Trades and signing were abound in professional sports last night, and there was a new face in a new place. As the bags get packed, let's play catch-up.
Elton Brand Tells Baron Davis, 'Thanks, But No Thanks': A week after Baron Davis verbally agreed to play for the Clippers, Elton Brand decided to leave him high-and-dry (remember, Brand asked the Clippers to go out and get him help). Last night, Brand agreed (again, verbally) to a five-year deal worth an estimated $82 million with the Philadelphia 76ers, making them an instant playoff team in the wide-open Eastern Conference.
Seriously, Does Baron Davis Smell Or Something?: No one wants to play with Baron Davis, apparently. Another Clipper left last night, when Corey Maggette agreed to play for Golden State, "signing" a five-year contract worth around $50 million.
I Can Haz Pitchshun, Too?: Cubs GM Jim Hendry says trading for Rich Harden was not in response to the Brewers getting CC Sabathia. No one believes him, though. Chicago also got right-hander Chad Gaudin, and sent pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielders Matt Murton and Eric Patterson and minorleaguer Josh Donaldson to the A's. The Cubs' Zambrano, Harden, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster is a pretty solid 1-4.
No More Periods In His Name, But The Wins Continue: In his debut for the Brewers, CC Sabathia (no more "C.C.") was a little wild, but still got the win as he allowed just two earned runs and five hits over six innings. No word yet on how his teammates enjoyed sharing a dugout with him.