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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 29, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Padres grab Tejada from O's

Miguel Tejada The Padres have acquired Miguel Tejada from the Orioles, as multiple sources have confirmed. The original report came from the Baltimore Sun .

Tejada will likely take over shortstop, stealing time away from Everth Cabrera and leaving Jerry Hairston, Jr. at second base. It's also possible that San Diego asks Tejada to move to second base with Hairston and Cabrera splitting time at short.

Tejada isn't exactly having a strong season, batting .269/.308/.362 in 428 plate appearances in his first year as a full-time third baseman. However, the Padres need all the help on offense they can get, and Tejada may be rejuvenated playing for a contender.

The Orioles will receive Wynn Pelzer in return for Tejada. Pelzer is old for his Double-A competition at 24, but is an intriguing arm. He is also late to the pro ball game, being taken in the ninth round of the 2007 draft and given an overslot bonus, debuting in 2008. He's made 18 starts on the season along with four relief appearances and has posted a 4.20 ERA in 94 1/3 innings. He has a solid 7.9 K/9 ratio, down from 8.8 the year prior. His 5.3 BB/9 is also down (or more accurately, up) from 2009's 3.5 mark. So while still a strong arm, he's taken a step back.

It wouldn't be surprising to see Baltimore try and convert Pelzer to a 'pen arm and try to make his live arm of a mid-90s fastball play there, especially as his command is deteriorating. Pelzer was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the Pads system by Baseball America entering the season, so there's quite a bit of promise there.

Baltimore is expected to send cash considerations to San Diego to help pay for Tejada's deal, as multiple sources report. The deal is pending league approval, which only occurs when cash exchanges hands.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 4:50 pm
 

Padres could be targeting Tejada

Miguel Tejada The Padres were already in need of offense, and now they have another hole to fill, at least for a few weeks, with David Eckstein on the disabled list.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Baltimore's Miguel Tejada could be the Padres' target. He could fill in for Eckstein (if not at second base, with a little moving around by the San Diego infielders), who is out with a calf strain, and then get time in the infield and outfield when Eckstein returns.

Tejada (.274/.314/.374) is having an off year offensively, and he doesn't do much for your defense. But the Padres, who despite being in first place are 14th in the National League in slugging, could use any pop he can provide. Tejada has seven homes and 16 doubles this season.

Jed Lowrie could be another option for the Padres.

Last July, the U-T points out, the Padres went 4-16 with Eckstein on the DL for a hamstring strain, then 37-25 after he returned.

Most amazing fact you run across when analyzing this potential Tejada move: Tejada, who looks like he's 50, and Eckstein, who looks like he's 12, were born eight months apart.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 5:13 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 5:14 pm
 

Orioles to keep an eye on waiver wire


The Orioles will be watching the waiver wire carefully, the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec reports . Team president Andy MacPhail told Zrebiec the Orioles could pluck a high-priced veteran from the waiver wire, much like the White Sox grabbed Alex Rios from the Blue Jays last year.

"A claim would be something that would definitely be attractive," MacPhail said. "The trade for a big-time player, if it's going to subtract from the core guys you are trying o build around, that becomes problematic. It's something you obviously would have to look at."

Most teams put players on the waiver wire to see fit hey clear. If not, they'll either pull them back, work out a trade, or like the Blue Jays last season, be happy for some other team to pick up a heavy contract.

It would be an interesting, gutsy move for a team like the Orioles, who have several needs to fill.

As for their trade talks, Zrebiec hears talks between Baltimore and Philadelphia regarding Miguel Tejada and Ty Wigginton "are dead," quoting a source as saying the Phillies are content with Wilson Valdez at second base until Chase Utley is ready to return.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 6:50 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Wigginton, Tejada could be on the move


Several teams are calling the Orioles about Ty Wigginton, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec writes , including the Phillies and Rangers.

Zrbiec writes the Orioles and Phillies have been discussing a Wigginton trade for weeks, but that Philadelphia is also interested in Miguel Tejada. Either Wigginton or Tejada could play third if Placido Polanco is playing second for Chase Utley.

The Rangers have a scout at Camden Yards for Friday's game and could use Wigginton as a first-base platoon with Chris Davis.

The Yankees are also said to have interest in Wigginton.

Wigginton and Tejada are both free agents after the season, with Tejada being paid $6 million this year and Wigginton in the second year of a two-year, $6 million deal.

The fact both are rental players, means the Orioles won't get too much in return, with Zrebiec speculating Baltimore could "do well to get two mid-level prospects" for their lone All-Star.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 2:51 pm
 

Could the Phillies be sellers?

Jayson Werth The Phillies aren't exactly running away with the National League East as many expected, but could they run away from the division with the results of this week?

A FOX Sports report quotes Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. as saying, "I could be buying and selling."

The Phillies have two more games against the division-leading Braves before a four-game series with the National League Central-leading Reds. At that point, the team could be nearing a decision whether to go for it this season or roll over.

After the All-Star break the Phillies have three games at Wrigley against the Cubs, four at St. Louis, four at home with Colorado, three at home against Arizona and three at the Nationals to lead up to the July 31 trading deadline. That's not exactly murderers' row, but with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco out, it's not exactly the World Champs of a couple of years ago.

If buyers, the Phillies would need at least one player to help make up for the slack of losing Utley and Polanco, plus a big-name starter.

However, the FOX report notes teams know how desperate the Phillies are and are asking for a lot in return for a player such as Ty Wigginton or Miguel Tejada.

If the Phillies decide to sell, Jayson Werth and his beard could be out of Philly. Werth, 31, is a free agent after the season, would be the top bat on the trade market.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 6:43 pm
 

Lincecum hit by liner, leaves game


Giants starter Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's game after he was hit by Miguel Tejada line drive to end the sixth inning.

Tejada's liner bounced off the back of Lincecum's right shoulder, bounced to a diving second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who threw Tejada out to end the inning. Lincecum rolled on the ground before walking off under his own power, accompanied by a Giants trainer. Jeremy Affeldt replaced him in the seventh inning.

Lincecum had thrown 111 pitches, so it may have been his last inning anyway. Lincecum went six innings, allowed eight hits, two runs, walked four and struck out 10.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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