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Posted on: July 20, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 7:23 pm

Reds make offer for Isringhausen

Jason Isringhausen The Reds have offered Jason Isringhausen a contract, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer .

"Izzy" threw at Great American Ballpark before Reds executives on Tuesday, and clearly the brass were impressed enough to send out an offer.

Isringhausen is best known for being one of the game's best closers from 2000-2007, all but two seasons with the Cardinals. He began his closing career with the Athletics and racked up 272 saves and a 2.81 ERA over 490 games.

Isringhausen last pitched in 2009, with a brief nine-game stint with the Rays. He posted a 2.25 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery -- this after going down in late 2008 with a torn flexor tendon.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who acquired and presided over Isringhausen while with the Cardinals, says that the club is currently waiting for a response from Isringhausen's camp.

Jocketty did caution that Isringhausen won't be an immediate savior.

"He’ll have to go through spring training," Jocketty said. "He had his surgery the same time as [Edinson] Volquez. The difference is Volquez had the luxury of working out with a team with that scrutiny. Izzie been working out on his own."

If Isringhausen, 36, is looking for inspiration on a recovery from TJ surgery at such an advanced age, he only has to look to his possible teammate in Arthur Rhodes, who went under the knife in the beginning of 2007 when 37. Rhodes made his first All-Star team in 2010 and currently has a 1.46 ERA in 37 innings.

Jocketty has been busy building relief depth by signing veteran relievers. Russ Springer was just brought into the fold, another player Jocketty acquired while with the Cardinals. Seems like a pattern emerging of Jocketty bringing back former relievers he once had on his squad.

Who's next, Dennis Eckersley?

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:04 pm

Trade deadline seller: Florida Marlins

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Dan Uggla It's the time of the year where the Marlins get rid of future payroll considerations. The Marlins are only two games below .500 after their current three-game winning streak, but still trail three teams in the NL East and six teams in the wild-card race. Many other organizations may see this as a chance to make a move, but not the Marlins.

Record: 45-47, nine games out of the NL East, three behind third-place Philadelphia and three-and-a-half behind the second-place Mets. Six games back in the wild card.
President of Baseball Operations:  Larry Beinfest
Expectations: None. Really, how many people would notice if the Marlins moved from South Florida? If anything, the Marlins have more of an eye on 2012 when their new stadium opens.
Payroll status: The Marlins had an opening day payroll of more than $47 million, but just $18.75 million tied up in 2011.

What they have to offer

Dan Uggla (.277/.364/.467) is a free agent after the 2011 season, but the Marlins know they can get more for him now rather than next July. He's been mentioned as a match for the Rockies -- and he'd do great at Coors Field, but the Marlins may need to hang on to him…. he's no prize defensively, but he can flat rake.

It also makes financial sense for the Marlins to hold on to Uggla. The Marlins are the only team in the majors with a salary floor, because of an agreement they reached without the players union in January. Josh Johnson is slated to make $7.5 million in 2011 and with another chunk of money going to Uggla -- who is making $7.8 this season and is arbitration eligible -- the Marlins could satisfy their part of the agreement with the union without overpaying for a player on the free-agent market.

That could be bad news for not only the Rockies, but also the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Braves and Phillies, who have been rumored to have interest in Uggla. He will likely get dealt by the deadline -- next year's deadline.

So who may get dealt?

Jorge Cantu (.261/.311/.417) has cooled since his white-hot start to the season, but is still a proven RBI producer, Cantu has 53 RBI so far this season. He's played third and first base this year, but is a better fit for an American League team looking for help at the DH spot. A free agent after the season and owed the rest of his $6 million salary for 2010, he could be a bargain for teams -- like the Angels or White Sox -- not looking to spend what it takes for a guy like Adam Dunn or Derrek Lee. He'd also be a nice piece for the Yankees and could certainly provide some pop off the bench.

Wes Helms (.241/.296/.388) is an option for teams wanting some of what Cantu provides without the price tag. Helms is making less than $1 million this year and is a free agent after the season. He'd be a rental player, but it's cheap rent and won't upset a clubhouse or make anyone nervous about their future with the team. Like Cantu, he can play first, third or DH.

Cody Ross Cody Ross (.280/.332/.408) is one of the more attractive outfielders on the market. He's arbitration eligible at the end of the season and making just $4.45 million this year. He'll get a good raise for 2011. With Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton, the Marlins could part with the 29-year old Ross. The Red Sox and Yankees reportedly have had preliminary discussions with the Marlins about Ross. The Braves are also interested.

Leo Nunez (3-2, 2.79 ERA, 22 saves) is attractive to any team looking for relief pitching, which is basically any team that considers itself still in the race. Relief pitching is scarce and expensive near the deadline, which makes Nunez more valuable. He's making just $2 million this year and is arbitration eligible after the season.

