Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Amazingly, the Reds have not made any more trades. I guess Hatteberg and Conine didn't draw the offers the Reds were hoping for.
They did make some internal moves. Elizardo Ramirez and Mark Bellhorn were called up from Louisville, and Chad Moeller was sent back down. The Bellhorn move seems rather odd, since they don't really need an infielder (A-Gon was activated today). Perhaps they are hoping Bellhorn plays well for a few weeks and becomes trade bait.
Meanwhile, the Yankees traded Scott Proctor back to the Dodgers, for infielder Wilson Betemit. This could be bad news for Andy Phillips. Though Andy's hitting so well it's hard to imagine they'll cut him. Still, Betemit has a solid glove, a great bat, and is only 25 years old. I suppose he might take Miguel Cairo's role as utility infielder, but with his talent, it would be a waste.
This would be the second time Scott Proctor was involved in a deadline deal. The first time, of course, he was sent with Bubba from the Dodgers to NY, for Robin Ventura.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox made a killer deal, landing Eric Gagne, whom the Yankees also wanted. Some are speculating that the only reason they traded for Gagne was to keep him out of the Yankees' hands. Why would the Sox want Gagne when they have Papelbon? Talk about overkill....
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