Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Byrd is a Sox

Boston just traded for Paul Byrd. The Red Sox are buying high, I'd say -- he's only given up four earned runs in his last four starts (29 IP), but he's really not that good, obviously -- but it's not like they'll be giving up much for him either.

And Byrd is useful in an innings-eating sort of way. My first impulse was to be surprised that he fell all the way down the waiver list to the Red Sox, but then I realized that there's really only one putative playoff contender in the AL with (a) a worse record; and (b) a greater need for pitching, and that's the Yankees.

So, did New York give Byrd a pass because they don't think he can help, or did they give him a pass because they're giving up on the season?

4 comments:

tHeMARksMiTh said...

Who goes down: Buchholz or your boy Zink?

Jason said...

the Yanks passed because they already have a very hittable option: Ponson, Pettitte, Rasner...

Rob said...

How about the White Sox? Didn't they just lose Contreras for the season?

James said...

FWIW, I believe he passed through waivers totally unclaimed prior to his mechanics change/magical resurgence.

Great work lately Craig!