2007 Trade Scorecard

Originally Published: July 31, 2007
ESPN.com

Read Keith Law's analysis of each major trade that happens close to the July 31 trade deadline. For more on all trades in 2007, check out Baseball America's Trade Central 2007.

 

RHP Eric Gagne

LHP Kason Gabbard
OF David Murphy
OF Engel Beltre
Keith Law says ...
By acquiring Eric Gagne, the Red Sox fortified their bullpen, which wasn't a weakness for them but was top-heavy. Adding another good reliever to the late-inning mix helps them redistribute the workload of leveraged innings across more quality arms. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Red Sox | Rangers

 

RHP Matt Morris

OF Rajai Davis
1 player to be named
Keith Law says ...
Another year, another bizarre acquisition by the Pirates. But while last year's move to get Shawn Chacon was puzzling, acquiring Matt Morris is inexcusable. The last thing the Pirates need is another starter who gives up more than a hit an inning, but they got one in Morris. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Pirates | Giants

 

RHP Octavio Dotel

RHP Kyle Davies
Keith Law says ...
Octavio Dotel is no longer the best reliever in the business, which he was in 2001-2002, and he's had to alter his approach since Tommy John surgery, but he's still effective and should be an asset for Atlanta. The current version of Dotel works in the 92-94 mph range with good movement. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Braves | Royals

 

RHP Scott Proctor

INF Wilson Betemit
Keith Law says ...
Scott Proctor was Joe Torre's go-to guy in 2006, a dubious distinction because it carries with it a very high workload -- 83 games and over 100 innings of work. He already showed signs of fatigue down the stretch last year; his fastball was still solid at 93-97 mph, but it went from having little movement to having no movement, and he couldn't keep his front shoulder closed through his delivery. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Dodgers | Yankees

 

2B Luis Castillo

C Drew Butera
OF Dustin Martin
Keith Law says ...
Castillo is a one-dimensional player whose game revolves around his speed. He's a classic slap hitter who can't even turn on average fastballs but who hits the ball on the ground and tries to slap harder stuff the other way and beat balls out with his speed. His speed has already started to decline; his range at second base, never great, is now poor, and he hasn't been an effective basestealer since 2004. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Mets | Twins

 

RHP Kyle Lohse (from Reds)
2B Tadahito Iguchi (from White Sox)

LHP Matt Maloney (to Reds)
RHP Michael Dubee (to White Sox)
Keith Law says ...
The Phillies have now made two small but useful additions to their belated playoff push. Kyle Lohse is a capable fifth starter, a substantial improvement over J.D. Durbin and Adam Eaton, and an improvement over Kyle Kendrick once reality catches up with him. ... On the heels of Chase Utley's injury, Pat Gillick picked up Tad Iguchi, a slightly above replacement-level hitter who plays average defense and who has shown enough pop in the last two years to give Philly hope that he returns to that form. ... More Insider

Lohse storyIguchi story | Team pages: Phillies | Reds | White Sox
 

1B Mark Teixeira
LHP Ron Mahay

C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
SS Elvis Andrus
2 minor leaguers to be named
Keith Law says ...
Atlanta catches this week's biggest fish, but Texas gets a big barrel of upside in return. Mark Teixeira was easily the best player available in the trade market, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had made clear his intention to consummate a deal, so inquiring GMs knew they weren't just wasting their breath. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Braves | Rangers

 

INF Ty Wigginton

RHP Dan Wheeler
Keith Law says ...
There are always a few head-scratchers in the July trade market; the Pirates' acquisition of Shawn Chacon last year was a great example. We now have our first head-scratcher of this year's market, since I have zero idea what Houston was thinking when they gave Dan Wheeler to Tampa Bay for Ty Wigginton. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Astros | Devil Rays

 

OF Kenny Lofton

C Max Ramirez
Keith Law says ...
In acquiring Kenny Lofton from Texas, Cleveland gave up a catching prospect who wasn't going to play for them (and whom they only had for a year) in exchange for a solid improvement over the likes of Jason Michaels and Trot Nixon in left field. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Indians | Rangers

 

RHP Scott Linebrink

RHP Will Inman
LHP Steve Garrison
LHP Joe Thatcher
Keith Law says ...
The Padres added a significant amount of organizational pitching depth, while the Brewers got a struggling reliever who has been very homer-prone this year despite pitching in a terrible home-run park. ... More Insider

Complete story | Team pages: Brewers | Padres

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