Trade Deadline Aftermath
Sunday, July 31, 2005, 3:09 pm
The Phone Didn’t Ring
Not once during the last hour before the trade deadline. Outgoing calls were made, but nothing came back in return.
The good news is we are pleased with the addition of Geoff Blum to our club, and our competition in the American League did not improve themselves.
A poster, who had read about the unrealistic trade demands that were out there from other teams, asked me to identify the players in our organization who were in high demand.
I cleared it with Ken Williams, so here they are: Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia, Damaso Marte, Aaron Rowand, Brandon McCarthy, Brian Anderson, Chris Young and Ryan Sweeney.
I can’t mention our interest in players from other teams because it would be tampering, but it is safe to say KW and our staff pretty much called on everyone you have seen named recently. The price in talent was just too high. It didn’t make much sense to improve our bullpen at the steep cost of a starting pitcher from among our big three (Mark-Jon-Freddy).
Huh? The room erupted when Harold Reynolds of ESPN mentioned the Angels as the best team in the American League right now. Certainly one of the best teams in the AL (no argument there), Los Angeles has gone 4-6 over its last 10 games. If we were offended (or just ignored), how does Oakland feel? When was the last time the A’s lost?