It’s the day before the MLB trade deadline, and here’s a few things worth mentioning before bringing you this week’s video blog starring CineSport’s dashing Noah Coslov and I. (See below: He’s the one with hair.)
• The Boston Red Sox want to dump pitcher Josh Beckett, which isn’t surprising considering his fastball isn’t that fast anymore, he has two years and $31.5 million remaining on his contract after this season and he was one of the guys stuffing his pie hole with chicken and beer during Sox games late last season. They’ve reportedly phoned the Braves (and Texas) to gauge interest. I’m guessing it’s non-existent. Yahoo quoted an executive as saying Beckett is “too hittable,” so it doesn’t make sense that the Braves would want him, even if Boston agrees to pay a chunk of Beckett’s remaining salary.
• Chicago STILL hasn’t traded Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers, so of course everybody is wondering whether there’s still a possibility he could come to the Braves, even after the pitcher blocked a trade last week. Well, yes. But it seems like a long shot, and there are a couple of issues: 1) The Braves were kind of hung out to dry on this; 2) Dempster will have missed two potential Braves starts if a deal is still completed. So the question is, would general manager Frank Wren still want to give up prospect Randall Delgado?
• Miami’s Josh Johnson and Tampa Bay’s James Shields aren’t likely to be moved. Two other names that have come up are Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and Boston’s Jon Lester. But the Mariners have not made Hernandez available and ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Red Sox have said “no, flatly” to offers Lester.
My guess: The Braves remain status quo with their starting pitching and Wren seeks to acquire bench help with Matt Diaz injured (and struggling) and Eric Hinske also struggling. A middle reliever also is possible.
Now, on to the show . . .