The Trade Deadline and An Update
The trade deadline has come and passed in the MLB. The Red Sox big move of the day was the acquisition of Twins 30 year old Dominican LHP Fernando Abad, for 25 year old AAA relief man Pat Light, Boston’s 37th overall pick in 2012. This season Abad is 1-4 in 39 games with a 2.65 ERA, while Pat Light with the Pawsox is 1-1 in 25 games with a 2.32 ERA. Pat Light has only pitched in two game in the majors, where he gave up 7 runs and 7 hits, two of which were home runs, bringing his major league ERA to 23.63. This move makes sense for the Sox, because as I’ve been saying, this bullpen needs help and Fernando Abad looks like the man who can offer it. Taking some of the stress off Brad Ziegler, Junichi Tazawa and the returning Craig Kimbrel
This move comes after a poor week where the Red Sox have gone 2-5, which included a 4 game sweep by Detroit at Fenway. Boston has also fallen in the power rankings from 5th to 10th, the largest fall of the season. But don’t fret, the Sox are only a 1.5 games back in the division, sitting in third. If the season were to end today, Toronto would be hosting the wild card game at the Rogers Center. Much like the AL East the AL wild card race is a close one, Boston is only 1 game behind Toronto for homefield advantage, while Detroit and Houston sit only 1 game and 2.5 games behind the Sox respectively. Its looking like it is gonna be a tough fight to the finish for Boston.
Tonight the Sox start a 4 game series at Seattle. This will be David Ortiz’s final trip to the Emerald City, to play against the team that drafted him back in 1992.
The reason I mention this is because back at the 96′ trade deadline Ortiz, who was David Arias at the time, was the player to be named later in the trade for vetran Dave Hollins, who ended up only playing to the end of the season for Seattle.
Dave Hollins Career numbers
12 years, 1x All-Star
112 Home Runs
1 World Series appearence
David Ortiz Career numbers
20 years, 10x All-Star
528 Home Runs
3 World Series Titles
1 World Series MVP
At the time though, the move made sense for the Mariners, who already had future hall of famer Edgar Martinez as their DH. And who could have guessed Ortiz would go on to have the career he’s had. Seattle is expected to have a farewell ceremony, like many of the other teams have been doing, sometime this series for the retiring Ortiz. This series also presents a great oppurtunity for Boston to bounce back and move up the standings.