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Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Dunn placed on waivers

And in other news, the sun came up today...

ESPN's Buster Olney has more news than can fit in 140 characters about the Nationals putting Adam Dunn on waivers:

Heard this: Adam Dunn hit the waiver wire today, giving teams 48 hours to place claims on the slugger -- and the wide expectation (more)
is that multiple NL teams will put in a claim on him -- Rockies? Giants? -- and that there is no chance that AL teams like the (more)
Rays or White Sox or Yankees ever get a shot at Dunn, who is working on his seventh straight year of 38 or more homers.
What this means about Dunn is that if he's going to be moved -- and that seems unlikely -- it'll happen in the next 72 hours.
Now, most players go through waivers at this time of the year, so that's not unusual. What this could mean is that if Dunn is still a Washington National this weekend, expect him to be there at the end of the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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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 4:19 pm
 

No deal for Dunn

Mike Rizzo said he wouldn't trade Adam Dunn just to do it, and apparently he meant it. Even without an extension in place and with Dunn an impending free agent, the Nationals general manager turned down offers he felt weren't good enough and let the deadline pass without dealing him.

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio said via Twitter that Rizzo told him Dunn is staying, which means there was no last-minute deal we haven't heard about yet. And unlike with some players, the non-waiver deadline was the last chance to move Dunn, who would almost certainly be claimed on waivers if the Nationals tried to move him in the next month.

So White Sox GM Kenny Williams apparently wasn't able to work his magic this time. It will be interesting to see whether there's any fallout in the White Sox clubhouse, as some players were vocal about wanting to see Williams add a bat. It will also be interesting to see whether there's fallout from the possibility that Chicago's acquisition of Edwin Jackson was supposed to be a step in getting Dunn, and that the Nationals might have changed terms after the Jackson trade.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:46 am
 

Did Nats pull switcheroo on White Sox?

ESPN columnist Keith Law said (via Twitter ) that an executive of another club told him the White Sox are "furious with the Nats over Edwin Jackson."

This is based on nothing but speculation and observation of the events of the week, but did the Nationals perhaps reel the White Sox into trading for Jackson, giving them the impression that the inclusion of the pitcher would get a deal done for Washington outfielder Adam Dunn, then change the terms? Did the White Sox get stuck with Jackson, a useful player but one who wasn't their target?

There were various reports earlier in the week of the possibility of a three-way trade between the Diamondbacks, White Sox and Nationals, in which Jackson would wind up in Washington and Dunn in Chicago. When the White Sox traded independently with Arizona for Jackson, there was anticipation Chicago would then flip him to the Nationals in a package for Dunn.

At least to this point, that hasn't happened, and the White Sox have been less than convincing in their position of, "Oh, yeah, we've always wanted Edwin Jackson!"

Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:46 pm
 

Nats: 'Price won't come down' on Dunn

Mike Rizzo
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is adamant. If nobody is willing to meet his price on Adam Dunn, the slugger will remain in Washington.

"The closer to the deadline it gets, the more pressure is on the teams to come with something that makes sense for me to trade one of the best offensive players in baseball," Rizzo told reporters Friday. "I will come to the price where I originally said I'm going to go, or I won't trade him. The price won't come down."

Dunn is the biggest piece left on the trade market, with the non-waiver deadline looming at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. The White Sox, Rays, Tigers and Giants are considered players for Dunn, with the Yankees a possibility if they decide to stockpile even after getting Lance Berkman.

"There's quite a bit of interest in him," Rizzo said. "Suffice to say, he's a very popular player right now."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Dunn won't make DH an issue in trade

Adam Dunn Adam Dunn doesn't want to become a designated hitter, and has made that very clear. In a recent interview with Facts and Rumors' C. Trent Rosecrans, Dunn said, "I don't want to DH. If I have to DH, I'll probably go home."

Statements like that haven't dissuaded American League teams from pursuing a rental of the impending free agent, and Dunn seems to have softened on the idea of bing a DH at least for the rest of the season.

"That's just Dhing for two months," Dunn told the Washington Post on Friday. "It's not like if I make this move, it's career-ending."

Dunn said that, despite rumors to the contrary, he had not been told anything about a potential destination. He also indicated nothing is getting done with a possible extension with the Nationals. He's waiting around for news or for the deadline to pass, just like everyone else.

