Oakland GM xnay recently pulled off perhaps the trade of the year, luring 7-time All-Star Douglas Carpenter from Cincinatti for a trio of major-leaguers. Here's what he had to say about the deal:
"Well, I felt that I needed to add one more big bat to the middle of our lineup and Carpenter definitely gives us that. We gave up some solid pieces and losing Ming definitely hurts but we do have some solid young pitchers who should be ready to contribute down the stretch. Even with the trade, I still think the Rays are the team to beat in the AL (yeah, right) but at least this gives us a fighting chance."
Thus far, Carpenter has been getting days off to house-hunt and recharge for the stretch run.