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Posted on: August 22, 2010 4:48 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Giants block yields them another OF

Cody Ross One of the beauties of the waiver process (and there are few of these) is the game of chicken between teams trying to block players and the team waiving the player.

San Francisco put in a claim on Marlins outfielder Cody Ross in what was regarded as an attempt to keep him from the first-place Padres, who need a center fielder after Tony Gwynn Jr. broke a finger. The Marlins, now safely out of the playoff race at 62-61, decided to let the Giants pay Ross the roughly $1.1 million left on Ross contract for this season, as he didn't figure into their 2011 plans, so they let the Giants have him.

Ross is hitting .265/.316/.405 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI after a two-hit performance on Sunday. He is arbitration eligible for 2011, his final year of arbitration. He beat the Marlins in arbitration in February.

The Giants already have outfielders Pat Burrell, Jose Guillen, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz and Andres Torres on the roster, so don't have an immediate need in the outfield.

The Marlins will call up 23-year old Cameron Maybin to take Ross' place on the roster.

UPDATE: Ross said he was "in shock" by the move, according to the Miami Herald .

"A part of me is really excited, and the other part is really sad. You play your heart out for this organization, and the next thing you know, you're gone.''
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 22, 2010 4:27 pm
 

Padres giving Latos rest

Mat Latos The Padres have made sure to use their kid gloves on their kid ace, Mat Latos.

Latos is just 22 and in his second season in the majors. His right arm is as important to San Diego as the Pacific Ocean. But the Padres are also in a pennant race and also have to keep an eye on playoffs.

With that in mind, the Padres are giving Latos two more days rest next week. In addition to Monday's off day, his Wednesday start against Arizona has been pushed back to Friday's series-opener against Philadelphia.

"It's an opportunity with the off-day to get him a few days more of rest," Padres manager Bud Black told MLB.com . "We mentioned you might see this in the second half. He's been going at it hard the last number of starts."

The Padres have been cautious with Latos already, putting him on the disabled list after a sneeze caused him side pain. That gave him 16 days between starts.

The team has said it hopes to keep him between 150-180 innings this season. Latos has already thrown 142 2/3 innings this season (with a 13-5 record and 2.33 ERA).

Last season, Latos threw a total of 123 innings, 50 2/3 for San Diego and 72 1/3 innings between Class A and Double-A. He threw 56 innings in 2008 and 56 1/3 in 2007.

With a  five-game lead over the Giants in the National League West, the Padres have some breathing room. More important than padding their lead at this point is making sure Latos is ready for the postseason. With him having already made such a big jump in innings, it's only prudent to do what the Padres are doing now -- and likely through the rest of the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 18, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Padres' Gwynn leaves with wrist sprain

Padres center fielder Tony Gwynn left Wednesday's game during a sixth-inning at-bat, and the team is saying he has a sprained right wrist, according to MLB.com reporter Corey Brock (via Twitter ).

Gwynn, who is batting just .214, was replaced by Scott Hairston.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:48 pm
 

NL West showdown looms

Jonathan Sanchez
The weekend's marquee matchup will take place amid the cool breezes wafting off McCovey Cove, when the Padres visit the Giants with first place in the National League West on the line.

The Giants are 2 1/2 games back -- and would be in first place already if they had played even .500 ball against San Diego this season. The Padres are 7-1 against the Giants, including a sweep at AT&T Park in May. But the Giants have won nine of 11 home series since then.

Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez (pictured) has given the series a little extra spice with his guarantee last Sunday that San Francisco would sweep the Padres and go on to win the division.

"We're going to play San Diego, and we're going to beat them three times," Sanchez said. "If we get to first place, we're not going to look back."

The statement didn't sit well (in either clubhouse, actually), but Sanchez will have the chance to back it up Friday when he throws the first pitch of the series.

"All of us say things we might have said a little differently," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We have tremendous respect for the San Diego club and what it's accomplished. We've got to go out there and play a good club. I don't think he meant to say it the way he said it. They've been tough on us."

Padres manager Bud Black wouldn't provide any bulletin board material Thursday when asked about the Sanchez guarantee.

"That's why we'll fly up there and see what happens," Black said.

The Giants enter the series with two wins in a row after a narrow escape in Chicago on Thursday. The Padres have won four straight.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Report: Dunn claimed on waivers


Adam Dunn The Adam Dunn trade rumors will die soon, because according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi , an unidentified team has claimed Dunn on trade waivers.

The news means Dunn is less likely to leave Washington -- at least until the offseason.

