But seriously... we can already see it coming. Weaver has never been able to pitch in the Texas heat and I'm pretty sure that isn't just narrative. I am anxious though to see if the Halos can ruin Garza for the Rangers much like they ruined Dempster for them.
But seriously... we get it, Texas. You don't like C.J. and you think he's a douche. We also get that you don't like Hamilton, think he's a cancer and don't appreciate his "baseball town" comments.
WEDNESDAY, 7/31: Jerome Williams vs. Perez: Is human sacrifice legal in Texas?
But seriously... this could get REALLY ugly. Jerome Williams has been just awful of late and is only still in the rotation because the Angels have no other options and need someone to keep the spot warm until Jason Vargas is ready to return. Jerome is just out there as a sacrificial lamb.
FALSE HOPE INDEX
The index reading for this series is: For Sale
They are for sale, just about every single player. I don't believe for a second that they are only going to move Downs. There is a pretty good chance that there will be a game in this series where Shuck, Cowgill, Hawpe and Field are all in the starting lineup. Gird your loins, people.
The deadline has give us something to look forward to and hold our interest during a series where they Angels are most likely going to get to get their brains bashed in.
They might trade someone you want them to keep. Aybar, Kendrick, Trumbo and Bourjos are all candidates to have a new address by the end of this series. Everyone has their preference as to who should stay and who should go.
This whole deadline business has made a normally enjoyable rivalry series the secondary story. It is too early to start playing the role of spoiler and after their lackluster effort in Oakland over the weekend, it feels very much like they are lambs being led to a slaughter in this series instead of heading in there with their claws out ready to draw some blood from their bitter rivals.
I really can't wait for ESPN to completely oversell Monday's game as a meaningful series between division rivals. The Angels are clearly out of it and no longer even pretending to be in the race, but I bet ESPN will keep the charade going to make this dog of a series seem like it is actually compelling.
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Hoping Dipoto pulls some moves. Trade Aybar and Frieri to the Tigers for Porcello and a minor leaguer. Aybar could play 2b or SS if Jhonny Peralta gets suspended, so Detroit should want him. All signs point towards Masahiro Tanaka being posted this off-season. He has the upside of a #2 pitcher. Bite the bullet, bid $40-50 million for the posting fee. Then sign him for around $10 million a year, control him for six years. Would much rather take a chance on Tanaka turning into Darvish-lite than throw money at the mediocre FA starting pitching that will be available. A rotation of Weaver, Wilson, Tanaka, Porcello, and Richards/Blanton wouldn't be bad. Sign Brendan Ryan cheap to play SS. Then sign Koji Uehara, who doesn't seem to mind going year to year, to a one year deal to close. There. Fixed. ;)