Now I know why I interpreted yesterday’s interview with Huntington as double-speak. He telegraphed that it would be a zero sum game for him and the team. Lot’s of wordiness, but no action. Well, to be fair there was some action.
- The Pirates sent Watson to the Dodgers for 2 single “A” players. Don’t worry about memorizing their names as you will likely never see or hear of them again. Still, no loss in return for Watson as I would have traded him for a ham sandwich and chips.
- The Pirates traded 1 single “A” player to the Phillies for a reliever named Joaquin Benoit. Grandpa Benoit is a 40 year old guy with 2 saves, a 1-4 record and a 4.07 ERA this year. Did I mention he is 40 years old!? (For the record, Benoit is not a lucky name with wrestler Chris Benoit killing his son and wife before hanging himself 10 years ago. Philly pitcher Benoit was 30 years old back then. But I digress) The Phillies are 25 games under 500 and they wanted rid of this guy. Tell you anything? They even picked up most of his salary. Tell you anything?
- Regarding the Benoit trade, I cannot source the origin of the quote so I will paraphrase what I heard today: “Oh my goodness, stop the presses and prepare for the parade in Pittsburgh. I cannot imagine a more meaningless trade of a washed up 40 year old going to a team that’s going nowhere.” Couldn’t say it better myself. Heard the phrase No Deal Neal today (trib writer I believe). I like it but am partial to Neil Nothington tonight. He provided no deal…and gave the Bucs nothing.
The Cubs must be thrilled with the white flag waving brightly.