Because he's been claimed -- and it's unlikely he cleared waivers in the National League -- the Nationals have until Monday to work out a deal for Dunn. Based on what the Nationals were asking for at the trade deadline, it's unlikely a team will be able to meet that price. And because of what Mike Rizzo has been asking for Dunn, it's a near-certainty the Nationals wouldn't just let him go for the cost of his remaining salary (roughly $4 million).

The Nationals want to keep Dunn -- at least through the end of the season -- so it makes it more likely a National League team is just blocking a trade to a contender. A team like the Rockies or Dodgers -- who are 6 1/2 and 7 games out of first in the NL West, respectively -- could have claimed Dunn to block the Giants or Padres from getting the extra bat, with little chance of having to spent the $4 million left on Dunn's salary.

Since National League teams have first crack at waivers, it's unlikely Dunn was claimed by a National League team. Hell, the Diamondbacks could have claimed him just to see White Sox GM Kenny Williams go crazy on MLB Network's "The Club."

The Nationals will likely hold on to Dunn, gamble that he won't accept arbitration and either re-sign him or get the compensation picks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Padres seeking starting pitching

Paul Maholm Even though the Padres added a shortstop in Miguel Tejada and an outfielder in Ryan Ludwick at the trade deadline, the team isn't finished adding.

San Diego would prefer to add a starting pitcher to its corps as Mat Latos, Clayton Richard and Wade LeBlanc are in their first fill year starting -- although Richard did grab 26 starts in 2009 and come out of the bullpen in several other appearances. That alone plus the ineffectiveness of Kevin Correia in the fifth spot is enough for GM Jed Hoyer to go looking.

The GM was looking at Paul Maholm (pictured) of the Pirates prior to the trade deadline, but a deal couldn't come to fruition. Now, it's scouring the waiver wire and looking in the minors.

"I think there's a chance but I don't think we can depend on it," Hoyer said of adding a pitcher via trade to MLB.com. "There will be some pitchers out there. But the guys with attractive contracts aren't going to get through."

That leaves the minors. Cory Luebke, a supplemental first-round pick by the Padres in 2007, has reached Triple-A and has a 3.81 ERA in four starts, posting a 22/6 K/BB which is sensational. He had a 2.40 ERA in 56 1/3 innings for Double-A, posting a similar K/BB ratio. He appears the best option for a call-up, as Cesar Carrillo is not exactly lighting it up.

Other options include Radhames Liz, who has big-league starting experience with the Orioles from 2007-08. Will Inman and Cesar Ramos are also possibilities, but long-shots.
- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Winners/losers of trading deadline

Now that the non-waiver trading deadline is past, it's time to take a look back at the winners and losers. While players aren't done switching teams and plenty more will find new zip codes on their mailing addresses in August via the waiver process, it becomes far harder to pull trades off.

Grades are relative to the team's window of contention, goals at the deadline and outcome -- not to other teams.

Angels: L.A. imported Alberto Callaspo from the Royals to plug the dike that was the third-base gaping hole, then absolutely pilfered Dan Haren away from the Diamondbacks. They promptly lost Joel Pineiro to injury, but do have a greater chance at competing this season, even as the Rangers improved themselves. For 2011 and 2012, they kept themselves right in contention to be division champions. With money coming off the books the next season and two, they should be players in free agency and now can trumpet Haren as a front-line pitcher for free agents to play with. Grade: B+

J.A. Happ Astros: The Astros did well in the idea of trading away Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt to begin the trading process. The return for Oswalt from Philadelphia met with a few raised eyebrows. The team is high on J.A. Happ (pictured, left) even though no one else is. The deal was salvaged by flipping Anthony Gose from Brett Wallace. The Lance Berkman trade was tough to swallow. They traded a face of the franchise to the Yankees, picking up salary along the way for retread prospects. This was a deal strictly about money, not about helping the team -- although it did free up a spot for Wallace. Grade: C+

Athletics: The Billy Beane-led A's did nothing at the deadline, which wasn't the wrong choice. Texas and Los Angeles made too many steps to outpace a team that was going to have a hard time keeping pace anyways. What didn't make sense was their adamant position that they wanted to keep Ben Sheets and not trade him. But whoops -- a torn flexor tendon that knocks Sheets out for about a year and causes $10 million to go down the drain in Oakland happened. Grade: D

