What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Oh, shit. It's starting again, isn't it? It's the latter half of July, which means seemingly anyone with any opinion about anything in baseball is going to be trafficking in trade rumors and possibilities. Buster Olney got the rumor roulette started by reporting today that the Mets do not plan to move Jose Reyes. Which will be true up to and until a deal is actually done, unless of course it isn't. This is not to pick on Olney, per se, but rather on a system that treats every not-yet-done deal as newsworthy, when in fact such leaks are often an attempt on the part of front-office personnel to use reporters to impact the value of a given trade. The Mets, for all we know, may have every intention of moving Reyes, especially because this is his walk year. But you're never going to hear them say so, since other teams are likely willing to offer many more goodies if they know Reyes might be a tough get. Which he might yet be. But unless someone like Sandy Alderson is going to come right out and confirm for the record what Olney's sources told him, just let us know once it's done, one way or another, please.
Cardinals-Mets is on ESPN tonight at 7, with ESPN2 showing a World Football Challenge match featuring Guadalajara against Real Madrid at 11.
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