July 26, 2009 |
Scenes from a trade deadline The cellphone of Cincinnati Reds reliever David Weathers rang repeatedly Tuesday, with five friends calling to congratulate him on his trade to the Texas Rangers. Didn't happen. Weathers, 39, who has been involved in four midseason trades in his 19-year career, employs a veteran strategy in coping with the incessant rumors in advance of the July 31 trading deadline. "I don't read," he said. "I don't Twitter. I don't blog. "It's not worth the effort.
March 14, 2012 |
Reporting from New Orleans -- The Lakers are still trying to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley before the Thursday trade deadline. A person familiar with the situation confirmed they were close to a deal for Beasley after trying to involve Portland as a third team. "They're pushing for it," said the source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly. The second pick in the 2008 draft, Beasley is averaging 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in the last year of his contract.
March 11, 2012 |
The trade talk follows Lakers Coach Mike Brown wherever he goes. His players wonder about it. The media ask him about it. Sometimes he talks with the front office about it. Those discussions even extend into Brown's family life. After watching his son, Elijah, play in Santa Ana Mater Dei's 78-66 victory Saturday over Mission Viejo , Brown took him out to eat at Del Taco. That's when Elijah asked him a question. "Dad, when's that trade deadline going to pass?
July 30, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Less than 24 hours before Wednesday's 1 p.m. PDT non-waiver trade deadline, rumors were flying about the Angels, who entered Tuesday 14 games game back in the American League West and in rare selling mode. The Cardinals reportedly have inquired about shortstop Erick Aybar, the Yankees are interested in third baseman Alberto Callaspo, the Royals are hot for second baseman Howie Kendrick, and the Angels are interested in Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy. One person who seemed oblivious to it all was Manager Mike Scioscia, who is not on Twitter, not on Facebook, and not really up to speed on many of the rumors.
February 21, 2013 |
The NBA's trade deadline was D.O.A. There was little movement of note Thursday, unless you count part-time starting shooting guard J.J. Redick going from one bad team (Orlando) to a middling playoff contender (Milwaukee) as part of a six-player trade. Dwight Howard remained a Laker. Josh Smith stayed in Atlanta. Clipper guard Eric Bledsoe put off having to buy those cute little change-of-address cards. Maybe the lack of trades shouldn't have come as much of a surprise given the two blockbusters that already transpired: James Harden going from Oklahoma City to Houston on the eve of the season and Rudy Gay getting his passport stamped last month on the way from Memphis to Toronto.
June 19, 2012 |
Nervous, are you? Ah, relax. Have some fun. The Dodgers are willing to deal and even take on some reasonable salary for the first time in years, and you're thinking I really do have to find a friend before the end of the world. The quandary, as The Times' Dylan Hernandez illustrates , is that new ownership theoretically has the team in position to make a move prior to the trading deadline, but there is precious little out there to get the heart all aflutter. Many of the names are less than inspiring, and because of the additional wild-card team this season, fewer teams are interested in unloading salary.