Tag:Prince Fielder
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:20 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 8:26 pm
 

Signs point to slow deadline

Prince Fielder Thursday was a big day in trades, with Roy Oswalt, Jorge Cantu and Miguel Tejada, among others, on the move.

Monitoring the chatter in the baseball world, however, gives the indication that there might not be much more dealing to come.

"There's nothing really going on," general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Brewers' outlook. "I don't anticipate anything happening [before the Saturday deadline]. Things can change but that's the way it looks now. I don't have to trade players. I have to make sure anything we do makes absolute sense to do anything."

That's one of the main things driving -- or halting -- this trade season. Most of the teams with the attractive pieces don't really need to move them. There aren't the usual teams trying to unload salary ballast at all costs as they sink. The Brewers could trade Prince Fielder, but they don't have to. Ditto the Nationals with Adam Dunn. The Jays could move Jose Bautista, but he's also under team control and has Toronto fans buzzing.

Many of the big names -- Cliff Lee, Dan Haren, Oswalt -- are now off the board. David DeJesus and Ben Sheets were knocked off by injuries.

The slate of potential buyers has gone down in the past two weeks. The Angels, Mets, Marlins and Rockies are taking a cold, hard look at the standings and realizing it doesn't make sense to mortgage the future on what's becoming an increasingly long shot. The Red Sox and Dodgers are potentially more aggressive but kind of in the same boat.

The days before the deadline are always filled with GMs expressing outrage at the hefty price tags being put on available players, hoping to force those prices down, but this year it really does seem like teams are taking a harder line because they have less pressure to sell. And teams have so much money invested in scouting and bonus money that they view prospects as high-value commodities rather than pawns. They are afraid to make lousy deals with young players.

There also is a trend toward making deals after the non-waiver deadline -- there's still a month left to trade after Saturday, just with different rules.

“Most of the guys available on July 31 are going to be available in August,” a National League GM told the New York Post.

That's not to say many of the names being thrown around this week won't be in different uniforms in the next 48 hours. Dunn probably will be traded, as will Ted Lilly, and the Blue Jays would be crazy not to trade Bautista when he's at peak value. But even more than most years, most of the talk will likely be for naught when it all shakes out.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Beckham, Quentin will stay with Sox

Gordon Beckham The White Sox are certainly one of the most talked-about teams at the trade deadline, with their interest in both Prince Fielder and Adam Dunn, among others.

It seems every rumor has other teams asking general manager Kenny Williams for second baseman Gordon Beckham, but the Chicago GM has already told his sophomore second baseman he's not going anywhere. The Daily Herald 's Scot Greg reports Williams has told Beckham and Carlos Quentin that they will still be members of his team on Saturday.

However, rookie starter Daniel Hudson is apparently the piece Williams is throwing out there for other teams.

"He should be proud," Guillen said of Hudson. "If your name is out there, it means somebody wants you. That's all you can say."

Hudson said he'd like to stay with the White Sox, but understands it's that time of year.

Beckham was the team's top pick out of the University of Georgia in 2008 and had an impressive rookie season in 2009. However, he's struggled mightily this season, hitting .239/.292/.343 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Cubs' Lee vetoed deal to Anaheim


Derrek Lee We'd heard before that the Cubs Derrek Lee wasn't interested in going anywhere at the trade deadline, but now we know he won't be headed anywhere until after the season. Lee invoked his 10-5 rights to block a trade to the Angels, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports .

While it was an interesting discussion in a vacuum whether Lee would use his no-trade rights, the fact that he did -- and vetoed the trade to Southern California -- comes as a bit of a surprise.

The Angels have rumored to have interest in Lee ever since Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending celebration injury. Lee seemed a natural fit, he's a free agent after the season and the Cubs are out of the race. It also seemed too good to be a good match because Lee makes his offseason home in California, why wouldn't he want to head home and perhaps participate in a pennant race.

Lee wouldn't expound on his choice to Muskat, nor would Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who only confirmed her report.

