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The Trade Express

BY: Jerry Young

The trade express swept through the city of Chicago these past two days and both the Cubs and White Sox jumped on board. Each team did what they could to bolster their squads and make a run at the post season. The Cubs came up short compared to the blockbuster deal the Sox were able to pull off by the trade deadline.

The Cubs have been trying to beef up their bullpen and did a decent job by acquiring Jon Grabow and starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. Grabow has been on a lot of team’s radar for some time. This deal required the Cubs to send 3 players to Pittsburg including starter Kevin Hart. But did the Cubs give up to much? I think they may have. Losing Kevin Hart may come back to haunt the Cubs. He was big for them when they made their charge into the post season last year and showed this year that he could be a good big league starter for some time. I do hope that Jim Hendry and the Cubs do prove me wrong by making a deep run in the playoffs.

The Sox have been trying to acquire Jake Peavy since the beginning of the season. They had a deal worked out but Peavy used his no-trade clause to thwart any efforts to ship him out of San Diego. But the Sox remained persistent and finally got that deal done earlier today. But to get an ace you got to pay the price. The Sox found that out the hard way agreeing to part ways with 4 young pitchers, one of which being Clayton Richard. Clayton has done a great job stepping into the starting rotation when the White Sox starters began to go down with injuries. The only negative I see with this trade (besides having to ship off Clayton) is the fact that Peavy might not be ready to pitch until early September due to a strained tendon in his right ankle. Oh and did I forget to mention that Peavy is still owed 55 million?!

And the winner of the trade duel is… The Chicago white sox. With the addition of Jake Peavy the Sox have set themselves up to be major contenders for the next couple of years. With arguably the best starting rotation in baseball now the White Sox are a force to be reckoned with.

1 comment:

  1. Thats right, the White Sox are going to be amazing again as I'm sure the Cubs; no matter how good they do, will continue to blow it when it matters most. lol