I have reached a new milestone. This is my 188th blog - yeah! Such an accomplishment . . . well, down to buisness as I bring you the third edition of Around the Bases brought to you by The Mitt.
Well, where to begin . . . what about recent trade talks. Will C.C. Sabathia ever get traded? I don't know . . . when the talk started, it seemed that the Bronx was the place for C.C. to go, where some pinstripes and get paid a lot of money by the Yankees. It looks like that rumor kind of died . . . now you hear Milwaukee going after him. An unwise decision by Milwaukee, they are going to need to save up on the money to sign their young, talented six players - J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo - to long term deals. When Gallardo comes back healthy, giving up prospects and lsoing cap space for C.C. will seem like a dumb move - I doubt that Sabathia is moving west . . . I think he will stay right where he is. The Cleveland Indians still stand a chance of making the playoffs and they wopn't be able to lose Sabathia and do that at the same time - they need to hold onto him for a little bit and if the Indians start to falter badly, they need to trade him. Detroi t could also be a possibility but it probably won't happen, Cleveland is unlikely to trade with a division rival and the Tigers have been pitching well lately - plus, the only place Detroit trades with is Florida, as though it seems. In my opinion, they should sign Sabathia to Johan Santana money and trade Grady Sizemore, ain't gonna happen though.
Another rumor that is going around is Colorado's Matt Holliday going to the Los Angeles Angels. I don't buy this at all. Pretty much every MLB team other than the Rockies has stuff about Holliday coming to their team - it's stuff to get the fans excited basically. Maybe Los Angeles will trade for Holliday though, no more pitching around Vladimir Guerrero, pretty much the only long ball threat in their lineup. It would also help to have Holliday's sweet swinging bat and his consistency as well. Again, I don't see them pulling this off - why overstack an already over-stacked outfield? Like always, the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers are always conendors - but usually it's how the story goes, he gets traded to some team who you would have nevr expected him to get traded to.
Still a lot of trade talks going on but a lot of those are old news, expect a crazy Trade Deadline with mostly ace pitchers getting traded rather than hitters.
While trading for a big star can drastically improve a team, some teams may prefer to go the easy way and sign a veteren free agent to a short team contract and a small amoount of pay to go with it. Barry Bonds anyone? Teams think of it as a risky move - I think of it as a safe move. It messes up team chemistry? No. He won't effect anybody, aall the other players can just walk by him and sit somewhere else in the dugout, what is the big deal about it? Sure, it would help to have good team chemistry when you are a point guard in basketball or a quarterback in football but in baseball, all hyou do is go up to bat and field, you don't really do anything with your teamates while your on the field, other than throwing the ball. No matter, Bonds would probably like to go to an American League team where he can DH. We all know that the Big Three (NY, BOS, DET) may be looking at him but what about some other teams? Toronto? They got rid of Frank Thomas, they may want another big bat. Baltimore? They need the help if they want to make a playoff push. Cleveland would definitley get help from Bonds with a often injured and struggling DH in Travis Hafner. Oakland would also go for a DH as well. Bonds will likely be picked up soon, as well as Kenny Lofton (who syas a 40-year old can't steal bases and hit .300?), Sammy Sosa (power baby, power), Roger Clemens (still a step above average) and others.
Be prepared to see many players in different uniforms soon as the Trade Deadline is less than a month away.