By Mike Harrington
We've arrived at one of the craziest days on the baseball schedule: Trade Deadline day. Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline to trade players without them having to go through waivers and you can figure on a flurry of activity right up until the clock striking 4.
(Remember that trades can keep happening in August but players have to clear waivers and are sometimes pulled back, preventing a deal from going through)
The Bisons play Indianapolis today at 1 looking for their eighth straight win and we'll have a separate post up with a live blog on their action and any trade action. We'll also do a little live chatting at some point. We'll let you know when that will happen this afternoon on this post and my Twitter feed -- @BNHarrington.
Here are some of the things to watch for today:
Jon Lester/John Lackey: It seems like the Red Sox are hellbent on dealing their top pitchers and Lester is going to be a hotly-sought-after rental. Lots of Orioles rumors Wednesday proved unfounded. Wonder if the Pirates get back in the mix. Same with the Blue Jays, Dodgers, A's or Mariners.
More arms: The Rays seem like they're keeping David Price. But will the Mets part with Bartolo Colon? What will the Padres do with Ian Kennedy?
Phillies: It seems like Ryan Howard and Chase Utley stay. But pitchers like Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, A.J. Burnett and Jonathan Papelbon all could be had for the right price. The Phils have apparently said they don't have to shed payroll and just want good return.
Bats: Rangers OF Alex Rios, Cubs 2B Emilio Bonifacio, Arizona infielder Martin Prado and Houston's Chris Carter are on a lot of rumor lists.