We’re seven weeks away from baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, and everything is growing clearer by the day. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are really good, and we should expect them to acquire win-now talent as they prepare for their post-season pushes. The San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies are really bad, so we should expect them to trade veterans for young talent that could help them down the road, when they’re ready to contend.
It’s been a wild and crazy off-season for the Blue Jays.
Management tacked a self-destructive take-it-or-leave-it clause onto its offer for Edwin Encarnacion then watched as Encarnacion signed for millions less with a big American League rival in Cleveland. Jose Bautista sat in limbo for months before the Jays snatched him back up on a favourable one-year deal.