The Tigers were frantic about it. Their general manager was in the dugout, on the phone with the commissioner's office. If the Tigers could not get
"You've gotta get Austin off the field!" General Manager
Brad Ausmus, the Tigers' manager, hurriedly sent
Dombrowski celebrated by sending a mischievous text message to
"You have 1 minute to acquire
Sale remains the ace of the Chicago White Sox. However, the A's had added the ace of the
Would the A's and Tigers have made the playoffs without Thursday's trades? Of course, but that was not the point. After all, the
"The question that we asked ourselves is, 'What gives us the best chance of winning a world championship this year?'" Dombrowski said.
That is what drove the A's and Tigers on Thursday, to the detriment of the
The Angels could do nothing about Lester or Price. They already had made the best moves they could, with the modest organizational talent they had, in acquiring relievers
If this season is about getting back to October for the Angels, good enough. If this season is about playing deep into October, probably not good enough.
The Angels' best pitcher,
The Angels are two games behind the A's in the
If the Angels were to beat the A's, they would advance to the AL Championship Series — perhaps against the Tigers, with
The Dodgers had the minor league talent to get Price, and they decided keeping that talent was a higher priority than giving themselves the best chance to win the
The Dodgers still like their chance at the World Series, with
"I'd be willing to stack our three guys against anybody else's top three," Dodgers Manager
There is no rotation in the
If the Dodgers face either one in the World Series, well, the Dodgers will be in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
That was the Series the Dodgers won with Mickey Hatcher, Jeff Hamilton, Franklin Stubbs, Rick Dempsey and John Shelby in the lineup for the clincher. If the Dodgers' biggest problem this season turns out to be a starter for Game4 of the World Series, we can live with that.