When David Robertson turned down his $15.3 million dollar qualifying offer, it was a bit of a surprise. He was the favorite to be the first to accept the QO, but instead opted to test the market for length instead of taking the gaudy one-year deal. Rumors suggested the Yankees were still very much in on their incumbent closer even after they signed Andrew Miller away from Baltimore, but we learned after he signed his deal with the White Sox (4 years, $46 mil.) that they never even made an offer to him after the declination of the QO.
The mass exodus from Oakland (juxtaposed with the now-bizarre Billy Butler signing) continued on Monday with the trade of Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians for prospect Joey Wendle. The trade doesn’t come as a huge surprise as the two teams were linked for a Moss deal for a while now, but the return for Oakland feels a bit underwhelming. Wendle is a 25-year old second baseman who spent his season in Double-A, but also missed a month due to a right hamate injury in late-June.
With just over two months left in the regular season, every tiny edge can be that difference between the memorable title and a forgettable second-place finish. Sure, a second-place finish can be a financial boon, but it’s all about that title. The schedule can be a source of said edges as you can use it to guide some of your moves, via either free agency or trade. Let’s start at the top with pure volume.
Total Games Left
The Detroit Tigers are a full five games behind of some of their division mates thanks to a rash of unplanned off days due to weather combined with multiple scheduled off days early on. Their 63 games remaining are the most in baseball, just ahead of the Cubs and Nationals at 62 apiece. The White Sox, Dodgers, and Brewers all have 58 games remaining. It might seem trivial, but if you need to attack your counting stats, then you should be looking at these teams with more games remaining.