07/22/08 7:10 PM PDT
|Boston Red Sox||Seattle Mariners|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - LF||Ichiro Suzuki - RF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Jose Lopez - 2B|
|J.D. Drew - RF||Raul Ibanez - "LF"|
|Manny Ramirez - DH||Jose Vidro - "DH"|
|Mike Lowell - 3B||Adrian Beltre - 3B|
|Kevin Youkilis - 1B||Jeremy Reed - CF|
|Jed Lowrie - SS||Jeff Clement - C|
|Jason Varitek - C||Bryan LaHair - 1B|
|Coco Crisp - CF||Yuniesky Betancourt - "SS"|
|2008 - R.A. Dickey||2-4||16||7||0||0||0||0||62.2||63||26||26||5||28||40||3.73||1.45|
|2008 - Daisuke Matsuzaka||10-1||16||16||0||0||0||0||88.1||65||29||26||5||57||77||2.65||1.38|
After 48 starts in the big leagues, Matsuzaka's got a career tRA of 4.57 and an xFIP of 4.64. Solid investment, guys. Totally worth the frenzy.
Where does nabbing Dickey in the Rule 5 Draft rank on the list of best Mariner moves of the year? Of the last five years? I can't believe the same team that paid so very much for four of its starters was able to find a competent back-end solution for a Fahey fistful of pennies. If I didn't know better, I'd call it genius.