A trade deadline to remember
The 2008 trade deadline will go down as one for the ages, with today’s Manny Ramirez blockbuster capping us off. I cannot remember one with as many recognizable impact players and future Hall of Famers switching teams — Rich Harden, C.C. Sabathia, Pudge Rodriguez and Xavier Nady, Ken Griffey Jr., Mark Teixiera… on and on it went.
Brian Cashman has a 5:30 p.m. ET press conference to discuss the deadline. Unless something transpired that we don’t know about, the last move for the Yankees was sending Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for right-handed reliever Jhonny Nunez. The Yankees’ 40-man roster is now at 38.
Pudge is in uniform, wearing No. 12 and batting eighth in the lineup. He set off a photo frenzy at the bat rack in the dugout just a few minutes ago and called it “a dream” to be here. The Yankees are a better playoff contender now than they were on July 25, before the Nady/Damaso Marte deal, there’s no doubt about it.
Revisiting that Jan. 2007 Randy Johnson trade with the D-Backs:
RHP Ross Ohlendorf: Dealt with three others to Pirates for Xavier Nady & Damaso Marte
IF Alberto Gonzalez: Traded to Nationals for RHP Jhonny Perez (2-8, 4.85 ERA in 26 games at Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg)
RHP Luis Vizcaino: Big part of ’07 Yankees bullpen, allowed to walk and replaced by RHP LaTroy Hawkins, earning the Yankees LHP Jeremy Bleich as draft compensation from Colorado.
RHP Steven Jackson: Currently 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.