They had been in the rumors about Jon Garland all day, and Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated confirmed on his Twitter page that the Dodgers had won that sweepstakes, over the Yankees and Rockies, who were also rumored to be involved.
But the first announcement the Dodgers made was that Jim Thome of the White Sox had been traded for a player to be named later. That's a big bat to help protect Manny Ramirez, but it's also a guy who has apparently only played 28 innings in the field since 2005. I think we'll take the offense from our first baseman, though, and deal with whatever defense we get. Sorry, Loney. Ladies love the long ball.
Garland was announced later (also traded for a player to be named later), and during the Dodgers broadcast they showed footage of Garland apparently saying goodbye to his Diamondback teammates. It should be noted that the Diamondbacks are playing the Dodgers, so you have to wonder if Garland starting rooting for the L.A. team some time during the seventh inning of the game. He's probably changing uniforms as I write and just walking across the hall to his new clubhouse.
I had actually completely forgotten that Garland is a Diamondback and not a member of the White Sox anymore. His WHIP is pretty high at 1.431, but who's to say a change of scenery won't do him some good?
Meanwhile, it would be nice if Thome could get here from Minnesota (where the White Sox are playing tonight) immediately, as James McDonald has just given up the go-ahead run on a solo homer in the top of the tenth. The Dodgers like to forget to show up for the games they're supposed to win. I hope Garland and Thome know that about their new team.