They are usually advertised weeks ahead of time, held in the early Summer months, and involve two parties, a buyer and a seller. I can only be talking about a garage sale Major League Baseball team selling its star players by the deadline to insure a “profit” while rebuilding. Some of this year’s advertised garage sales are already listed.
The Houston Astros will peddle Roy Oswalt (above) to either the New York Mets or Chicago Cubs by the end of June. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Oswalt doesn’t get any run support in Houston, but neither does John Santana as a Met. Same song, different band. The Astros may also peddle Lance Berkman and possibly, red-hot Hunter Pence.
Pittsburgh is an annual stop on the garage sale circuit. Unfortunately, all of the stuff in the shed is pretty much useless to families with bigger gardens. I don’t see a Pirate going anywhere unless Paul Maholm stays hot. They have no big salaries to dump right now and what a perfect way to lure the fans into thinking they are seriously rebuilding for next season instead of trying to make money.
Cleveland made out the last few years by selling. They have some players that might be on the move. Grady Sizemore, hurt and all, is a prime target to go. Really, Cleveland has nothing to play for so anyone on the field has a “For Sale” sign on their back right now. The only Indian who should be safe is Carlos Santana (above) who is absolutely destroying the minor leagues as the Indians future catcher.
This may come as a surprise to some, but I see the Seattle Mariners playing yard sale games this year. The plan was to bring Cliff Lee in, use a decent offense and a solid staff to win the division. Lee only has three starts and guys Like Rowland-Smith couldn’t hold things up in his abscence. Cliff Lee will be headed South to either the Angels or Padres by July when the Mariners realize that they can’t get there this season. Ichiro may get dumped as well, I am sure the Dodgers would love to have him.