ESPN's Buster Olney reports that while executives around the league don't think there will be a lot of money thrown around in the upcoming MLB trade deadline, there will be a lot of movement.
"I don't think there's going to be a lot of big names on the move," said one GM, "but I think you've got a lot of teams looking to fill specific needs, and there are a lot of conversations going on."
As we saw with the report this week regarding the Red Sox apparent unwillingness to add salary, teams just aren't interested in big money deals. If the Red Sox are unwilling to take on big money, then hardly anyone is.
The Royals are the ideal team to be involved in a few of these moves. Guys like Kyle Farnsworth (little over $2 million) and David DeJesus (little over $2 million and $6 million next year) are relatively cheap and might make some teams eager to make a move.
You'll see attempted trades like the one the Mets tried to pull with the Royals. They reportedly wanted to trade pitcher Oliver Perez for Gil Meche. I'm not sure why they would make that move because it's not like Meche is doing a whole lot better than Perez. Both players have been on the DL since late May, both have high salaries ($12 million) and both have struggled this season.
The point is, there will be more attempted trades like that where the money and perceived talent level of each player is the same or similar.