The trade deadline is a little over two weeks away. July 31st is the drop-dead date, but wait! Is it really? What would happen if the Marlins put Stanton on waivers in August? Miami could just let anyone who put in a claim have him if they truly wanted to dump salary, so the question is: If he isn’t traded before July 31st, would anyone put in a waiver claim on him? We need to realize one thing: most of these deals we concoct will never happen!
However, this is baseball and you never know. I do know this: We have no idea what FAZ is doing. I am sure they have something up their sleeve that we never thought of. Some are extolling Theo’s acquisition of Quintana as being a “Bold Move” and it is because the Cubs gave up two highly rated prospects, but Theo had to make it because the Cubs do not have any depth in starting pitchers. That’s the difference. FAZ has the depth so that they do not have to make bold moves like that. That bold move may be good…. but what happens if Quintana doesn’t pitch well or gets injured?
FAZ has made moves that did not work (Johnson, Latos, Olivera, Reddick), but they never gave up Top Prospects to do them. I doubt they will do so this year either – they don’t have to. They have the best team in baseball – all it needs is a tweak here or there. A lockdown LH in the pen would be nice, but I don’t see them trading Verdugo.
Two weeks of playing wait and see and what if?
I’m ready for some Dodger baseball. How about you?