An SI survey of five baseball executives to solicit opinions on how teams performed before the trade deadline found that the Rangers' moves were universally considered the best, which is no surprise. The Padres were roundly praised, as well, and no one found fault with what the Yankees did, which is to throw their financial might around as only they can. In other words, just what they usually do.
Many of the other teams' moves were well-received, but there certainly was a mixture of opinions about what some clubs did. Here's what the five execs had to say:
• The Yankees did come close to getting
• The Blue Jays and Yankees talked about
• Neither Jose Bautista nor Dunn is seen as having any chance to clear waivers. Bautista is under contract for 2011 for $6 million but Dunn is a free agent.
• Nice note: The Marlins, along with Food for the Poor, launched "Homes for Haiti,'' a month-long fundraising initiative aimed to build much-needed housing in Haiti. Marlins catcher
• MLB has to be thrilled