Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry Missing, Not In Action

July 29, 2009 by  

The non-waiver trade deadline for Major League Baseball is Friday afternoon, and the flurry of deals many analysts were starting to doubt has started.

As usual, the Pittsburgh Pirates are giving away talent a couple times a day "in an effort to improve themselves," while other National League contenders make strong statements that they intend to compete into October.

On Wednesday, the defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies made the biggest statement to date, moving a number of prospects to the Cleveland Indians for someone else carrying hardware from 2008, last year's AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee.

What baffles me, as it likely does many other fans, is how the Phillies have a handful of elite prospects ...

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