The 30 best moves of this year
Two of the best moves of the year involved
Such are the dangers of big-league dealing.
It's all very unpredictable. But as it turned out this year, the very same GMs -- the Yankees'
The same GMs made so many of the best moves that only 10 teams account for 28 of 30 entries on my list of the 30 Best Moves of the Year. For those scoring at home, that's 33 percent of the teams accounting for 93 percent of the entries. The Yankees and Rockies are tied for the lead with five entries, followed by four for the Mariners and two apiece by the Tigers, Cardinals, Phillies, Angels, Dodgers, Braves and Red Sox. The Nationals and Brewers had one entry apiece. Eighteen of 30 teams (or 60 percent) were shut out.
Not surprisingly, seven of the 10 teams that have multiple moves on the list are heading for the postseason, and an eighth likely will join them.
Here is the list ...
Red Sox pitching coach
Farrell appears to be the perfect man for the job. Beyond being Boston's very successful pitching coach, he pitched for the Indians and worked in their front office. He is also an intellectual heavyweight who should mesh well with GM
The firing of Wedge wasn't entirely fair, of course, as many -- if not most of the Indians' issues -- were not necessarily his fault, starting with the annual abomination otherwise known as Cleveland's bullpen. The Indians haven't drafted very well in recent years but rather came to rely heavily on helpful trades and big-league acquisitions; however, they have had mixed results in those transactions this year. Neither the trade of center fielder Franklin Gutierrez to Seattle in an 11-player trade that brought them reliever
The Indians made the courageous step to deal stars Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez plus Rafael Betancourt and
With the Indians tanking, Wedge lost support from fans. Ownership eventually came to believe a change was needed and is believed to have relayed this belief to Shapiro, a longtime supporter of Wedge. While Shapiro's long-held intention was to keep Wedge, the manager's position became untenable by the time the decision was made.
The decision was made not to have surgery in June on the tendon, and that now looks like a mistake. After the latest setback, doctors are re-evaluating whether the tendon issue led to the hamstring tear, and Reyes will learn in the next day or two if a second doctor also suggests surgery.
If the tendon is repaired, the Mets believe Reyes will be ready for spring training next year. Of course nothing they've thought all along regarding Reyes' injury has come true. He was originally only supposed to miss a few days.
The day before tearing the hamstring (that tear is said not to be complete and expected to heal with rest), Reyes remarked to friends that he was feeling as well as he had in months and even whispered that he was hoping to play in one last game this year. Reyes, who is known around the team has an especially hard worker, may have pushed himself too hard this week. But the question has to be asked whether the Mets pushed too hard this summer when they were suggesting Reyes' hamstring tendon injury might be only a matter of days.
Reyes is one of a long list of Mets who were out with injury a lot longer than originally expected.
A high-ranking Mets person suggested the Mets were hampered by bad luck and a couple wrong personnel choices in an apparent suggestion that their medical protocol is fine. But based on what's gone on, they might be best advised to re-evaluate all their medical practices.
• Cardinals star
• The Dodgers are struggling mightily offensively.
• Diamondbacks people are perplexed that the whole isn't equal to the sum of their parts. Big years by
• The Braves made a smooth exit for
• The Red Sox should not have hung around the clubhouse to celebrate the occasion of their backing in. This is a team that's won two titles in the last half decade, so backing into a wild-card spot should not have been worth staying at the park 'til past midnight to toast. They turned it into a late night, making their matchup the next day vs.
• Joba Chamberlain appeared to pitch himself out of any hope of an October start. The Yankees should put him in the 'pen this weekend with an eye on relief work for Chamberlain, who hasn't been nearly as effective as Gaudin as a starter in recent weeks.
• Kudos to the Padres and manager
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