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Final Update: NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em

After maybe the craziest summer in NBA history, the NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em competition has sadly come to a close. After Shaq became a Celtic and T-Mac inked with the Pistons, every single one of the top 16 NBA free agents signed with an NBA team, marking the end of this contest. Not a single person guessed correctly where Shaq and Tracy were going, so there was no change in the standings whatsoever. That means that Josh Cohen is the winner of the first ever NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em challenge! Congratulations Josh!

To all the participants who entered this competition that I created, I say thank you for taking the time to compete and take part of something that was pretty special, as all NBA fan’s were captivated by this free agent class, hoping their team could land a playmaker or two. Now, unless you’re a Heat fan, you probably weren’t as happy with the offseason as you would have hoped, but hopefully you did enjoy playing this game. Needless to say, this was a historic time for basketball as the future of the league has been changed forever. Who knows what the future holds, but I do know that I can’t wait for the actual games to begin! Enjoy the 2010-11 season everyone.

Place Name Previous Place Correct Points
1 Josh Cohen 1 8/16 630
2 Greg Brzozowski 2 8/16 605
3 Oden Hutchinson 3 9/16 595
4 Sal Licata 4 8/16 580
5 Steve Milwicz 5 7/16 575
6 Rob Devine 6 8/16 565
7 Stephen Brzozowski 7 6/16 525
8 Michael Franko 8 8/16 495
9 Jordan Rizzo 9 6/16 485
10 Craig Filazzola 10 6/16 480
T-11 Will McPherson T-11 5/16 410
T-11 Benny Wade T-11 6/16 410
T-13 Alex Rosenbaum T-13 5/16 405
T-13 Jonathan Smith T-13 5/16 405
T-13 Jackson Brodie T-13 5/16 405
T-16 Christian Binder T-16 5/16 390
T-16 Brian Hoeg T-16 5/16 390
18 Rich Ryan 18 6/16 365
19 Tom Waterman 19 5/16 350
20 Alex Sherron 20 4/16 320
21 Barry Greenstein 21 3/16 260
22 Russell Varner 22 3/16 230
23 Matt Curry 23 2/16 170

Stephen Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat YES
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Miami Heat X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 6/16                        Points: 525                                    Place: 7

Russell Varner

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Houston Rockets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 3/16                        Points: 230                                    Place: 22

Matt Curry

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Oklahoma City Thunder X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Miami Heat X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New York Knicks X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 2/16                        Points: 170                                    Place: 23

Christian Binder

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Golden State Warriors X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 5/16                        Points: 390                                    Place: T-16

Brian Hoeg

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat/Rap Career X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 5/16                        Points: 390                                    Place: T-16

Alex Sherron

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Portland Trail Blazers X
8 David Lee 80 New Orleans Hornets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Sacramento Kings X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Orleans Hornets X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Houston Rockets X

Total Correct: 4/16                        Points: 320                                    Place: 20

Craig Filazzola

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 6/16                        Points: 480                                    Place: 10

Josh Cohen

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat YES
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Los Angeles Clippers X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Los Angeles Clippers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Los Angeles Clippers X
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 8/16                        Points: 630                                    Place: 1

Alex Rosenbaum

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Boston Celtics X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 New York Knicks X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Los Angeles Clippers X

Total Correct: 5/16                        Points: 405                                    Place: T-13

Will McPherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Cleveland Cavaliers X
8 David Lee 80 Toronto Raptors X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Atlanta Hawks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 5/16                        Points: 410                                    Place: T-11

Rob Devine

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 8/16                        Points: 565                                    Place: 6

Steve Milwicz

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Washington Wizards X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Chicago Bulls X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 7/16                        Points: 575                                    Place: 5

Tom Waterman

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Los Angeles Clippers X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 New York Knicks X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets X
16 John Salmons 10 Toronto Raptors X

Total Correct: 5/16                        Points: 350                                    Place: 19

Rich Ryan

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New Jersey Nets X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 6/16                        Points: 365                                    Place: 18

