One team made many moves, while the other made zero moves. What does it all mean in the end?
It means that the Mets and Yankees both came out as huge winners at the trade deadline.
By now everyone knows the trades. The Yankees got Xavier Nady and Demaso Marte for practically nothing out of their farm system, and then traded Kyle Farnsworth for Ivan Rodriguez.
The Mets, on the other hand, sat back and watched as teams such as the Braves, Dodgers, Pirates, and Red Sox made huge moves.
It's easy to see why the Yankees came out as winners at the 2008 trading deadline. They filled all three holes that they wanted to plug coming into July. They added a lefty specialist in the bullpen, a solid catcher (after the loss of Posada), and a top quality corner outfielder (after the loss of Matsui).
These moves aside, the Yankees still would not of come out of this deadline so bad. One of the biggest thorns in their side has now been shipped way out of the division, and will not be terrorizing Yankee pitchers for a long time.
Manny Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers in a three team deal that included the Pirates loading up on prospects and the Red Sox acquiring Jason Bay.
In case you don't think that this trade is a big deal for the Yankees consider this: In the past three seasons (2005-2007), Manny has hit 17 home runs, driven in 46 and hit a scorching .407 against the Pinstripes.
There is no doubt that Jason Bay is a solid hitter who will fill in very nicely for the Red Sox, but when it comes to destroying Yankees pitching, no one new that art better than Manny Ramirez.
Moving onto the Mets.
Many people will be able to get on Omar Minaya for not making a big move to land one of the "big guys," such as Bay, Nady, or Griffey.
I, for one, am not upset by this in the least. Omar stuck to his guns, insisting that he would not trade even more of the future, after loosing much of it to the Twins for Johan Santana this past offeseason.
They will most likely wait to hear about Ryan Church, hoping that he is able to step back into the middle of that lineup and be effective. They will continue to rely on Fernando Tatis, Endy Chavez, and Marlon Anderson to fill the corner outfield spots until both Church, and hopefully Angel Pagan can return (both were hitting very well when they were injured).
Furthermore, they did nothing to help their bullpen, let's be frank, was there really anyone out there you wanted more than they guys the Mets already had?
After missing out on Marte, did you really want Huston Street, Brian Fuentes, or another sub-middle-class relief pitcher?
As a Mets fan, I am satisfied with the bullpen as is. It has been proven that many of the guys in this pen are second half pitchers.
Aaron Heilman (over the past three seasons, 2005-2007) has a 1.86 ERA after the all star break, compared to a 4.33 ERA, pre all star break. In fact, the most intriguing fact about Heilman is his home runs against numbers. He has surrendered 15 first half home runs over the past three years. During the second half of the season, he has only given up four!
The Mets bullpen will sort itself out, and again, I respect Omar Minaya for not making a stupid trade, costing them prospects, just to please the fans.
There, of course, are more factors that lead to the Mets success at the deadline. The first, and less obvious, is that the Phillies did nothing. They did not get a solid starter, and they added nothing to a bullpen that is cooling off quicker than a supermodel in Antarctica.
The more obvious improvement to the Mets predicament, isn't as much a help to them as it is to the entire division. Mark Texierra's trade gives both the Phillies and Mets a huge break when it comes to playing the braves.
Teixeira had hit .333 against the Mets in his roughly one season with the Braves. The Phillies will not catch as much of a break as Teixeira only hit .234 against them in the same time period.
When it's all said and done, regardless of the outcome of the 2008 season, I'm glad we didn't trade more of the farm (either team), and both New York teams came out winners.
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