With the non-waiver trading deadline six days away contending teams are making deals to help them get into the post season. The Pittsburgh Pirates obtained Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for three minor league prospects. This trade will give the Pirates three solid starters in their rotation. Rodriguez was 7-9 with a 3.79 ERA with Houston this season. Pittsburgh trails Cincinnati by 21/2 games in the National League Central Division but are tied for the first slot in the wild card race with Atlanta.
The Los Angeles Dodgers traded for Miami Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez late last night. Ramirez along with left handed reliever Randy Choate will go to Los Angeles for Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough. Ramirez at one time was considered one of the best shortstops in MLB baseball but in the last two seasons his production has fallen. Ramirez hit .248 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs with Miami. Choate had a 2.48 ERA in 44 appearances. Eovaldi was 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA for the Dodgers. This is the second trade for Miami in the last two days. On Monday the Marlins traded pitcher Anibel Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers. Miami is also taking offers for closer Heath Bell and starting pitcher Josh Johnson.
New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez broke his hand last night when he was struck by a Felix Hernandez pitch. Rodriguez will be out at least six weeks. The Yankees lost 4-2 to the Seattle Mariners. At this time it is unknown if the Yankees will stand pat until Rodriguez returns or go out and make a trade for another bat to replace him in the Yankee batting order.
The United States Olympic basketball team passed a severe test on Tuesday as they cruised past Spain 100-78. Carmelo Anthony led the US with 27 points he scored 23 of those points in the first half. LeBron James scored 25 points and Kevin Durant added 13. The US team does not have a lot of size and Spain was considered a serious test because of the size advantage they have over the United States. The size advantage was neutralized by consistent on the ball pressure by the US and superior overall athletic ability. These two teams are expected to meet once again in the gold medal game.