Blue Jays: Toronto had to give up intriguing prospects Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky to ship out Alex Gonzalez to the Braves, but got back young shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitching depth in Jo-Jo Reyes. Gonzalez was a great flier for the rebuilding Jays rather than the short-term Gonzalez -- There's tons of upside with Yunel. Demerits are assessed by a reportedly high price to trade Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg or Scott Downs. None of them will help Toronto contend anytime soon, and the fact that Jesus Montero and Casey Kelly were prices for Downs is outrageous. They should have done everything they could to move Frasor, and probably could have gotten nice value for Gregg. The only defensible non-trade is Downs, who probably will be a Type-A free agent. Grade: C+

Braves: The Braves made moves for this year, but severely damaged their long-term chances in the process. Selling Yunel Escobar off for Gonzalez, Collins and Pastornicky was questionable enough, but then turned Collins, fungible reliever Jesse Chavez and outfielder Gregor Blanco. Huh? Grade: C- ... and it's not a D because they did at least improve their chances this year.

Brewers: The Brewers did nothing except try to improve their pitching and determine whether it was time to trade Prince Fielder or not. Fielder is likely a goner in the offseason or next season's trade deadline, but there's nothing wrong with hanging onto him. There wasn't much Milwaukee was in a position to do. Jim Edmonds reportedly didn't want to ship out, and past that they didn't have much in the way of valuable trade chips. Grade: N/A

Cardinals: The Cardinals brought in Jake Westbrook. That was good. They traded Ryan Ludwick. Not so good. There are hints that the Ludwick dealing was financially motivated to keep Albert Pujols in town. That's well and good, but Ludwick-to-Westbrook is largely a lateral move, even factoring in more playing time for Colby Rasmus. Grade: C

Cubs: It's tough to begin a rebuilding process once again, but Ted Lilly was a free agent so there was no overwhelming reason to keep him. Ryan Theriot has become punchless at the plate, and they upgrade with Blake DeWitt from the Dodgers anyways. Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach -- two young, minor-league pitchers -- are decent arms. They tried to deal Derrek Lee, but Lee nixed it with his no-trade clause. Can't penalize GM Jim Hendry for that. Grade: B-

Diamondbacks: The Dan Haren trade was odd, no two ways about it. Yes, Joe Saunders won quite a few games in Los Angeles, but so what? He's a No. 4 starter who has a shot at being a No. 3 by virtue of being in the NL, but that's about it. The prospects acquired were underwhelming, although the expected acquisition of Tyler Skaggs will soothe jilted D-Backs fans somewhat. Snyder was a pure cash dump -- but not indefensible. If the team's not contending, why pay a backup catcher millions? Even without receiving anyone of true value, except perhaps D.J. Carrasco, it was high time for Arizona to move on from Snyder. They won out on Edwin Jackson big time, shedding salary for an underperforming starter and getting a young, cost-controllable starter (Daniel Hudson) along with prospect David Holmberg.

Dodgers: The Dodgers gave up quite a bit for Octavio Dotel, even if Dotel is cost-controllable through 2011 on a team option. That trade may come back to bite them hard, even if they needed Dotel to challenge for the division. The Ted Lilly acquisition was nice, and if you concede that Blake DeWitt was the price for Lilly, then Ryan Theriot wasn't a bad grab either. They definitely put the pieces together to contend, but is it too little, too late? Grade: C+

Giants: San Francisco tried to bring in a bat. They really did. They tried for Adam Dunn, David DeJesus (and if he hadn't gotten hurt for K.C., might be in San Fran right now), Scott Podsednik... but nothing came together. They instead settled for two middle relievers: Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez. Giving up John Bowker and Joe Martinez for Lopez is a curious move, even if they have strong outfield depth. Jonathan Sanchez was a popular name in talks for a bat, but S.F. was understandably leery of dealing the lefty. The Ramirez trade cost them an average middle relief prospect. They'll continue mixing-and-matching on offense, and the bullpen is definitely better off for the adds. Grade: B

Jake Westbrook Indians: The Indians wanted to get rid of people they didn't want and had no need for. The millions they saved in shipping Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns off -- even without getting any players of consequence in return -- were worth it. Westbrook (pictured, right) finally was shipped out as well, and while prospect Corey Kluber isn't an exciting name, he's enough of an intriguing player that the Indians clearly came out ahead in this season's trade deadline, which was all about shedding irrelevant pieces. Would have been nice for a rebuilding team to get a good prospect, though. Grade: B

Mariners: The Mariners dealt Cliff Lee to get Justin Smoak and a bevy of prospects. That was a solid deal, even if Smoak has just been demoted to Triple-A. That was it, however. While Seattle is in a different place than most rebuilding clubs because they are contenders just struggling through an awful season (advice to GM Jack Zduriencik: bring in some bats next year for a change). Still, it's surprising they weren't more active. The reason Russ Branyan was acquired and then not flipped is... heck, I don't know. Grade: C

