Tag:MLB trade deadline 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 9:59 pm

Yankees add OF Kearns

Multiple sources, including Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Jon Heyman of SI.com, are reporting that the Indians have traded outfielder Austin Kearns to the Yankees for a player to be named later.

Kearns (.268/.351/.413) gives the Yankees a needed right-handed bat and will allow them to sit Curtis Granderson against tough lefties. Granderson is batting just .214 against left-handers.

Kearns is owed about $270,000 for the rest of the season (the Yankees spend more than that on trophy polish), and will be a free agent after the season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:46 pm

Nats: 'Price won't come down' on Dunn

Mike Rizzo
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is adamant. If nobody is willing to meet his price on Adam Dunn, the slugger will remain in Washington.

"The closer to the deadline it gets, the more pressure is on the teams to come with something that makes sense for me to trade one of the best offensive players in baseball," Rizzo told reporters Friday. "I will come to the price where I originally said I'm going to go, or I won't trade him. The price won't come down."

Dunn is the biggest piece left on the trade market, with the non-waiver deadline looming at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. The White Sox, Rays, Tigers and Giants are considered players for Dunn, with the Yankees a possibility if they decide to stockpile even after getting Lance Berkman.

"There's quite a bit of interest in him," Rizzo said. "Suffice to say, he's a very popular player right now."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:13 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 9:47 pm

Jays simply have to trade Bautista

Jose Bautista
Dear Toronto Blue Jays,

Trade Jose Bautista. Right now. Best offer you can get by Saturday afternoon, take it.

Yes, he's the talk of the town, and one of the only reasons anyone is paying attention to Blue Jays baseball. The fans will raise a stink. But you have to bite the bullet and do it anyway. 

The night before the trade deadline, the guy hit a grand slam. He's showcasing himself! By the time the ball cleared the wall, Alex Anthopoulos should have been hitting speed dial for whatever GM made the last offer. The idea is to sell high, and his value is never going to be higher than it is right now.

Nearly 14 percent of the times Bautista has come to the plate this season, he has hit a home run. He's hit 196 fly balls, and 31 of them -- nearly one in six -- have gone over the wall. These are not, as the stat folks say, "sustainable skills." Other teams will know this, but other teams who are under immense pressure to win a championship will not care at this particular moment.

Fact is, Jose Bautista is a .241 career hitter who other than this year is good for about 15 homers a year. The overwhelming odds are that he is going to go back to being that guy, or at least closer to being that guy than the monster you've seen this season. In all likelihood, 2010 Jose Bautista is 2000 Richard Hidalgo (44 homers, no more than 28 any other season). He's 1996 Brady Anderson (50, 24). Bautista is 29 and he's been in six organizations -- if he's got Albert Pujols potential, someone would have figured it out by now.

You're trying to build a team, and you don't need career-average Bautista as much as you need the multiple pieces you can get for him in the next few hours.

Trade him.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 6:52 pm

Dunn won't make DH an issue in trade

Adam Dunn Adam Dunn doesn't want to become a designated hitter, and has made that very clear. In a recent interview with Facts and Rumors' C. Trent Rosecrans, Dunn said, "I don't want to DH. If I have to DH, I'll probably go home."

Statements like that haven't dissuaded American League teams from pursuing a rental of the impending free agent, and Dunn seems to have softened on the idea of bing a DH at least for the rest of the season.

"That's just Dhing for two months," Dunn told the Washington Post on Friday. "It's not like if I make this move, it's career-ending."

Dunn said that, despite rumors to the contrary, he had not been told anything about a potential destination. He also indicated nothing is getting done with a possible extension with the Nationals. He's waiting around for news or for the deadline to pass, just like everyone else.

"It sucks," Dunn said. "Part of it, dude. You just get tired of hearing it. You can't even watch TV. I don't know how else to put it. It probably would affect other people more than it does me. It doesn't, because my options are awesome. I can't have better options [than] what I have."

With the Yankees getting Lance Berkman, they're out on Dunn. Sounds like it's down to the White Sox, whose trade for Edwin Jackson might help them put together a package the Nationals like, the Rays, who have prospects galore, and possibly the Giants.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 3:46 pm

Trade deadline profile: Brett Myers

Leading up to Saturday's trade deadline, the MLB Facts & Rumors team takes a look at the biggest names on the trade block. Friday takes a gander at the best starting pitcher left on the market, Houston's Brett Myers.

