Tag:Todd Coffey
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 6:24 pm

Rangers interested in Coffey, could deal Borbon

CoffeyBy Evan Brunell

In Ken Rosenthal's latest column for Fox Sports, he writes about the trade market as it relates to the Rangers, saying the team could deal Julio Borbon, Taylor Teagarden or Chris Davis.

Texas has been hunting for relievers, and Nationals righty Todd Coffey (pictured) has grabbed its attention. In his first year with the club, he punched out 23 batters in 22 1/3 innings, walked a manageable eight and allowed just one home run. Given Coffey's run of being with the Reds, Brewers and now the Nationals, he's not a well-known name but has quietly emerged as one of the game's best middle relievers.

The Rangers have also been heavily linked to the Padres' Heath Bell, although that appears to be more of a function of people thinking he would be a good fit. Bell would allow the Rangers to move Neftali Feliz into the rotation, but for now Feliz is the closer and that's not changing. And why would Texas pay a premium for Bell when they can turn to what will be a robust free-agent market that could include Bell?

That aside, Rosenthal names Chris Davis as a potential fit for the Padres, a fit that doesn't quite make sense. Yes, San Diego could use Davis's punch, but the Pads will not block Anthony Rizzo at first base. The 21-year-old is tearing Triple-A apart and is already pressuring incumbent Brad Hawpe to hit the majors. Nor would Davis be a fit at third, as Chase Headley has that position on lockdown. GM Jed Hoyer could ask Davis to learn left or even move Headley back to that spot, but it's tough to see that coming about.

The Rangers have their own outfield conundrum. Rosenthal thinks the Nationals could be interested in center fielder Julio Borbon and could possibly send Coffey and another piece to Texas for the speedster. Borbon has attempted to claim the center field job in Texas for the last two seasons, but he still hasn't run away with the job and just earned a demotion to Triple-A. Meanwhile, Texas also has Cuban defector Leonys Martin, who signed a big deal and is currently laying waste to pitchers in Double-A. Martin could earn a promotion to Triple-A shortly and fully supplant Borbon as the team's center fielder of the future by the end of the season.

If Coffey isn't viable, Rosenthal wonders if the Giants could trade for catcher Taylor Teagarden -- another player who has struggled to produce in Texas and has fallen out of favor -- and offer up one of their right-handed relievers as bait.

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 3:18 pm

Nats add Coffey, Hairston

Todd Coffey The Nationals have agreed to a deal with reliever Todd Coffey pending a physical, MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets .

Coffey, non-tendered by the Brewers in December, made $2.025 million last season for Milwaukee. He was 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69 appearances. Coffey had 56 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings, while walking 23. However, he gave up more than a hit an inning, allowing 65 hits.

The Brewers claimed Coffey off of waivers from the Reds in 2008 and resurrected his career in the Brewers bullpen. He was 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA and two saves in 2009, but regressed in 2010.

UPDATE: Jerry Hairston Jr. has passed his physical and officially signed with the Nationals today, Ladson tweets .

UPDATE: Hairston's deal is for one year, worth $2 million plus another million in incentive bonuses, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 10:47 pm

Rockies searching for relievers

David Aardsma The Mariners are asking for an "impact bat" in exchange for closer David Aardsma, MLB.com's Thomas Harding writes .

Aardsma will be 29 next week. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time this season, making $2.75 million in 2010. Aardsma has 69 saves over the last two seasons since the Red Sox traded him to Seattle in exchange for Fabian Williamson before the 2009 season. Aardsma has a 2.90 ERA since joining the Mariners, striking out 129 batters in 121 innings. Last season he had a 3.44 ERA and struck out 49 in 49 2/3 innings.

The Rockies have been looking for a reliever, but with the Mariners' demand, they're not a fit for the a trade. Aardsma went to high school in the Denver area.

Harding writes the Rockies are interested in Grant Balfour, but he's a Type A free agent and Colorado doesn't want to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. Other possibilities for the Rockies include free agents Jon Rauch, Chad Qualls and Todd Coffey.

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd told Harding the team would offer a multiyear deal to a reliever, but only under the "right circumstances."

As for Aardsma, shopping him makes a ton of sense. Closers are currently overvalued and a good one is certainly a luxury for a team that figures to be as bad as the Mariners. Seattle would be wise to flip him for offensive help and save some money in the deal. To do so, thought, they'll have to find a taker. That could be easier near the trade deadline.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:50 pm

Rockies on hunt for reliever

Aardsma The Rockies are determined to get a right-handed reliever, but won't dip into the market requiring three-years for middle relievers.

The Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports on Twitter that Colorado has discussed a deal for Mariners closer David Aardsma (pictured), who would likely compete with Huston Street for that honor for the Rockies. Aardsma is eligible for arbitration and could be due around $4 million, which could make Colorado skittish.

That's not the Rockies's only option, though.

Other names include Todd Coffey, Jon Rauch, Chad Qualls and Grant Balfour. Balfour is a Type-A free agent, so would necessitate a sign-and-trade for Colorado to be interested. However, the other names are extremely unlikely to get a three-year commitment, if not two years. Renck feels that the Rockies will land one of the aforementioned names.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am

Russell Martin among those non-tendered

The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:

A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck

Angels: Kevin Frandsen

Astros: Sammy Gervacio

Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis

Braves: Matt Diaz

Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett

Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco

Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen

Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray

Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino

Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine

Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang

Orioles: Matt Albers

Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli

Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres

Rangers: Dustin Nippert

Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell

Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller

Rockies: Manny Delcarmen

Royals: Josh Fields

Tigers: Zach Miner

White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets

Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 7:46 pm

Marlins on hunt for bullpen help

Octavio Dotel The trade deadline is starting to heat up, and the Pirates' closer, Octavio Dotel, could be the next player on the way out.

That's according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, who says that the Marlins have inquired on Dotel after dealing with one of the league's worst bullpens to date. The Fish's bullpen has a 4.66 ERA in 222 1/3 innings, blowing 12 games. Adding Dotel as a setup man would add some stability for Florida.

Dotel's 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 isn't very encouraging but as Price notes, that ERA is 2.01 since May 1 with 22 1/3 innings, punching out 28. The Pirates have their closer of the future ready in Evan Meek and as one of the worst teams in baseball certainly wouldn't hesitate to move Dotel. The Marlins -- as their owner, Jeffrey Loria made so clear when firing Fredi Gonzalez -- want to contend.

Florida could also look at Todd Coffey and Carlos Villanueva of Milwaukee, which Price notes have been made available. Coffey, 29, has a 4.28 ERA through 27 1/3 frames although he has gotten progressively worse as the season has advanced. In June, he pitched a scant two innings while missing three weeks with a thumb injury. If July is kind to him, many teams will be interested.

Villanueva's ERA is also high at 4.68 and like Coffey, has gotten worse the further the season goes. He was brilliant in April, not surrendering a run and posting a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 13 innings. Since then, his 26 innings have combined for an ERA around 7.

As the Marlins hunt for bullpen help, you can be sure they'll check on these names, plus others such as Kyle Farnsworth, Will Ohman and Kerry Wood, who the Indians would love to move.

-- Evan Brunell

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