Obviously we're all concerned, first and foremost, with the Phillies and what Ruben Amaro Jr. decides to do this weekend. But not far behind on the importance scale is what the other World Series contenders do prior to Sunday's deadline.
Which teams are you most concerned about? Is there a particular player that you do not want to see end up with a particular team? Or maybe that player was Carlos Beltran, who is now hitting third for the Giants. How would you feel about Carlos Quentin going to the Braves, or Ubaldo Jimenez ending up with the Yankees, or Erik Bedard pitching for the Red Sox? What about Heath Bell, Mike Adams or Ryan Ludwick? There are dozens, if not hundreds, of rumors out there. Which ones involving other teams conern you most as a Phillies fan?
Pence update: Jon Heyman, who appears to be the lead tweeter on the subject, says that the Astros prefer to do a Pence deal with the Braves, but they need some elite pitching prospects in return. The Phillies are "working on it," Heyman says. He adds that the Astros don't love the Phillies prospects, not even Dom Brown. Then again, as Ken Rosethal points out, maybe the Astros are simply trying to drag other teams into the mix. Perhaps most intriguing of all is the fact that Heyman cites sources as saying that Pence was told during last night's game that he was pulled from the lineup due to an imminent trade, then he wasn't pulled. Jim Salisbury says that Pence is "clearly the primary focus" for the Phillies and also reminds us that July 29 is the day the Phillies traded for Cliff Lee (in '09) and Roy Oswalt (in '10). Maybe today is the day.