Tag:MLB trade deadline 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:40 pm

Cubs' Lee vetoed deal to Anaheim

Derrek Lee We'd heard before that the Cubs Derrek Lee wasn't interested in going anywhere at the trade deadline, but now we know he won't be headed anywhere until after the season. Lee invoked his 10-5 rights to block a trade to the Angels, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports .

While it was an interesting discussion in a vacuum whether Lee would use his no-trade rights, the fact that he did -- and vetoed the trade to Southern California -- comes as a bit of a surprise.

The Angels have rumored to have interest in Lee ever since Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending celebration injury. Lee seemed a natural fit, he's a free agent after the season and the Cubs are out of the race. It also seemed too good to be a good match because Lee makes his offseason home in California, why wouldn't he want to head home and perhaps participate in a pennant race.

Lee wouldn't expound on his choice to Muskat, nor would Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who only confirmed her report.

With Lee out of the equation, it does make sense that the Angels are now shifting their focus to Prince Fielder. He'll be much more expensive, but if Lee's unavailable, it's either a lesser player such as Jorge Cantu or Ty Wigginton or go for bust, and that's Fielder or Adam Dunn.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:33 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 2:56 pm

Rangers trying for Fielder

Prince Fielder Could the market for Prince Fielder be heating up?

It was reported several days ago that the White Sox inquired on Prince Fielder, but trade rumors swirling the big man have been strangely quiet.

No longer. SI.com's Jon Heyman notes that the Rangers have joined the chase for Fielder, with the Angels also in the hunt.

One has to wonder how the Rangers could pull off a deal given that their budget is pretty much zero, although you would imagine trade discussions would start with Derek Holland.

Fielder is making $10.5 million in his second-to-last year of arbitration, at which point he will command a hefty price according to Scott Boras. A hefty price for a hefty man, after all. Makes sense.

Fielder got 2010 off to a slow start but has heated up as of late and checks in with 24 bombs and a sterling .262/.400/.504 line. Can you imagine how ferocious he would be in the Rangers' or ChiSox's park?

The Brewers will want pitching, and plenty of it, for Fielder. The Rangers have the best young arm close to big-league ready in Holland, but the White Sox are also doing what they can with Daniel Hudson available. They could also bite the bullet and deal Gordon Beckham, although they would likely prefer to part with Dayan Viciedo.

For Texas' part, if Holland is not available, Martin Perez certainly would be part of the discussion. The Angels simply don't have any hope of beating the top-end talent that Chicago or Texas can offer unless they drop for sale uber-phenom Mike Trout -- perhaps the best prospect in the minor leagues now that Dominic Brown has hit the majors.

Any top-end pitching L.A. could afford to deal went away with the shipping of Sean O'Sullivan to Kansas City for Alberto Callaspo and young Tyler Skaggs rumored to be the player to be named later in the Dan Haren steal -- er, deal.

It's still very unlikely that Fielder is traded by the deadline, especially to a team unable to take on payroll like Texas, but of the three teams, the Rangers have the best fit with Milwaukee. And if Fielder joined that lineup, can you imagine the fireworks he would display along with Josh Hamilton and Vlad Guerrero?

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:00 pm

Victorino DLed, Brown recalled, Oswalt possible

Shane Victorino The odds Jayson Werth gets traded may have just plummeted.

The Phillies placed Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after suffering an abdominal strain while diving back into first base on a pickoff play in the first inning of Tuesday's contest against the Diamondbacks. He is hitting .250/.311/.438 on the season, down from his previous levels but has cranked a career-high 15 home runs over 441 plate appearances.

To replace Victorino, the Phillies have called up top prospect Domonic Brown, who the Phils have been eyeing to call up for some time now. The minor-league phenom has hit for a combined .327/.391/.589 line over stints with Double- and Triple-A. His power numbers were greater for Double-A (.318/.391/.602) but in Triple-A he's been hitting the cover off the ball with a .346 batting average.

Brown hasn't exactly flashed much plate discipline in Triple-A (just eight walks in 118 plate appearances) but that figures to improve if and when he doesn't rake to the same clip as he is currently. He's a five-tool star who should start in right field, with incumbent Jayson Werth sliding over to center field.

