Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Getting Tired of Hearing Baseball Trade Rumors

I usually listen to sports radio stations WFAN and ESPN 98.7 for a half-hour or so every day to hear the opinions of the hosts and the callers.  The last time I called into a sports talk show was in the early 1980s when I spoke to Art Rust Jr. on WABC.  I just don't want to hold on for an hour to speak to the host for 30 seconds.  Anyway, listening has been very difficult over the last several days as callers have been dreaming up trades that will likely not happen.  Teams with losing records will trade players with expiring contracts to contending teams.

A team with a losing record should remain competitive the last third of the season and do their fans an injustice by trading good players for prospects who may not make the major leagues.  A contending team may succeed in strengthening themselves.

As of this writing, there are 32 hours to go until the trading deadline.  Will there be a flurry of activity or not?  To quote the late Bob Murphy, "Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make."  So far the Yankees have been quiet, but they are looking for another starting pitcher.  The Mets traded Jason Vargas to the Phillies who are a rival in the National League East but acquired Marcus Stroman who should help the team. 

I will not listen to sports talk radio stations until the deadline passes tomorrow at 4 PM.  After that point the callers will likely second guess the teams who made the trades.

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