The non-waiver trade deadline passed on Thursday with some real doozies going down. Three future Hall of Famers changed teams and a lot of other talent moved as well. Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect:
Manny Ramirez will be a free agent after this season, which means he’ll play his hardest on most days in Los Angeles. Playing his home games at Chavez Ravine will reduce some numbers, but a stud like Man-Ram will still get his no matter where he plays.
Pudge Rodriguez was added to an already powerful Yankees lineup. Pudge isn’t the same hitter he was in his prime (who of us is?) but will still benefit from the talent surrounding him. Look for more RBi and runs scored.
Ken Griffey goes to the White Sox and will be playing centerfield again. The Reds moved Junior out of center for a reason and he might have a few struggles at the plate in the tougher league. Since he’s batting seventh in Chicago (he
was hitting third in Cincy) and he’ll be sharing time with Paul Konerko and Nick Swisher, expect Griffey’s numbers to suffer with the move.
Jason Bay replaces Ramirez in Boston‘s outfield. Bay is a good player, but he’s not Manny. Don’t confuse the two and don’t expect Manny-type numbers from Bay.
Mark Teixeira has been putting up numbers all season, but now he enters a lineup where he could thrive. Tex’s numbers have always been of the opportunistic variety, but he’ll have a lot of RBi opportunities in the Angels lineup and should also score more runs.
Casey Kotchman will lose a little with Atlanta. He is no longer surrounded by such a powerful lineup and all of his stats should take a small downturn. But he’s a good keeper as he’ll probably bat in the heart of the order for as long as he’s a Brave.
Andy LaRoche and Brandon Moss will both get starting gigs in Pittsburgh. They both have a lot of upside and this is their chance to show what they can do. Since Pittsburgh has a number of talented players in the minors who can push them out of the way, it’s put up or shut up time for these two. A great time to grab them off the waiver wire and get some cheap numbers to help your team.