Tag:MLB trade deadline 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:07 pm

Bautista on field for Blue Jays

The Indians and Blue Jays are under way in Toronto, and Jose Bautista is playing. That means that as of now, there's nothing close on a trade. If there were an agreement even in principle, Toronto would pull him as a precaution.

The Jays were reportedly asking for major leaguers in return for baseball's home run leader, but apparently nobody has blinked -- yet. Bautista has hit a club-record 11 homers in July, and is batting .397 with seven homers and 23 RBI since the All-Star break. He's more valuable right now than he'll ever be, and the Jays would be best off accepting the best deal on the table in the next two hours.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:00 pm

Could ManRam be shipped out of L.A.?

Manny Ramirez Gotta give Kenny Wiliams credit.

The White Sox general manager is considered one of the most aggressive GMs in the game, and word that he's chasing Manny Ramirez shouldn't come as a surprise. Remember the "big deal " the ChiSox had brewing that may have scuttled the Edwin Jackson trade? Yeah, the guy Williams was trying to get was ManRam.

Obviously, that didn't work out, but Kenny isn't done trying. He's trying once more, although the odds are long.

The Dodgers have asked Chicago for Dayan Viciedo in any Ramirez trade, reports SI.com's Jon Heyman. Viciedo was the No. 6 prospect for the White Sox entering the season according to Baseball America and is currently sharing time at third base with Omar Vizquel. In 59 at-bats, he has yet to draw a walk but is hitting .322 with five doubles and two home runs. The future looks bright for him.

However, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal just said on the MLB Network, Chicago asked L.A. to pay all but one million of Manny's remaining $6.7 million due this year -- something the Dodgers outright rejected. Given the Dodgers are the ones that have been trying to save money the last two-to-three years, the fact that Chicago made this request is odd.

The White Sox are trying desperately to acquire a hitter. They missed out on Lance Berkman, headed to the Yankees, when Berkman exercised his no-trade clause to block a trade to Chicago. They have been trying since the beginning of time to steal Adam Dunn away from the Nationals, but the Nationals have an exorbitant trade price. Chicago acquired Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks in the hopes they could flip him for Washington, but the Nats are balking -- and the White Sox are reportedly furious .

Williams may not succeed in his pursuit of a hitter, but he's certainly trying.

The Dodgers aren't shopping Ramirez, but are taking calls from not just the White Sox, but the Rays and a "mystery team," a near-requisite for any Scott Boras client to have as Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports . Although the Dodgers are in contention for a postseason spot, the club recently acquired Scott Podsednik who could take over a full-time role.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 10:11 am

Astros may move Myers, Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez The Astros are fielding offers for both Brett Myers and Wandy Rodriguez, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes .

Brett Myers has had a fantastic season, and there's no wonder why teams are targeting him in the hours leading up to the 4 p.m. trade deadline. He may be the best pitcher remaining on the market .

He comes at a steep price, however. We've been hearing for a while the Astros are lukewarm about moving Myers. That's a bit curious because while the Astros hold an $8 million option for 2011 on the righty, it's a mutual option. If Myers continues the season he is having, he would certainly opt out and sign a richer deal.

Thus, while it's OK for the Astros to try to get as much as they can -- such as Josh Thole and Bobby Parnell from the Mets, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports -- the idea that they could let the deadline go by without a deal is odd.

The top suitors for Myers seem to be the Mets and Twins. Minnesota also in on Wandy Rodriguez, who has one final year of arbitration remaining. He is making $5 million on the year, so his price tag will rise. Given he can't help Houston's next contending club, Houston should absolutely be looking to trade Wandy.

Rodriguez (pictured) has a 4.80 ERA in 20 starts, but his xFIP is 4.21 and is coming off two straight seasons of an ERA below 4 -- getting all the way down to a 3.02 mark in 2009 and topping 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career.

While trading Myers and Rodriguez would thin out the Astros' pitching staff (unless they got major-league ready pitching in return),  they shouldn't let that stand in the way of any deal. The best possible deal the team can make is one to turn the team around quickly and start a new era of contention.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:38 am
Edited on: July 31, 2010 10:09 am

Don't expect splash from Red Sox

Terry Francona It's not often a team in contention with an exorbitant payroll sits out the trade deadline, and yet that's what the Red Sox will probably do.

At 58-45, the BoSox would be a half-game behind the first-place White Sox in the AL Central, a game behind the Braves for the lead in the NL East, and atop the standings in the NL Central.

Too bad they play in the AL East, so find themselves 7 1/2 games out of first and 6 1/2 games out of the wild card.

"You look at the scoreboard, Tampa and New York never lose a game," David Ortiz said earlier this week according to Alex Speier at WEEI.com. "That's what it feels like."

While Boston is still in the postseason race, it is difficult to make a splash at the trade deadline because there really isn't any clear position -- other than middle relief -- to acquire. Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury will return to the Red Sox lineup before long, which will give Boston its intended regular lineup for the first time since the beginning of April.

