It’s like the calm before the storm. The trade storm, that is. We had some rumblings early in the week with the Francisco Rodriguez trade but everything else since has just been talk. Until now, maybe, as word has it that Alfonso Soriano boarded a red-eye to New York Thursday night in anticipation of being dealt. On top of that, talks have heated up between the Braves and Astros as Bud Norris is expected to find a new home soon. The Braves just lost both Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm and while they’ve got Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood but are going to be in need of a more veteran presence on the mound as they make plans for the playoffs. And then finally, the Royals have jumped into trade discussions with a few teams as Ervin Santana is currently on the block. Apparently, the Royals are looking for a bigger return than the Cubs got for Matt Garza, so we’ll have to wait and see who bites on that. They’re looking for an upgrade at either second base or right field.
While those who don’t follow the game as closely as we do think the baseball season can be too long and arduous, I’m sure many of you can agree with me when I say how crazy it seems that the first half of the season has already passed us by. This is the final week before the All Star break and before you know it, September will be here and your fight for a championship turns into a one-month sprint after a five-month long grueling marathon. The break is probably a welcomed sight for a lot of you, especially those of you whose players are currently dealing with an array of minor injuries – not DL-type stuff, but enough to keep you out of the lineup for a few games. Even though it’s just a few days off, that can be a huge break for those limping out of this half.