Joe Giglio, a writer for Bleacher Report, joins Scott and Jeremy to discuss current layouts of divisons as MLB gets closer to the playoffs.
With the trade deadline approaching quickly, Giglio still speculates that there are more smoke and mirrors to most rumors in the Majors, rather than substantial moves to be made.
“I’m sure in a couple of days it’ll certainly be more rumors and speculation than what actually happened,” Giglio said.
What’s more, quite a bit of trade talk has either become much more likely or died off completely. The contrast has correlated with how respective rumored teams have done recently.
“It was pretty clear about a month ago the Rays would move David Price, but they’ve played so well lately and they still have him under contract, so that seems to be shelved now,” said Giglio.
Again, while the Price rumor has died off, Boston’s circumstances are much different. Being so far out of the race for the AL east has the Red Sox looking to deal a major piece.
“It’s very real that they may trade Jon Lester because they botched contract negotiations, and I would think they’d still trade with the Orioles or the Bluejays, but not the Yankees. I wouldn’t rule the [Orioles] out,” said Giglio.
Meanwhile, other teams aren’t walking the line of whether to rebuild or contend—they’re forced to rebuild. However, teams such as Philadelphia seem reluctant to do so.
“The Phillies have been stuck between a rock and a hard place for awhile, and ownership doesn’t seem to want to move on,” Giglio explained. “The problem with them is the guy they’d most easily rebuild by trading is Cole Hamels, but they don’t want to trade him.”
It seems that attached to one end of most trade rumors this season have been the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have very deep pockets of late.
“I think the Dodgers are the new Yankees. That’s a great way to describe them. The Yankees are not necessarily more patient, but they do wait and see on some people more than they used to,” Giglio said.