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.
Another day closer to the MLB trade deadline and all is still quiet on the home front. We’re hearing about a few things here and there – the Rangers possibly shopping Joe Nathan and the Orioles starting to get more aggressive in the trade market, looking at Michael Young, Mike Morse, Justin Morneau and Jake Peavy – but again, there’s nothing but speculation and conjecture at this point. While it’s tough for fantasy owners to just sit tight and wait patiently, it’s the course of action that may work best at this time. You don’t want to be over-eager and make a move in anticipation of a deal and not have it come to fruition, so you simply have to stay on-guard and watch. But be prepared. Plan a few potential moves out and once the trades start becoming official, then react. Good luck to you.