Now warming up, Austin Jackson.
The Indians outfielder made an incredible catch in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday at Fenway Park robbing Hanley Ramirez of a home run in the best way possible.
Ramirez belted an 83 mph slider from Indians reliever Dan Otero to deep right-center field but Jackson leapt at the wall and caught the ball as his momentum carried him head-first over the outfield wall and into the Red Sox bullpen.
Thoughts: Meaux never appeared in the majors, and Blum only saw action in 31 games for the White Sox, but he’s forever part of that franchise’s history. See, with two outs in the 14th inning of Game 3, Blum’s solo home run broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be the winning run. The White Sox finished the series sweep the next night.
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Thoughts: The Garciaparra trade rocked Boston’s fanbase, but he was obviously an established star, and not a prospect. Murton had a couple nice seasons for the Cubs (3.8 rWAR, 28 homers from 2005-07). Neither Shipman nor Stanley made the majors, and Hattig only played 13 games in the majors (though he did hit .333 in those 13 games).
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Cabrera was outstanding at shortstop for the Sox. Dave Roberts produced the most famous stolen base in Red Sox history (in MLB history?) and the Red Sox don’t break their curse without those July 31 trades.
Also, the waiver trade deadline period is usually reserved for guys who have big contracts or guys who couldn’t be moved at the nonwaiver deadline.
Justin Verlander intrigues me: He’s scheduled to make a lot of money in the coming seasons (potentially $85 million or so through 2020), but it’s not as though he has been terrible this year. He’s pitching to a 4.13 FIP, a half-run higher than his career average 3.48, but he’s an innings-eater, and giving him a chance to pitch in another World Series would probably rejuvenate him.