All Talk, No Action

Friday, July 27, 2007

Another day and night passed without any deals being done. The trade talk around baseball is amounting to a whole lot of nothing. There is something comical about the dance these GMs do with each other. Everybody knows who's being offered up and/or viewed as untouchable so what are these guys waiting for? Will one trade open the floodgates to others? If the Braves make a deal for Teixeira, will the Dodgers scramble in another direction or stand pat? Doesn't anybody want any of the White Sox numerous avaiable players, Garland, Contreras, Dye or Vasquez? Everyone seems to be looking at Tampa Bay IF Ty Wigginton. Who offers the most attractive deal? Is Octavio Dotel staying or going? Is he hoping for a last-minute contract extension? Will Dmitri Young get one? The Griffey trade talk has cooled in the last few days. I'm always intrigued by the 11th hour deals because of what must lead up to them. Those of us who care wait on pins and needles while these guys do-what?? Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking.


timy1 11:52 AM CDT  

it's real funny. it's like the GMs are afraid to pull the trigger.

Anonymous 11:58 AM CDT  

You're so right. Who says it can't happen before the 31st? Everybody knows who's looking at everybody else. Somebody do something already!

Anonymous 2:35 PM CDT  

The deadline falls in the middle of the week this year, meaning prospective deals would be better served if they went down Sunday night or Monday for logistical reasons.

Look at it this way. When a team trades for a player, that team begins to pay that player for time served as a member of that team. Why pay that player if it's unlikely he will join the team immediately, in the middle of the travel schedule.

The player, under CBA, has a right to take three days to report to his new team. Why not finalize a trade when off-days, in the middle of the week, serve the club better and don't count against time served?

Pulling the trigger on trades just makes better sense in the beginning of the week if the deadline allows.

Anonymous 11:13 PM CDT  

That makes sense but it is not realistic. When they make a trade they expect the player to show up right away especially if they are in the pennant race.