The deadline is over. Admit it: You're kind of sad about that. Anyway, we now enter the really fun part of the season. Well, at least if your team is still in contention. Who made out the best? Everybody has an opinion, but ESPN Insider Dan Szymborski runs the numbers to see which acquisitions will have the most impact on the pennant races.
He's been lost among the big numbers from Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, and the surprise of Vance Worley, the RBIs of Ryan Howard and the acquisition of Hunter Pence, but Chase Utley has been quietly awesome for the Phillies, as Bill Baer writes.
Stephanie Liscio writes about the Indians acquiring Ubaldo Jimenez and mentions an old report that Cleveland once went after Dan Haren, but balked at including top prospect Adam Miller. History will tell.
John Franco and Paul Sporer of Pitt Plank look at the Pirates' acquisitions of Ryan Ludwick and Derrek Lee. They might not be huge upgrades, but they should make the Pirates much tougher against left-handed starters.
Brien Jackson with a good take on heralded Yankees pitching prospect Manny Banuelos. The basic take: Banuelos still has a lot to prove at Double-A.
Kevin Orris is OK with the Braves not acquiring a right-handed reliever.
Jon Shields looks at the players the Mariners picked up. Personally, I like the haul for Bedard. I think there's a good chance that either Trayvon Robinson or Chih-Swien Chiang turns into a starting outfielder.
Austin Swafford says the Astros' top 10 prospects list is a little sad.
I just did a short photo gallery on the Astros' history. Earlier this year Austin listed the greatest home runs in Astros history.
Other random stuff!
Rob Neyer asks: Did Clint Hurdle blow three games last week? You know, we probably don't spend enough time dissecting managerial moves, because there's still a lot of stuff going on that doesn't make a lot of sense.
If you grew up in the '80s, you'll remember the posters that the Costacos brothers of Seattle put out. Oh, you should have hung on to them as well.
It's not baseball, but another reminder that the '80s were awesome.