So the trade deadline is at 4PM today. Yesterday the Yankees got Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle for the stretch run, giving away a few minor leaguers in return. The day before, the Braves made a questionable move (especially with Chipper headed to the DL) and traded Wilson Betemit to the Dodgers for Danys Baez (bullpen help, a good thing) and Willy Aybar (a mediocre reserve infielder). I’m really happy for Betemit because if it weren’t for Chipper he’d be an everyday player for the Braves, and he’ll get a great chance at that in Los Angeles. He’s been absolutely fantastic in his utility role in Atlanta. We’ll see how this works out. I’ll miss Betemit’s timely hitting and clutch fielding. Los Angeles landed a good one. I wish it was San Diego, personally, but I know that they would have had to give up Scott Linebrink for him.
Today the big rumor is the Mets sending Lastings Milledge to the Giants for Jason Schmidt or Milledge to Houston for Roy Oswalt (!!) I could see the Milledge for Schmidt swap somewhat seeing how Schmidt is a free agent after this season, but if the Astros traded Oswalt to the Mets, that would probably be a white flag at that point. Then again, I can’t see the Schmidt deal going down either, as the Giants are in the thick of it in the NL West race, and most certainly want their ace there for the stretch run.
I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Greg Maddux move out West, either to the Dodgers or the Padres. I could dig Maddux in a Padres uniform, though they still need tremendous help at third base (hence why I wish San Diego had gotten Betemit).
This is always quite a fun day…we’ll see what happens.