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Jayson Stark talks to Peter Pascarelli and Eric Karabell about trade deadline possibilities, and agrees that the Rays are tops in the Power Rankings. Podcast
Notable midseason acquisitions by World Series teams, 2005-07:
|2007 Red Sox -- Eric Gagne
(6.75 ERA rest of season)
|2006 Tigers -- Sean Casey
(hit .245 rest of season)
|2006 Cardinals -- Jeff Weaver
(dumped by Angels after going 3-10, 6.29, went 5-4, 5.18 rest of season)
|2005 White Sox -- Geoff Blum
(hit .200 rest of season, but hit a walkoff World Series homer)
In honor of C.C. Sabathia, good luck with this question: Just three active Cy Young award-winners have been traded away at the trading deadline at any point in their careers after they won the award. Can you name them? (Answer later.)
--Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd
• Don't spell this at home: The San Jose Mercury News' always-inventive Andy Baggarly reports that just because Omar Vizquel has won 11 Gold Gloves, doesn't mean he's a household name in his own glove company's household. The name on his glove is spelled V-I-S-Q-U-E-L.• Scouting bureau: One scout's review of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria: "It took Carl Crawford five years to get the feel for the game this guy got in five minutes." • Quote of the week: Indians pitcher Aaron Laffey drilled Reds behemoth Adam Dunn twice in two at-bats Sunday. So, as Dayton Daily News Hall of Famer Hal McCoy reports, when Dunn headed for the plate the third time, catcher Kelly Shoppach sped to the mound and told Laffey: "Please don't hit him again. He's bigger than both of us combined."
Greg Maddux (won in 1992, '93, '94, '95, traded before the 2006 deadline), Randy Johnson (won in 1995, traded before the 1998 deadline) and Eric Gagne (won in 2003, traded before the 2007 deadline -- much to the delight of Red Sox Nation).