MLB Player X: On trade rumors 

July, 14, 2010

This story appears in the July 26 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Guess what? I'm getting traded. Just kidding. But that's what a friend told me they were saying on the radio the other day. It was news to me, and for the time being at least, it's false. I guess it's that time of year again, the point in the season when pennant races begin to shake out and rosters get shuffled. Right about now is when we find out which teams will be buying and which ones will be selling at the trade deadline. The rumors swirl. But I don't even think twice when I hear my name mentioned anymore. I've been hearing it my whole career.