Re: nine player, three team trade(no cubs)
some random related observations:
K-Rod has made nine postseason appearances in the last five years and gave up runs in six of them, including all four times he's pitched against the Red Sox. He twice took losses to Boston in the 2004 ALDS, and he gave up a walkoff three-run home run to Manny Ramirez to end the Angels' postseason last year. He hasn't had any blown saves since 2002, when he was instrumental in the Angels' World Series run. But he's hardly been a shutdown reliever in October.
If they pick up the 2010 option on Putz they'll be paying more than $20 million combined to just Putz and K-Rod in 2010.
Billy Wagner who had tommy john surgery in september will still be paid $10.5m in 2009. It's possible that he could be back next sept although he and the mets have a strained relationship now.
"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that."