MLB trade deadline rumors are coming down to the wire. The MLB trade deadline already has many rumors, yet the MLB trade deadline rumors may not pay off by Saturday. There are three days left for teams to make one last big move, or start selling off pieces for the future. Last year, the big story was whether Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee would move, which ultimately meant a lot for the postseason. But, this year, the MLB trade deadline rumors may not have as much impact, especially if Roy Oswalt stays put.
Last year’s buzz was gigantic, as two of the game’s best pitchers were on the market, and a defending champion was in the running to get them. The Phillies ultimately got Cliff Lee, which propelled them to another World Series bid, then waited until the offseason to get Halladay. But the MLB trade deadline market has already been depleted this year.
Lee was dealt again before the All-Star break to Texas, and is already helping the Rangers pull away in the AL West. Meanwhile, Arizona’s Dan Haren went to the Angels, although he is already hurt. As they have for the last few weeks, most of the MLB trade deadline rumors are around Roy Oswalt, but that hunt may be dying out.
Both the Astros and Oswalt have had high demands that they haven’t backed down from. As such, the Cardinals and the Phillies have already backed off, although they may need Oswalt to make a playoff push. For the next few days, Oswalt and the Astros will have to restructure their demands, if they want this deal to get done.
Beyond that, the MLB trade deadline rumors are rather tame, as not much else is left on the market. Pitchers like Ted Lilly and Brett Myers are still left, while Adam Dunn could be the biggest bat available. The Brewers could move Prince Fielder in order to get something before he tests free agency next year.
Teams like the Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox and Twins are in need to make some kind of move before the stretch drive kicks off. However, for all of the rumors around them, they might not be able to get a big name for their cause. Yet, sometimes, smaller names who are acquired make more difference in September and October.
In any case, it seems the biggest players and difference-makers are already gone. Oswalt may be this year’s Halladay, in that he might not change teams until the offseason, unless someone bends. Even with all of the interest in him, he may not make a Halladay- or Lee-like difference, since he is aging and is only 6-12 this year.
Nevertheless, Oswalt remains the big story of MLB trade deadline rumors, and will stay that way until midnight Sunday.
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