Trading has been in its usual start-of-season to All-Star break lull, but there have been a few notable deals as contenders tried to get a jump on the deadline.
Nashville Gets: ML 2B/OF Vance Carter
HiA C Jay Timmons
AAA SP Dennys Williams
Ottawa Gets: ML RF Ray Henley
Low A C Rafael Gonzalez
The Ice add another piece to one of the NL's up-and-coming lineups. Nashville had been shopping Henley, presumably for pitching. They get Carter, who has had a couple of good seasons but is best-suited for a utility role; Timmons, who seems destined to top out at AAA, and Williams, who has a couple of nice pitches but also a host of control problems.
Columbus Gets: AAA 1B/LF Andrew Davis
AAA RP Buzz Lindsey
Austin Gets: ML SP Fred West
No secret the Chaloupas were after another starter; once the Criminals relented on including Tommy Lloyd, Austin bit. West has always had a high-voltage arm and rare fits of control. He's off to his best start ever; naturally the Austin debut was Laloosh-like: new league records for walks, hit mascots, etc. in a 3-inning stint. Davis is exactly the kind of player who becomes a mystery under the new update: devastating power but middling-to-mediocre everywhere else. He'll likely make his ML debut next year. Lindsey isn't a FOY candidate but will likely have a long and pretty successful setup career.
Oakland Gets: ML RP Pedro Fernandez
Nashville Gets: AAA RP Del Tracy
AAA RP Michael Burnitz
HiA 1B Daryl DaVanon
Fernandez joins a cast of thousands (most of whom are pitching lights-out) in the Oakland pen; he may have been brought in as injury insurance. Tracy and Burnitz could see ML action until they hit arb...probably not much longer. DaVanon is stricly minors filler.