Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, and though trades could still be announced later this afternoon, neither local team has made a terribly big splash. The Mets stood pat, and the Yankees made just one move, acquiring Jerry Hairston Jr., who can play the outfield as well as three infield positions, from the Reds for minor-league catcher Chase Weems. Yankees fans throwing stones from their glass houses at the Red Sox today might want to note that Hairston was named in the Mitchell Report.
Speaking of the Sox, they did make a splash, acquiring Victor Martinez from the Indians, reportedly for a package including Justin Masterson (but not Daniel Bard or Clay Buchholz). They also traded Adam LaRoche to Atlanta for Casey Kotchman. Boston, though, didn’t land either of their other two big-name targets: San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez or Toronto’s Roy Halladay (who, for all the talk of his imminent departure from the Jays, was still Toronto’s Roy Halladay at 4 p.m.). The Yankees were thought to want a pitcher, but lost out on Jarrod Washburn to Detroit, and reportedly inquired about Brian Bannister but wanted Kansas City to pick up some of his salary (let that thought sink in for a moment).