"It sucks," Dunn said. "Part of it, dude. You just get tired of hearing it. You can't even watch TV. I don't know how else to put it. It probably would affect other people more than it does me. It doesn't, because my options are awesome. I can't have better options [than] what I have."

With the Yankees getting Lance Berkman, they're out on Dunn. Sounds like it's down to the White Sox, whose trade for Edwin Jackson might help them put together a package the Nationals like, the Rays, who have prospects galore, and possibly the Giants.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 3:46 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Rangers nab Guzman for infield help

The Texas Rangers keep on wheeling and dealing, as Cristian Guzman has reportedly been traded down south from the Nationals, says MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

Guzman is making $8 million in the final year of his contract with the Nationals and it is a near certainty that Washington will pick up some of the money headed to Texas due to the Rangers' ongoing bankruptcy crisis . (ESPN's Buster Olney has the amount at $2 million, meaning Texas will be responsible for roughly the same amount.) Guzman will fill in at second base with the absence of Ian Kinsler, placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

Primarily a shortstop prior to 2010, Guzman has appeared in 63 games at second on the season while batting .282. In a short sample, he has posted a -3.4 UZR/150 with -8 defensive runs saved. Given his work at shortstop in his career, we can consider him an average to slightly-below average fielder at second.

He does so with minimal plate discipline and zero power, but is a strong fill-in and bench option due to his versatility and ability to make contact. He has also played short, left field and right field on the season.

UPDATE: The prospects headed back to Washington, according to MLB.com, are Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark. Both are playing in Double-A. Tatusko is a 25-year-old right-hander drafted in 2007. He has split the season between the rotation and bullpen, piling up a 2.97 ERA in his breakthrough season over 100 innings. His 5.2 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 don't bode well, although he burns worms as a groundball pitcher.

Roark is a 23-year-old plucked in the 2008 draft, also splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. In 105 innings, he has a 4.20 ERA and much better peripherals than Tatusko with a 6.4 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

Cristian Guzman

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:23 pm
 

ChiSox nab Jackson from DBacks

Edwin Jackson After blanching at the asking price of Adam Dunn by the Nationals, the White Sox went in a different direction and scooped up starter Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks.

The ChiSox outmanuevered the Nats for Jackson -- Washington reportedly lusts after the 26-year-old who is signed through 2011 before becoming a free agent.

Jackson experienced a breakthrough year in 2009 for the Tigers, posting a 3.62 ERA in 214 innings, winning 13 games. Prior to that, he was an inconsistent, back-of-the-rotation starter for the Rays after coming over from the Dodgers. Jackson has backslid thus far this year to a 5.16 ERA, thanks to a regression in his walk rate. He still remains a quality young arm, even if $8.35 million due his way in 2011 and a total of $4 million in 2009 make the right-hander pricey.

The Diamondbacks made Jackson available both due to price and the fact that the club is rebuilding after shipping Dan Haren to the Angels. Jackson gives the White Sox a mid-rotation starter, something they were seeking along with a thumper. To get Jackson, the Pale Hose will surrender Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.

Hudson made his debut in 2009 as a 22-year-old and while he doesn't have a high ceiling, is ready to pitch in the big leagues now and can give the Diamondbacks years of cost-controlled salaries with the potential of seeing Hudson develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter (the latter more likely). Hudson has strong strikeout rates in the minors that he has been able to translate to the majors, but his control has taken a beating. He needs as much time in the majors as possible to get familiar with the strike zone which will only happen on a non-contending team. Whaddya know, that's Arizona.

Holmberg was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft and threw up a 4.72 ERA between the bullpen and rotation for the Rookie club as a 17-year-old over 40 1/3 innings. Baseball America labeled Holmberg the ChiSox's eighth best prospect entering the season, projecting him as a workhorse in the rotation.

Repeating the level for 2010, Holmberg has a 4.46 ERA in eight starts, walking nine and whiffing 29. He's an intriguing prospect and along with Hudson may actually give the DBacks a far more tantalizying package than they got for Dan Haren. Funny how that works.

Also, the Diamondbacks are certainly hoarding picks from the 2009 draft, as Nick Piecoro from the Arizona Republic points out. With Pat Corbin and Tyler Skaggs from the Haren deal along with Holmberg joining 'Zona's prospects, the team has 11 of the first 95 picks in the draft inside the organization.

Will Chicago hang onto Jackson? It's very possible, but it's also possible that the White Sox use Jackson as a means of getting Adam Dunn.

-- Evan Brunell

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