With Josh Beckett back into the fold, the Sox would finally field a quality team, but it might be too little, too late. Either way, it's near impossible to make a decision so quickly.

“I know Theo and those guys are down there working," manager Terry Francona (pictured) mused. "If he thinks he can make us better while making sense, he’ll do it. I’m confident of that. I think he does a good job of trying to stay, keep track of the present and the future. Sometimes when you’re in uniform, all you care about is today. [I] try not to have conversations with him where he feels, like, pressure from me to do something that would hinder our future."

It's long been thought Boston might be more active in the waiver trading period, where the Red Sox can claim players and block them from going to the Yankees and Rays. If teams opt to let the player go to Boston with the Red Sox assuming all the cash, the BoSox are okay with that. In addition, Boston itself can make its own waiver trades once the team's roster and direction are more firmly established.

Unless for a solid middle reliever, then, expect Theo Epstein to sit out this trade deadline.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:05 am

Rays take flier on Qualls

The Rays have acquired reliever Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks for a a player to be named later, as MLB.com Steve Gilbert confirms .

In the move, the Rays will be footing the entire remaining salary of Qualls, thought to be about $1.6 million. The 31-year-old has been one of the worst relief pitchers in the game so far on the season with an abominable 8.29 ERA over 38 innings. However, he has 34 strikeouts and 15 walks, which is a solid mark. His .434 BABIP is worefully unsustainable and has left just 51.4 percent of runners on base -- also unsustainable. As a result, his xFIP is a more impressive 3.84.

The Rays are taking a chance that the 8.29 ERA is an aberration and instead are choosing to focus on the fact that Qualls' peripherals speak to a far better pitcher -- one that notched 24 saves for Arizona last sesaon.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:46 am

Did Nats pull switcheroo on White Sox?

ESPN columnist Keith Law said (via Twitter ) that an executive of another club told him the White Sox are "furious with the Nats over Edwin Jackson."

This is based on nothing but speculation and observation of the events of the week, but did the Nationals perhaps reel the White Sox into trading for Jackson, giving them the impression that the inclusion of the pitcher would get a deal done for Washington outfielder Adam Dunn, then change the terms? Did the White Sox get stuck with Jackson, a useful player but one who wasn't their target?

There were various reports earlier in the week of the possibility of a three-way trade between the Diamondbacks, White Sox and Nationals, in which Jackson would wind up in Washington and Dunn in Chicago. When the White Sox traded independently with Arizona for Jackson, there was anticipation Chicago would then flip him to the Nationals in a package for Dunn.

At least to this point, that hasn't happened, and the White Sox have been less than convincing in their position of, "Oh, yeah, we've always wanted Edwin Jackson!"

Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:54 pm

What are the Marlins doing?

Larry Beinfest
It seems appropriate that as we head into trade deadline day, the Marlins are sitting at exactly .500. Because this team is solidly riding the fence -- with hours to go, president Larry Beinfest still doesn't seem to know whether he's a buyer or a seller.

Thursday they traded away Jorge Cantu. Early Friday, reports were that they are taking offers on Cody Ross. Then we hear d that Ross is off the table and was even before Chris Coghlan was hurt. Now MLB.com reports that the Marlins are "actively pursuing Major League-ready bullpen help" by the deadline to shore up for "a final stretch run."

So wait, now they're buyers preparing for a stretch run?

Even when Beinfest tries to clarify his position, it sounds like he doesn't really have one.

"We're not going to force anything," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday. "We've got our eye on this season, but also future seasons. You can see a lot of the parts now that are going to be big parts of this ballclub in the future. We want to make sure whatever we do has an eye to the future, but by no means do we want to shut down this season."

Uh, OK.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:17 pm

Dodger accused Lilly of cheating

Ted Lilly The Dodgers could be the front-runner to land Cubs starter Ted Lilly, with ESPN.com's Jayson Stark saying they have a deal in place but are stuck on how much money would move.

If Lilly does go west, the home clubhouse manager at Dodger Stadium might be advised to put his locker as far away as possible from Casey Blake's. They might need a little time and an awkward conversation before they warm up to each other.

In May, Blake accused Lilly of starting his windup in front of the rubber to try to gain an advantage. He protested to umpire John Hirschbeck, who didn't intervene, and Blake had to be restrained.

"I know he doesn't have an overpowering fastball," Blake said afterward. "I know he's trying to get as much of an edge as he can. But he moved in.

"That's cheating. You've got to stay on the rubber."

Lilly admitted he might have inadvertently been ahead of the rubber "a couple times," but that it wouldn't even be an advantage because a pitcher loses the leverage of pushing off the rubber. He didn't seem to appreciate being labeled a cheater.

"Sometimes a batter will get in the box and he'll step out, and behind the box, and on the lines," Lilly said. "I don't think he's trying to cheat. It might not be intentional."

Should make for an interesting introduction if Lilly goes to the Dodgers.

-- David Andriesen

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