Wednesday, July 19, 2017

They don't make blockbusters like they used to.

"The Evil Empire is back, and, oh, don’t the Boston Red Sox know it."


"The New York Yankees pulled off a blockbuster seven-player trade Tuesday evening, seizing three players from the Chicago White Sox who the Red Sox also desired.

The Yankees acquired former All-Star closer David Robertson, former All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox for prized outfield prospect Blake Rutherford, veteran reliever Tyler Clippard, minor-league pitcher Ian Clarkin, and minor-league outfielder Tito Polo."

"Former" all-stars. 

Tyler Clippard made a couple of all-star games, too.

Who hasn't? 

"The Yankees, who had lost 17 of their last 24 games, slipping to 3 ½ games behind the Red Sox in the American League East, now have a three-headed monster in late innings with closer Aroldis Chapman, Robertson and Dellin Betances.

And, considering the Yankees’ ineptitude at first and third base this season, Frazier, who is earning $12 million in the final year of his contract, is a welcome addition. He’s hitting just .207 but has 16 homers, and is a solid infielder."

Lost 17 out of 24.

In third place, 3.5 games out of first place.

Added a player hitting .207.

Evil Empire. 

"Yet, while the Yankees firmly established themselves as contenders, the biggest winners of the trade deadline have been the White Sox."

I just think Bob Nightengale is a nice guy. 

Everybody wins and everything is terrific.

"As for the Red Sox?

It's back to the phones, knowing they badly need a third baseman, while hoping to acquire another reliever.

And, oh yeah, just in case anyone wondered, that war between the Yankees and Red Sox has been rekindled, loud and clear for everyone to see."

We'll see. 

I'm not feeling it before or after the trade.

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