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trade deadline thoughts...

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is approaching in about a week (July 31). With that in view, what follows are a few thoughts/links inspired by that turning point on the calendar:
  • The St. Louis Cardinals should trade last year's 1st-round draft pick, Shelby Miller, along with a current major-league-ready player or two (e.g., Brendan Ryan, John Jay, and/or Allen Craig) for Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt. Miller may become a great pitcher for years to come, but Oswalt is a great pitcher now (and will probably remain so for 2 or 3 years) and he would make the Cards the clear favorite for the National League pennant.
  • The San Francisco Giants should trade for Kansas City Royals outfielder Jose Guillen, but only if they don't have to give up much. (Getting Corey Hart from the Milwaukee Brewers would obviously be even better, but he would almost certainly cost too much.) The Giants have strong pitching, but they need some more pop in their lineup if they're really going to make a push for the playoffs. However, they don't want to mortgage their future in order to make a run this year, because with their pitching and some of their up-and-coming position players, I think their future is bright.
  • I am willing to trade starting pitcher Dan Haren and a reserve offensive player from my fantasy baseball team for a starting power-hitter and a middle reliever.
  • American Idol should trade Simon Cowell for Rick Rubin, or someone like him who actually knows music (and, while they're at it, trade Ellen DeGeneres for someone like Queen Latifah, who actually knows music). I don't watch the show anymore, and I don't know what Rubin would be like on t.v. (he seems weird, which could be good, and I'm pretty sure Queen Latifah would be great), but with speculation of people like Donald Trump or Howard Stern taking over for Cowell, I think the show would do well to get away from spectacle and back to music, as well as broaden its musical repertoire (and thereby broaden its audience). With Rubin producing everything from rap and r&b to hard rock and pop rock to country, I think he would fit the bill.
  • The next time you shop for "fair trade" coffee, realize there's more to the story than what is printed in the ad blurb.
  • Even if you don't agree with Matt Ridley's evolutionary presuppositions (as I don't), his observations and extrapolations of the uniquely human practice of "trading" are worth listening to. [Really--it's worth stopping reading this drivel and moving on to Ridley.]
  • Here's a list of some strange trades in the history of sports.
  • This kid should just keep trading.

G.K. Chesterton...

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."