The deadline deals...with projections
Casey Kotchman for Mark Teixiera:
Tex: 279/371/495 - He's not in the National League anymore, or an AL launching pad. Numbers take a hit, but he's still pretty good.
Ken Griffey to the White Sox for a half eaten donut:
Griffey: 249/349/448 He's taking a lot of walks this year, that may not be a good thing, could mean his bat speed is gone. I'm not sure what he's doing there. Does he DH, with Thome going to first and Konerko to the bench? Konerko, despite a terrible year, projects better at 264/358/472. Maybe they will platoon, which isn't much of a gain if any at all. Anyway you look at it, Konerko is going to get less playing time. If Griffey plays center with Swisher at first, then the Twins are going to win the central. How bad is Griffey's defense? Go to The Book blog, and drink every time "Griffey" and "replacement level" are used in the same sentence.
ManRam to the Dodgers, JayRay Bay to Boston, prospects to the Pirates:
Ramirez: 285/406/545. In the AL, he'd be at 283/394/515. Bay is a fine hitter but not quite there with Ramirez, Bay: 266/365/476.
LaRoche hasn't done much other than take a ton of walks recently. In the past he's shown power potential. Dodgers for some reason refuse to give him an extended shot. Hopefully he'll get that chance now, throwing across the diamond to his brother.
LaRoche: 267/369/441. If he can do that while playing acceptable D at third, Pirate fans won't miss Bay.