Sal Licata

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Lakers X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers X
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 8/16                        Points: 580                                    Place: 4

Barry Greenstein

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Chicago Bulls X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New Jersey Nets X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Sacramento Kings X
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Atlanta Hawks X
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 3/16                        Points: 260                                    Place: 21

Jordan Rizzo

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Toronto Raptors X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Memphis Grizzlies X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 6/16                        Points: 485                                    Place: 9

Oden Hutcherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 9/16                        Points: 595                                    Place: 3

Michael Franko

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 San Antonio Spurs X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Denver Nuggets X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 8/16                        Points: 495                                    Place: 8

Benny Wayne

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New York Knicks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 6/16                        Points: 410                                    Place: T-11

Jonathan Smith

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 5/16                        Points: 405                                    Place: T-13

Greg Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Miami Heat X
16 John Salmons 10 Washington Wizards X

Total Correct: 8/16                        Points: 605                                    Place: 2

Jackson Brodie

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers X
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks X
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 5/16                        Points: 405                                    Place: T-13

mlb: trade deadline breakdown part 1

It’s this time of year that’s like Christmas for me. We’re in the dog days of summer and the men are being separated from the boys in Major League Baseball. To be quite honest, I’ve found this season to be more exciting than years past – for the most part, none of the contenders from last year have been counted out and there are a lot more tight division races, save for the AL West. It’s also that time of year where we see old faces in new places. And I’m here to break it down for you. Due to the enormous length of this article, I’m going to do it in two parts. American League first, National League second.

AL East:

New York Yankees: Added 1B/DH Lance Berkman, OF Austin Kearns and RP Kerry Wood. Lost minor leaguers RP Mark Melancon and IF Anthony Paredes.

Alright, if you know me, you know my Yankees bias. In all seriousness, I like two of these moves. Adding Berkman was big because he adds a lot of options for manager Joe Girardi. If Mark Teixeira needs a day off, Berk can play first. More importantly, he solidifies a DH position that the Yankees have used as a revolving door this season. And more important still, he’s wearing pinstripes instead of a baby blue Rays uni. Kerry Wood will compete for the 8th inning job with Joba Chamberlain, who has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he is a complete and utter headcase. Not that that’s his fault, I mean, I wouldn’t want to be jerked around by a team telling me I’m a starter, no I’m a reliever, no I’m a starter, no I’m a reliever. At any rate, if Wood can stay healthy for the rest of the season, he can throw gas in the 8th inning and provide a somewhat reliable bridge to Mariano Rivera. As for Kearns, didn’t really understand why the Yanks got him other than adding some veteran bench depth, but Colin Curtis had been doing  just what the Yankees needed from him, but whatever. Deadline grade: B+

Tampa Bay Rays: Added RP Chad Qualls. Lost a player to be named.

I get why the Rays added a bullpen arm. Grant Balfour, one of their hard-throwing relievers, is currently injured and he is a crucial part of that ‘pen. But let me compare his numbers with those of Qualls. Balfour: 43.1 IP, 2.08 ERA, 44 K, 13 BB. Qualls: 38.2 IP, 8.15 ERA, 34 K, 15 BB. Yeah that sounds like a suitable replacement to me. Look, it’s hard to say that a team failed at the deadline, but what the Rays really needed was a bat and they could’ve taken a shot at Adam Dunn or Prince Fielder. It’s not like they didn’t have the prospects (Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson) to make a splashy move. But as the Rays have proven since their inception into the league, they aren’t willing to part ways with prospects. Jennings will likely replace Carl Crawford next year (notice I’m not even giving the Rays a chance to re-sign him. If they can’t take on a big contract now, how are they gonna do that next year?) and Hellickson is making his big-league debut tonight, after which he may find himself in the bullpen. Deadline grade: C-

Boston Red Sox: Acquired C Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Lost minor leaguers Roman Mendez and Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and cash.

