Potent quotables: Trade deadline edition

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“Biggest balls in the game.”

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– One baseball executive measures up White Sox general manager Ken Williams after his shocking trade for Jake Peavy on Friday.

“I’m kind of glad I didn’t throw a no-hitter. If I did that the first time, I’d have to live up to some high expectations.”

– Cliff Lee, after tossing a complete-game four-hitter in his Phillies debut against the Giants on Friday night.

“If Chipper (Jones) was a good teammate, he’d send his plane up here to get me.”

– Stranded in Baltimore, Adam LaRoche tries to find a way to Atlanta.

“It’s tough because I’m leaving my house. This was my house. It’s really tough.”

– Victor Martinez reacts after being traded by the team that signed him at the age of 17.

“It’s a helpless feeling knowing you
have no say in whatever goes on, to get here today and walk around not
knowing what’s going on.”

– The subject of trade rumors all week, Clay Buchholz was relieved to still be a Red Sox when the smoke cleared.

“We are not rebuilding. This is a team that, in my opinion, is not far away from being a good, solid baseball team.”

– Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo explains his line of thinking, however irrational it may be, for deciding to keep veterans Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.