Tag:MLB trade deadline 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:55 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:57 am

Cardinals not optimistic they can get Oswalt

Roy Oswalt If you take most trade market musings from general managers with a grain of salt, this week keep a salt lick ready, because there's more bluffing this week than ever.

In that vein, here's a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Joe Strauss that says the Cardinals are bowing out of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes.

"At this point, it's entirely possible that there may not be a deal out there," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said. "We're continuing to explore avenues, but as we speak I can't say I'm encouraged."

What may have been left out is Mozeliak starting that sentence with "awww shucks" while pawing at the ground with his foot, before finishing it by pushing up his hat and adding another offer.

As it stands, Mozeliak would be more encouraged if the Astros had any interest in taking Brendan Ryan off his hands in return for Oswalt, but for now, the Astros seem to think they can get more than a nice hosiery model for the three-time All-Star.

Oswalt, for his part, reportedly wants to be a Cardinal and the Cardinals want him. He'd certainly be better than Jeff Suppan or the wildly inconsistent Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals may believe Lohse is just as good of a gamble as any of the other starters on the market, such as Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly or Jeremy Guthrie.

Lohse is scheduled to pitch tonight at Triple-A Memphis and hopes to join the team next month. Brad Penny, on the other hand, may not be able to return this season, Mozeliak said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 9:56 pm

Jays asking high price on relievers

Scott Downs The relief market may have just heated up in Boston.

Hideki Okajima continued his worst major-league season to date and was directly responsible for giving up three runs in a Mariners rally on Sunday.

That might be good news for the Blue Jays, who have Jason Frasor, Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg on the market. Downs would give the Red Sox a second lefty in the bullpen -- and their only reliable one. The Jays, however, are asking a ton for Downs.

As FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says , the price is so high that the Dodgers went scurrying away.

Other teams named in the hunt for one or more of the Jays relievers include the Yankees, Mets, Reds and Twins, says Rosenthal's co-writer, Jon Paul Morosi. None of these names comes as a surprise -- virtually every team in contention every year is always in the market to add more relief pitching.

Toronto won't give away any for pennies on the dollar, though. Frasor is a free agent after the year and should theoretically be the easiest to get. By the same token, however, he's not as sought after as Gregg or Downs. Gregg has an affordable club option for 2011 -- and potentially one for 2012 as well. He's had a successful year closing for the Jays.

Downs, a lefty, has been one of the best setup men in the game for a while and will likely qualify as a Type A free agent. This means that if he signs with another team, the Jays could potentially get a first-round and complementary pick after the first round. That's keeping Downs' price up as even accepting arbitration wouldn't make Downs' 2011 salary prohibitive for Toronto. Understandably, then, they are asking a significant amount.

A deal can't get done, though, if Toronto doesn't realize that for all of Downs' talents, he's a reliever. You don't trade top prospects for a reliever unless young and extremely good -- like Joakim Soria. Downs' value is suppressed somewhat by saves, but he's still better than some of the closers in the game.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 9:02 pm

Oswalt market heating up

Roy Oswalt The Boston Globe 's Nick Cafardo spoke to Astros president Tal Smith, who said that Roy Oswalt's market is with three-to-four teams, and talks should especially heat up Monday.

You can bet they will now that Dan Haren is officially off the market and an Angel.

Two teams that are in on Oswalt are clear: the Cardinals and Phillies.

St. Louis would certalnly love to add Oswalt to their already-dangerous rotation, as the backend has left much to be desired. That tends to happen when Jeff Suppan occupies a rotation spot. The Cards reportedly dangled shortstop Brendan Ryan among others to Houston who was not interested. That's fortunate, as it would make no sense for Houston to deal Oswalt for anything other than top young players. The team reportedly wants them major-league ready.

Oswalt would waive his 2012 club option of $16 million being picked up if he headed to St. Louis as he owns hunting property in Illinois. He reportedly won't do this for Philadelphia, as he agreed to make the 2012 year an option as long as he received a no-trade clause. Philadelphia desperately needs Oswalt and is dangling Jayson Werth in a companion trade to get additional prospects to try to facilitate a trade, but both trade fronts haven't borne the fruit desired.

