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.
A relatively innocuous start to the second half and then suddenly….BOOM goes the dynamite! Four days into the second half and all hell breaks loose. Ryan Braun is suspended for the rest of the year, Matt Garza gets dealt to the Rangers, Alfonso Soriano is headed back to the Yankees, the Pirates need a new closer, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, and Josh Hamilton are all hurt, more prospects are on their way up and…oh no….Brian Wilson is coming back? It’s like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the 10 plagues of ancient Egypt and all the earthly disasters caused by global warming all rolled into one. If you haven’t been chatting, texting or Skyping with your league-mates all night on Monday, then prepare for the fallout in the morning. With so much to talk about, Tuesday’s going to be a very busy day.
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.