So much for the White Sox. They have traded Jim Thome to the Dodgers and Jose Contreras to the Rockies. The Dodgers also picked up Jon Garland from the Diamondbacks.
Teams had until midnight to acquire players that could be eligible for the postseason roster.
Thome has played four games at first base in the last four seasons — none in the last two years. How Joe Torre will use him is somewhat of a mystery. Maybe they figure he pinch hits for now and then is the DH if they get to the series. Garland provides rotation depth. Why anybody would want Contreras is uncertain.
Kenny Williams certainly keeps it interesting. How does he explain taking on Alex Rios and Jake Peavy and their salaries then turning around and giving up with a month to go? Meanwhile, don’t they have to shut Peavy down now? I’m just thankful I don’t have to back to that dreadful park to cover any postseason games.
The postseason picture is shaping up in the AL. The Yankees and Angels are in, the wild card will be Boston, Texas or Tampa Bay and either Detroit or Minnesota wins the Central.
Yankees need a Red Sox-Angels bloodbath then home field advantage against the winner.