With the Major League Baseball trade deadline looming Saturday, there has been a flurry of activity...today, particularly. The biggest move involves Roy Oswalt, the long-time ace of the Houston Astros, who accepted a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have struggled to return to the form that led them to the last two World Series', but with a seven game winning streak of late, and now the addition of Oswalt to go along with the other Roy ace of the Phillies (Roy Hallady) and 2008 World Seried MVP Cole Hamels, the Phillies would appear to be primed to overtake the Braves and win the division. It will be an interesting last two months of the year.
It is exciting to see the Texas Rangers be deadline free agent players for the first time in a long time with the recent signing of ace Cliff Lee formerly of the Mariners and Phillies (which makes one wonder why the Phils didn't just keep him, and saved the trouble of having to trade for Oswalt), and now first baseman, Jorge Cantu of the Marlins. With some uncharacteristic (typically of the Rangers) strong pitching Texas appears ready to make a deep run into the playoffs. It seems like a Rangers/Yankees A.L. Championship could be shaping up. Let's hope so...and a spanking of the Yanks in said series would be a dream come true.