photo by Samara Pearlstein
Here’s the news so far:
–Josh Anderson was sent to the Royals for cash considerations. Sorry, Josh. It isn’t you, it’s us. We… we just need some time for ourselves. We aren’t playing around with other vague outfielding types. Honest. And really, Kansas City isn’t so bad this time of year. There’s… barbecue? Fountains. Um. You’ll be OK.
–Jack Wilson was traded to Seattle, Freddy Sanchez to San Francisco. Can we stop talking about the Tigers acquiring Pirates now? Please? (although John Grabow went to the Cubs, sadness, I would have liked to get him as he is one of my absolute favorites)
–Cliff Lee, as most of you know by now, was traded to the Phillies. Good for us, in the sense that we no longer have to deal with him and his 2.86 ERA vs. the Tigers this year.
–Joel Zumaya is in fact going to have that surgery and will be officially out for the rest of the ’09 season.
Fine. Whatever. He wasn’t going to be able to come back and stay healthy anyways. At this rate he’ll be 35 before he manages to spend an entire season on the field and then it’ll only be when he scraps the fastball out of necessity and learns how to throw a knuckleball.
–Justin Verlander is a giggling schoolgirl, trying (and failing) to make eye contact with Nolan Ryan, on whom he has a massive baseball crush. Just pass him a note during homeroom, Justin.
–A whole lot of nothing else.
Mr. Dombrowski and the rest of the FO seem content to march along with the team they’ve got right now. Certainly there’s no urgency to any of the idle rumors that have been floating around, and (as of right now) it doesn’t sound like any big moves are imminent. Reactivating Carlos Guillen was the one ‘big’ thing the Tigers planned on doing; it has duly been done, and it’s worked out OK so far. Whatever. One great big Whatever.
Like I said, I will be in Ohio for various baseball games this weekend (a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game on Friday, the Tigers/Racist Logos game on Saturday), so if something DOES go down, I won’t be around to deal with it until late Sunday or Monday. If you’re getting psyched about the deadline, some of the boys are having a livechat over yonder from 2-4 pm on Friday. Should be a good time, I would totally join them if I was going to be within reach of a Magical Internet Portal, so yeah, check those cats out.