As a Toronto Blue Jays fan, I can still hear the words coming from Bud Selig’s voice like a squeak to which only a window washer could grow tolerant: “Caveat emptor.” This was the latin phrase that baseball taught me when my favourite team traded Matt DeWitt and David Wells to the Chicago White Sox for Mike Sirotka, Mike Williams, Kevin Beirne and Brian Simmons.
Sirotka, the only prize in the deal from Toronto’s perspective, had a damaged shoulder and never pitched again in Major League Baseball. The Blue Jays appealed to the commissioner’s office and tried to get Bud Selig to undo the trade or make the White Sox give them another player, but Bud ruled for the White Sox referring to caveat emptor, or buyer beware.
I thought back to this moment from baseball history as soon as I heard that Michael Pineda, the player, who along with Jose Campos came to the New York Yankees from the Seattle Mariners for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, had a tear in his labrum, and would require arthroscopic surgery that will end his season. Of course, there will be no corresponding Latin lesson for young Yankees fans.
General manager Brian Cashman was quick to put to bed any talk of the Yankees being hoodwinked:
If he had this back in January, or March, the significant tear that he currently has would show up on a normal MRI. It’s definitely something new, but it’s fair to speculate, was there something laying dormant there, very small, minute, probable. Probably that’s not detectable in regular MRIs. But what he’s got now is something radically different than what the previous two MRIs revealed.
If there’s any hope to draw from Pineda’s situation it’s that there is nothing wrong with his rotator cuff, which is a bit like contracting food poisoning and being grateful that fluids are only being expelled from one of the two options. Despite having no damage to his rotator cuff, it’s expected to take twelve months from the day of the surgery before we should expect Pineda to be close to recovery.
Despite our collective eagerness to claim a winner in the challenge trade between the Yankees and Mariners, we should remember that New York will still have most of four years of control over what we can only hope will still be a flame throwing right hander when he returns.
And The Rest
You don’t have to be the most physically gifted player to make smart defensive plays. So says Yonder Alonso anyway. [MLB.com]
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones says that he would slap Baltimore Orioles great Jim Palmer around if both played in the same era. [Baltimore Sports Report]
Somehow, Alice Cooper, George Thorogood, Joe Pernice and other rock and roll fanatics come across as being smarter about baseball than several of the journalists who cover it daily. [Rolling Stone]
The continuing attack on Jeff Bagwell. [Eye On Baseball]
They do things a little bit differently in Japan. [Baseball Think Factory]
How we can use a twelve game losing streak to understand regression. [The Book Blog]
Why the Vernon Wells for Mike Napoli deal may be the worst trade in baseball history. [ESPN]
Why MLB salaries are more justifiable than how most CEOs are compensated. [Orange County Register]
Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is a proud dad, no matter the filter. [Instagram]
How the Atlanta Braves could learn from the Milwaukee Brewers. [Capitol Avenue Club]
Finally, on the latest edition of the Getting Blanked Show, we discuss Yu Darvish’s incredible start against the Yankees, make fun of the Texas Rangers broadcast booth and give glowing reviews to the Washington Nationals starting rotation. [Getting Blanked]