Posted on: August 1, 2008 3:24 pm

Midseason trades: What does it all mean?

Here  a few thoughts on the trades that went down:

In the American League . . .

For the moment, the Rays have the lead in the AL East and they need to keep playing how they've been all season.  But with a few monster trades, the Yankees will certainly be breathing down their necks.  I like their additions, but just not sure why they never went full-speed ahead for pitching help in the back-end of the rotation.  And as for Boston, Jason Bay has stats similar to Manny, but comes with less experience.  There's no doubt he's more of a team player so it could be a good mix for Boston.

In the Central, Griffey to the White Sox was an interesting move.  With the Twins closing in on the lead, you’d think they would go with more of a WOW trade, but maybe he can shake up the lineup in Chicago enough. 

As for the West, well, the Angels got themselves a little “October” insurance with the addition of Teixeira.  The Angels have shown some interest in keeping him around so the offseason will be interesting. 

In the National League . . .

I'm surprised there weren't more "big moves" in the NL East.  The Mets, Phillies and Marlins are all within a game or two and nobody really made a make-it (or break-it) trade. 

Despite the Brewers' recent losing streak, I still think the addition of CC Sabathia is a good one for the Brewers and will make the NL Central race a tight one to the very end. 

And, in the West? Will Manny's addition to the Dodgers lineup give them an edge over the Diamondbacks?  We'll soon see.  Although, I'm sure he'll add some drama, somehow.  I think Manny could have really made a difference for the Marlins, but in the end, I think it's better he didn't end up there.  Nobody expected the Marlins to be where they are and perhaps one of the reasons they are playing so well and still in the hunt is because of good chemistry in the clubhouse.  Who knows if it all would've exploded when Manny arrived.

Check out the complete TRADE ANALYSIS for an in-depth look at the trades.  
What do you think was the biggest midseason trade?  Do you think any were a total bust?  Which teams missed the boat?

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