- Los Angeles Angels:
- Los Angeles Dodgers:
*One note about Dodgers owner Frank McCourt: there's been talk that there are factions in the Dodgers front office that are debating on which player moves to make, whether to deal youngsters for veterans and how much money to spend. McCourt has so much dead or near-dead money on his roster----Andruw Jones, Jason Schmidt, Nomar Garciaparra, Rafael Furcal----that he's well within his rights to say enough's enough. Casey Blake can play third, Manny left and the Dodgers are a genuine contender to come out of the National League because of these reasonably priced moves that were only possible because McCourt said no to other costly decisions.
- Chicago White Sox:
They didn't give up much to get him in Nick Masset and Danny Richar. Masset's already 26 and hasn't shown much more than the possibility of being a reliever or spot starter. Richar's shown some pop in the minors but probably isn't an everyday player in the majors and might stick as a utility player. Giving Griffey frequent rest days down the stretch, moving Swisher to first base and sitting Konerko is probably the best move for right now and should maximize the deal for the White Sox.
- New York Yankees:
- Cleveland Indians:
- Boston Red Sox:
Getting Jason Bay was about the best that Epstein could've done under these circumstances, but Jason Bay is not Manny Ramirez; has never played in one meaningful game in his entire career and probably has no clue what he's in for during a Yankees-Red Sox imbroglio. He's been an all-field hitter in his career and might feel pressured to aim for the Green Monster in games at Fenway and looks to me like the type of player who might get that "deer-in-the-headlights" look amid everything involved in replacing Manny, playing in Boston, etc.
This whole Manny-mess distracted the Red Sox from finding bullpen help and while Manny's departure will make for a quieter work environment, it makes them a weaker team and no amount of clubhouse harmony will make up for diminished on-field performance.
- Arizona Diamondbacks:
- St. Louis Cardinals:
- New York Mets/Philadelphia Phillies:
- Houston Astros:
- Toronto Blue Jays:
Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly. Think!
The team isn't any good! It's time to start all over again by keeping Roy Halladay and pretty much nothing else. This is what happens when an under fire GM is allowed to stay in his job well past his expiration date; he shouldn't even be allowed the option of trying to make deals like this because if he'd pulled them off, things only would be worse in both the near and distant future.
- San Diego Padres:
- Tampa Bay Rays:
- Pittsburgh Pirates: