Time constraints limit how much I can write about these things right now, I hope you’ll understand …
- The A’s did indeed pick up a bat after sending Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox in the Jon Lester deal, and they did indeed use superfluous lefty Tommy Milone to get it done. The might bat they got? Sam Fuld. That’s a thin return, to me, but, at the same time, I was never really all that enamored with Milone in the first place. Moving on.
- This is why I love the deadline: Jon Morosi reports that, because the Lester trade happened early enough, it has “opened up the market” a bit for the Rays, who are now seriously considering dealing guys like David Price, Ben Zobrist, etc. Zobrist could potentially compete with Emilio Bonifacio (and Zobrist is better, but more expensive), so that’s not necessarily good. Price being traded could be good or bad, depending where he lands and how much it costs. For now, it’s just very, very interesting.
- The outfield bat market is super thin, and the Phillies seem to be trying to take advantage of that by asking for the moon in exchange for 36-year-old Marlon Byrd. I know the Cubs are inclined to keep Justin Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan – which is fine – but you wonder if there’s an opportunity here.
- The imprecise, but interesting, art of predicting trades:
#RedSox are still working on trading John Lackey. Source put it at 70 percent he would be dealt.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 31, 2014
- Kinda sounds like the lefty reliever market is waiting on Andrew Miller, the best option out there by far, to be sorted out:
The #Redsox are getting swarmed with offers for LHP Andrew Miller, but pricetag remains high. Exec: Once he's dealt, dominos will fall.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2014