Tag:MLB trade deadline 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:17 pm

Trade deadline profile: Jorge Cantu

Leading up to Saturday's trade deadline, the MLB Facts & Rumors team takes a look at the biggest names on the trade block. Today it's Florida's Jorge Cantu.

Jorge Cantu Career stats: .276/.321/.450 100 home runs, 458 RBI in parts of seven seasons
2010 stats: .260/.308/.410 10 home runs, 54 RBI
Contract status: Cantu signed a one-year deal worth $6 million in January, avoiding arbitration. He's a free agent after the season.

Why he's desirable
Cantu is known as an RBI machine, driving in 100 last season and 95 in 2008. He's not as much a home run hitter as he is a doubles guy. Last season he hit just 16 home runs, but still drove in 100 thanks to his 42 doubles. He has 25 doubles this season. Cantu can play third or first, although he's not very good defensively. He would also be valuable as a DH if an American League team is interested.

Why he's available
It's more than money with Cantu, he's struggled since his hot start. This month, he's hitting .225/.257/.282 with no homers and just four RBI. Chris Coghlan's injury could hurt the Marlines, who were considering moving Coghlan to third and calling up prospect Logan Morrison after moving Cantu.

Who is interested
The Rangers and Rockies are hot on Cantu's trail, with the Rangers possibly making a deal in the next couple of days, according to CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller. The Tigers could make a call after losing Brandon Inge, although the defensive dropoff from Inge to Cantu would be dramatic.

Expected return
Cantu will likely be a Type B free agent after the season, but it's unlikely the Marlins would offer him arbitration. A mid-line prospect and some cash should be enough for Cantu to find himself out of Florida.

What happens
The Rangers give up two minor leaguers, only one that's even a fringe prospect and platoon Cantu at first base with the left-handed hitting Chris Davis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

More trade deadline targets -- Roy Oswalt

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:36 pm

Twins interested in Capps

Matt Capps The Twins may be worried enough about closer Jon Rauch that they're considering the Nationals' Matt Capps, according to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

Rauch pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday against Baltimore, but allowed a hit and a walk. In his previous two outings, he gave up two runs in each, a loss to the Indians and a win against the White Sox.

Rauch has 20 saves in 24 opportunities and a 3.22 ERA, along with 26 strikeouts to go along with nine walks in 36 1/3 innings. His WHIP is 1.376 and hitters are hitting .283/.323/.400 off of Rauch. This month, though, they're hitting .379/.472/.414 off of him and he has an ERA of 7.11.

Capps has 24 saves in 28 opportunities to go along with his 2.86 ERA. Batters are hitting .283/.317/.428 against him, along with 36 strikeouts and nine innings. While Rauch has struggled this month, Capps has three wins and two saves to go along with a 0.96 ERA and hitters are just batting .229/.270/.371 against him since July 1.

Capps is signed to a one-year deal for $3.5 million this season after being non-tendered by the Pirates and is arbitration-eligible for 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 11:32 am

NL West teams interested in Royals' Podsednik

Scott Podsednik Well, the Royals have to trade someone at the deadline, don't they?

With David DeJesus on the shelf and therefore off the trading block, the Royals' are taking calls on outfielder Scott Podsednik according to multiple reports, including the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton .

The Padres, Dodgers and Giants are all interested in Podsednik, Dutton tweets. The Royals and Giants were reportedly close to pulling off a deal for DeJesus when the Royals center fielder suffered a season-ending thumb injury last week.

The Royals won't get the haul they were expecting for DeJesus that they will for Podsednik, but they will get something. Podsednik, 34, is hitting a respectable .308/.352/.400 with five home runs, 43 RBI and 30 stolen bases for the Royals this season and is signed to a reasonable contract, $1.65 million this season and a $2 million club option for 2011 with a $100,000 buyout. However, Podsednik can void the 2011 option with 525 plate appearances this season and he already has 425.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 8:54 pm

Dunn an option for reeling Tigers?

Adam Dunn The Nationals and White Sox have apparently been locked in a stalemate over Washington outfielder Adam Dunn for the past week, the Nationals not backing down on their demand that Chicago include Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin. The Nationals, meanwhile, have sent out word that they're working on an extension with Dunn and will just keep him unless they are overwhelmed by an offer.

Entering the fray: The injury-stung Tigers, who suffered their most damaging blow Saturday when Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle. William Ladson of MLB.com reported Monday that the Tigers have "great interest" in Dunn.

The question is whether the Tigers, two games back in the American League Central, are now desperate enough to pay the Nationals' price. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News thinks the Tigers can make the deal without surrendering top pitching prospects Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver, but that seems like a longshot considering the hard line the Nationals have been taking.

In addition to trying to make the playoffs, Henning points to another motivation the Tigers have to get a strong hitter: Miguel Cabrera's chase for a Triple Crown. Cabrera is currently leading the AL in RBI and is second in average and home runs, but with nobody left to protect him in the middle of the lineup, he's not going to see many good pitches unless reinforcements arrive. Dunn would be a heck of a reinforcement.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 3:11 pm

Will Lee block any trade?

As the Rangers have popped up as the latest team to have interest in Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, it's questionable if Lee will approve a trade.

Lee is in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.

Jayson Stark of ESPN tweets this :
A source who has known Derrek Lee for years says it's "highly doubtful" he'd waive full no-trade to OK any deal at this stage. #cubs #trades No word yet from Lee whether people who have known him for years know who Jayson Stark is .

The Angels have also been said to be interested in Lee.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 4:14 pm

Marlins 'confused' at deadline

Are the Marlins -- 8 games back  of the Braves in the National League East and 6 1/2 games back in the wild card -- in or out at the trade deadline?