With Lee out of the equation, it does make sense that the Angels are now shifting their focus to Prince Fielder. He'll be much more expensive, but if Lee's unavailable, it's either a lesser player such as Jorge Cantu or Ty Wigginton or go for bust, and that's Fielder or Adam Dunn.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:33 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Rangers trying for Fielder

Prince Fielder Could the market for Prince Fielder be heating up?

It was reported several days ago that the White Sox inquired on Prince Fielder, but trade rumors swirling the big man have been strangely quiet.

No longer. SI.com's Jon Heyman notes that the Rangers have joined the chase for Fielder, with the Angels also in the hunt.

One has to wonder how the Rangers could pull off a deal given that their budget is pretty much zero, although you would imagine trade discussions would start with Derek Holland.

Fielder is making $10.5 million in his second-to-last year of arbitration, at which point he will command a hefty price according to Scott Boras. A hefty price for a hefty man, after all. Makes sense.

Fielder got 2010 off to a slow start but has heated up as of late and checks in with 24 bombs and a sterling .262/.400/.504 line. Can you imagine how ferocious he would be in the Rangers' or ChiSox's park?

The Brewers will want pitching, and plenty of it, for Fielder. The Rangers have the best young arm close to big-league ready in Holland, but the White Sox are also doing what they can with Daniel Hudson available. They could also bite the bullet and deal Gordon Beckham, although they would likely prefer to part with Dayan Viciedo.

For Texas' part, if Holland is not available, Martin Perez certainly would be part of the discussion. The Angels simply don't have any hope of beating the top-end talent that Chicago or Texas can offer unless they drop for sale uber-phenom Mike Trout -- perhaps the best prospect in the minor leagues now that Dominic Brown has hit the majors.

Any top-end pitching L.A. could afford to deal went away with the shipping of Sean O'Sullivan to Kansas City for Alberto Callaspo and young Tyler Skaggs rumored to be the player to be named later in the Dan Haren steal -- er, deal.

It's still very unlikely that Fielder is traded by the deadline, especially to a team unable to take on payroll like Texas, but of the three teams, the Rangers have the best fit with Milwaukee. And if Fielder joined that lineup, can you imagine the fireworks he would display along with Josh Hamilton and Vlad Guerrero?

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 6:19 pm
 

Bay sits with concussion symptoms

Mets outfielder Jason Bay was out of the lineup Tuesday with mild concussion symptoms stemming from a collision with the outfield wall last Friday in Los Angeles. He played the rest of the weekend series but apparently complained about the symptoms during the plane ride back to New York.

ESPNNewYork.com reported that Bay didn't think he'd be out long: "If all goes well, inside of a week," he said.

Another report said Bay was going on the disabled list, but it's not clear where that came from or whether that move is imminent.

At any rate, this probably takes Jeff Francoeur off the trade market, at least prior to Saturday's non-waiver deadline. With David DeJesus injured and lost for the year, and Corey Hart out for at least a few days with a wrist injury, the field of available outfielders is looking a bit thin outside the big names like Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.

Predictions

The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 6:23 pm
 

White Sox angling for Fielder

Prince Fielder The White Sox continue to pursue a big bat and have turned their attention to Prince Fielder, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Chicago has been tied with Adam Dunn, but Washington's exorbitant price tag has scared off GM Kenny Williams, who made anyone in the farm available for Dunn. The Nats, however, reportedly are holding out for, among others, Gordon Beckham.

While Williams isn't willing to move Beckham for Dunn, he may for Fielder as Buster Olney of ESPN notes . However, the Brewers' primary goal is to acquire a starting pitcher. While the Pale Hose have Daniel Hudson in that category, the Brew Crew view Hudson as only a No. 3 starter at his best, which isn't enough to deal Fielder.

One thought could be to acquire Beckham and Hudson and then seek to flip second baseman Rickie Weeks or third baseman Casey McGehee for a starting pitcher, although the caliber of pitcher the Brewers would get back for one of the two would also be a No. 3 type. Milwaukee has a decision to make, then: try to acquire two No. 3 starter types or hold Fielder out for an ace.

Milwaukee's pitching depth is so thin that the former opportunity is not all that terrible, but it's difficult to move such an important part of the team's offense and only come away with two middle-of-the-rotation types.

