Aug 5, 2008

Playing Time Forecast: Ethier/Pierre, Griffey/Konerko and more

The non-waiver trade deadline was a real humdinger this year - so how have the moves affected the teams involved? Where are there now playing time battles where none existed before? Where did existing playing time battles get even tougher?

  • Dodgers OF - obviously the Manny acquisition has put the big squeeze on any Dodger OF not named Kemp. Who's the big loser between Ethier and Pierre?
  • White Sox OF/1B/DH - with Griffey now added to the mix with Thome, Swisher and Konerko, who's going to lose out?
  • Diamondbacks bullpen - Jon Rauch is in town, Cruz just came off the DL and Lyon hasn't been exactly lights out lately, who has what role?
  • Nationals 2B - Felipe Lopez is gone, Emilio Bonifacio is new in town, Willie Harris just keeps hitting. Who will get the most playing time down the stretch?

For a full analysis of these situations, check out Al Melchoir's latest 'By The Numbers' blog post.

By the Numbers: Tricks of the trade(s) [CBS Sportsline]

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