Cafardo names Minnesota as needing "Oswalt probably more than any team." Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano are very good while Scott Bakers is deceptively having a solid season, but still is not strong. Nick Blackburn was just bumped from the rotation by reliever Brian Duensing and Kevin Slowey has regressed as well. Oswalt would immediately shore up the rotation, but is Houston interested in Minnesota's major trade piece of Wilson Ramos? The 'Stros are high on internal catcher Jason Castro, so there may not be a fit there. Indeed, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports chimes in and says the Twins have not engaged Houston in talks yet.

The Astros have talked to the Dodgers who have plenty of money woes due to the pending divorce of its owners, but have just $61.4 million commited to its big-league roster, according to Cot's Contracts. If the Dodgers can find a way to fit Oswalt into the budget for 2010, they may not have difficulty incorporating him into 2011's payroll (and even 2012's). Rosenthal says the Astros would prefer either Matt Kemp or James Loney, which L.A. will not even consider.

Not considering the immensely talented Kemp is understandable, but not Loney? Loney is not a gifted fielder and while he can hit for contact, is not a thumper in the lineup. At a position such as first base, his production is easily replaced. The Dodgers definitely shouldn't let Loney stand in the way of a deal, even if they have to go with a cheap piece for the remainder of the year although potential fits could be players such as Luke Scott, who would not require an arm and a leg in a trade.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 8:55 pm

Angels acquire Haren

Dan Haren Well, that was a shock.

One of the clubs thought to not have a chance at a high-profile acquisition because the upper minors were bare, the Angels, have made a splash by acquiring Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks.

The Angels got their next ace for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named later, reports Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News .

Arizona sheds over $29 million of Haren's deal (his 2011 and 2012 salaries plus 2013 buyout of option). If the option is picked up by the Angels, the Angels will pay over $41 million, as Haren is due roughly $3 million the rest of the way.

Of course, Arizona sheds an ace as well. The Angels gain a 29-year-old who has a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts over 141 innings. He has struck out 141 -- leading the league -- and walked just 29.  Look past the 4.60 ERA -- his xFIP is 3.38, which belies his true value as a No. 1. Indeed, Haren finished fifth in the Cy Young race in 2009, posting a 3.14 ERA in 33 starts, leading the bigs with a 1.003 WHIP. There's no question he's a top-flight pitcher.

Haren will give the Angels a rotation of Jered Weaver-Haren-Joel Pineiro-Ervin Santana and then Trevor Bell currently in the five-spot. If Scott Kazmir can ever get right, he'd replace Bell.

Make no mistake, this trade is as much about 2010 (six games behind the Rangers) as the future. Haren can be controlled through 2013, and the Angels are still very much in "win-now" mode. This keeps them in contention.

Before we jump into the known properties of the Diamondbacks' haul for Haren, it should be known that unless the player to be named later is a top prospect, this deal seems more about getting out of Haren's deal than getting commensurate value.

Saunders is a former first-round pick of the Angels but at age 29 (nine months younger than Haren), has a career 4.29 ERA. Over five full seasons, the only time he's been under that is 2008's 3.41 showing. Other than that, he's got a career ERA hovering in the 4.50 range. He has a career K/9 of 5.1, BB/9 of 3 and then becomes eligible for arbitration a second time. He's simply filler -- and one getting expensive at that. As a left-hander still under 30, he has a shot to have a fine run as a middle-of-the-rotation starter, especially if the transition to the NL is as kind to him as it generally is for most AL-to-NL transitions.

The two other prospects in the deal didn't register on Baseball America 's top 10 organizational prospects, which is a bit startling. Corbin is a lefty who is working on a 3.88 ERA in high Class-A Rancho Cucamonga over 11 starts. The 21-year-old as of Monday made eight starts in mid Class-A as well. He's certainly projectable, but not much more than that. A scout believes that Corbin has a good shot at being a mid-rotation starter, says Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Rodriguez is a middle reliever that will attempt to bring sanity to Arizona's bullpen. He broke in with a 5.58 ERA in 30 2/3 innings over 18 appearances in 2009. He's only pitched two innings in the bigs in 2010 as the 25-year-old has a 3.04 ERA in Triple-A over 50 1/3 innings. His ceiling is to be a solid middle reliever, which is unfortunately quite an upgrade for the D-Backs.

