So, what, pretty much all that's left is Alfonso Soriano, right? After the Carlos Lee to Texas trade on Friday, and the Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the Yankees trade yesterday, the trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET today seems to be approaching without most of its larger bullets already fired.
The little countdown clock on ESPNews all day appears to be clicking down for Soriano, maybe Miguel Tejada, possibly Greg Maddux, but no one hugely shocking. The trading deadline always seems somewhat artificial and hype-y anyway; the biggest deadline shock we can remember from the last few years is Nomar Garciaparra going to the Cubs, and maybe Larry Walker heading to St. Louis ... and that was after the deadline anyway.
That said, we're all fans, and this is what fans talk about. Here's a look at the big trade yesterday, from each team's fans:
Bobby Abreu to the Yankees
• Bronx Banter: "I will be excited to see him in pinstripes. He's not going to be asked to be the team's best player. Perhaps he'll fit right in. He is a better defensive right fielder than anything the Yanks have got. Offensively, he is exceedingly patient and a high-percentage base stealer to boot. I don't have much of a gut feeling as to how he'll do in New York — I could see him going David Justice or Raul Mondesi — but I'm looking forward to finding out."
• The Lohud Yankees Blog: "Much love of the move in the clubhouse. Sal Fasano believes Lidle will be very effective in the AL because he has been sinking the ball well."
• Beerleaguer: "My emotions are still mixed, my opinion uncertain. If I had to say one thing, it's that this whole situation is a shame. Future considerations pending, this is one of the most one-sided deals in Phillies history, even if the ultimate goal was to move forward and change the dynamic of the club. No matter how one sees it, the Phillies have been beaten yet again, and as fans, we're looking up from the bottom of the well. But looking up nonetheless."<//EM>
• The 700 Level: If you are a Phillies fan, you know this deal wasn't as simple as the players swapping teams. This is a trade which signifies the dark cloud of Ed Wade's tenure finally passing. ... It feels a bit weird to think Abreu will no longer lollygag in right at Citizens Bank Park."