The match up lived up to the hype as both Beckett and Joba were on point last night. It was a pretty good night in general for the Yankees who not only picked up a game on the Sox but also picked up two players who could be very important pieces for the stretch run.
Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte have been two of the most talked about trade pieces this deadline season. It seemed that most contenders were in on one or both of these guys at some point. The deal in general was a good one for the Yanks. They gave up Ross Ohlendorf who has potential as a starter or reliever but hadn't made an impact this season and they gave one of their better position player prospects in Jose Tabata. But Tabata had been a disappointment so far this season. After missing a good amount of time last year due to wrist surgery he had discipline problems this year and was suspended for leaving a game without permission. At that point Tabata admitted that he considered quitting baseball, but he decided to stay and started to play a little better until he hurt himself recently. The other two pitchers were solid prospects. Phil Coke doesn't have the pedigree of a top prospect but had been playing like one this season and George Kontos has always been consider a good arm.
The Yankees didn't give up a lot in actual talent or potential talent to get either of these guys. Now the have another right-handed bat to balance out the lineup and replace Hideki Matsui and the left-handed arm they lacked out of the pen that they have lacked for years. It remains to be seen who will win out of this deal since the Pirates got mostly prospects who are far away from contributing to the big league club, but right now it appears that Brian Cashman may have fleeced another NL team out of top talent. Now all he has to do is convince the Mariners that they just need to do a salary dump on Jarrod Washburn and his trade deadline season will be considered a success.
Until that happens I guess we will have to be content with watching more crazy games between the Yankees and the Sox. I sure there will be a brawl at some point after the Joba Chamberlain-Kevin Youkilis exchange last night so I'll be watching for that. Unfortunately it probably wont be today, at least not early on as Tim Wakefield is not the retaliatory type. He goes up against Andy Pettitte in what should be a very interesting Part II to this weekend trilogy.