The calendar is getting ready to turn the page to July so that means we’ll be on the home stretch for the trading deadline.
Of course, there have been so many rumors about Seattle’s Cliff Lee and whether or not the Yankees will make a play. If it meant raiding the farm system, then a deal for Lee doesn’t make sense. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season, so as long as he doesn’t sign a pre-trade extension with another team, he should be there for the Yankees to pursue in the off-season.
Now, if they can put together a package now that makes sense without sacrificing the future, they should do it. The Yankees could easily free up a spot in the rotation by trading Javier Vazquez to a National League club, and getting Lee would be a hedge against Andy Pettitte retiring in the off-season. Right now, the Yankees really have only one shutdown ace…CC Sabathia. A.J. Burnett has decided to become a batting practice pitcher, Andy is always going to give up runs although he’ll keep it close, and Phil Hughes is handicapped by the innings limit placed on him by the team so there are no other guarantees in the rotation. A rotation led by the former Indians duo of Sabathia and Lee would be very formidable. So, here’s hoping the team can find a way, although admittedly, another bat is probably the wiser route to take.
The Yankees have the lead in the American League but it is by the slimmest of margins. Entering play tonight, they were just a game ahead of the injury-decimated Boston Red Sox and three games up on the Tampa Bay Rays. The injuries have been tough, but I’d say that the Red Sox have had it worse yet they are playing the better baseball despite a lineup of players that you may not have heard of prior to the season. I am not sure what the Yankees should do, but complacency is not the answer.
Well, it’s time for the third installment of my lost wager with Julia of Julia’s Rants. We bet on last Sunday’s Red Sox-Giants game, and I lost. Being a Bay Area resident, I was pulling for the home team as if there was any question about which team a Yankee fan would pull for. With the loss, I have to include a paragraph about every player on the Red Sox roster (as of the game day when the Giants lost).
For my third player, I will go with the player who started the scoring for the Red Sox last Sunday with a deep smash to right…
#34 David Ortiz
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Over the years, there have been players released that surprised me but probably none more than when the Minnesota Twins let Ortiz go. I was not close to the situation so I do not know the exact reasons behind his release, but the move helped ensure the end of the Curse of the Bambino.
David Americo Ortiz Arias was born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners, and after spending four years in their farm system, he was traded to the Twins for Dave Hollins. Ortiz showed glimpses of his power in Minnesota, but injuries and inconsistency held him back, ultimately leading to his release.
He signed with the Red Sox on January 22, 2003, and the Red Sox Nation has never been the same. One of the greatest free agent signings in Boston’s history (in any team’s history), Ortiz hit .301 in 2004 with 41 home runs and 139 RBI’s in helping lead the Red Sox to their first World Championship in 86 years. Three years later, with 35 home runs and 117 RBI’s, Ortiz would be hoisting the championship trophy over his head once again.
Ortiz has started the downward descent of his career that comes with age, but he’ll forever be interlinked into the fabric of Red Sox history.
I personally won’t miss those walk-off home runs when his Boston career comes to an end…