One "very-plugged-in GM" told the New York Post's Joel Sherman yesterday that this could be a very quiet trade deadline, with big names like Jayson Werth, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Adam Dunn, and Roy Oswalt possibly staying put. Oswalt, of course, appears headed to Philadelphia if he'll approve the trade. Sherman notes that prospects are being overvalued, money is tight, certain teams are reassessing their playoff chances, and many players will still be available in August.
Despite such talk the days leading up to the trade deadline are always exciting in terms of rumored discussions. We hope you'll keep reading MLBTR religiously - we've extended our coverage until 3am central time the next two nights, all leading up to the first Saturday deadline day in the site's history. Back to Sherman's article...
- Dunn is viewed as the most likely to be moved from the aforementioned group. The White Sox and Giants are pushing harder than the Yankees.
- The Rays, Twins, and Phillies are the most motivated buyers. The Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays are the most motivated sellers.
- The Red Sox appear likely to make only a minor move. WEEI's Alex Speier says the Sox are focused on relief help, perhaps hoping to buy low on someone with good stuff. They're also monitoring the catcher and outfield markets.