1) Brewers: C.C. Sabathia will make them legitimate contenders for the NL Wild Card. They addressed a big need by adding another ace to help Ben Sheets. They stood no chance of making the playoffs without making this deal. Not much was given up to get him either.
2) Dodgers: Manny Ramirez is the big bat in the middle of the line up the Dodgers needed to win the very weak NL West. They didn't even have to give up much to get him.
3) Red Sox: It is hard to believe that trading away Manny Ramirez can make you a winner, but it was something they needed to do. They received a younger and cheaper Jason Bay who can get the job done. This will also free up cap space to make a big deal in the off-season or at the deadline next year.
4) Yankees: They made numerous deals this year. They received Xavier Nady, Marte, and Pudge. They addressed a need by adding a catcher, but they gave away their most consistent reliever. Next year it will be interesting to see what they do with all their outfielders and catchers.
5) Cubs: Acquiring Rich Harden solidifies their rotation and almost ensures them the NL Central Title. The funny thing is that they wouldn't have made the deal unless the Brewers made their's first.
1) Pirates: They pretty much just gave away Xavier Nady, Jason Bay, and Marte. If you're trying to rebuild your team at least get some good prospects in return. They will be in the basement for years to come.
2) Marlins: Sure they received Rhodes, but they missed out on a chance to get one of the best hitters in the league in Manny Ramirez. They didn't accept the deal for Manny because they thought they should get 1 more prospect. No playoffs for the Marlins this year.
3) A's: They traded away both Joe Blanton and Rich Harden for Absolutely nothing. If the A's keep trading away all their good pitchers they won't be in the conversation of the playoffs for years to come.
4) Indians: One year removed from the AL Championship game and they trade away one of the best pitchers in the game for practically nothing. It just doesn't make sense to me.
5) White Sox: They picked up Griffey, but I don't think that will help their team. They are going to have him start in center field which he hasn't done in two years and I believe he is way to old for that. He has an endless list of injuries so they are taking a huge risk, especially with the gigantic price tag he carries.
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