“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, when Charles Dickens wrote that line in 1859 he probably had no inclination that he would be quoted in a baseball blog. Well that’s probably a given since I am not sure Charles Dickens even a baseball fan and he definitely had no clue what a blog was. Still, there was never a more apropos quote to describe this time of the baseball season. We are now less than two days away from the non-waiver trading deadline and around baseball teams are trying to determine whether they are buyers or sellers and evaluating their team’s assets to decide what they need in order to make a run for the 2008 post season. Some franchises view their chances as miniscule to make the play-offs and will be sellers trading away today’s players in exchange for building blocks for a future contender. Others will see themselves as being very close needed just 1 or 2 pieces to get themselves over the bubble and make an appearance in October.