I’ll probably have a post later on today (unless Brendan or someone else beats me to it) about the Mitchell Report and Bud Selig’s response to it, but for right now, let me just mention the two biggest deals of the last couple of days.
Arguably the best player on the Baltimore Orioles team in 2007, Miguel Tejada, the four-time All-Star, was traded yesterday to the Houston Astros. Though he has had a cloud of discontent about him in Baltimore, his addition to Houston’s roster gives the ‘Stros more power with the likes of Brad Ausmus, Lance Berkman, Geoff Blum, and Kaz Matsui. They’ll probably be looking to gain some steam after finishing 16 games below .500 this year. Will they win the NL Central? Probably not, but Tejada will help them both offensively and defensively this year.
Furthermore, the Giants have acquired Aaron Rowand, the spectacular Phillies’ outfileder, to nominally fill the hole left by departing Roider, Barry Bonds. The difference? Rowand can actually play the outfield well (he won a Gold Glove this year). This adds a strong bat to a slumping lineup and gives SF a good shot at finishing better than 2007 (when they went 71-91, dead last in the NL West, and 19 games out of 1st). This one addition won’t catapult them to the front of the pack, but Rowand will likely give aid to the struggling club.