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Cafardo's Latest: Buyers & Sellers

Posted on: June 22, 2008 12:52 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2008 1:09 pm

Nick Cafardo kicks the tires in a full page spread in today's Boston Globe, listing a handful of teams who are winding up to buy and sell. To paraphrase Cafardo's recap:

Phillies: Smelling World Series, they see C.C. Sabathia, Erik Bedard, A.J. Burnett, Bronson Arroyo, and Derek Lowe as potential targets.

Braves:  Still deciding whether to shop or re-sign Mark Teixeira, or neither, and in turn whether to trade for a starter to win a division, as Cafardo says, "nobody is running away with."

Mariners:  The decision of whether or not to release Richie Sexson is imminent, and the M's are expected to start shopping Raul Ibanez, Jose Vidro, Carlos Silva, and Bedard.

Blue Jays:  Can their pitching carry them back into contention when Alex Rios and Vernon Wells aren't producing as expected?  The Jays can sell Burnett, Matt Stairs, David Eckstein, and maybe Scott Rolen.

Reds:  On their way to last place, Arroyo can be dealt and replaced, perhaps, by Homer Bailey next year. Ken Griffey Jr. is still wearing red.

Indians:  Will find it very difficult to deal Sabathia for a package comparable to what the Mets got for Johan SantanaPaul Byrd could also go.

Dodgers:  Could perhaps deal Matt Kemp or Chad Billingsley for Sabathia.  They're also looking at Bedard.  They need to get back to .500 to really compete and will need pitching to get them there.

Yankees:  Giving up Melky Cabrera may be the only way the Yankees can land a front line starter to replace Chien Ming Wang, but Brian Cashman is not keen to do so.

Pirates:  Looking for righthanded power, the Pirates still have Jason Bay (among others).

Be sure to check out Tim's thorough Trade Market Summary for more insight.

By Nat Boyle


Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 2:20 am

Cafardo's Latest: Buyers & Sellers

":  Will find it very difficult to deal Sabathia for a package comparable to what the got for "

Shouldn't that read what the "Twins got" or what the "Mets gave?" 

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2008 5:00 pm

Cafardo's Latest: Buyers & Sellers

Nick at the Boston Globle drank too much at the Celtics party.  As for CC Sabathia, the Indians will get the same or better value than Johan; or they will just resign him.  CC will be dealt in the coming week(s) and a team will get half a season from him - who is absolutely lights out right now.  Lets see, what does a team get for aquiring him: (1) currently, the best pitcher in the MLB, (2) 3-months of a stud pitcher, (3) 3-months to resign (thats easy, he wants $20/yr of 6 years), (4) two type-a draft picks if they do not resign him.  Come on, the value is huge.  When is the last time a team was able to add a player of his caliber during the season?  Most often, the deadline trades are more role players than impact players.

As for Phillies fans, keep dreaming.  The Phillies do not have the minor league talent to pull off a trade for CC over the Dodgers, Brewers, Yankees, and Cardinals.  I do LA pulling the trigger on CC, but no way will they trade Billingsley or Kemp.  You could see LaRoche, Kershaw, and Broxton though.

Teixeira is going no where.  The Braves did not trade some of the best talent to lose him.  They will resign him.

Nobody wants Vidro or Silva.  Might as well as cut them with Sexton.

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