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6 hours ago

This trade looks good from both sides. The Brewers were disappointed with Hardy this year and ended up sending him to the minors during the season. Playing in Minnesota should give him a fresh start and hopefully revitalize his career. If Hardy can adequately replace Orlando Cabrera, then this move should be good for them.

The Brewers picked up Gomez, who should be able to replace Mike Cameron. Gomez is a young guy, and he will save them a lot of money by not resigning Cameron. That extra money should help them improve their weak rotation. Gomez never really became the start that some people thought he would when he was part of the Johan Santana trade. However, he is still really young, and could develop into a pretty good player yet.
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9 hours ago

Kershaw was very impressive this season by finishing with the 5th best ERA in the NL. However, as one of the youngest players in baseball this season, the Dodgers were cautious with him and didn't allow him to throw a lot of pitches in many of his starts. That inability to last longer into games led to a mediocre 8-8 record. So despite being the best pitcher on a playoff team, I don't think Kershaw is ready for Cy Young consideration. However, the guy appears to be a stud and should be a Cy Young contender very soon.
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9 hours ago

I'd make his teammate Chris Carpenter the Cy Young winner, but Wainwright would be one of my runners up. He led the NL in innings pitched and wound up with the most wins with 19. Only two other pitchers had more than fifteen wins in the NL, which makes his win total impressive. Meanwhile he still managed to finish fourth in the NL in ERA and had the 10th best WHIP. Wainwright and Carpenter were a great pitching combo this season, and I'm surprised it didn't lead to better results in the postseason.
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9 hours ago

Chris Carpenter is easily the comeback player of the year in the NL after pitching just five games and winning none over the last two seasons. He will have more competition for the Cy Young award, but he would get my top vote. He led the NL in ERA at 2.24, and his 17-4 record led to the best winning percentage as well. One knock against Carpenter is that he didn't pitch 30 games and finished with less than 200 innings pitched. However, for a guy coming off of a major injury, I think he was pretty resiliant. When he was pitching, he was the best in the NL, and I think he put in enough time to earn the award.
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13 hours ago

Not a bad move, but not a good one either. Kotsay played less than 70 games last season, and he hasn't been a regular starter in several years. He's essentially a spare part, a banjo hitting, adequate fielding outfielder with no speed. The Sox need a lot more than this guy to get back in contention.
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18 hours ago

He sure is aging gracefully. The other reviewers summarized everything about this move very well. Abreu has always been an underrated, all- around solid hitter.
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18 hours ago

Rocco Baldelli was a pretty good fourth outfielder last year. Unfortunately, Baldelli has a rare mitochondrial condition that causes chronic fatigue, so his ability to play is therefore limited. The underachieving Hermida has some power and would probably benefit from hitting in Fenway. There have been questions about Hermida's attitude, but- assuming that the Red Sox won't be using him as a starter due to injuries to Drew and/or Ellsbury or losing Jason Bay in free agency- he should be an improvement over Baldelli, as Hermida would be able to fill in for the often injured JD Drew more than Baldelli could have.
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19 hours ago

Kotsay was once one of the better defensive outfielders in the game, but now he is the type of run of the mill backup player that you used to get very frequently in packages of baseball cards. Kotsay is a good clubhouse guy that knows his role and can play several positions or pinch hit. The White Sox, as presently constituted, are an awkward blend of strengths and weaknesses. It doesn't exactly hurt the team, but it's not a very significant move.
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yesterday

Good move. The guy seems to be able to hit as well as ever, still has wheels on the basepaths and is no slouch with the leather. He's getting old, and while he may not have a lot of good years left, he's probably got at least two.
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yesterday

An ok move. Hermida so far hasn't shown himself to be much better than a good journeyman, so I don't think the upside is tremendously high. The Sox are gambling that he will live up to the potential that appeared to be there when he was drafted high in 2002, and if they're right its a huge score for them. If they're wrong, they haven't lost anything, and have greater flexibility in the outfield.
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