Career stats : 81-69, 261 G, 201 GS, 4.26 ERA in 1328 2/3 IP, 1,099 K, 455 BB

Contract status : Myers signed a one-year, $5.1 million deal that includes a 2011 mutual option of $8 million with a $2 million buyout attached.

Brett Myers Why he's desirable
Brett Myers is having a sensational season, no two ways about it. His home run rate is unsustainably low, but has no BABIP trends that scream fluke and a solid 2.69 K/BB ratio. He's pitching a bit over his head, but not by that much and is easily the best pitcher remaining on the starting pitcher market that is known which includes luminaries such as Jeremy Guthrie, Ted Lilly and Jake Westbrook.

Why he's available
Available probably isn't the right word -- teams are calling on Myers but the Astros seem unwilling to listen, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. Can you blame Houston? Myers is having a career season and the Astros would prefer not to decimate their roster even as they rebuild. In addition, while doubtful, Houston is hoping for a relatively quick rebuild.

While 2011 contention is out, Myers has a more than affordable $8 million mutual option the Astros can exercise and at least give the club a fighting chance at a win one out of every five days. For Houston to part with the righty, teams will have to submit a very strong offer that forces Houston's hand. That's not out of the realm of possibility, as teams continue to sour on other mid-rotation starters that aren't much better than in-house candidates.

Who is interested
The White Sox were thought to be making a play for Myers, although with the acquisition of Edwin Jackson, might be out of the race -- unless Jackson is spun for Adam Dunn. Then, Chicago's right back in the market for a starting pitcher.

The division-rival Twins have also been linked to Myers, but after dealing Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps of the Nationals, would the Twins be interested in extending their budget yet again and depleting the farm yet again?

The Mets also inquired into Myers, but were scared off by the Astros' asking price. No other team has been linked recently, although the Dodgers would certainly love to have Myers' services, as would near any team still in contention.

Brett Myers Expected return
There isn't any word what the Astros want in return for Myers, but given that he's been considered "untouchable" by Houston -- posturing for sure, but not all that far off the mark -- it will absolutely take a top prospect to acquire Myers, perhaps even more. And that prospect will have to be close to major-league ready, as the Astros aren't interested in a long-term rebuilding process. The following is just speculation, but of the teams above, the following names might make sense for Houston:

Fernando Martinez from the Mets, who could become a starter for the Astros. F-Mart's luster has fallen off as of late, however. The Astros would also certainly ask for Jon Niese, whom the Mets have near-zero interest in dealing.

If the White Sox wanted to remove even more top prospects from their system, the Astros would go after Jordan Danks  or Brent Morel. Dayan Viciedo is a possibility, but he would not be the centerpiece.

The Twins could be persuaded to part with Ben Revere, but Danny Valencia is probably not going anywhere given the Twins' need for him in the bigs.

What happens
The Astros will hang onto Myers and cross their fingers that Myers agrees to return to town on the mutual option. If he does, Myers becomes a virtual lock to be traded at the deadline in 2011.

More trade deadline targets -- Jorge Cantu (trade profile ) | Scott Downs (trade profile ) | Adam Dunn (trade profile ) | Roy Oswalt (trade profile )

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:55 pm

Dodgers interested in Lilly, Theriot

Ryan Theriot The Dodgers are hoping to kill two birds with one stone by trading for starter Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, says FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

While the Dodgers' starting pitching depth isn't as thin as it was earlier, the add of Lilly and his 3.69 ERA in 117 innings would be a boon, suddenly giving the Dodgers five legitimate starters. Lilly is in the final year of his contract and has a limited no-trade clause along with a likely Type-A designation as a free agent. Los Angeles could then bring back Lilly on a no-brainer one-year deal or get draft picks for the lefty -- provided, of course, the club even offers arbitration which may not happen given the team's recent history.

Theriot (pictured), meanwhile, would supplant Blake DeWitt's .272/.352/.372 line and average fielding with a .285/.321/.329 mark and average-to-above average fielding. Smacks of a lateral move at best, especially since Los Angeles would certainly need a big chunk of Lilly and Theriot's deals picked up. Lilly is making $10 million on the year, so has roughly $4 million left to be paid while Theriot is enjoying his first-year arbitration salary of $2.6 million. For the Cubs to pick up much of the roughly $5 million left on the deals, L.A. would have to send out yet another quality prospect.

