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Thursday, December 08, 2005
White Sox - Acquired Mackowiak
Chicago White Sox - Acquired UT Rob Mackowiak from the Pittsburgh Pirates for P Damaso Marte.
This is a terrific trade for both teams. Marte’s a good reliever, but Mackowiak is one of the best supersubs around - he’s not much defensively, but he can fill in with his bat anywhere in a pinch. The bullpen still consists of some combination of Jenks, Cotts, Vizcaino, Hermansen, Politte, maybe Bajenaru, and the rotation odd-man-out unless someone else is traded. I don’t want Mackowiak as a starter, something the Pirates would try to do at times, but he won’t be a starter with the White Sox.
The Pirates on the other hand, have all sorts of guys without set positions, fumbling around without a plan, so the need for a player like Mackowiak is left. Marte’s a solid reliever most years and if the Pirates keep him, he’ll serve them well.
As a side note, the White Sox quietly sent Gio Gonzalez to the Phillies as the player to be named, which isn’t good.
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