As was expected, the Twins didn't end up making any major moves today. As I suggested yesterday, the Nationals didn't move Alfonso Soriano at all (something that CNNSI at one point had said was 100% not going to happen...I guess I out-scooped Sports Illustrated). The Nats now have to make a push to sign Soriano, and the grade on this non-trade won't really come in until we find out whether Soriano sticks around. If he leaves, and all the Nats get in return for him is two compensatory draft picks, than this was an idiotic decision. Soriano is too good to give up for a couple of draft picks. On the other hand, if Soriano does re-up with the team, then the Nationals will have a solid piece to build a contending team around. We'll find out sometime in December.
This was the right decision for the Twins. The Tigers picked up Sean Casey, but that doesn't improve the team that much. The White Sox didn't do much either. The race didn't change too much. The one major change is that the Yankees are now the favorites to win the AL East after acquiring Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, and Craig Wilson. Those pieces make the Yankees a much better team, and they will be getting Matsui and Sheffield back before the end of the year. The Red Sox...did nothing. I think the Wild Card race is going to come down to the Twins, White Sox, and Red Sox. It's going to be a wild ride.