2010 Trading Deadline

4 pm Eastern Time tomorrow marks the MLB trading deadline. However, while the name “Trading Deadline” implies that trades cannot be made after the deadline, that is not the case. After the deadline players just have to be put on waivers in order to be traded. Still, while trading is possible after July 31st, many teams have and will continue to rush to make trades before the deadline. I will do a recap of completed trades and I’ll take a quick look at possible trades. I plan to update this post whenever something worth noting happens. Please you this post to comment on on all things related to the Trading Deadline.

Completed Trades

July 9th: Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe were traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Texas Rangers for Justin Smoak and three others.

July 25th: Dan Haren was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Los Angeles Angels for Joe Saunders and three others.

July 28th: Jhonny Peralta was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Detroit Tigers for Giovanni Soto (no, not that Geovany Soto)

July 28th: Scott Posednik was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor league pitchers.

July 29th: Miguel Tejada was traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Wynn Pelzer.

July 29th: Jorge Cantu was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Texas Rangers for two pitching prospects.

July 29th: Matt Capps was traded by the Washington Nationals to the Minnesota Twins for Wilson Ramos and Joe Testa.

July 29th: Roy Oswalt was traded by the Houston Astros to the Philadelphia Phillies for J.A. Happ and two minor league position players.

July 30th: Edwin Jackson was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Chicago White Sox for two pitchers. There were rumors earlier that the White Sox might try to flip Jackson to the Nationals for Adam Dunn, so stay tuned.

July 30th: For the second time in his career, Mike Jacobs has been traded by the Mets. This time he is headed to Toronto.

July 30th: The bankrupt Rangers strike again as they acquire Christian Guzman from the Nationals for prospects.

Possible Trades

  • The Yankees are reportedly on the verge of acquiring Lance Berkman.
  • 2010 First-Year Player Draft

    Today is the first day of the First-Year Player Draft. MLB Network will have a preview of it at 6:00 pm and at 7:00 pm they will begin to broadcast the draft live. I’m going to try to cover the first round. Here is the draft order. I plan to update this post tomorrow when the first round is said and done. Remember you can watch the draft unfold on MLB Network and MLB.COM.

    1. Washington Nationals:
    2. Pittsburgh Pirates:
    3. Baltimore Orioles:
    4. Kansas City Royals:
    5. Cleveland Indians:
    6. Arizona Diamondbacks:
    7. New York Mets:
    8. Houston Astros:
    9. San Diego Padres:
    10. Oakland Athletics:
    11. Toronto Blue Jays:
    12. Cincinnati Reds:
    13. Chicago White Sox:
    14. Milwaukee Brewers:
    15. Texas Rangers:
    16. Chicago Cubs:
    17. Tampa Bay Rays:
    18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
    19. Houston Astros:
    20. Boston Red Sox:
    21. Minnesota Twins:
    22. Texas Rangers:
    23. Florida Marlins:
    24. San Francisco Giants:
    25. Saint Louis Cardinals:
    26. Colorado Rockies:
    27. Philadelphia Phillies:
    28. Los Angeles Dodgers:
    29. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
    30. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
    31. Tampa Bay Rays:
    32. New York Yankees:

    Armando Galarraga’s 28 out perfect game

    "There are no hard feelings between Galarraga and Joyce."

    As you know, Armando Galarraga of the Tigers was pitching a perfect game the other day and with two outs in the 9th, umpire Jim Joyce called Jason Donald safe on a ground ball to first base. After watching replays, Donald was obviously safe and should have been the 27th out of Armando Galarraga’s perfect game. Immediately after the play, fans all over the nation began calling Jim Joyce names, complaining, arguing, and overreacting.

    Sure, Jason Donald’s ground out would have been the last out of a perfect game. But, the fact is that Jim Joyce is human, and humans are known for their uncanny ability to make mistakes. Some people argue that Joyce should have just called Donald out even if he really wasn’t, but what makes Jim Joyce one of the better umpires in baseball, is what would have made that so hard to do. Joyce does not let situations affect his calls, he just goes with what he thinks is right. Unfortunately, his “human element” took over at the wrong time.

    This incident obviously gained much attention. People all over were arguing about it, and still are. However, the funny thing is that the only two people who handled the situation correctly were Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce. Let’s see what they had to say.

    Jim Joyce

    “I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career.”

    Armando Galarraga

    “He feels so bad — really bad,” Galarraga said of Joyce, more than a half-hour after the game. “He hasn’t even changed out of his uniform.”

    “I told him, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’ What am I going to say?”

    “Everyone knows it’s so special for any pitcher, in any league, anywhere, to throw a perfect game. Tomorrow or maybe tonight, I’ll realize, ‘I got one.'”It’s not in the book.”

    “I’m not the kind of guy who would tell him (Joyce), ‘I did my job. Why didn’t you do yours? Why didn’t you do better in that situation?’ I understand that nobody’s perfect, and it’s a hard job,” Galarraga said.”Hopefully it will happen again. But I’ll tell you something: I’m going to keep that CD (of the game), and I’ll tell my son, ‘I got one. It’s not in the book. It’s not official. But I got one.’ ”

    “And when this guy go talk to me, he can’t even talk, he was crying. And I understand nobody’s perfect. It’s part of the game.”

    Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed and Jim Joyce even got a great ovation from Tiger fans the day after the infamous call. The class of Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga must have spread to Tiger fans through osmosis.

    "Jim Joyce tears up during the great ovation from the Tigers fans."

    And, in reality we all know Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game, and no one knows that more than Galarraga himself..