As for the player-to-be-named-later, there is good news. Piecoro adds that the PTBNL is a "top prospect." Never fear, it's not Mike Trout. Piecoro wonders if it could be Tyler Skaggs, who is ineligible to be traded until early August, once he fulfills his full year's service to the Angels. The Diamondbacks reportedly were hoping to draft Skaggs last year. It's certainly a logical argument.

Another prospect that Arizona might want to check in on is Fabio Martinez. He is eligible to be traded, but its possible Arizona wants to spend a bit more time evaluating players before swinging a deal. Martinez has a 3.73 ERA in mid-Class A but has punched out 12/4 batters per nine innings, which is great for a 20-year-old at that level. He has quite the control problems, but seems to have rapidly increasing potential.

Okay, so we've heard the word potential a couple times for Arizona. Corbin has potential. This unknown PTBNL might have potential. But there's not one single player headed back to Arizona that can truly be talked about with excitement. Don't you need someone like that when dealing one of the best pitchers in the game?

It's clear that in recent years, ace pitchers just don't have the same cachet. The Indians' haul for Lee was panned. The Phillies' haul for Lee was panned, and while the Mariners pried away Justin Smoak, the rest of the deal has been met with muted reaction. Even the Roy Halladay deal met with some shrugging of the shoulders in Toronto's return. It seems that the days of the Braves trading top prospects to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira are the days of yore -- while an ace pitcher will still bring a lot back, teams are far more cautious these days.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 4:40 pm

Nationals interested in Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson Here's a new name for you in the trade sweepstakes: Edwin Jackson.

SI.com's Jon Heyman says the Nationals, amongst other teams, have exhibited interest in Jackson.

Just 26, Jackson already has a no-hitter to his name and delivered a 3.62 ERA in 214 starts for the Tigers last season. He was shipped to Detroit in the Curtis Granderson three-way trade, and has disappointed to date with a 5.01 ERA in 20 starts. However, he's been unlucky on balls in play and baserunners stranded (due, no doubt, in part to the D-Backs' terrible bullpen allowing inherited runs to score) and has actually contributed a xFIP of 4.27 to his team.

Jackson is making $4.2 million on the year and has an $8.35 million payday on the way in 2011 before becoming a free agent at what will be the young age of 28 with parts of nine seasons under his belt after coming up as a 19-year-old with the Dodgers.

The Nationals would love to add a young starter to its burgeoning rotation. Interest in baseball is piquing in Washington and the team is slowly but surely getting better. A Jackson add would give the team a 2011 rotation comprised of Stephen Strasburg, Jackson, Jordan Zimmerman, Jason Marquis and no shortage of solid No. 5 candidates.

This is merely speculation, but since the Tigers and White Sox have exhibited such strong interest in Adam Dunn, perhaps a three-way deal could be engineered to send Jackson to Washington, Dunn to one of the AL Central teams and pitching to 'Zona. The ChiSox could and will dangle Daniel Hudson and other minor-league pieces while the Tigers could make a play by offering Andrew Oliver or Jacob Turner.

If Jackson is traded, Derrick Hall, the CEO of Arizona says Haren won't be dealt, in an earlier MLB Facts and Rumors report . Haren, of course, is one of the bigger names on the block but is looking increasingly unlikely he will be dealt. The Yankees are the front-runners largely they are the Yankees and not because there is an enticing package available.

The Diamondbacks are looking for pitching in return for either, and while the team is in disarray, is still not all that far from contention. Even if Arizona decides to retain both players, it will not be at a cost to future Diamondback squads.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 3:54 pm

Interest in BoSox's Lowell ramping up

Mike Lowell As the trading deadline nears, its only natural that interest has begin to pick up about the Red Sox's Mike Lowell.

Trading Lowell has been one of the most drawn-out and overdone storylines of the 2010 season and it was thought that Lowell's DL trip on June 23 for a right hip strain would only prolong the agony.

However, Lowell is 5-for-9 on his rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket so far (including a 4-for-4 night Saturday), playing third base. He'll be playing first in Sunday's game, and the Tigers have been watching Lowell.

