This is the first year for the second wild card playoff team. Thats been great for the Orioles, who are still fighting for the spot. Its also great for teams trying to sell and not-so-great for teams trying to buy.On Tuesday, Wandy Rodriguez, a pitcher the Orioles had some interest in was traded from Houston to Pittsburgh. On Wednesday morning, Miami moved Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia re-signed Cole Hamels to a six-year, 144 million contract extension.Those deals make it even harder for the Orioles, whod like to add a pitcher and a hitter or two. In the American League, 11 of the 14 teams are over .500 and in contention for a playoff spot.Thats a lot of buyers and just Kansas City, Minnesota and Seattle as sellers.The National League isnt as wild. Half of the 16 teams are above .500, the other half below it.Bet on Dan Duquette making at least one deal before next Tuesday at 4 p.m. It just wont be easy.
The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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