A Harbinger Deal
Ah, the joys of covering ball in July. Every once in a while, you wake up, look at your competition and say, "D’oh!" Sometimes it’s a big "D’oh!" and other times it’s a smaller "D’oh!" This one was on the small side, but still qualified.
The Padres, covered by yours truly last night, made a trade with the Yankees late last night that would send lefty Darrell May and right-hander Tim Redding to the Yankees for Paul Quantrill. The trade was iirst reported in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the North County Times.
No, this isn’t the deal that sends shivers up your spine — unless you’re the guy who covered the team the night before and said "D’oh!" when you saw it in the paper. (Should have known … Redding got called into Bochy’s office and May was seen on the cellphone.)
This is what you’d have to call a Harbinger Trade. The Padres’ bullpen isn’t an area of need but rather of strength, and this certainly doesn’t solve the Yankees’ need in center field. You have to figure that one or more likely both of these teams will be doing bigger things than just this.
The Padres already signed Pedro Astacio off the scrap heap and he’ll likely get a shot, but they still have some rotation questions with Adam Eaton’s middle finger still not healed. May and Redding are both headed to Triple-A to begin with, and it’s hard to imagine that either of the two failed No. 5 starters for the Padres is being looked at as a difference-maker for the Yankees.
Who knows? This might not even be the last trade between these two teams. But it certainly makes you think these are two teams looking to be active.