Twins GM Terry Ryan said he had all sorts of discussions but never really came close to making another deal before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. He was surprised that some teams were “eerily quiet.” He didn’t name names, but it was curious that the Tigers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Mariners, Cardinals and Angels did nothing to bolster their rosters. Expected sellers such as the Nationals, A’s, Blue Jays and Marlins were quiet, too.
Ryan said he expects about 5-10 trades to get made throughout baseball during August, when players must first be placed on waivers before being traded. Teams will try to pass almost all players through waivers. A team can claim a player and get stuck with him, and the original team can also pull him back at that point. Once a player clears waivers, he can be dealt anywhere. The next “deadline” is Aug. 31, the date when players must be on the roster to be eligible for the playoffs.
So, guess what, everyone? That gives us 31 more days to break down all the possible trade scenarios! I’ve got an idea. How about a Trade Target Series? We’ll pick some guys, break down the pros and cons of trading for them. We could even have a fun category, picking the expected Batgirl nickname for each guy (you know, if she still ran the greatest blog ever).
Nah, just kidding. All those futile discussions have worn me down. Most of you, too, I can tell. The Twins just pulled five games back in the wild-card race with two months to play. Ron Gardenhire must feel like Gene Hackman in Hoosiers: ”My team is on the court.”