This is no surprise, as the Tigers are without Brandon Inge and now have lost Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen. Detroit's offense is in tatters, and Lowell would provide a boost. However, as a scout tells ESPN's Gordon Edes, it's unclear just how interested the Tigers are because "Inge's injury is not as severe as they thought."

The Rangers are also connected to Lowell. The reason Boston hasn't traded the oft-unused righty is because they're seeking a solid prospect in return, which teams are understandably leery about giving up. As the trade deadline accelerates, however, teams may bite more as long as Boston picks up a significant amount of salary.

Even if Lowell isn't dealt by July 31, the trade saga will go on for one more month as Lowell will certainly clear waivers in August and then can be dealt up to the August 31 waiver trading deadline.

UPDATE : The Tigers might be shooting even higher than Lowell in an attempt to fix their offensive woes. MLB.com's Bill Ladson has Detroit in on Adam Dunn. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo reportedly has a high price-tag on Dunn, and since the first baseman has no interest in playing for an AL team and the power to make the decision as a free agent at the end of the year, it will be interesting to see if the Tigers bite the bullet and surrender top prospects for Dunn.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 2:57 pm

Rangers, Rockies chasing Cantu

Jorge Cantu Interest in the Marlins' Jorge Cantu is heating up, with the Rangers making a major push for the third baseman, reports MLB.com's T.R Sullivan.

The Rangers have been jonesing for a right-handed bat that can play first base, and Cantu's added bonus of being able to play third can't hurt.

The Rockies are also in on Cantu as they seek to upgrade their own first-base situation. Colorado has gotten the second half off to a poor start, but with Troy Tulowitzki close to returning, could take off shortly. The Denver Post 's Troy Renck also notes that the Rockies have their eye on Cleveland's Jhonny Peralta. Perhaps a consolation prize if they lose out on Cantu or the highly sought-after Ty Wigginton?

Cantu has been one of the Marlins' best bats the last few years but has tailed off somewhat in 2010, cobbling together a total line of .260/.309/.412. Even allowing for facing just left-handed pitchers -- as Cantu would likely do most of the time in Texas in a timeshare with Chris Davis -- Cantu doesn't have an overwhelming case there as his total line doesn't have significant platoon splits. Also hurting him is the fact that the only month he's been a strong hitter is April -- he's gotten progressively worse as the season moves on.

However, the Fish may not want Cantu to be traded. They love the way he drives in runs even as he struggles, and with Florida's recent strong play, suddenly find themselves legitimately in the hunt for the NL East division crown. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports this, as well as the fact the club doesn't feel top prospect Logan Morrison could adequately replace Cantu in the lineup.

A more pressing question is how Morrison would fit into the defense. Cantu has primarily played third base as Gaby Sanchez has first base sewn up. Morrison is a natural first baseman who is collecting time in left field to boost his versatility . Florida could shift left-fielder Chris Coghlan -- a natural second baseman -- to third, a position many feel he could play.

However, is the team willing to have Coghlan learn third on the fly? Even given his history as a second baseman he has just one game to his credit at the keystone position in his two-year big-league career.

No, if Cantu is traded, one would think the new starter at third base would be -- please avert your eyes -- Emilio Bonifacio. They could ask Dan Uggla to move to third, a position linked to Uggla for quite a few years. However, indications are that Uggla has no interest in such a move and given the Fish are considering trying to extend Uggla's deal, upsetting the slugger is not the right move at the time.

If the Marlins were rebuilding, it would be easier to move Cantu and not worry about who plays third for the rest of the year. Now that the team is strongly considering buying, however, a deal gets that much more complicated. At this point, it's difficult to see Cantu, Uggla and even Cody Ross being shipped out.

Cantu has $2 million of his salary remaining on the year which is $2 million too many for the financially-strapped Rangers. However, a judge in the bankruptcy court case against Texas said he could force MLB to extend the line of credit to the Rangers, allowing the club to add another piece. Cantu is eligible for free agency after the year.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 7:00 pm

A decade of deadline deals

Roy Oswalt It’s July 24, one week before the non-waiver trade deadline, which means the rumors are in full bloom. Hopefully you’re not allergic.

But rumors are rumors, and even if they’re true, they rarely result in action. For all the stories about Roy Oswalt, only one team is going to actually end up with him.

