UPDATE: It’s my birthday!! And, being a selfish child, I insisted on opening a present first thing upon waking this morning. It was this book:
Now I can geek out even, even, even more about this excellent game! I wanted to write a much longer post about all the different cool things about baseball, but my thumb hurts, so I just tweaked this post some! I’m going to the Mets game tonight to get my Ike Davis bobblehead. Don’t worry, you will hear ALL. ABOUT. IT.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled post:
We ladies sure know a lot about shopping! Am I right? Totally, shoes and stuff! Yeah!
Nah, what I am really talking about is the trade deadline, and teams shopping around to gain or lose players and money! The trade deadline is at the end of this month, and marks the date that teams must stop swapping around their players, except for waivers, which is a concept that I do not completely understand. I imagine the “waiver wire” to be something like the decoder ring scene in A Christmas Story.
But we haven’t reached that point yet, it’s still the nice straightforward part of the season where teams do their trading out in the open! So let’s discuss what’s up for grabs:
- The Mets really are a big story in all this! Even though I live in NYC and would hear all about their every move anyways. They’ve already dealt their problematic closer, and have two big exciting players that everyone wants! Sandy Alderson has already expressed strong interest in keeping Reyes around, and rumors swirl about Beltran going to the Giants, which makes sense. Brian Wilson said it, and who are we, as mere mortals, to argue with him?
- The Braves continue to hold a strong 2nd place in the NL East, and Wild Card lead. Plus they’ve a nice batch of young players. So, the talk of Derek Lowe going to Detroit is unsurprising and the Braves pitching is deep enough to handle it. Plus, Lowe is a Michigan boy, and hometown heroes are a big thing these days.
- The Yankees are inquiring about Ubaldo Jimenez, because exactly what they need is another super-hyped pitcher who fails to live up to expectations. There are several teams who could stand to add another starting pitcher, but Ubaldo is a risky choice. No doubt he was an ace last season, and there are those commercials with him and his funny name, but he has Really Struggled this season. Which means that a team like the Reds or the Yankees could end up paying for the Ubaldo who no-hit the Braves in April, and went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 2010, and end up getting the Ubaldo of 2011 who didn’t win a game until May 17.
But the most exciting part of all of this is that player who are traded get to go out and buy some new shoes to match their new uniforms! Yay shopping!