Welcome to the startup and shutdown of our programming. Some of you probably thought that day would never arrive. We hope everyone enjoyed the ride. All in all, we probably should not wonder where things stand when the trading date finally arrives.
Or maybe it's just the words of
Welcome to building our programming. Some of you probably thought that day would never arrive. We hope everyone enjoyed the ride. All in all, we probably should not wonder where things stand when the trading period finally arrives.
Or maybe it's just Theo Epstein's words that ring in my ears: "Nobody really knows."
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The current quote from the president of the Cubs for baseball operations is more colorful, but you understand it. Remember, when everyone said this deadline was an idiot and then
It's hard to imagine that we'll see anything as unexpected as before Wednesday, 4:00 pm. ET Trade Deadline – the only deadline this year – but never say never.
That means there are six predictions that could shock everyone just as much as Tuesday's activities.
1. Giants will not act
As tempting (and logical) as it may be to trade their ace, the giants will not trade in a season in which they pull the plug They were one of the most pleasant surprises in Bruce Bochy's farewell year. According to FanGraphs they remain a long shot with a chance of less than 10 percent for the playoffs. That does not matter. Let the kids play in the bay, and maybe some Giants will make off-season magic.
2. The Cardinals will stand pat and win the NL Central.
Yes, they need pitching. Every other candidate too. But the Cardinals can look at their list and see fewer holes than the Brewers and Cubs. Instead of overpaying for a piece that may not make much of a difference, the Cardinals will play things through and see if this team is as good as many of us thought on the opening day.
3.  Noah Syndergaard is not traded to the Yankees or anywhere else.
The Mets will wake up on Wednesday morning and notice how close they are to being really good. The acquisition of right-handed
4. The Astros will get
Houston general manager and president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow has made runs at Bumgarner, Syndergaard.
5. The Dodgers "pay" too much to bring pirates closer
Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, was obsessed with sticking to the best prospects of the organization. This time around, the momentum will be different, with a Bullpen in desperate need of help and a team otherwise well placed to win the World Series. Sometimes you have to "overpay" to end a long drought. Just ask the boys.
6. The Yankees will convince
The Rangers left-hander allegedly has the Yankees on his limited no-trade list, but after all the twists has his career. In the last 10 years he has (among the Braves, Royals and now Rangers) just started a postseason. The Yankees give him the opportunity to step up a hill in a crowded stadium and help the world's most famous sports franchise win their 28th World Series ring. Everything is negotiable, including no trade terms.
Richard Justice has been a reporter at MLB.com since 2011. Listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice .