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.
As we near the mid-season mark numbers can begin to deceive. Did a hurler start off quickly, so quickly in fact that his current numbers are still impressive even with a recent slowdown in his production? Did a hurler start off so slowly that even a hot run of late has done nothing but make the overall numbers appear to be average at best? I'll take a look at seven hurlers and give my thoughts on what you should expect from each moving forward.