As we were all blindsided by the Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto deal last night, it popped into my head: this is going to not only be one of the best trade deadlines ever, but also one of the most surprising.
Some of the players available at this year’s Trade Deadline have been talked about for months now (*cough, cough* Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto), while others have recently popped up in the last month such as Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and basically the entire San Diego Padres team.
Undoubtedly, there are more superstars rumored to move at this deadline than any other.
But that’s not what makes it so intriguing.
What makes this so intriguing is the teams involved with a lot of these big-name players. For instance, a front-runner to land Hamels is the Houston Astros. The Kansas City Royals landed arguably the best pitcher at the Deadline in Cueto. The Toronto Blue Jays, yes the Toronto Blue Jays, landed Tulowitzki. The New York Mets need a bat (Carlos Gonzalez, maybe?) to help towards their playoff push. The San Diego Padres need to unload their “stacked” team before it’s too late.
And the list could go on and on.
The exciting part is what the teams listed above have in common. Yes, they are all in the hunt for the playoffs. But when was the last time you heard that the Astros, or the Royals, or the Blue Jays or even the Mets for that matter were in the hunt to land names that were this big at the Deadline? It’s truly been years.
Yes, your usual big deadline-getters like the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants are still out there. But this year there is a whole new slew of teams, with almost no deadline experience as of late, that are going to be taking their first hacks at players they want to have helping them in October.
Oh, what a week this should be.