Ricky Nolasco (9-7, 4.66) is under team control for two more seasons, which makes him attractive to both the Marlins and suitors. He's making $3.8 million this season and is eligible for arbitration. He's been decent, but should receive a budget-busting raise in the offseason. Some reports have said he's available and others say the Marlins want to keep him.

Nate Robertson (6-7, 5.10) is a free agent after the season, but he's very cheap for the Marlins, despite his $10 million pricetag for this season. The Tigers are paying $9.6 million of his salary.

What they want in return?

The Marlins feel pretty good about their future outfield, with Stanton, Maybin and Morrison and if Ross is moved, expect Coghlan to move to third base. Rookie first baseman Gabby Sanchez is playing well and the shortstop spot is more than ably handled, so the team will likely be looking for arms in return or maybe a catching prospect -- really, not that much different than what every team wants.

Uggla stays put and Helms is dealt to the Yankees. Cantu's name pops up a couple of places, but he's not moved. The asking price is too high for Ross and the team is stuck with him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 6:00 pm

Marlins beginning to think about selling

Dan Uggla The Florida Marlins are slipping out of contention and may be making some players available. Joe Frisaro of notes that except for Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson, any player who is eligible for arbitration and free agency can be available.

Frisaro notes that such players include Jorge Cantu, Ricky Nolasco, Cody Ross and Dan Uggla.

Cantu, who nailed 100 RBI exactly last year, is a free agent after the season who can play first and third. He's hitting .265/.318/.434 on the year and could grab the attention of the Texas Rangers. A Type B free agent, Cantu would give the Rangers a compensatory draft pick if he left via free agency -- but only if Texas offered arbitration. Unless Cantu picks it back up to the 25-home run power he once displayed, however, the Rangers would certainly pass as he could command over $10 million in arbitration.

Nolasco is just 27 and has been unlucky for the second year in a row, flashing an ERA around 5 when his peripherals indicate that his ERA should be a full run lower, if not more. The Marlins certainly know this and won't be giving Nolasco away for pennies on the dollar -- teams will have to pay for how well Nolasco has pitched, not how well his games have turned out. For this reason, it's unlikely that any team will match up with Florida. Nolasco has one year of arbitration left.

Ross is an intriguing bat who is serviceable against right-handers and completely annilihates lefties. Boston has been linked to him for quite a while now, but many teams would love to have Ross start or in a luxurious position as a fourth outfielder. He has an extra year of arbitration before he can become a free agent. Even though the Red Sox have been linked to Ross before, it's unclear if there is a fit -- Darnell McDonald can be considered a poor man's Cody Ross and despite the tattered outfield, Boston has more pressing needs.

Dan Uggla (pictured), making $8 million in his final year of free agency, could be attractive to teams in need of a second- or third-baseman. That means Boston, Colorado and Philadelphia will inevitably be linked to the two. Of the three, the Phillies make the most sense because they have the longest-term need (Chase Utley will miss all of July and August at the very least) and the most money available what with Boston bumping up against the luxury tax. Other teams in need of a bat, such as the Rangers, will certainly inquire.

The best thing for all teams with multiple needs is for Florida to continue falling out of contention. The Marlins would then enter a semi-rebuilding phase and there would be plenty available to suit near every team's need. In addition to the four names above, Frisaro notes that pinch-hitter Wes Helms and back-of-the-rotation starter Nate Robertson would be available. There are certainly other candidates to be moved as well. Despite a tattered bullpen, closer Leo Nunez and relievers Clay Hensley and Brian Sanches would draw interest.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:10 pm

Maybin sent to Triple-A

While Mike Stanton will get a chance to play every day for the Marlins, Florida has made sure Cameron Maybin will get his chance to play every day as well -- in Triple-A New Orleans.

Maybin, 23, was optioned to New Orleans after Thursday night's loss to the Rangers.

Maybe hadn't played in eight games and was hitting just .225/.290/.341 in 51 games for the Marlins. He hit five home runs with 19 RBI.

"We're going to give Mike Stanton a chance to play, and Cody Ross is doing a great job, and [Chris] Coghlan is hot," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters, including . "We knew this could happen when we brought Mike up, and we have to do what's best for Maybin."

Maybin was the Tigers' first-round choice in the 2005 draft and a key piece of the trade that sent Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to Detroit following the 2007 season.

Maybin made cameos in the big leagues in 2007 and 2008. Last season he hit .250/.318/.409 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 54 games.

The Marlins called up pinch-hitter Mike Lamb to take Maybin's roster spot.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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