It’s tough to say whether a quiet non-waiver trade deadline is an indication of a busy waiver trade deadline, but Thursday gave us our first taste of the potential for big names on the move as the Rangers put a waiver claim in for Alex Rios. That’s not to say that Rios is definitely going to be dealt, but right now the Ranger shave about two days of exclusive negotiating rights to see if they can work out a deal with the White Sox for the veteran outfielder. The two teams were apparently talking before the non-waiver trade deadline, but nothing came to fruition. Perhaps now that Nelson Cruz has been suspended, the Rangers will be willing to up their offer and make it a little more worthwhile.
While the All-Star break gives you a temporary reprieve from the daily fantasy baseball grind, it should also serve as a reminder to you that changes are coming for the second half. Not only do you need to prep your team for the stretch run, but you also need to make preparations to deal with the upcoming MLB trade deadlines. Yes, that’s right, deadlines…plural. You’ve got the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline where anything goes and then there’s the August 31st deadline where players just have to pass through waivers first before they’re dealt; usually your more high-priced/stupid, big contract guys. It’s a steady month of unrest for fantasy owners.
When Hunter Pence made that diving catch on Alex Amarista’s liner to close out the eighth inning, you knew that the baseball gods were looking down on Tim Lincecum, smiling, and declaring this night for him. The 1-2-3 ninth inning was just a mere formality; a dot on the ‘I’ and a cross on the ‘t’. Not only did he wage a war to no-hit the Padres, but he also made a declaration to the baseball community, both real and fantasy, that he wasn’t quite finished. Though the latter part of his six-plus year career has been laden with lows, he still had plenty of highs left in him and we’re not just talking about his smoking habits in the offseason.
Just when you thought you were going to be able to sit back and enjoy this final week before the All Star break, the news of potential Biogenesis suspensions has reappeared like some ill-timed, unsightly cold sore destined to spoil your fun. Rather than being able to relax through the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and the rest of the midsummer classic festivities, your time will be taken up by a barrage of emails from those contending owners looking to haul in a king’s ransom for the likes of Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera and anyone else looking at a potential 50-game ban. If you’re in a keeper league and already thinking about next year, this might be a great time to pick up a top player for next year, but should you even be on the cusp of title-contention, you may also want to kick the tires and see if you can afford the sticker price as these suspensions aren’t exactly set in stone.