"There was one story that we've 'discussed' four different players," one National League club official told Peter Gammons of MLB.com. "Sure. Along with 760 other players we've 'discussed.’"

Everyone is waiting with baited breath for the big trades to drop, but we’re probably days away from most of the action. Sellers have until next Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to really decide what the price is on a player.

In honor of the approaching trade deadline, let’s take a look at significant trades (defining “significant” as involving at least one player who was an All-Star at some point) on each of the final days in the past decade. Full historical transactions can be found at baseball-reference.com.

July 24

Rangers traded Andres Galarraga to the Giants
2009: Athletics traded Matt Holliday to the Cardinals

July 25

Three-way deal moves Jermaine Dye from the Royals to the Athletics
2002: White Sox traded Ray Durham to the Athletics
2003: Rangers traded Carl Everett to the White Sox
2006: Dodgers traded Odalis Perez to the Royals

July 26

Phillies traded Curt Schilling to the Diamondbacks for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee and Vicente Padilla
2001: White Sox traded James Baldwin to the Dodgers

July 27

(Devil) Rays traded Fred McGriff to the Cubs
2007: Rangers traded Kenny Lofton to the Indians

July 28

Twins traded Mark Redman to the Tigers for Todd Jones
2002: White Sox traded Kenny Lofton to the Giants
2005: Rockies traded Shawn Chacon to the Yankees
2006: Brewers traded Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz to the Rangers for a package including Francisco Cordero
2007: Devil Rays traded Ty Wigginton to the Astros

Mark Teixeira July 29

Phillies traded Scott Rolen, Doug Nickle and cash to the Cardinals for Placido Polanco, Mike Timlin and Bud Smith
2003: Yankees traded Raul Mondesi to the Diamondbacks
2008: Braves traded Mark Teixeira (pictured) to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and a minor leaguer
2009: Indians traded Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies

July 30

Twins traded Matt Lawton to the Mets for Rick Reed
2002: Expos traded Cliff Floyd to the Red Sox
2004: Mets traded Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton to the Pirates
Dodgers traded Juan Encarnacion, Paul Lo Duca and Guillermo Mota to the Marlins for Hee-Seop Choi, Brad Penny and Bill Murphy
Reds traded Todd Jones to the Phillies
Mets traded Scott Kazmir to the (Devil) Rays
2005: Rangers traded Chan Ho Park to the Padres for Phil Nevin
Mariners traded Randy Winn to the Giants
2006: Phillies traded Bobby Abreu to the Yankees
2007: Twins traded Luis Castillo to the Mets
2008: Tigers traded Ivan Rodriguez to the Yankees
2009: Orioles traded George Sherrill to the Dodgers

July 31

2000: Orioles traded Will Clark to the Cardinals
Expos traded Rondell White to the Cubs
2001: Expos traded Milton Bradley to the Indians
Pirates traded Terry Mulholland to the Dodgers
Mets traded Jason Bay to the Padres
2003: Reds traded Aaron Boone to the Yankees
Yankees traded Robin Ventura to the Dodgers
2004: Yankees traded Jose Contreras to the White Sox for Esteban Loaiza
Diamondbacks traded Steve Finley to the Dodgers
Red Sox traded Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs as part of a four-team, eight-player trade
2005: Pirates traded Matt Lawton to the Cubs
2006: Pirates traded Sean Casey to the Tigers
Cubs traded Greg Maddux to the Dodgers
2007: Rangers traded Eric Gagne to the Red Sox
Rangers traded Mark Teixeira to the Braves for a package that included Elvis Andrus
2008: Reds traded Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox
Red Sox traded Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and the Pirates traded Jason Bay to the Red Sox as part of a three-team, six-player deal
The Mariners traded Arthur Rhodes to the Marlins
2009: Padres traded Jake Peavy to the White Sox
Indians traded Victor Martinez to the Red Sox
Blue Jays traded Scott Rolen to the Reds

A couple of trends are apparent from this list. One, the major action happens at the end of the week. And two, as the week progresses, the big-money teams get involved as prices go up.

So while there are always exceptions, you might wait a few days to start holding your breath.

-- David Andriesen

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