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MLB Trade Deadline Rumors

Posted by Condo on July 30, 2007

Well, it’s that time of year.  Tomorrow will be the final day that teams can make trades without having to pass players through waivers first.  It sounds as though it will be an uneventful day as far as ‘star players’ are concerned.  But let’s break down some of the trades that are either close to being finished pending physicals or already been completed.

First, for the Reds fans out there:

Reds Trade Starting pitcher Kyle Loshe to the Phillies for 23-year-old lefty starter Matt Maloney.
On the surface, it seems as though the Reds didn’t receive much, but seeing as how Loshe was going to be a free agent after the year was up and his agent is Scott Boras, the Reds probably weren’t going to retain him anyways.  If Maloney has any promise what so ever, this isn’t a bad deal for the Reds.

Next, another small deal, this one for the Mets:

Mets receive 2nd baseman Luis Castillo from the Twins for Minor League catcher Drew Butera and Minor League outfielder Dustin Martin to Minnesota.
Luis Castillo is a good pickup for the Mets considering Jose Valentin went down with an injury yet again.  Castillo can provide a stolen base threat and decent contact bat at the back of their lineup and they didn’t give up highly touted prospects to get him, I’d say this one is definitely in favor or New York.

And of course, pending physicals, the blockbuster deal of the deadline:

Braves receive 1st baseman Mark Teixeira and left handed middle reliever Ron Mahay from the Rangers for Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, infield prospect Elvis Andrus, and two minor league pitching prospects who have yet to be named.
This of course is the big one, this gives Atlanta the middle of the order bat to fill a position they’ve been looking to fill for a while.  The key is whether the Braves can keep Teixeira in Atlanta for a while.  If they can, I think this is a good deal for the Braves.  If not, Texas gets one helluva a deal considering Andrus & Salty are Atlanta’s top 2 prospects.

Hold tight, and see what happens throughout the rest of the deadline, as rumors are circulating about many players including former World Series MVP Jermaine Dye, Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, Eric Gagne, as well as a slew of others.  Who knows who your favorite team’s roster will look like after July 31!

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