I've long meant to add Touching All the Bases to my blogroll. Today Chad Finn has a very good analysis of the Josh Beckett trade.
Ultimately, though, I think this was the appropriate time and place to deal him [Hanley Ramirez]. Prospects are nothing but promises, and one more statistically mediocre season would have taken some of the sheen off Ramirez's superprospect status.I think the Dodgers would agree with this (think Edwin Jackson) and I would also point out that Beckett is the same age as highly regarded pitching stud Jon Papelbon but Beckett has a World series MVP under his belt.
Recently to the blogroll I have also added:
Tao of Poker
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