Long-term, short-term fantasy winners and losers at the deadline
Anyone catch the Cardinals/Dodgers series last week? Probably the best four-game series during the regular season I've seen in a long time. It had home runs, blown saves, pitchers' duels, key pinch hits, great catches ... everything. As a former Philly resident, I'm a Phillies phan -- but watching
If that series represented what's right with baseball, the action at the non-waiver trade deadline is what's wrong. Everyone gets excited about the deadline deals and what they mean to competition in the game. But what they actually mean is that some teams have the fiscal odds stacked against them and are doomed to serve as farm clubs for big-market teams. Toronto? Best they can do is third. Pittsburgh? Uses Velcro to put names on the uniforms. Kansas City? Out of the division race by Memorial Day every year. The Lords of Baseball have to address the fiscal disparity in the sport or risk making half the teams irrelevant.
So now that I've rained on the parade, let's examine what happened with those trades. It's hard to argue with St. Louis' new offense (why is
I just had to mention my head scratching in the