Sometimes wheeling and dealing can assemble the parts needed to reach the World Series. Sometimes it’s just desperation and other times it’s getting rid of a thorn in your side.
For the Boston Red Sox, the trade of Manny Ramirez may serve double duty. Dumping a loudmouth, while gaining a hitter like Jason Bay, can only make Boston stronger. The Dodgers badly needed a boost in the lineup and being in the spotlight of L.A. may assuage Manny’s ailing ego.
Ken Griffey Jr.’s move to the White Sox, to me, isn’t that big a deal. But it will give White Sox fans a hero.
Amidst the flurry, it may have been hard to notice the Yankees moves. Riding a winning wave, the Yankees have positioned themselves for another run at a title, which may or may not be good enough for the Steinbrenners if it doesn’t happen.