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October 8, 2003 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Platoon

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Dayn Perry

For Game Five of the ALDS, the Red Sox, despite facing one of the toughest portsiders in the game, trotted out Trot Nixon, Todd Walker and David Ortiz--all of whom have notable platoon weaknesses. (Also hammering home similar division-of-labor lessons was that pin factory in "Wealth of Nations," and the annual faulty deployment of Gil Gerard and Loretta Swit in "Battle of the Network Stars.") That the Red Sox, one of the headiest, most progressive organizations in all of baseball, playing in a game of critical importance, didn't tap into their well-stocked bench in this situation reinforced something for me: the failure to platoon players with notable weaknesses against one side is one of the last great organizational blind spots. And every organization is guilty of it--even those we associate with high levels of efficiency, like the Red Sox, A's, Yankees, Mariners, and Braves.

That the Red Sox, one of the headiest, most progressive organizations in all of baseball, playing in a game of critical importance, didn't tap into their well-stocked bench in this situation reinforced something for me: the failure to platoon players with notable weaknesses against one side is one of the last great organizational blind spots. And every organization is guilty of it--even those we associate with high levels of efficiency, like the Red Sox, A's, Yankees, Mariners, and Braves.

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February 5, 2003 2:19 pm

Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests

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Christina Kahrl

Re-signed INF-R Benji Gil and DH-L Brad Fullmer to one-year contracts. Signed OF-R Eric Owens to a one-year contract, and LHP Rich Rodriguez, 2B-R Adam Riggs, and UT-R Oscar Salazar to minor league contracts. Avoided arbitration with 2B-L Adam Kennedy, INF-B Scott Spiezio, and LHPs Jarrod Washburn and Scott Schoeneweis. Claimed C-R Wil Nieves off of waivers (from the Padres).

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Anyone else remember all of those predictions that this would be one of the most boring trading deadlines ever? Instead, we got one of the best. Take a deep breath, and let's dive into it:

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