Several baseball executives are calling this the "softest deadline ever'' because they anticipate many more players than ever going unclaimed on waivers and thus remaining eligible to be dealt.
That makes sense considering the economy (and all the whining over the economy). Yet, just before the non-waiver trade deadline, one contending team was willing to take on the entire contract of
So there will be no guarantees on the waiver wire.
Plus, there are always the Red Sox and Yankees, two big-market teams that have done spectacular jobs from a business standpoint as well as from a baseball standpoint, and those teams can afford to do whatever they want. Who's to say that Boston, if it remains behind the Yankees in the standings, doesn't block any viable starter -- maybe
Here is a list of players connected to trade talks before the July 31 deadline and their chances to clear waivers and remain eligible to be traded ...
And here are some late winners and losers from the deals that did or didn't go down ...
• The Phillies' deal for Lee more than anything is what killed the chances for a Halladay trade. That was the best match for the Jays. Once that happened, it now appears that the chances for a deal decreased dramatically. It seems that GM
• Texas probably matched up second best with Toronto. But as reported by
• The discussed Dodgers-Padres blockbuster involving Adrian Gonzalez and
• There was talk of a Bell-to-the-Angels deal in which San Diego would have received reliever
• The Red Sox talked abut top prospect Buchholz in a couple deals (for Halladay or Gonzalez) but are happy to keep him. With a dynamic breaking ball and athleticism, he's seen as a potential No. 2 starter.
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• Two coveted free agents this winter could be Rockies GM
• Either man could become a candidate for Nationals GM. Other worthy candidates may include White Sox assistant GM
• It's time to go tweet. I've hit 15,000 followers, far beyond my wildest dreams (but still not quite half