This is going to be a very large and hard pill for Dusty Baker to swallow. It’s bad enough that he couldn’t find a way for his Cincinnati Reds to push the San Francisco Giants down, back, and out of the postseason in this fifth division series game. But he’s entering the history book on the dime of the franchise he once pulled to within five outs of a World Series title a decade ago.
Now that Josh Beckett has won his first game as a Dodger, maybe it’s a good idea to see how those involved in the biggest deals—non-waiver trade deadline and waiver deadline period alike—have done since pulling those triggers. We’ll list them by the major players who moved:
This is just what the San Francisco Giants don’t need, though it probably did the Washington Nationals—who just squared off against the Giants in San Francisco—a small favour: Melky Cabrera, the MVP of this year’s All-Star Game, suspended fifty games for a positive testosterone test.
The announcement came practically on the heels of the Giants announcing contract talks with Cabrera would go on hold until season’s end. Cabrera, of course, was enjoying a very respectable walk year, with a .906 OPS and a National League-leading 156 hits, 51 of which came in May alone (tying Randy Winn’s team record for any month, and breaking Willie Mays’ team record for May, since the Giants came to San Francisco in the first place), a significant factor in the Giants at this writing sitting tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West.
Further details to come, but the final hour before the non-waiver trade deadline has been rather brisk:
* The Miami Marlins have sent Gaby Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive-balance pick. However, one Fox Sports commentator says the Fish aren’t going to move Josh Johnson (P) . . . yet.
* The Boston Red Sox, needing pitching desperately enough, have picked up lefthanded relief pitcher Craig Breslow (who pitched for the Red Sox in 2006 before they waived him) from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal for reliever/starter Matt Albers and veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik. The Snakes are also said to be talking to the Cincinnati Reds about a Lyle Overbay trade.