Trade deadline thoughts

I will preface this fanpost by saying if it is thought that this isn't worthy of a fanpost, I'll be happy to remove it.  But this has been one of the most fascinating trade deadlines in recent memory, IMO.  So, over a bootleg Yuengling or two, here are my thoughts on the past couple weeks activicties.


AL East

Yankees-  they seem to finally be joining the rest of baseball in having to consider financial ramifications of trades.  And valuing their young players.  Whodathunkit?

Blue jays-  Not sure whether or not to congratulate JP Ricciardi on sticking to his guns on keeping Halliday.  It probably makes him a hero to his fanbase, but some of those offers would have been hard for me to turn down.

Orioles-  Holy crap, the Orioles found somebody they can trade with!

Red Sox-  they held on to Bucholtz and Bard and got who??


AL Central

Tigers- seem to have gotten a top end starter, but, wow, I've never looked at Washburn as more than a four or five.  Methinks he's outkicking his coverage this year.

Indians-  Will the last one in Cleveland please turn out the lights?

Kansas City- uh, um...really?  They traded for Yuniesky Betancourt?  Did Dayton Moore lose a bet?

Twins-  Not a big Orlando Cabrera fan, but I would be the Twins will be in it till the end.

White Sox-  Not a big Kenny Williams fan (well, at least not as big a fan as Kenny is, anyway), but you have to give him credit for not being afraid to take a chance.  Probably the biggest riverboat gambler in MLB

AL West

Angels-  The Anti-Kenny Williams.  Always loaded with trading chips, but rarely willing to pull the trigger.

Mariners-  I know they're 8 games out, but that still has to be disheartening to see one of your best pitchers go when you're having a rebound year.

Rangers- i wonder if they would have anted up for Halladay if he hadn't rejected them first.  That could've been a helluva trade considering the Rangers farm system.

A's-  Same old, same old.  Always recycling.

NL East

NY Mets- Should I stay or should I go now?  You shoulda went.  This seasons toast and you should've been repositioning for next year.  Your fans aren't stupid.  They would've understood.

Phillies-  They continue to act like a team that's not satisfied with one WS Championship and I admire the way they're going about their business.  And they would've been stupid to have traded J.A. Happ plus a truckload of prospect for Halladay.

Marlins- Nick Johnson's a good pickup, but I don't think it'll help enough.

Nats-  I have no idea what you do with that mess, but you better sign Strasburg or your fans will revolt.  The '62 Mets have to be getting a little nervous.  Their claim to fame may be slipping away.

NL Central

Cardinals-  Holliday was a smart move, and may be enought to win the Central.  I'd still be concerned about the pitching, though.  Should be a fun two team race.

Brewers-  See:  Mets

Pirates-  This isn't your first rodeo on being deadline sellers.  Have you gotten any better at it?

Astros-  3.5 back or not, I don't think they're in it for the long haul.  One of those betwixed and between deals.  Should've sold, but were too close to justify it to their fanbase.

Cubs- Considering their needs, i wouldn't be surprised to see some waiver deals, especially if Johnson takes too long to come back. 

NL West

Dodgers-  Never thought I'd say it, but Colletti seems to be doing all the right things.  The deal that didn't happen with the Padres is insane (and I mean that in a good, fascinating kind of way)

Giants-  I've always thought him to be a fool, and a too vet-happy fool at that, but Sabean's doing a nice job this year, and 1B was a glaring hole he needed to fix.

D-Backs-  Seems to me they should have gotten something for Garland and/or Davis.

Rockies-  Hardest team for me to figure, and I still don't believe they're for real.  That said they'll probably be the wild card and go to the WS.

Padres-  See Cleveland

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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