At long last, the trade deadline will have passed by the time the Philadelphia Phillies host the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
The New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds are among the latest teams to check in on the San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, but there doesn’t appear to be a match with those teams at this point.
The outfield trading market, once bordering on woeful, looks a bit better with Hunter Penceavailable and hitting well. Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Cuddyer and Jose Bautista remain all but certain to stay put, but Pence is a big add to a fairly thin group.
The Golden State Warriors traded forward Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta and guard Charles Jenkins to Philadelphia in separate salary-slashing deals Thursday to get under the NBA’s luxury tax.
The Giants acquired veteran infielder Marco Scutaro from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for minor league infielder Charlie Culberson on Friday night.
The A’s held off making the deal, because of concerns about a hand injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Friday. In the meantime, the Dodgers came in and agreed to take Ramirez’s entire contract — all $40 million of it.
As the trade deadline nears, the A’s can attempt the “addition by subtraction” method which sends overrated pieces out to create space for lesser guys who ultimately shine. This causes a late season push and possibly a jump into the playoffs.