Waiver-wire trade bait, deadline winners and losers and more (cont.)
And here are some late winners and losers from the deals that did or didn't go down ...
2. Jarrod Washburn: Wisconsin native should be thrilled to be in the Midwest with a shot at getting back to the World Series.
4. Matt Holliday: Never seemed comfortable in Oakland. Could see him staying in St. Louis
5. Red Sox: Wanted Adrian Gonzalez most, but Victor Martinez almost fits better with his versatility. Not a bad start with five hits, either. Also, kept Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard, Casey Kelly and Ryan Westmoreland.
6. Victor Martinez: Cried at the thought of leaving Cleveland. But Boston isn't a bad spot for a switch-hitter.
7. Marlins: Tiny-market team winds up buying Nick Johnson. Like it.
8. Dodgers: George Sherrill was a highly successful closer in the AL East who goes West to set up in L.A.
10. Indians: In retrospect, it appears they were on orders to cut payroll. But they kept quiet about it, went about their business and did what was necessary
11. Cliff Lee: Philadelphia seemed to be a popular spot, and Lee must be thrilled to leave a small-market team that wouldn't extend him and couldn't hit for him.
12. Pirates: President Frank Coonelly and GM Neal Huntington have thick skins and a plan to be better. Pirates fans will need to be patient, though.
14. Kevin Towers: He has to be relieved to be done with the Jake Peavy ordeal, and have four young pitchers and $60 million in savings to show for it. Trades for Bell and Gonzalez would have made sense.
15. White Sox: Peavy threw pain-free Sunday and goes off on his rehab now. It's a gamble, sure, but if he pitches to his usual form, they have as formidable a rotation as the one that won it all for them in 2005. Hard to question White Sox GM Ken Williams.
16. Jake Peavy: Made the right call this time. With two more months to think about it, he realized the South Siders are serious about winning, while San Diego's more into saving.
17. All Major League players: With Peavy's contract absorbed, it shows that maybe the economy isn't quite so terrible as some have believed or suggested.
1. Roy Halladay: Speechlessness after non-trade told the tale. On the whole, he'd rather be in Philly (and probably a few other places, too).
2. Royals: Injuries have wrecked them. But couldn't they have done anything?
3. Brewers: The team that imported CC Sabathia last year comes up with Claudio Vargas this time.
4. Cubs: John Grabow should help, but rival Cardinals were one of the biggest winners.
5. Twins: Orlando Cabrera isn't bad, but he doesn't match Washburn or Peavy. And where's the relief?
6. Reds: I like Rolen to improve a young clubhouse. But where's the sale?
7. Astros: Fully committed to the do-nothing party.
8. Nationals: Did trade Nick Johnson, Lastings Milledge and Joe Beimel, so give 'em credit for that. But shouldn't Dunn be Done there?
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