On Tuesday, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reported that teams believed the Phillies were motivated to move Werth. However, with Philadelphia having won six straight and 3 1/2 games behind the Braves, that view has suddenly changed in light of the Victorino injury. Now, Werth is needed to plug the gap for a team that might be able to add Roy Oswalt at the trading deadline.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the Phillies have the general parameters of a deal agreed to for Roy Oswalt. The only problem? Philadelphia is not sure it wants to do the deal. The farm system would be even more depleted, as prospects along with J.A. Happ would be sent off to Houston. In addition, Philly has one of the largest payrolls in the game and that's not changing anytime soon. Oswalt would add to that, especially with a 2012 option for $16 million that the righty wants picked up.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 12:21 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 2:16 pm

Trade deadline profile: Scott Downs

Leading up to Saturday's trade deadline, the MLB Facts & Rumors team takes a look at the biggest names on the trade block. Wednesday examines perhaps the best reliever on the market, Toronto's Scott Downs.

Scott Downs Career stats: 26-28, 3.80 ERA, 359 G, 50 GS, 551 2/3 IP, 204 BB, 433 K
2010 stats : 4-5, 2.34 ERA, 47 G, 42 1/3 IP, 10 BB, 35 K
Contract status: Signed a three-year, $10 million contract for the 2008 season. Making $4 million on the year and is an impending free agent who stands to be Type A.

Why he's desirable
At 35 years old, Downs doesn't exactly have many years remaining in him. However, the former starter-turned-reliever has emerged as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. Over the last four seasons from 2007-10, Downs has appeared in 242 games, posting a 2.27 ERA.

Of non-closers, that's the second-best ERA of any reliever with at least 150 games over the same time period -- Arthur Rhodes has a 2.10 ERA in 174 games (128 1/3 innings). Rhodes, however, missed the entire 2007 season due to injury.

Including closers and Rhodes, Downs has the sixth-lowest ERA in the bigs since 2007 (Mariano Rivera, Rhodes, Joakim Soria, Jonathan Papelbon, Billy Wagner). In short: He's good.

Why he's available
The Blue Jays are a rebuilding club, their seemingly-annual first-half run of success notwithstanding. The team is 12 games behind the Yankees, fourth in the AL East with a dwindling 52-49 record. With Downs an impending free agent and a strong market for quality arms in a quality-depleted environment, Downs is a hot commodity. He can bring back a strong prospect that can further Toronto's rebuilding efforts. And let's get real -- when the Jays are ready to seriously contend, Downs could very well be retired.

Scott Downs Who is interested
The Yankees and Red Sox seem most hot after Downs services, as both AL beasts are contending with left-handed relief struggles as well as poor bullpen performance overall. While the Yankees and Red Sox should be considered forerunners, the list of suitors for Downs is expansive. Among the suitors are: Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, Reds, Rockies and Twins.

Of that list, it's tough to imagine the Mets and Rockies pulling off a deal. The Mets are falling behind the division race and recent reports have the Mets seeking an underpriced reliever. The Rockies, for their part, are also slipping out of the race and may choose to stand pat now that they've gotten Troy Tulowitzki back. Philadelphia is in a similar position with many injured and the Braves pulling away in the East.

The Twins are more interested in a starting pitcher, but could choose to bolster the bullpen instead. The Dodgers have some space to add payroll at the deadline, but like the Twins, are more focused on starting pitching. The back of the Reds' bullpen is fairly thin, so Downs could combine with Rhodes for to bring two shut-down lefties to the NL Central race.

UPDATE: The Giants are also in on Downs, but they figure to focus on acquiring a bat.

Expected return
The Blue Jays are asking for a ridiculous amount in return for Downs. As a potential Type-A free agent, Downs can bring back a first-round pick plus a complementary pick after the first round, provided the Jays offer arbitration. Even if Downs accepts, he would make in the neighborhood of around $4-6 million for 2011, a more than affordable deal for such a prime shut-down reliever.

George King of the New York Post reports that the Jays asked the Yankees for top prospect Jesus Montero, an exorbitantly high price for a middle reliever about to become a free agent. GM Brian Cashman of the Yankees had previously made Montero available in a deal for Cliff Lee but maintains that was the only player on the market Montero would have been swapped for.

The Jays also had a high price for the Red Sox, requesting either starting pitcher Casey Kelly or shortstop Jose Iglesias in return for Scott Downs. You can bet Theo pressed the "end call" button on his cell phone seconds after that request. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reported that the Jays have been heavily scouting Roman Mendez of Boston. Mendez is currently pitching for low Class-A Lowell.

While a prospect the caliber of Montero, Kelly or Iglesias is simply impossible to happen, the Jays can definitely extract a blue-chipper with an intriguing profile -- ala Mendez -- for Downs and could even haggle a second prospect out of the interested team. The only question is if it will be enough for Toronto to trade in the division. None of the other suitors seem remotely close or as interested in Downs as Boston or New York.

