This is an interview with Tim Dierkes, from MLB Trade Rumors.com. I would like to thank Tim for doing this interview with me via email. Here are the ten questions I asked him:
Q: 1. How do you find out the rumors you put on your site?
A: I monitor about 200 sites and read all the latest newspaper and web articles, scanning for rumors.
Q: 2. What trade were you most surprised about?
A: Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox was one I never saw coming.
Q: 3. Which guys didn't move that you thought you go to a different team?
A: Raul Ibanez, Paul Byrd, David Weathers.
Q: 4. Why didn't the Marlins get Manny Ramirez?
A: They asked for too much - $7MM to cover his salary plus another $2MM to cover the draft picks they'd get. And they also wouldn't give up the prospects the Pirates wanted for Jason Bay.
Q: 5. Which team improved the most with their deadline deal?
A: Looking strictly at deadline day, the Dodgers. Looking at the entire month, the Brewers.
Q: 6. Who are your World Series picks and why?
A: Heading into the season I picked the D'Backs and Red Sox. The D'Backs because I love the 1-2 punch of Webb/Haren, and the Red Sox because they have a stacked high OBP offense and Josh Beckett.
Q: 7. Who is the biggest loser at this year's deadline?
A: The Reds. They had multiple veterans with trade value but weren't able to move Adam Dunn, Weathers, or Jeremy Affeldt.
Q: 8. Why do you think the Phillies didn't make any deals?
A: They probably didn't want to give up their top prospects for lefty relievers.
Q: 9. Who will win the tight races in the NL East, NL Central and the AL East?
A: I'll take the Phillies, Cubs, and Red Sox.
Q: 10. What do you spend the most time writing about now that the deadline has passed,
A: Possible waiver deals and free agents for the upcoming season.