Yanks To Trade Wright....And Coming Up, The GYROBALL.
The New York Yankees have decided to trade Jared Wright, who was 11-7 with an ERA of 4.49, to the Baltimore Orioles, with $4 million in cash, for reliever Chris Britton. Britton was 0-2 with an ERA of 3.35. He is considered to be the O's second best reliever. The Yankees seem intent with this move and the acquisition of three pitchers for Gary Sheffield to at least add numbers to their pitching staff. How the new pinstripers will perform remains to be seen.
And now, the gyroball, the specialty pitch thrown by maybe soon to be Red Sox hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka. In the words of Scott Boras, his agent, it is.......
"a hard, late-breaking slider. It almost falls into the trick-pitch category. It has a little bit of backspin. It kind of sits there and breaks late. It looks like a fastball but has a late break to it and it breaks down."
Boras compared the slider to those thrown by Randy Johnson and Steve (!!) Carleton.
Peter here. That pitch, along with a 95 MPH fastball and a "tremendous" changeup, will make for exciting stuff if the Red Sox become the team that will be allowed to deal with Scott Boras, and if they can agree how many tens of millions of dollars they pay for Daisake's services. Services that will give us a 5 man rotation that we all can live with, and allow the Sox powers-that-be to concentrate on the needs in the infield, and most of all, to the many needs of our failed bullpen. Much work to do, but in this early stage of the off-season, a good start indeed. We should all be happy.
I hope your Sunday is filled with goodness and fun. Grey skys and intermitent rain here in northern Connecticut might make it a good day for a movie....or something. My DVR is filled halfway. Maybe its time to dive into that recorded show list and find something. Something good. ER? Lost? House? All Hi-Def. All in the running......take care. Thanks for reading.