As of 11:40 AM of Monday, June 25,2007, the Worcester Eliminators and the Black Mesa Anomalies ended trade talks with a simple trade, with Worcester sending outfielder Hideki Matsui (shown at right, nursing a wrist injury) to Black Mesa for the starter, RHP Chris Young.
"I feel that Black Mesa will benefit from this trade. Our pitchers make up most of our team, leaving little room for our offensive capabilities. I'm not saying were underpowered, it's just i hate knowing that we are very prone to injuries. While this trade does not cover all the bases, our outfield has grow just a bit stronger." states Black Mesa GM Ryne O'Connor.
"Manager Joe Girardi is ecstatic", said Worcester GM/Owner Matt Caskey. Caskey would later go on to sat that "when we hired Girardi at the start of the season, we made it clear that this was his team to do with what he wanted. It was our job to give him the players he needed and we felt he needed Young more than Matsui."
Girardi rationalized the trade by calling "Matsui is very capable OF who's a perenial .300 hitter with15-25 HR/ 100 RBI potential, but that the team need was not the outfield. Matsui, frankly, was dead weight and, although he never showed it, he was disgruntled at the fact that he was not playing. AquiringYoung bolsters a rotation that was hit hard with injuries (Loewen,Sanchez, Harden) and, hopefully, he will join Bedard and Haren and go deep into games to keep our inconsistent bullpen well rested."