Wrigley Roundtable

9:56 AM | Comments (0) | by Jake the Terrible Cubs Fan

Once again it's time for our weekly segment in which we debate a selected matter of interest. The topics could range from the Cubs to baseball or other sports, to movies and music.

Our panel of bartenders will weigh in, and we invite any of our readers to offer their two cents as well. So grab a beer and a handful of stale popcorn and tell us what you think.

Today's topic: The MLB Trade Deadline

It's the most wonderful time of the year again. No child, not Christmas. It's the run-up to the Major League Baseball trading deadline (Tuesday, 4pm EST). However, much like Christmas, the trading deadline seems to lose it's excitement and impact as the years go by. When the potential trading block holds Mark Teixeira, Chad Cordero, and Octavio Dotel as its prized gifts from Santa, the collective sigh can be heard all the way to Japan. The consensus among GMs and scouts is that there are no major deals brewing, as teams have placed too high of a premium on their minor league talent, and wouldn't dare pawn off a few young chips for a relief pitcher who may or may not help in the pursuit of the Wild Card berth. Too many teams claim to still be in it, however unrealistic their logic may be. So who will move? Troy Glaus, Jermaine Dye, Joe Kennedy? The Angels are reportedly pursuing Paul Konerko. Will the White Sox blow everything up and start over? What moves will the Yankees and Red Sox make? Was Jon Lester's comeback appearance simply trade bait? Will the Dodgers find a bat? Will the Cubs solidify their relief corps, or bring in a righty off the bench? Perhaps more importantly, what youngsters will these playoff teams sacrifice at the alter of October. Discuss.

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