For Lilly, one can understand the move to bring in a clear upgrade who can deepen the Dodgers' rotation for a postseason run. For Theriot, it seems like unneeded deck chair shuffling that will cost a quality prospect.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:23 pm

ChiSox nab Jackson from DBacks

Edwin Jackson After blanching at the asking price of Adam Dunn by the Nationals, the White Sox went in a different direction and scooped up starter Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks.

The ChiSox outmanuevered the Nats for Jackson -- Washington reportedly lusts after the 26-year-old who is signed through 2011 before becoming a free agent.

Jackson experienced a breakthrough year in 2009 for the Tigers, posting a 3.62 ERA in 214 innings, winning 13 games. Prior to that, he was an inconsistent, back-of-the-rotation starter for the Rays after coming over from the Dodgers. Jackson has backslid thus far this year to a 5.16 ERA, thanks to a regression in his walk rate. He still remains a quality young arm, even if $8.35 million due his way in 2011 and a total of $4 million in 2009 make the right-hander pricey.

The Diamondbacks made Jackson available both due to price and the fact that the club is rebuilding after shipping Dan Haren to the Angels. Jackson gives the White Sox a mid-rotation starter, something they were seeking along with a thumper. To get Jackson, the Pale Hose will surrender Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.

Hudson made his debut in 2009 as a 22-year-old and while he doesn't have a high ceiling, is ready to pitch in the big leagues now and can give the Diamondbacks years of cost-controlled salaries with the potential of seeing Hudson develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter (the latter more likely). Hudson has strong strikeout rates in the minors that he has been able to translate to the majors, but his control has taken a beating. He needs as much time in the majors as possible to get familiar with the strike zone which will only happen on a non-contending team. Whaddya know, that's Arizona.

Holmberg was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft and threw up a 4.72 ERA between the bullpen and rotation for the Rookie club as a 17-year-old over 40 1/3 innings. Baseball America labeled Holmberg the ChiSox's eighth best prospect entering the season, projecting him as a workhorse in the rotation.

Repeating the level for 2010, Holmberg has a 4.46 ERA in eight starts, walking nine and whiffing 29. He's an intriguing prospect and along with Hudson may actually give the DBacks a far more tantalizying package than they got for Dan Haren. Funny how that works.

Also, the Diamondbacks are certainly hoarding picks from the 2009 draft, as Nick Piecoro from the Arizona Republic points out. With Pat Corbin and Tyler Skaggs from the Haren deal along with Holmberg joining 'Zona's prospects, the team has 11 of the first 95 picks in the draft inside the organization.

Will Chicago hang onto Jackson? It's very possible, but it's also possible that the White Sox use Jackson as a means of getting Adam Dunn.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 1:18 am

Rangers asked about Josh Johnson -- yes, really

Josh Johnson
OK, now the Rangers are just being ridiculous.

As if getting the best pitcher in the American League*, Cliff Lee, weren't enough, the high-flying Rangers reportedly took a flyer on acquiring the best pitcher in the National League*, Florida's Josh Johnson.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that in negotiating with the Marlins about Jorge Cantu, whom they got in a trade Thursday, there apparently was a conversation that went something like this:

Jon Daniels: "Say, Larry, did you get that bottle of tequila I sent over? Good. Did you have any yet? Oh. Well, uh, you should. It's really tasty, but you have to drink, like, a lot to really get the taste. Anyway, uh, crazy idea. What if we -- and this is just a thought -- were interested in taking one of your young pitchers off your hands?"

Larry Beinfest: "I'm listening. Who did you have in mind?"

Daniels: "Well, let's say, just for argument's sake ... (cough) Josh Johnson (cough)?"

Beinfest: "Uh ... are you being serious? Josh Johnson, 26 years old, under contract for four years, 10-3 record, 1.72 ERA? That Josh Johnson?"

Daniels: "Wait! Hear me out! For openers, you can have our three best prospects, and ..." (line goes dead)

Hey, you can't blame a guy for trying.

-- David Andriesen

*admittedly arguable, on both counts

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