Here's Tuesday's edition of Saber-Links:
The non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 pm EST; thus, every link has something to do with today's deadline.
Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated discusses the possibility of a Cliff Lee trade: Should the Phillies trade Cliff Lee? | SI Hit and Run
Right now, with no other team known to be bidding against the Rangers, the Phillies may not have enough leverage to make a particularly favorable deal. But whether it comes within the next 24 hours or sometime this winter, the possibility of moving Lee is one with which they will have to reckon.
Jack Moore of FanGraphs explains why Texas made the right move in trading for Geovany Soto: Texas Grabs Contingency Asset in Soto | FanGraphs Baseball
Torrealba offers less upside, holding neither Soto’s history of success nor relative youth nor team-friendly contract. At the cost of a live Double-A arm buried in a deep system and a couple million dollars during a stretch run, Soto’s upside is well worth buying for the Rangers.
Our very own Joshua Worn, has a guest piece up at Baseball Prospectus today. Mr. Worn discusses how a fan can persuade him or herself into rooting for a rental acquisition: Baseball Prospectus | Baseball ProGUESTus: How to Root for Your Team's Recently Acquired Rent-a-Player
How do you accept these remedial baseball players who (with all due respect to them) mostly aren’t all that exciting, aren’t prospects you’ve invested much time in following, and are probably journeyman filler types, and are only in your hometown dugout because the original plan for that roster spot either failed spectacularly or didn’t exist in the first place?
Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein provide transaction analyses for the Cubs' recent moves: Baseball Prospectus | Transaction Analysis: Cubs Deal Soto, Maholm
He (Malholm) wasn’t the Braves’ first choice of Cubs starters, and he may not have even been their second (with Garza being on the trading block before his arm injury), but he’ll add stability to a rotation that could use some shoring up. There’s no word yet on who he’ll be displacing from the rotation.
Eno Sarris of FG brings up the possibility that Alex Anthopolous actually made a bad trade: Did Alex Anthopolous Just Make a Bad Trade? | FanGraphs Baseball
Twitter was incredulous and awarded Neal Huntington the win immediately. There’s probably more to this… right?
Enjoy the deadline, folks! Saber-Links will return tomorrow.