July 27, 2013 |
As the clock ticks toward Wednesday's nonwaiver trade deadline, Times staff writer Kevin Baxter examines where the 30 major league teams stand. (Statistics through Friday. Last week's rankings in parentheses): LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1. TAMPA BAY | Rays GM says he doesn't have any "glaring" holes to plug (3) 2. ST. LOUIS | Unlikely to be active, althoughWhite Sox SS Ramirez is an option (1) 3. DODGERS | Team went shopping early, adding Ricky Nolasco on July 6 (13) 4. OAKLAND | If A's make a deal it will probably be for a starter or maybe a second baseman (4)
July 7, 2013 |
The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is 3 1/2 weeks away, and a lot can change before then, but Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto did not sound Sunday like a guy who would be very aggressive in his attempts to upgrade a team that has underachieved for much of the season. “This is our team,” said Dipoto, who made a bold move last July, acquiring pitcher Zack Greinke from Milwaukee for three prospects, including shortstop Jean Segura, who on Sunday was named to the National League All-Star team.
April 4, 2013 |
Like the NHL season, the annual deadline-day trading frenzy was late in starting. But a flurry of deals in the hour before Wednesday's noon Pacific time cutoff changed the complexion of several teams and added depth to others hoping for long playoff runs. The Ducks, seeking strength up the middle, acquired veteran center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes for left wing Brandon McMillan. They also traded goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.
March 27, 2013 |
CHICAGO - It wasn't the longest cross-examination, but Jarome Iginla looked somewhat relieved to be leaving Chicago, not just because he was a minus-one and the Calgary Flames lost 2-0 to the Blackhawks. Of course, the questions about his future will only follow him back home to Calgary. He was not available after the morning skate so he spoke to the assembled media shortly after the loss. Recent reports indicated that Iginla, who has a no-trade clause, had submitted a short list of teams where he would consent to play, apparently including the Blackhawks and the Kings.
March 26, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels finalized their trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees on Tuesday after the veteran outfielder passed a physical and the commissioner's office approved the cash being exchanged in the deal. The Angels will pay $28.1 million of the remaining $42 million on Wells' contract, which runs through 2014, meaning the Yankees will pick up $13.9 million of the deal. The Yankees sent Class-A pitcher Kramer Sneed and Class-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones to the Angels.
March 25, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels' trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees, which is expected to be finalized Tuesday, will have significant financial implications for the club, and not just because of the $13 million it will save over the next two years by shipping the veteran outfielder to the Bronx. A major incentive for dealing Wells, who is scheduled to undergo a physical in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, is to give the Angels enough financial relief to finish the season under the $178-million luxury tax threshold, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to discuss it. The Angels, according to numerous reports, have agreed to pay $29 million of the remaining $42 million of Wells' contract, which runs through 2014, meaning the Yankees will pay $13 million.
March 24, 2013 |
CHICAGO -- What will the Kings look like after this five-game trip starting in the Midwest, winding through Dallas and finishing in Arizona? That, and one small drop-by, in the midst of it, to the most famous house in the country. This would be Tuesday's visit to the White House where the Stanley Cup champion Kings and the MLS champion Galaxy will meet President Obama . Returning to the previous question, the Kings could be a slightly different-looking team by the time they return to Los Angeles.
March 5, 2013 |
The Miami Heat set a franchise record with a 15th straight victory Monday night, 97-81 over the Minnesota Timberwolves. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company have not lost since Feb. 1 and play their next four games at home. Just how far will this go? Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss when we can expect to put another notch in the loss column for the defending NBA champs. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own. Dave Hyde, South Florida Sun-Sentinel After 22 straight wins, it will be the schedule-maker, as opposed to the Boston Celtics, that beats the Heat on March 18. This is how it happens in the NBA, where regular-season wins and losses have to be measured by the schedule.
February 23, 2013
Thanks to the NBA's new CBA, the trade deadline was DOA. The reluctance of teams to assume future salaries or part with increasingly coveted draft picks under the constricting collective bargaining agreement meant that nearly all was quiet on the Western (and Eastern) fronts Thursday. Dwight Howard remained a Laker. Josh Smith stayed in Atlanta. Eric Bledsoe didn't have to buy change-of-address cards to denote he was a former Clipper. There was little movement of note, unless you count part-time starting shooting guard J.J. Redick going from one bad team (Orlando)