The Filibuster

So who are your big winners and losers at the trade deadline?

Melissa
Oak Lawn, IL 
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Well, as a Tigers’ fan I have to start there.  And I think the Tigers made the right moves.  They solidified their pitching without giving away the farm and managed to hold on to the top prospects in their system.  That sounds pretty good to me.

At the same time, the team chasing us made probably the blockbuster deal of the day by picking up Ubaldo Jimenez.  That has to resonate in Detroit as well.

Over in the NL, the Phillies managed to get even better with the addition of Hunter Pence and I’m pretty much all for just letting them play the Giants for the pennant right now.

But the biggest winner?  Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.  Come on, sure, the baseball trades were big but the Patriots just picked up Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth.  That means a game changer on either side of the ball.  You have to figure that the Patriots look set to roll over the AFC this season.

I’m not going to say that both players will have the same kind of initial season as the Randy Moss trade delivered but Belichick seems to have a knack for turning problem players into essential cogs of the Patriot machine.  And guys like Ochocinco and Haynesworth, who have shown that they can dominate when provided the right incentive, totally fit that system.

So, yeah, there were some big trades before the MLB deadline.  It’s kind of hard to compare them with Belichick’s continued dominance of his peers, though.

-A

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2 Comments

I wouldn’t worry too much about Ubaldo. Don’t think he’ll be all that spectacular, and I think his arm is going to fall off any day now. I still think the Tigers are a better team than Cleveland!
-Virginia

http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

I think the Tigers have a better thing going Verlander, having just had a chance to “appreciate” him all over again today. I agree with Virginia. I don’t think signing Ubaldo was the best decision. After his start this season, his dominance in ’10 is starting to seem more and more fluk-ish.
— Kristen

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