Trade Time Coming
July 20, 2007
The most hyped trading deadline in professional sports is coming soon. 4 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, July 31, to be exact. Baseball General Managers are busy making lists and checking them twice in hopes of making moves.
Some teams may move players to get younger or reduce payroll, others may shore up for the pennant race over the last two months.
Pitching is the hot commodity. That is the primary commodity on the Phillies’ list. Getting some help will not be easy because the demand for pitchers simply outdistances the supply.
Pat Gillick is a phone-burner. Weekly conference calls are held with Pat, his staff, major league pro scouts and the team’s pro coverage scouts. In addition to checking out talent, scouts are also on intelligence missions trying to uncover inside information.
Finding a fit with another team isn’t always easy. Oh, it is easy to take a yellow pad and make trades.
Rumor mills will churn daily. The internet will be infested with rumors.
Gossip indicates player movement will be very slow.
Here’s something that isn’t gossip. The 91 number at the top of this epic? That’s the number of pitchers who were on disabled lists of major league baseball clubs as of this morning. Granted, some of those pitchers would be in the minors if they were healthy. It just goes to show how scarce pitching is these days.
Attention all Little Leaguers: become pitchers.