The Sox made two trades on the day. They acquired left-handed reliever Craig Breslow from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik, and they received minor league knuckleballer Steven Wright in exchange for Triple-A first baseman Lars Anderson.
Anderson and Podsednik were considered spare parts. While a big part of the Sox bullpen, Albers is an inferior player to Breslow. With Tim Wakefield still actively involved in the Sox organization, Wright is coming to the best possible place for him to fine-tune his knuckler.
A quiet deadline sometimes is the best possible decision for a franchise. For a team that has been so unpredictable all year, the Sox did well to avoid a shake-up that would have likely created yet another huge distraction.
GM Ben Cherington deserves credit for his ability to filter out all the fan and media noise about this team, keeping his focus equally on the present and future of the team. Fans should take comfort in knowing that, unlike previous GMs, Cherington is indeed capable of taking the long view.
Despite not generating lots of headlines, the Sox emerged from Wednesday’s deadline as big winners. Here are eight reasons why: