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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, July 31, 2006
Dodgers - Acquired Lugo
Los Angeles Dodgers - Acquired SS Julio Lugo from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for OF Joel Guzman.
Guzman’s been more hype than performance in the minors and has moved the wrong way on the defensive spectrum. 21 or not (Joel’s from the ever-sketchy Dominican Republic), a top prospect has to do a bit better than an .800 OPS in Las Vegas. It’s hard to see where exactly Guzman fits in Tampa Bay - they have a ton of outfield prospects. No doubt the Devil Rays will trade a few of them over the winter, especially because they all seem to either get in trouble or hate the organization. Don’t get me wrong, Guzman could very well be an impact player, but he became overrated as a prospect, much like James Loney and Willy Aybar. It would have made more sense to get some more pitching for Lugo, but it doesn’t look like Friedman n’ the Gang were able to snag that. Lugo will test the free agent market unless the Dodgers blow him away with an offer the next two months, which I doubt.
Poor Rafael Furcal might now be the 3rd-best SS on the team. Money talks, though, so Furcal will remain at short with Kent on the shelf with an oblique injury and Betemit will remain at third with Mueller on the shelf for possibly forever. The Dodgers have improved themselves quite a bit the last few days, unlike the Hendrickson tread-water trade. They’re still below .500, 5 games back, and more importantly, have to leapfrog 4 teams to win the division or 5 teams for the wild card (and they’re tied with the Brewers there, too).
These teams sure like to trade with each other. This has been the best deadline in baseball for quite a few years. Last year was especially horrible.
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