With the trade deadline rapidly approaching (now about 96 hours away) it has been pretty quiet...up until now. The White Sox and Blue Jays agree on a deal that sends Edwin Jackson to Toronto for Jason Fraiser, but don't unpack your bags Mr. Jackson within an hour of that deal a second deal is pulled off sending Edwin Jackson from Toronto to St. Louis along with a couple of relievers (Mark Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel) and Corey Patterson for Colby Rasmus, Trevor Miller, Brian Tallet, and PJ Walters. Rasmus is a stud OF under control for at least 3 more years. The Blue Jays offense just went way up.
Yankees and Reds seem to be the front runners for Jimenez even though Cashman says he's not parting with the prospects. Don't think both of those can happen so I wonder if Hal has overruled him and said make it happen, or make it happen within these guidelines.
The Red Sox did seem to be the front runners to land Carlos Beltran...even though they don't need more offense. They lead the league in almost every offensive category. But now the SF Giants have really stepped their offer to the Mets and could land Beltran any minute (Buster Olney saying "they're at the 1 yd line").
While the Astros were, then weren't, then well maybe we will, trade Hunter Pence to someone. The Braves were, then weren't, close to getting him based on their own willingness to put in one of their top pitching prospects.
I can't see the Yankees making a major move at the deadline unless it's for a lefty-reliever. If I'm the Yankees I'm going after any lefty who has owned A-Gon. Even if they have been a starter traditionally I would use them as a lefty specialist just for him. Someone like Jeff Francis (A-Gon avg: .194 in 32 ABs), Arthur Rhodes, JA Haap, or George Sherrill (all at .167). Even...OLIVER PEREZ (.100). I think the prize lefty would be Sean Marshall from the Cubs...and I don't think the Cubs would give him up, well only if the Yankees took on Zambrano and all his $$. Big Z can't handle the AL East, he has an ERA nearly 6 against the Sox, over 13 against the O's, and over 8 against the Yankees. Yankees could also be in on Kuroda from the Dodgers.
I think a lot of what the Yankees will do is conditional upon Phil Hughes and his start this afternoon, and right now Hughes is losing 1-0 against the mighty offensive Mariners, who are mired in a mild 17 game losing streak. It would suck if that ended against Hughes and the Yankees today.