1. The underrated aspect of the Jose Iglesias/Jake Peavy transaction (with apologies to Avisail Garcia) is the opportunity to put Brandon Workman in the bullpen. In a sense, getting Peavy may address two flaws. Workman certainly has the stuff and mentality to succeed there in a multiple-inning role much in the way Justin Masterson did in '09. The Rays have had enormous success bringing up promising future starters to help in a relief role -- they did it with both David Price and Matt Moore in fairly recent seasons. Workman isn't the elite prospect they were, but he is plenty promising, and I wouldn't be stunned to see him thrive in the role. Kind of expect him to, actually.
2. I've said this on Twitter, but I'll reiterate it from this mountaintop, too If you think trading Xander Bogaerts for anything available at this trading deadline was a good idea, you really need to acquaint yourself with Xander Bogaerts. This is not Andy Marte or any other failed prospect you want to cite as justification for your half-formed trade ideas. This is a 20-year-old with exceptional maturity ... and a great work-ethic ... who plays a premium position ... and is OPS-ing near .900 in his first go-round in Triple A. You don't trade kids like this. You dream of discovering them. Maybe you should. My one -- one -- exception for whom I might briefly consider trading him for is Giancarlo Stanton. Adam Kaufman makes a smart and balanced case for such a consideration Wednesday. But ultimately, I wouldn't do it if Bogaerts were the centerpiece of a package. Stanton is a corner outfielder with creaky knees. He's awesome, but his health is already an issue at 23.
3. Ben Cherington is too gracious to admit it, but he has to be thrilled to have just parlayed six improbably brilliant offensive weeks into a well-regarded, accomplished pitcher with very encouraging peripheral statistics. And while I think Garcia, the outfielder the White Sox acquired in the three-way deal, will end up being the best prize in this deal in the long-term, the Tigers are right to acquire Iglesias. Their offense is great, their starting pitching deep, and their defense stinks. He'll help. And he'll be way better than Ray Oyler, who went .135/.213/.186 in 247 plate appearances for Detroit's '68 champs.
4. Most important transaction leading up to the deadline? The Rays putting Matt Moore on the disabled list with an elbow issue. If he's out any length of time, I'm probably going to have to stop saying I think the Rays will win the World Series this season.
5. The Rays already act like they've won a World Series or two, don't they? Not saying that's a bad thing. In so many ways, they are an underdog, and given how good they are with limited financial resources, they should be brash. Makes for a good rivalry, even as all Red Sox fans hope Fernando Rodney spontaneously combusts before firing his imaginary flaming arrow.
6. Surprised he didn't move, but didn't particularly want Michael Young anyway. Especially if it interfered with Bogaerts's estimated time of arrival.
7. The worst thing about the Jeff Bagwell-for-Larry Andersen deal 23 years ago? That the Red Sox traded Jeff Bagwell for Larry Andersen, obviously. Second-worst thing: That it's referenced every single time the Red Sox trade a prospect of some reputation or promise.
8. Aside to those of you who are aggravated that Stephen Drew is still here while Jose Iglesias has taken his glove elsewhere: Boy, are you going to be annoyed when the Red Sox tender Drew a contract after the season.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.