Post-show blog for 8/13
Hey kids sorry for the delay, we had problems logging in… anyway, here’s the place to add your questions and comments, and we’ll respond throughout the day.
BTW, Siano and I have a 5.0 game lead for the wild card in our Baseball Prospectus scoresheet keeper league. Our ace was supposed to be Aaron Harang but that hasn’t worked out, and Carlos Lee was the anchor of our offense but of course is now out for the season. Since we would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, we’re trying to win now, so we have gone for broke in recent trades and made two more yesterday:
1. Traded Carlos Lee and our 12th round pick next year (essentially a 2nd rounder since we keep 10) for Vladimir Guerrero and Tyler Yates;
2. Traded Aarong Harang and Michael Bourn for Torii Hunter and an 18th round pick.
So we traded a guy who is out for the year, a bench OF, a struggling SP who was also on our bench, and downgrade one draft pick by 6 rounds, for two front-line outfielders (one an elite bat and one a solid bat and elite glove) and a little bit of bullpen depth (which is already our strength). Vlad and Torii go right into our OF along with Matt Kemp, while Shane Victorino — himself having a great 2nd half — becomes our 4th OF, defensive caddy and #1 pinch-hitter.
Flags fly forever!!