DLD 5/8/08: Can someone do too much to fit in?

We all like Nick Swisher, and love his fun loving attitude, and his awareness of Cancer since the passing of his grandmother, but pink facial hair will just be atrocious.


Center fielder Nick Swisher, left-hander John Danks and catcher Toby Hall will dye their facial hair pink in honor of Mother's Day and make a donation to a breast-cancer foundation in Chicago on behalf of their teammates.


Bob Watson says he doesn't want the Rocket's distractions on his USA team.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Clemens isn't welcome on the U.S. Olympic baseball team.

U.S. general manager Bob Watson said Wednesday that he isn't considering the 45-year-old right-hander for his roster for the Beijing Games.

"From my standpoint, we don't need that type of distraction," Watson said.

Haren trade a win-win?



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(A's send Haren and RHP Connor Robertson to the Diamondbacks for LHP Dana Eveland, LHP Greg Smith, 1B Chris Carter, OF Carlos Gonzalez, OF Aaron Cunningham and LHP Brett Anderson). <!-- INLINE HEADSHOT (BEGIN) -->





The whole idea of any trade, theoretically, is to make both teams better. So it's tough to beat this one. Arizona wouldn't have the best record in baseball without Haren. But this deal is just as responsible for the A's being 22-14.

Haren has ripped off six quality starts, so he's been as good as advertised. Meanwhile, the A's have gone 10-3 in games started by Eveland and Smith; Anderson is 5-1 in Class A; Gonzalez is hitting .343, with a .410 on-base percentage, in Triple-A. So this trade has set up the A's to be good for years -- just what Billy Beane had in mind.

"Billy knew we had depth that we'd probably talk about," Arizona GM Josh Byrnes said. "So they came out of this with quality and quantity. And for us to get a starting pitcher at Dan Haren's level without getting into free agency … was something that really fit."

Scout's View: "Probably as good a baseball deal as you'll see. Arizona did a hell of a job recognizing this was their chance to win and going out and getting a guy like Haren, and still keeping their top tier of prospects. And Oakland got guys who can help them for a long time."

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