No more Sydney Ponson. This also kills the Burnett deal, which is a bummer and unfortunately probably shows the Orioles management team of Flanagan and Beatty just isn't ballsy enough to take this team to contention. Maybe I'm wrong. I definitely would have done the Burnett deal, Mike Lowell (who is young enough to make a comeback and really isn't hitting that much worse than Nevin this year) be damned. Who is going to start in Sydney's place? Maybe there is other stuff in the works. It shouldn't be tough to find a starter who can do better than Ponson's 6.04 ERA.
I like the deal, though. Moving Ponson for a hitter like Nevin is basically a salary move, but Nevin helps a team more than Ponson. I've been a fan of Nevin's ever since he played for the Tigers in the early nineties, so it'll be good to be able to watch him again. I don't really know where he's going to play, with the unbelievable Rafael Palmeiro tearing it up right now. I really mispredicted him, although I still stand by my notion that Sosa will have a better second half then Raffy (so far, it's close).
I wonder if the O's want Jason Johnson - having the best season of his career, and the Tigers are looking to deal - back to fill that last starter void? Or will Hayden Penn be recalled?
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