I gotta give Theo Epstein a little credit here. He sees that his team has a serious void behind the plate and there’s no guarantee Victor Martinez and/or Jason Varitek will be back next season. While the Sox seem to have fallen out of contention this season, Epstein is preparing his team for next season. Salty has yet to show the flashes of greatness that he displayed in the minors, but he still has potential to be a good offensive catcher. Plus the guy has a cannon for an arm. Not a great move, but not a bad one either. Deadline grade: B

Toronto Blue Jays: Nothing.

The only reason I mention them is because they did nothing. How stupid are they??? They have hot commodities in Jose Bautista, Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Kevin Gregg. But Alex Anthopoulos had ridiculous demands on all these guys. Now he’s going to have to take his chances on arbitration and draft pick compensation. Deadline grade: F

AL Central:

Chicago White Sox: Added SP Edwin Jackson, Lost SP Daniel Hudson and minor leaguer David Holmberg.

Once again, an opportunity for me to hate on Kenny Williams because he, once again, made a stupid move. To make a long story short, he was trying to flip Jackson to Washington for Adam Dunn, but it didn’t work out and now he’s stuck with him. Also, he’s hardly a suitable replacement for Jake Peavy. Hudson was one of their top prospects and dominated in his first start with the Dbacks. As for Jackson, he brings his 5+ ERA to Chicago, where he is likely to suffer the same fate he did in Arizona. Deadline grade: D

Minnesota Twins: Added RP Matt Capps. Lost minor leaguers Wilson Ramos and Joe Testa.

There are few times that I don’t trust the management of the Minnesota Twins. This is one of them. Wilson Ramos, the team’s top prospect, was deemed untouchable in potential trades for Jake Peavy, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. Instead, he’s flipped to Washington for Matt Capps. MATT CAPPS???? Hardly Peavy, Lee or Halladay. And, oh yeah, there’s a guy named Joe Nathan who will be back next year and that other guy Jon Rauch who had been filling in admirably for Nathan. Are you kidding me? Deadline grade: D-

Detroit Tigers: Added IF Jhonny Peralta. Lost minor leaguer Giovanni Soto.

The Tigers did what they needed to do. After losing Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen in the same week, they added Peralta, a utility infielder. Soto’s not a huge loss, but I think it’s time the Tigers waved the white flag on this season. Deadline grade: B

AL West:

Texas Rangers: Added SP Cliff Lee, C Bengie Molina, 1B Jorge Cantu, IF Cristian Guzman. Lost 1B Justin Smoak,  RP Chris Ray and minor leaguers Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, Matthew Lawson and Michael Main.

The Rangers were by far the most active team in the month of July, fortifying their team with a host of veterans. Lee gave them a front-of-the-rotation guy who is just perfect for them, Molina seems rejuvenated, Cantu is a solid but unspectacular player and Guzman addresses the loss of Ian Kinsler. The Rangers, like the Rays, have a fantastic farm system. Unlike the Rays, they are willing to part with their prospects if it means winning now. The deals may come back to bite them some years down the road, but if the Rangers don’t win this year, this season will be a huge disappointment. I’d be remiss if I didn’t add that Lee is a free agent at the end of the season and with the ownership situation in flux, there’s really no way they can afford to re-sign him. It’s do or die for the Rangers. Deadline grade: A

Los Angeles Angels: Added SP Dan Haren and 3B Alberto Callaspo. Lost SP Joe Saunders, RP Sean O’Sullivan and minor leaguers Will Smith, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and Tyler Skaggs.

The Angels certainly surprised everyone when they added Dan Haren when they were already basically out of the playoff hunt. However, these moves were not intended for winning this year. Haren is under team control for the next two years and certainly makes the Angels’ top three of Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren very scary. That being said, the Angels seemingly gave up a lot for both Haren and Callaspo and then turned around and said they might become sellers. That raised questions in my mind, but I’m not a baseball GM. Next year, when the Halos get Kendry Morales back, they will fight with the Rangers hard for the division. Deadline grade: B

Part 2 on the National League will be coming soon!