With one more night to go until the non-waiver trading deadline ends, we should be near the peak of the trade rumor frenzy. Because of that, I am including a bevy of chats today in hopes of uncovering a piece of intelligence I could use to my benefit over the remaining two months of the fantasy season.
Of particular interest is the report from the New York Post that the Rangers' Eric Gagne cannot veto a trade to either the Yankees or the Mets. If there is a crack in the public front the Rangers have put-up about extending Gagne rather than trading him, then the Yanks could be a good fit.
If that falls through, and I am inclined towards that reality versus the enjoyment of trade speculating, there is this very important piece of information from the New York Times
Both Baseball America and John Sickels were high on Joba (pronounced Jabba as in the Star Wars character) despite no minor league experience. That hasn't changed. Here is a pre-2007 write-up from Project Prospect. Since he has no other professional experience, his career numbers are complete at MiLB.com. 125Ks in 84.1 innings in his rise from High A to AAA with no drop-off in his skills rates says he is going to be a very popular pitcher to add.
USA Today's Steve Gardner at 11AM.
FBB with Chris Harris at 11AM.
MLB with Steve Phillips at noon.
Baseball Prospectus' Joe Sheehan at 1PM.
MLB with Buster Olney at 1PM
FBB with Pete Becker at 3PM.