapiro, who is a total dingleberry. I'm not saying Manuel's a great manager, because he's not, but he's a good one that doesn't out-and-out screw up all the time, and even with the knocks on his age and/or health, he should find a job somewhere else. Joel Skinner will get a serious look at being the full-time manager, but I wouldn't place bets on either outcome yet.
Higgy will soon be out of Detroit if he has his way, and anywhere he goes can only serve to improve his production, including Seattle and Safeco Field. Young should go ahead and get his surgery and sit out this season if he has to, because he's not going to help himself or the team from this point out. Carlos Pena is around to handle first and Randall Simon or Craig Monroe or someone can do the DHing. Truby's injury leaves the Tigers without a third baseman, aka it leaves them with Shane Halter.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Claimed RHP Seth Etherton off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds; transferred RHP Christian Parker from the 15- to 60-day DL. (07.11)
The Reds had to realize someone would claim Etherton, but I guess that's both a reality check of how much future he has (that they didn't care to let him go), or makes them look dumb. I don't know.
TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS
Rivera made a great catch in his first game, prompting Tim Kurkjian to remark that he stole a hit, to which I replied, "hahaha." Greer's return is semi-good news, especially if they trade him. I didn't even know Sadler was with the Rangers.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The word is that this will cut into Counsell's playing time, but if the Diamondbacks have the sense of a billy goat they'll just put Rudy at shortstop and give Tony Womack's PT the heave-ho. Counsell has outplayed Womack in every way imaginable this season, putting together a useful campaign of Clutch Hits and Getting On Base. Williams will be looked at to provide some power, but in all honesty I can't imagine him hitting more than .270 with 12 homers, or something close to that. And I fear it'll be much worse.
Dempster just became the ace of a contending team, and whether or not that's good is hard to decide. He's a talented pitcher with occasional fits of nocontrolitis that's had his arm beat on for the past three years. The fact that he hasn't been hurt so far is kind of surprising, but he's pitched like someone who has something wrong with his arm, so who knows? The Reds either just acquired an affordable and talented young pitcher, or they got damaged goods.
Poor Wilton Guerrero. The Marlins acquire Juan Encarnacion, Carl Pavano and a heap of junk (Snare and Wayne being young is a plus, but you can't tell if they'll be good or not), and the likelihood of both of them being junk is too high for me to think they got enough in return for giving up one of the better hitters in the league and a solid pitcher. Dempster is more of a dump than Floyd, because they're going to need their cash to lock up Penny, Burnett and Beckett for the long-haul.
I'm all for Floyd's reasoning of not wanting to play in Montreal, but if they just stick him at first base everything should be hunky-dory. They have a hell of a lineup at the top now with Wilkerson, Vidro, Vlad and Uncle Cliff, who, if he plays through not wanting to be in Montreal, should put up his numbers and contribute. Past that there's still a mess, but Fernando Tatis has hit this year and Orlando Cabrera should really start anytime now. The fact that their rotation is rock-solid with Vazquez, Colon, Armas and Ohka only helps their attempt at a wild card run. I'm not saying it'll happen, and I'll be surprised if it does, but it's far more realistic now than it was a couple days ago.
NEW YORK METS
SAN DIEGO PADRES
Buchanan is more or less the same hitter as Bubba Trammell but not quite as good. The Twins did a good job in trading him away and wishing him all the best, because Bobby Kielty has been super and Dustan Mohr has been darn good, not to mention that Mike Cuddyer is bangin' on the door.
There's not a lot here, but I was pressured to update so here you go.
I renew my complaints toward the Tigers for even bothering to have Jacob Cruz in the first place. It's not a Rondell White situation where he's good while healthy. He's a mediocre fourth outfielder with a little bit of pop while healthy. Big difference, especially on a bad team.
Extended the lease at Network Associates Coliseum through 2007 with club options through 2010. (07.09)
Well A's fans, there's good news and bad news. The good news is your team isn't going anywhere. The bad news is your team isn't going anywhere cooler than Network Associates Coliseum.
Fyhrie is busted down due to the acquisition of Ted Lilly and Aaron Harang's subsequent and sure-to-be brief demotion to the bullpen. Once Cory Lidle continues to suck, Harang will move back where he belongs.
Franklin has been pretty darn good this season, but the Mariners have a fistful of guys in Triple-A that are probably his equal, including Mateo.
This trade makes sense for both teams. At 37, Fetters meets the minimum age requirement for Diamondbacks relievers. Also, he's a big fat guy that could add some color to the clubhouse, pulling pranks on the youngsters with the likes of Mark Grace and Greg Swindell. Haha, I can almost smell young whippersnapper Craig Counsell's cleats burning.
Agbayani has rapidly gone from lovable tub in New York to platoon player in Colorado to useless platoon player in Colorado to a member of the SkySox. That's something else right there. This will be Ben Petrick's 200th chance at keeping Colorado's starting catching job, assuming he can wrestle it from Bobby Estallela's clutches at all.
Arroyo stinks. Sanchez has a great name. It reminds me of that old Rob Schneider SNL character, where he's all, "Hey, it's JIM. The JIM-MAN. JIMARAMA. THE JIMMER." It's like this dude's name is Duane but he hangs out with that guy. "Hey it's DUANE. THE DUANE-MAN. DUANEARAMA. THE DUANER."