With all of the wheeling and dealing done -- until the August waiver-wire deals start, that is -- let's look around the Inter-Google and wrap up reaction to the New York Yankees' troika of trade deadline acquisitions.
Of course, everyone loves to put their stamp of approval or disapproval on trades immediately, quickly judging 'winners and losers.' It's a silly, meaningless exercise since nobody knows how any of this will turn out yet. Still, people do it and it gives us something to talk about.
Here is Stark's summary of the Yankee moves.
Obviously, Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns ain't what they used to be. But what exactly did the Yankees have to lose? They added less payroll ($4.8 million) than the Rangers -- and just gave up a bunch of second-tier prospects to fill potentially big holes. It's possible none of these guys will make an impact. But it's also possible the smell of October glory will revive them. And it was another display of the Yankees behemoth doing what the Yankees behemoth does best -- taking full advantage of its never-ending ability to absorb other people's dead money.
The Sporting News put the Yankees in the 'wait and see' category, wondering how much impact the three acquisitions will really have.
Then, of course, there are the naysayers like Mike Lupica of the Daily News saying the Yankees were 'twitchy' and acted insecure. Yeah, sure, Mike. Trying to improve your team is not trying to win, it's just being 'insecure.' Thanks for playing, now go find something else to whine about.
Speaking of whining, there was of course some of that since the Yankees essentially took on some short-term salary and didn't give up much in terms of prospects.
There was Tim Marchman of Sports Illustrated moaning about how easily the Yankees could take on Berkman, and more or less proclaiming he hoped Berkman would flop in the Bronx.
That the New York Yankees can casually (reportedly) trade for such a player in the midst of a pitched pennant race is cause for some real indignance. Fuzzy as details are at the moment for technical reasons involving Berkman's rights as a 10-year veteran who's played for the same team for the last five years, it seems the Yankees will pay Berkman's salary for the rest of the year and consequently send the Astros nondescript minor leaguers in exchange for his services through the end of the season. That's a heist. If this deal decides the aforementioned pitched pennant race, though, it will count as a minor miracle.