Once, Twice, Four Times a Hyzdu
The Red Sox (check!) just made a bevy of trades and roster moves.
1. Alan Embree (who "TL...") got designated for assignment. Which means you don't hafta go home, but you can't stay here. My heart feel bad, because like me, he TL...and he closed out the ALCS...and what the heck, he's Alan Embree. Not a bad guy. Just a bad pitcher.
2. The Sox also dealt AAA All-Star CF Chip Ambres (.294 BA, 10 HR, 50 RBI, .896 OPS, 19 SB) and Single-A pitcher Juan Cedeno (2-6, 5.49 ERA, 80.1 IP, 71 K, 33 BB) to Kansas City for utility infielder Tony Graffanino. If this means Ambres can play at the major league level everyday, then this is a winner no matter what the Sox get. Ambres is a great kid. Graffanino fills a role that the Sox desperately need. Cedeno is, um, from the Dominican Republic and his Mom and Dad love him very much.
3. Now, this one I don't get. The Sox send AAA reliever Scott Cassidy to the San Diego Padres for AAA OF Adam Hyzdu. Maybe this is the compulsory Sox-Padres trade that we've come to know and love since 2003. Theo Epstein used to work for the Padres. So did Larry Lucchino. Maybe it's a streak that we don't know about, or a fraternity prank.
But it's got to have some sort of explanation that makes no sense, because acquiring a career journeyman minor leaguer for the fourth
time makes zero sense. Maybe Hyzdu is studying for his M.B.A. at B.U. and needed to do an internship, so he went to San Diego, er, AAA Portland for the year. And now that the semester is over, he needs to come back to complete his coursework.
Maybe Adam is ... oh fuck, I dunno.
But for all the rumored deals - Bill Mueller for JC Romero; the AJ Burnett "sweepstakes" - the Sox leave me scratching my head with the Hyzdu deal. What was it that he didn't show his first three times with the organization that Theo and the trio think he's gained?
I'm sticking by the internship/MBA track.
More later. One.