- Angels 10-Yankees 5:
Carl Pavano has been discussed as being "solid" in his rehab starts and again there are expectations that he's going to be able to contribute something in the last month of his four-year, $40 million contract for which he has provided nothing more than a load of deserved ridicule. I don't want to hear one word about Carl Pavano and if anyone's expecting anything from the worst free agent signing ever, they're either taking hallucinatory narcotics or are living in NeverNeverLand.
- Brewers 5-Nationals 0:
- Brian Giles vetoes a trade to the Red Sox:
Sometimes it's because of money (many players have the Yankees, Red Sox and other big market teams on their no-trade list because the player will demand a contract extension to join them); sometimes it's because they sign contracts for less money to be in a more comfortable spot so they can be near their families and don't want to pick up and leave in August. It's not a matter of going, in the case of Giles, from an atrocious Padres team to a contending Red Sox team; it's a matter of moving on short notice and leaving his home for the last two-plus months of the season.
I think Giles would have been a good pickup for the Red Sox had he okayed the deal and the dimensions of Fenway might have returned his power to a point. Giles hits the ball to all fields and with the Green Monster to shoot at, would have at least provided some extra base power if not the home run power from earlier in his career; he rejected the deal, so the point is moot.
There was some suggestion that the Red Sox claimed Giles to keep him from going to the Angels or Rays, but I believe those allegations of waiver "blocks" are overblown. If Giles were a true difference maker who'd be a power bat for either of those teams then maybe (such a player would be a Matt Holliday or Chipper Jones), but I don't believe that anyone's going to get into such a twist about Brian Giles at this point in his career. The Red Sox claimed him because they could use him; if the "block" to keep him from the Angels or Rays was a part of the equation, it was only an ancillary thought