Even though the Cubs and Orioles never got close to finishing off that incessantly rumored Brian Roberts trade, we keep hearing people suggest that it will still happen eventually. Hmmm. Ya sure? A bunch of baseball men who have spoken with both teams definitely aren't.
For all the names we heard bounced around, it doesn't appear there was ever a time when each club had its "best" offer, or even a viable offer, on the table and the other side said no. And when one baseball man was asked this week where those talks stand now, he replied: "I don't think there's anything going on there at all."
Another skeptical assessment, from an official of one bemused team, of the likelihood of this trade going down in July: "Hey, it took so long to not get it done the first time, they'd need to get started now to have it not get done the next time."