Fielder is making $10.5 million on the year and will be eligible for arbitration one final time in 2011 before hitting the free agent market. His value may not be higher than it is now, as many scouts are concerned about his bad body and how well it will hold up over the length of his free-agent contract. Agent Scott Boras is currently talking as if Fielder deserves a bigger contract than Mark Teixeira got from the Yankees.

It's highly doubtful that Milwaukee will retain Fielder after becoming a free agent, so the Brewers may be forced to take the best deal they can get now -- it's unlikely they could get a better deal in the offseason or at the trade deadline next season.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 2:17 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 3:32 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Los Angeles Angels

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.
Tony Reagins
The Angels are talking a lot of big talk about having the resources to get whatever is needed to overtake the Rangers -- who have added Cliff Lee and show no signs of slowing down -- in the American League West. So far, however, it hasn't amounted to more than talk. If Tony Reagins doesn't improve this team in the next couple of weeks, expect heavy criticism in L.A.

Record: 51-45, five games behind Texas and three ahead of Oakland in the AL West. Third in AL wild-card race, 6 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay.
General manager: Tony Reagins, third year
Expectations: High. The Angels are outspending Texas by $50 million in payroll and winning despite injuries and underperforming players. Nothing short of the playoffs will be acceptable.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was over $105 million, eighth-highest in baseball, and the Angels already have more than $80 million committed for next year.

What they need

Bullpen help:
The Angels have been living on the edge in the late innings, and their bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 12th in the AL. They haven't had anybody step up -- only Fernando Rodney (3.29) has an ERA under 3.80.

Starting pitching: The Angels are ninth in the AL in starters' ERA, and would like to at least find a fifth starter with nothing panning out in-house. They traded for Scott Kazmir at last season's deadline and he has been awful (and is now on the DL).

A bat: When first baseman Kendry Morales suffered his infamous celebratory injury, breaking his leg and knocking himself out for the year, it was a big
blow to the Angels' offense. If they are going to make a big move, it's probably going to be for a first baseman or third baseman with pop.

Who may fit

Derrek Lee Starting pitcher:
Not many teams could take on Roy Oswalt's contract, but the Angels -- cash-rich and prospect-poor -- might be a decent fit. Dan Haren would look good in Anaheim, but the Angels might not have the "wow" package the Diamondbacks say it would take. More likely than going ace shopping would be going to get someone like Kyle Farnsworth or Jake Westbrook.

Reliever: The market for relievers is not good. The Angels might be left to pick over the Toronto bullpen and decide whether they want Scott Downs, Jason Frasor or Kevin Gregg. David Aardsma is available in Seattle, or they could try to pry Royals closer Joakim Soria.

Bat: It's conceivable the Angels could be in play on any of the big names. First basemen Derrek Lee, Prince Fielder and Lance Berkman could be had for a price. That might seem short-sighted, given that Morales will be back next year, but the Angels are under the gun. They might be better off going after someone to play third, where the Angels don't have a good long-term option, but the crop there is less impressive. Or despite Adam Dunn's insistence that he doesn't want to be a DH, the Angels could get him and make him do it anyway.

Trade chips

Mike Trout Here's the biggest problem the Angels face: The cupboard is seriously bare in the upper minors. On Sunday, they used Paul McAnulty (called up July 4) to pinch-hit in extra innings, then designated him for assignment after the game. That's how thin they are -- guys they're calling up to help are throwaways.

At a minimum, the Angels are going to have to part with switch-hitting Triple-A catcher Hank Conger, who's batting .265 at Salt Lake City. There's also Triple-A first baseman Mark Trumbo, who hits a lot of homers but strikes out a lot.

Of course, the Angels do have one monster prospect in outfielder Mike Trout at Class A, but he's considered a potential superstar and it's tough to see them giving him up even under the current win-now pressure.

Predictions


The Angels will find a way to get one of the big bats and add at least one reliever. Reagins is going to have to gut what's left of his farm system to do it, so he'd better hope it works.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees ; Sellers: Florida Marlins

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