Friday, July 29, 2011

Baseball Trade Reactions: 7/29

Another day closer to the deadline and another trade announced. The Cubs have waived the white flag on another season and are accepting offers for anyone. Expect another post announcing the trading of outfielder Alfonso Soriano (perhaps to the Twins) if the Cubs will eat the majority of his contract. For Example:

Chicago Cubs Receive: Cleveland Indians Receive:
RHP Carlton Smith OF Kosuke Fukudome
OF Abner Abreu Cash

Analysis: This should be a lesson to teams like the Mariners who are refusing to trade Felix Hernandez despite the franchise's inability to compete. Not only are the Cubs getting two insignificant prospects from Cleveland, but they also are not dumping Fukudome's contract, either. Due to the cash that Cleveland will also receive, the Cubs will only effectively dump $775,000 of salary off of a guy they, for some reason, decided to give $48 million to. Ouch.

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