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.
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??
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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