The MLB Trade Deadline That Thankfully Does Not Exist

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Jeff Manship #49 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning of their game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Royals defeated the Twins 10-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The most exciting thing about the MLB trade deadline is that good players are rumored to be on the verge of changing teams. And it's a good thing they are, because the alternative sucks.

Spoke to a high-ranking New York Mets official over the weekend about the upcoming trade deadline. Topics included Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and R.A. Dickey, among a few others. Was told the team has no interest in moving any of them in a deal. "These are good players," the source said. "Why would we want to trade good players? That's the opposite of what we need to do!"

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Buzz around the league is that the contending teams mostly desire good players like Carlos Beltran, B.J. Upton, Denard Span and Hiroki Kuroda. In exchange for these good players, the teams would be willing to part with players who are not as good, like minor leaguers and bench bats. As such, things by and large remain at a standstill, and as has been the case all season long, no one will budge.

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More than two dozen scouts from teams around the league were on hand to watch Ubaldo Jimenez's latest start for the Rockies. "That guy sure is talented," said one. Others agreed. "It is a pleasure to watch him pitch," remarked one veteran scout. "It sure would be nice if he were on our team, which he is presently not, and will not be in the future."

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A friend of Carlos Beltran noted that the outfielder is not worried about being traded, because he is too good. He also noted that Beltran would invoke his no-trade clause in the highly unlikely event of a deal anyway, because "all of his things are in New York."

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The Houston Astros have been fielding plenty of calls about Jeff Fulchino, as contending teams search for a veteran bullpen arm they can stash in triple-A in case their top five or six major league bullpen arms become injured or otherwise unavailable.

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Caught up to San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell and asked him whether he and his family stay up to date on all of the various trade rumors in which he is involved. We shared a laugh, since there aren't any.

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Talks between the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers about Jeff Manship have grown increasingly intense in recent days, and one source with knowledge of the situation says that the Rangers are dangling a PTBNL or cash considerations.

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Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane have held several conversations, because they are friends.

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Jared Goedert has reportedly been claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.

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