Jerry Crasnick, saying that the trade for Eric Gagne had a negative impact on the Sox:
"To make matters worse, Gagne's problems have been contagious. Okajima has a 7.04 ERA since Gagne's arrival."
I really hope that was a joke, but I don't think it was. Yes, Gagne's been awful. But does anyone really think he's made Okajima worse? We were all confused (happily so) about why the Sox picked up another setup man. Now we know why they did: there was some concern about Okajima's durability over the entire season. Had Gagne not arrived, Okajima probably would've gone on the DL in late August.
Not to say the trade was a good idea, but it's pretty damn stupid to blame Okajima's troubles on it.