July 31, 2014 will be a day baseball remembers when future trade deadlines come along. In 48 hours, Major League Baseball has seen so many big league moves happen, and it leaves many ready to see what is in store for the remainder of the season.
The names of Justin Masterson, Felix Doubront, Jon Lester, Johnny Gomes, John Lackey, Andrew Miller, Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Asdrubal Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin, David Price, Stephen Drew, Jarred Cosart, James Russell, Emilio Bonifacio and Martin Prado are all wearing different uniforms on August 1.
Baseball won the sports headlines on a day that football is starting up, NCAA football released the coaches poll and gives fans a feel for what to expect from the gridiron in a little over a month. The biggest headline of course was when the Detroit Tigers got Price from the Tampa Bay Rays. Many did not know whether they were going to move him or not because of the Rays recent play, but in the end, they traded him to a rotation team that can now say they play host to the last three AL CY Young and MVP recipients. That is some incredible stuff.
The Tigers have been in the last two ALCS, but have been pushed as far as they could go in each of the last two ALDS against the Oakland Athletics each year. The Athletics made a big splash hours before the Price deal, landing lefty ace Lester from the Boston Red Sox. This establishes a rotation that most should not question going into the stretch and in the playoffs, gives them a big-game starter, something many did not know if Jeff Samardzija could be.
The Sox went onto trading four more pitchers, but brought in some big offensive bats of Cespedes and Craig. That will surely help out Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. The Sox may be out of the AL east race now, but the moves they made today could certainly put them back in it as early as next season.
Baseball saw teams willing to gamble. They were willing to give up players who have proven themselves in order to get the players they needed. The sport got more exciting and will put fans at the edge of their seats for the remainder of the season. That is how Major League Baseball won today.