Trade deadline passes with no major deals
Yesterday’s 4:00 PM EST MLB non-waiver trade deadline passed with nobody pulling the trigger on a major trade. The general feeling around the league was that the sellers were asking way to much and that team now in contention for playoff spots would not mortgage their future for short term help.
In deals that did go through, the Baltimore Orioles picked up starter Bud Norris from the Astros for prospects. Norris has a 3.93 ERA this year for the God awful Astros and much like Ricky Nolasco, should enjoy a change of scenery. In a rare inter-division trade, the Arizona Diamondbacks sent starter Ian Kennedy to the Padres for lefty set up man Joe Thatcher and two prospects. Kennedy was 21-4 with the Snakes in 2011 but is just 3-8 with 5.23 ERA in 20 starts this year.
Deal can still be made but players must be taken off of or clear waivers.
MLB News and Notes
The Boston Red Sox reclaimed first place in the AL East by beating Seattle 5-4 in 15 innings. Stephen Drew’s walk-off single was the game winner in the 5 hour and 3 minute marathon.
Tampa Bay was spanked 7-0 at home by Arizona. Wade Miley and two relievers combined on a three-hitter. The Rays put 14-game winner Matt Moore on the 15-day DL with elbow soreness. The injury is not considered serious and the trip to the DL was precautionary as much as anything else.
The slumping St Louis Cardinals have placed All-Star catcher Yadier Molina on the 15-day DL with a right knee sprain and their is no timetable for his return. Molina, a definite MVP candidate, is without question the best defensive catcher in baseball and is also hitting .330 with eight homers and 54 RBIs.
Wiz extend Wall with max deal
As reported here last week, the Washington Wizards has signed PG John Wall to a five-year max extension worth a reported $80 million dollars. Wall, 22, missed the first 33 games of last season because of a knee injury, but after he returned was very good and the Wizards were surprisingly competitive. In 49 games last season he averaged 18.5 points and 7.6 assists as the Wizards finished the final 50 games right at the .500 mark. The Wizards are slowly crawling back to respectability and Wall will be the face of the franchise moving forward.
Another Bronco down at camp
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is the latest high profile Bronco to be taken off the field on a cart. Cromartie landed awkwardly during a drill and suffered a high ankle sprain. Cromartie had his best seasons with Arizona but was sent to the Eagles in the Kevin Kolb trade. He was signed in the spring by the Broncos to a two-year deal after two lacklustre years with Philadelphia.
Rampage vs Tito at inaugural Bellator pay-for-view
Bellator’s first venture into pay-for-view will feature a main event between two ex-UFC light heavyweight champions as Rampage Jackson takes on Tito Ortiz November 2nd in Long Beach, California. An interesting fight at face value, this is probably a matchup between two spent bullets that should have happened 6-8 years ago. Rampage (32-11) was pretty much run out of the UFC losing his final three fights. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) is 1-7-1 in his last nine fights and has battled back problems for almost a decade.
(MLB) Dodgers (Nolasco) -151 over Cubs (Rusin) (Thursday, August 1, 8:05 PM EST)