What happens
The guess here is that while the Jays like Mendez and move to acquire him, the Yankees will sweep in with an offer just good enough to bring Downs in. New York has designs on a second straight World Series, but that won't happen with a bullpen as porous as it currently is. It needs massive upgrading, and Downs is the salve to the Bronx Bombers' open wound.

More trade deadline targets -- Jorge Cantu | Roy Oswalt

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:58 am
Edited on: July 28, 2010 1:59 am

Reality bites for Lilly

Ted Lilly Ted Lilly walked off the mound in a Cubs uniform for what was probably the final time Tuesday, and it was a day of resignation.

The Cubs are going nowhere, and it's time to sell. Lilly is a proven veteran starter who's an impending free agent. He wants to stay, and by all accounts his teammates don't want to see him go, but baseball reality will probably have the final say.

''That's how it goes," Lilly told the Chicago Sun-Times. "And I've said what I want before, but there's a lot of things I don't get the final say in. That's the way it is.''

Lilly and manager Lou Piniella, who both arrived in Chicago in 2007, shared a cab to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. They talked about Lilly's likely departure.

''As a manager you get attached to your players, and Teddy, for instance, has been here with me for four years,'' Piniella said. ''He's been a huge part of my four years. He's a good young man. He's a professional. And I've got nothing but admiration for him.''

Lilly is 3-8 with the worst run support in the majors, but has a 3.88 ERA. One scout told the Sun-Times that if they were making the same money, he'd still rather have Lilly than Houston's Roy Oswalt.

At least three teams in the market for a starter had scouts watching Tuesday: the Yankees, Twins and Dodgers.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 12:15 am
Edited on: July 28, 2010 2:00 am

Vizquel wants White Sox to add piece

Ozzie Guillen
Count Chicago's most veteran player among those who think the White Sox need one more player if they are serious about being a contender. Though he doesn't seem particularly, uh, particular about what kind of player.

"If it's not another pitcher, probably it's another hitter," Vizquel told the Chicago Tribune. "This is a time where we really need to make a step toward getting better and to separate between the teams that are around, having a chance, and the teams that really need to go on to the playoffs.

"This is the last time to make a change, and I think that with another guy on the team we might secure the next step."

Manager Ozzie Guillen thinks Vizquel needs to quit playing junior GM.

"His job is to play, not to make trades," Guillen said. "I know how the players feel. I always give my players the freedom to talk and say how they feel. I think if they feel that way, we know that. I think [general manager Kenny Williams] is aware of that."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 6:19 pm

Bay sits with concussion symptoms

Mets outfielder Jason Bay was out of the lineup Tuesday with mild concussion symptoms stemming from a collision with the outfield wall last Friday in Los Angeles. He played the rest of the weekend series but apparently complained about the symptoms during the plane ride back to New York.

ESPNNewYork.com reported that Bay didn't think he'd be out long: "If all goes well, inside of a week," he said.

Another report said Bay was going on the disabled list, but it's not clear where that came from or whether that move is imminent.

At any rate, this probably takes Jeff Francoeur off the trade market, at least prior to Saturday's non-waiver deadline. With David DeJesus injured and lost for the year, and Corey Hart out for at least a few days with a wrist injury, the field of available outfielders is looking a bit thin outside the big names like Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 5:54 pm

Time runs out on McLouth

Nate McLouth
The Braves have decided they can't wait any longer for Nate McLouth to prove he can get things turned around, optioning their center fielder to Triple-A Gwinnett.

McLouth, 28, was batting just .168 on the season and was 1-for-15 in five games since returning from a June head injury suffered in a collision with Jason Heyward. He missed nearly six weeks, and has been completely lost at the plate since coming back July 21.

McLouth is in the second year of a three-year, $15.75 million contract.

The Braves have recalled Brent Clevlen from a rehab assignment to take McLouth's spot on the roster, but he's probably just keeping the seat warm until Gregor Blanco can come back from Gwinnett. Blanco, who has batted .310 in 36 games with the Braves this season, was sent to Gwinnett last week and rules say can't be recalled until he's been down 10 days. That's four days from now.

So what now for the first-place Braves? Melky Cabrera has been sharing time with Matt Diaz in left, but can play center full-time and leave Diaz, who's hot at the plate, more playing time. There are outfielders on the block, but perhaps nobody except Scott Podsednik who could play center.

-- David Andriesen

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