Major league teams obsess throughout the month of July about the deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, then some of them sacrifice their best young talent for the prospect of some instant postseason gratification.
If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there¿s really only one way to look at the situation: A¿s president Billy Beane has decided that it¿s now or never.
As they try to rebound from a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum, the Orioles will face right-hander Jason Hammel ¿ Baltimore's Opening Day starter in 2013 ¿ for the first time this season.
Class-A Frederick is where the Orioles can begin plucking the fruit of a strong 2013 draft for trade purposes, with some of the best-performing and more developmentally advanced players from that class getting their feet wet in the second half of the Carolina League.
CHICAGO (AP) ¿ Jeff Samardzija thought he would dominate the way he often does. Instead, he walked away frustrated with another loss. Samardzija struggled in a rare rough outing and the Chicago Cubs lost 7-2 to Washington, completing a day-night doubleheader sweep on a rainy Saturday night.
Here's a roundup of what national media outlets are saying about the Orioles-Cubs trade, which sent pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to Baltimore in exchange for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.