On one hand, they're just 6 1/2 games back in the wild card, but they're also behind six teams for that spot, including two in their own division, the Phillies and Mets.

What to do, buy or sell? Apparently the Marlins are "confused," according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports .

The Marlins have a seven-game trip out west leading up to the deadline, with four games in San Francisco and then to San Diego, the wild card and NL West leaders, respectively.

Despite the team's confusion, they're still talking to the Rangers about Jorge Cantu. The team could call up Logan Morrison and play him in the outfield. Morrison, who has been moved from first base to left field, is hitting .306/.424/.485 at Triple-A New Orleans. If the team calls up Morrison, Chris Coghlan will be moved to third base.

The Rangers are the latest team that is supposedly interest in Cantu, along with the Rockies and Giants.

While Cantu is expendable, the true barometer of how the Marlins feel about their chances will be Cody Ross. If the team thinks they can win, they'll keep him and then likely non-tender the arbitration-eligible outfielder after the season. If they think they're out of it, they'll get something for him in a trade. Ross, 29, is making $4.5 million this season. He is hitting .273/.330/.402 with eight home runs and 38 RBI.

The Red Sox and Braves are reportedly interest in Ross. If the Marlins do think they have a shot, it's unlikely they'd send Ross to a divisional rival.

UPDATE: CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller reports the Rangers and Marlins are talking and if a deal gets done it will likely be in the next day or two.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 1:43 pm

Trade deadline profile: Roy Oswalt

Leading up to Saturday's trade deadline, the MLB Facts & Rumors team takes a look at the biggest names on the trade block. First up is the best starting pitcher left on the market, Houston's Roy Oswalt.

Roy Oswalt Career stats: 143-82, 3.24 ERA
2010 stats : 6-12, 3.42 ERA
Contract status: Oswalt is under contrac through 2011 with a club option through 2012. He'll be paid $16 million in 2011 and has a club option for the same amount for 2012 with a $2 million opine. Oswalt can opt out of the 2012 option and take a reduced buyout. He also has a full no-trade clause.

Why he's desirable
Oswalt is the last difference-making starter on the market (unless the Royals are giving up on ever winning and trade Zack Greinke). His W-L isn't good, but that's because he plays for the Astros, and if you haven't noticed, they're not very good. His ERA is its lowest since 2007 and he has his lowest WHIP (1.109) since his rookie season. Looking across the board at Oswalt's numbers, he's really not performing any different than he has for most of his career. He's not necessarily an ace, but he's a good pitcher to have on your side.

Why he's available
The Astros aren't very good and don't seem to be getting much better -- that's why Oswalt has asked for a trade. To get better, the Astros need more talent and wouldn't mind having $16 million taken off the total payroll for next season, because if you're going to stink, it's best to at least do it on the cheap.

Roy Oswalt Who is interested
Dodgers, Phillies, Cardinals. The Twins would be a decent fit, but they're not making too much noise about it. Of course, the Angels weren't a team too many people were talking about in connection with Dan Haren.

The Astros asked the Dodgers for James Loney and front-line prospects. The Phillies aren't willing to give up more than one of their top-end prospects and the Cardinals don't have enough prospects to deal.

Expected return
The Astros want a big-league player to contribute immediately, two high-end prospects and another player. Considering the Diamondbacks didn't get anything near that for Haren, it seems like that's a bit much to ask for Oswalt and the rest of his contract.

What happens
Roy Oswalt is an Astro for the rest of 2010 and we go through this in 2011, as well. Oswalt is one win shy of setting the franchise record for pitching wins and is an icon in the city. If the Astros aren't overwhelmed by an offer, they'll hold on to him and what's left of the goodwill owner Drayton McLane and the team has in Houston.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:05 am
Edited on: July 26, 2010 1:09 pm

Yankees making a bid for Soria

Joakim Soria New York already has the best team in baseball, are the Yankees looking to add the best nickname in baseball?

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated says the Yankees have made a "big proposal" for Royals closer Joakim Soria, "the Mexicutioner."

It would make sense for the Yankees, Joba Chamberlain hasn't exactly performed so well as the bridge to Mariano Rivera that people are trying to push the old man out the door. Soria has 27 saves so far this season, had 30 last year and 42 the season before. He has a career 1.007 WHIP and a 2.12 ERA, including a 2.25 ERA this season, striking out more than a batter an inning.

What's even more appealing is that he's under team control through 2014, so he can't just become a free agent and sign with the Yankees. If he's a Yankee, we can just go ahead to 2015 without all that pointless waiting.

However, that's exactly why the Yankees need to make a "big" proposal for Soria. The Royals actually have some talent on the farm and could contend for a .500 record in 2012 or 2013 -- and wouldn't have to worry about a closer.

Soria makes a bargain $4 million next season with club options for 2012 ($6 million), 2013 ($8 million) and 2014 ($8.75 million). None of those types of numbers would make the Yankees blink -- even for a middle reliever.

However, besides Jesus Montero, New York doesn't have impact players in their farm system. Catcher Austin Romine would be a good get for the Royals, but hardly the value the team needs for Soria. The Yankees were said to be dangling Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister and possibly Chamberlain for Dan Haren. A similar package may be enough to pry Soria from the Royals and make the Yankees even more of a favorite than they are today.

UPDATE: In an online chat, ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Yankees have at least discussed the possibility of sending Montero to Kansas City for Soria, which may be the only way this deal makes sense for the Royals -- unless the Yankees bring the Mets in to send Dayton Moore's crush, Jeff Francoeur,  to KC, which may not make baseball sense, but when has that stopped Moore? CoughAnkielCoughKendallCough

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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