13) Baseball’s trade deadline was very busy; they’ve changed the rules— no more waivers trades the rest of the season, so the current rosters are what teams have to work with the rest of the way.
Ironic that Cubs-Nationals are playing this weekend, since they’re both in the tank, trading away most of their best players this week. It is unclear what their strategy is going forward; they both won a World Series in the last five years, but now appear to be starting from scratch.
12) Cubs traded closer Craig Kimbrel alright, but they surprised people by trading him to the crosstown rival White Sox, instead of the Dodgers, Astros or some other contender.
White Sox already have a good closer (Liam Hendriks); not sure how they’ll deal with having two of them.
11) Oakland A’s were more aggressive than expected; after acquiring Starling Marte, Andrew Chafin earlier this week, they unexpectedly added Yan Gomes/Josh Harrison Friday, giving their lineup a big boost.
10) Just before the deadline, like five minutes before, Giants acquired versatile Kris Bryant from the Cubs. No idea what position he’ll play for the Giants, who are 7-7 since the All-Star break and lead the NL West by three games.
9) Fernando Tatis hurt his shoulder again Friday night; San Diego is 5-6 in its last 11 games, has a 4-game lead for the second Wild Card slot. Ha-Seong Kim is the logical replacement at short for the Padres.
8) Reds 6, Mets 2— Joey Votto is the 8th player EVER to homer in seven consecutive games.
7) Colorado surprised lot of people by not trading SS Trevor Story; sounds like they think the draft pick they’ll get when Story bolts in free agency this winter will be worth more than the prospect(s) they would’ve gotten for Story this week.
6) Atlanta Braves went all-in on improving their outfield, acquiring Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler. Soler figures to be Atlanta’s DH next season.
5) Toronto got started Jose Berrios from Minnesota, which also traded JA Happ to St Louis. Cardinals acquired Happ and Jon Lester, two lefties on the down side of the hill.
4) Cubs pitcher Alec Mills threw six innings against Cincinnati Thursday; he faced 27 batters, threw 96 pitches, but didn’t walk anyone or strike anyone out- that almost never happens.
3) A’s 2, Angels 0:
— Strong outing for Chris Bassitt, who tossed 7 shutout innings.
— A’s are 3-0 since they announced the Starling Marte trade.
— Angels were shut out in their last three games with Oakland.
2) Indianapolis Colts’ QB Carson Wentz is out indefinitely after undergoing further testing for a foot injury; they expect him back this season, but it doesn’t sound like they expect him back soon.
Colts traded sent Philadelphia a 3rd-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2nd-round pick in the 2022 draft to get Wentz; their backup QB’s have a combined zero NFL starts.
1) If the playoffs started today (they do not):
NL: Mets-Brewers-Giants. Wild Card: San Diego @ Los Angeles
AL: Red Sox-White Sox-Astros. Wild Card: Oakland @ Tampa Bay