I realize it’s exceedingly lame, but whenever a big named player gets traded or signs a contract with a new team, I eagerly await that first glimpse of him in a different uniform. If seeing is believing, then seeing a player dressed in the colours of his new team is the final confirmation to a deal that up until that point had merely remained a theory.

Last night, Colby Rasmus played his first game of what his new organization hopes will be many in center field for the Toronto Blue Jays. Rasmus went 0-for-5 in his Toronto debut, but his team still managed to secure an 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles

A somewhat different scenario played out in Philadelphia, where the newly acquired Carlos Beltran suited up for the San Francisco Giants for the first time. While the Giants may indeed attempt to sign Beltran this offseason, priority number one remains the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. Beltran wasn’t acquired with the long term in mind. It’s all about the here and now, and comparing his numbers at the plate this year with the rest of the Giants lineup reveals that the team’s newest addition is immediately its biggest offensive threat. Despite the difference in reasons for being acquired, Beltran had similar results at the plate as Rasmus in his debut, going 0-for-4, as San Francisco beat the Phillies 4-1 on the back of a masterful pitching performance from Tim Lincecum.

As the days get shorter leading up to the July 31st deadline, it’s almost assured that Beltran and Rasmus won’t be the only two players putting on a new uniform in the next couple of days. Here are a collection of rumours making the rounds today:

  • Buster Olney is suggesting that there’s a huge bidding war underway for Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence between the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.
  • The Colorado Rockies are asking for a whole lot from teams interested in Ubaldo Jiminez, and that’s leading to a lack of movement.
  • The Detroit Tigers are interested in landing Jason Marquis from the Washington Nationals to round out their rotation.
  • God only knows why, but Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cleveland Indians, after already acquiring Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs, are now pursuing Ryan Ludwick.
  • The Atlanta Braves are also interested in Ludwick and every other available outfielder, right now.
  • Jon Heyman suggests that general feeling around the league is that Heath Bell will end up with the Texas Rangers by the time the trade deadline buzzer goes.
  • The San Francisco Giants are still interested in picking up an every day catcher.
  • Desperation: Both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were scouting Rich Harden during his start yesterday for the Oakland A’s.
  • The Red Sox also have a lot of interest in Seattle Mariners’ pitcher Erik Bedard.

And The Rest

Why do I get the feeling that some guy named Morty who takes two hour lunches at a nearby deli is running the show when it comes to Jose Bautista’s personal endorsement deals?

Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead, suicide is suspected.

This is one way of dealing with a suddenly less relevant shirsey.

Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware on this list of prospects.

Mike Stanton doesn’t mind having to face the Washington Nationals one little bit.

Finally, you must be very proud of yourself: