BUCK SHOWALTER:  Kind of like hockey.  Are they playing?

Q.  No.

How unusual is it to see a manager switching teams within your own division the way John Farrell is from Toronto to Boston.

BUCK SHOWALTER:  I haven't really thought about it.  I guess it's unusual.  It doesn't happen very often.  John is really good, and so is Gibby.  I managed against both of them.  It's a good fit for both of them.  They're a good addition.

Did they get a player back?

Q.  Yeah, players go both ways.  Aviles went to Boston and Toronto.

BUCK SHOWALTER:  But did somebody else come back?

Q.  David Carpenter went from Toronto to Boston and also got DFA'd.

BUCK SHOWALTER:  It's pretty humbling when you get to ask players what they think you're worth.  I won't ask what I was worth.

Q.  How do you think Wada is doing?

BUCK SHOWALTER:  He's doing great.  I know that's kind of under the radar.  We have a chance to get a good pitcher a lot sooner than some people think.  I'm not going to say the start of the season until we get down to spring.  I think he's going to be healthy and ready to go earlier than people think.

He showed it to us once or twice in the spring why he was so coveted, but we knew something was wrong.  Something wasn't quite right with him.  He showed it to us over in ¿¿ where were we?

Q.  Orlando.

BUCK SHOWALTER:  Yeah, it was Orlando.  So it's there.  We've got nothing but rave reviews on his work habits.  The doctor's real happy with the surgery.  He's got a chance to really give us a shot in the arm.  Chen was a great pickup for us.

Q.  Buck, you've mentioned the A's a couple times today, sort of in passing.  They were obviously the other sort of big surprise and great story.  Were you paying attention to that?  Do you see similarities between your team and the A's?

BUCK SHOWALTER:  I was paying attention because of the playoff ramifications.  We didn't see them very much.  But you could feel the excitement they had going on out there.  Felt great for Billy and Bob, knowing both of them.

I guess there were some similarities, just, I think, from an energy, and I think the mentality that was going on a little bit.  Kind of snowballed for both clubs.  You play so many games.  There's no Cinderellas, but I know sometimes ¿¿ I'm sure Bob, in a private moment, coaching staffs kind of look at each other and go this is pretty cool, you know.  I'm not so old that I can't take that in and go wow.

There's many a night where I kind of said, boy, I'm pretty lucky to be a part of this.  Hope I don't screw it up.

Q.  How do you take that to this year?

BUCK SHOWALTER:  I don't know.

Q.  You're not going to sneak up on people.

BUCK SHOWALTER:  We didn't last year.  I keep telling people like Cinderellas.  You don't sneak up on somebody.  It's like, oh, this year they figured out how to pitch this guy, and that's why he's not hitting.  Believe me, after three at bats, these pitching coaches, I see the phone calls, the way they share information.  What did you do to get him out?  What did he hit?

I remember Harper, when he came up, talking to AAA managers and AA.  There's such a sharing of information.  You are what you are.  Mentally, you may have snuck up on them, but physically and what was going on, you guys don't allow anybody to sneak up on anybody.  I guarantee you, when Bob and them came across the coast, everybody knew exactly what was going on.  You can't hide anything anymore.

Like Machado, they threw the kitchen sink at Machado the first week.  All of a sudden, they decided he couldn't hit a fastball in.  Trust me, they were pounding him day one.

Q.  It's going to be different this year, you know that.  Or is it?