Marlins: The Marlins shipped off Jorge Cantu, who was playing third base. That temporary lack of depth at third hurts, although Chris Coghlan will man the hot corner once he returns from injury. It was nice to see the Marlins bring in Will Ohman to contribute out of the bullpen, however. Florida was in a tough place: a team good enough to contend, but not quite good enough to be true buyers. They essentially held serve here while saving a bit of money and importing Evan Reed from the Cantu trade, who has a chance to develop into a nice arm. Grade: B-

Mets: The Mets did nothing here, even though they would have loved to get rid of Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Jeff Francouer. No one was having any of it, though, and New York was adamant in not trading its top prospects. You can argue they should have loosened the purse strings a bit to bring in someone, but there was no one overwhelming that made sense for a team slipping out of the division race. A middle-of-the-rotation starter would have been a lateral move, while only a major hitter could have been considered an upgrade -- and then you're back to having to deal top prospects. One problem: their window of contention is now. Grade: C-

Nationals: The Nationals failed to trade Adam Dunn. There is zero reason why they shouldn't have. Grade: F

Orioles: The Orioles are once again a team with no plan, trading away reliever Will Ohman for a fringe major-league reliever. For a squad headed to one of the worst finishes in team history, why exactly they weren't more aggressive sellers is baffling. Ty Wigginton is still on this team... why? The one saving grace is shipping Miguel Tejada off for Wynn Pelzer, who might turn into quite a relief arm. Grade: D+

Ryan Ludwick Padres: I think this Jed Hoyer guy is going to end up a nice GM. The Miguel Tejada trade was OK -- nothing special, but didn't exactly cost much either and the Padres had a real need for someone with decent pop who can play the infield. The Ryan Ludwick (pictured, right) trade was incredible -- he immediately becomes the team's second-best hitter, trading away no one of consequence. Grade: B+

Phillies: The Phillies gave up J.A. Happ and two far-away prospects for Roy Oswalt, emphatically closing the book on the idiotic idea to trade Cliff Lee in the offseason. It would have been nice if they could have imported a utility player like Ty Wigginton or Willie Bloomquist for the stretch run, as Chase Utley isn't exactly on the verge of returning and the depth on the bench is thin. However, after the initial trade for Lee and later the Oswalt deal, the Phillies are near tapped out on money and prospects. Bottom line: they did what they could. Grade: B+

Pirates: The Bucs were quiet then exploded in a frenzy, acquiring Chris Snyder in a buy-low move that saw them give up absolutely no one of consequence . Ryan Church is a backup outfielder, D.J. Carrasco is a solid middle reliever and not much else and backup infielder Bobby Crosby. If he plays full-time, Snyder has a real chance to reclaim the value that made Arizona sign him to a contract extension in the first place -- which 'Zona will help pay. Pittsburgh then shipped out a lefty reliever best used against just lefties for a swingman in Joe Martinez and a solid outfielder who can give them years of cheap production, even if he never morphs into a starting regular. The Octavio Dotel trade to L.A was sublime , getting a viable starter who could end up a strong reliever and one of the Dodgers' best prospects in Andrew Lambo. Grade: A

Rangers: Boy howdy, was Texas busy. They bit the bullet to bring in Cliff Lee, which instantly made it viable World Series contenders, then continued to supplement with Jorge Cantu and Cristian Guzman. Obviously, the Rangers are going for it this year and it's hard to fault them when they have such a strong team. It hurts to lose Smoak, but there are questions about his long-term success anyways, and first-base is not exactly impossible a void to fill. Cantu and Guzman cost them a few average prospects, ones that can easily be mortgaged for a chance like this to win a ring. Grade: A

Rays: Tampa Bay brought in a reliever with an ERA over 8, and that was it. (Okay, so Chad Qualls has a chance to be a solid reliever for the team.) The team desperately needs a thumper, although Matt Joyce is currently making everyone smile since being recalled from Triple-A. Tampa is in an interesting position: able to take on payroll for a playoff push, but which is slashing payroll to around $60 million next year. Adam Dunn would have been a great fit, but Tampa can't concede future seasons just for one "win-now" year -- that would be irresponsible. Grade: C+

