Odds & Ends: Marlins, Pirates, Gammons

A fresh batch of links on a busy Sunday evening around the baseball world…

  • Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post suggests the Marlins may quickly turn into trade-deadline "sellers" if they continue to fall back in the NL East.  We probably won't see one of those classic "fire sales," but a few chips may be dealt.
  • According to MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch, the Pirates are having a little trouble agreeing to terms with a few of their younger draft picks because the Commissioner's Office "frowns on clubs that offer above-slot money."  It's an interesting read.
  • If you're into moving images, ESPN's Peter Gammons has a new video up previewing the July 31 trade deadline.  He talks Giants, Rockies, Red Sox, Phillies, Astros and, of course, Roy Halladay.
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto is confused as to why the Indians continue to give playing time to Jhonny Peralta while Andy Marte is at Triple-A, and just a phone call away.

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