Red Sox: The Red Sox were largely quiet until the very end, when they shipped off Ramon Ramirez to San Francisco for an average middle-relief prospect. This trade was more about opening space for intriguing names at Triple-A. The team then struck for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, long coveted by the team, for an average first-base prospect and intriguing, but raw, Class A arm. They were unable to make anything come together to supplement the major-league roster, but figure to be active in waiver trading. For a team falling out of the race, besieged by injuries, it was probably prudent not to do anything drastic and instead build until next year while integrating its returning players and seeing who pops up in August. Grade: C

Reds: Cincy is in the hunt for the division but may have benefited by seeing the Cardinals trade away Ryan Ludwick. They have Aroldis Chapman presumably coming up to help the bullpen shortly and no overwhelming holes. Making a trade would have smacked of making a deal for deal's sake. It would not be surprising to learn that they shot high with their targets and couldn't make anything come together. They could stand to add a middle reliever, but also have Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey on the recovery trail. Staying pat was probably smart. Grade: B

Rockies: The Rockies couldn't make anything happen despite a team falling out of the race which had a really good shot at the division. They couldn't trade Brad Hawpe with Todd Helton's struggles. When Troy Tulowitzki went on the disabled list two months ago, it was very disappointing that Colorado decided to stand pat and see how the team played without Tulowitzki to determine whether to be buyers or sellers. They were already planning to buy to help the team with Tulowitzki, so it should be no surprise Colorado found itself out of the race. They should have done more. Grade: D

Rick Ankiel Royals: It's not often there are good things to say about the Royals, but there's a time for everything. Kansas City did fantastic in shedding Rick Ankiel (pictured, left) and Kyle Farnsworth to Atlanta. Farns is a strong middle reliever, but that's all he is while Ankiel was blocking other players with a better impact at helping K.C. contend in 2012. The return for Callaspo wasn't terrible, but not great. Grade: B-

Tigers: Detroit had far too many holes to do much of anything. They lost Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge all to the disabled list in a short span of time. They bought low on Jhonny Peralta who hammered two home-runs in his Tiger debut. You would have liked to see the Tigers be a bit more aggressive with the AL Central division crown available, but it's hard to blame them for holding onto their major prospects. There is no silver bullet available to make up for all the losses. Grade: C +

Twins: The Twins really love saves, as they traded one of the best prospects in Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps of Washington. Take the saves out, and Capps is an approaching-overpriced solid middle reliever. Even though Ramos had lost his luster somewhat, it's still a confusing move. They didn't get the starting pitcher they coveted either. Grade: D

White Sox: The ChiSox did everything they could and more to bring in Adam Dunn, but refused to sacrifice their future in Gordon Beckham. They acquired Edwin Jackson for Daniel Hudson and a minor leaguer, perhaps hoping to flip Jackson to the Nationals. That's a no-go, so while the White Sox did technically upgrade their rotation, it's unclear whether they would have done so if they knew they wouldn't get Dunn. Plus, Jackson makes $8.35 million next year. Grade: C

Yankees: The Bronx Bombers wielded their financial might to bring in Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood at minimal cost. Berkman has the most chance to make an impact, taking on the role the Yankees thought Nick Johnson would. Kearns and Wood are supplemental pieces to the bench and bullpen, respectively, and won't be a huge loss if they don't work out. Overall, they gave up next-to-nothing in talent and cash they could burn anyways. The team made an aggressive push for Cliff Lee, but fell apart. In a market with no other clear upgrade than Lee, the Yankees decided to play it safe and keep their minor-league chips. Grade: B

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Westbrook appears headed to St. Louis

Indians right-hanader Jake Westbrook has been a scratched from his start today amid swirling rumors about a trade, possibly a three-team deal.

Reports have been flying and constantly changing all day, but now Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse.com and Buster Olney of ESPN.com both confirm that the deal is in place and has been approved by the union:


Iniitial reaction: The Cardinals overpaid for a rental, probably because they're so impressed with rookie Jon Jay's great start. Ludwick is arbitration-eligible and could make around $7 million next year (according to MLB.com), so perhaps St. Louis thinks it's trading that salary for a minimum in Jay. Or maybe the Cardinals were just that motivated to add a starter. Westbrook isn't a huge difference-maker -- he's making $11 million this season with a WAR of 0.9 -- but he's one of those "nice to have" guys.

We don't know details on the prospects the Padres gave up, but it looks like they made out in this deal. Ludwick is exactly the kind of offensive boost they sorely need.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Reports are saying the Padres are sending Double-A right-hander Corey Kluber to Cleveland and Class A lefty Nick Greenwood to St. Louis. The Cardinals' official release on the deal says the Indians are also sending cash to St. Louis.

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