Tag:MLB trade deadline 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 10:28 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 10:50 pm

Hart exits game with wrist injury

Corey Hart Another of the most talked-about outfield trade targets went down on Friday.

A day after David DeJesus was lost for the season with thumb injury, the Brewers' Corey Hart left in the third inning of Friday's game against the Nationals with a right wrist injury.

Hart chased a Cristian Guzman liner to the right-field line and slid into the wall to attempt to catch the foul ball. He didn't catch it, but finished the inning. Jim Edmonds pinch-hit for Hart in the bottom of the third.

According to Jordan Schelling of MLB.com , Hart underwent X-rays on his wrist and they were negative. However, the same was said about DeJesus last night. Hart will undergo an MRI on his wrist Saturday.

Hart has been a popular name in trade talks for teams searching for a big bat. He's hitting .292/.349/.568 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI.

Hart's been named as a possibility for the Giants, Rays and Padres, among other teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 7:18 pm

Deal for Lilly looking imminent

Ted Lilly Ted Lilly may have pitched his last game for the Cubs, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Chris De Luca reports .

Citing "major-league sources" talks for the left-hander have heated up and the trade "could be completed by the end of the weekend."

De Luca reports the Mets have had the most interest in Lilly. Also interested are the Tigers, Twins, Phillies and Dodgers.

Lilly is in the final year of his contract and a free agent after the season. He has a limited no-trade clause, allowing him to veto deals to 10 teams, including the Phillies, Twins and Rays. The Mets and Tigers aren't on his list, according to FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:24 pm

Wigginton to appeal suspension

Ty Wigginton The Orioles' Ty Wigginton will appeal his three-game suspension and $2,500 for his outburst against umpire Gary Darling on Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports .

Wigginton is a popular trade target at the  moment and his appeal could hurt his trade value -- or at least the immediacy of a trade. Wigginton is in the lineup for the Orioles tonight against the Twins.

It seems inevitable Wigginton will be moved by next week's trade deadline, and the best-case scenario for the Orioles is to have Wigginton's suspension behind him before the deadline.

For his part, Wigginton told the Sun he was surprised by the suspension, even though he did make contact, it was in the classic Oriole way with an Earl Weaver-like belly bump.

"I've never been suspended and it's only my second ejection that I can remember," Wigginton said. "The other one I just got a little fine and it was over with. This is the first time there's been anything else. We'll figure out how it works."

Wigginton said he didn't think he bumped Darling, but it appeared pretty clear on replays that he did.

Baltimore manager Juan Samuel is also expected to be fined, but not suspended.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 4:51 pm

DeJesus out for year

David DeJesus Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports via Twitter that Royals outfielder David DeJesus suffered a complete ligament tear in his thumb Thursday night and will be out for the year after surgery.

DeJesus hurt his right thumb crashing into the fence at Yankee Stadium, trying to catch a ball hit by Derek Jeter, who ended up with an inside-the-park homer.

The team placed DeJesus on the disabled list earlier in the day and recalled Alex Gordon.

DeJesus, batting .318, was the subject of plenty of trade interest in recent weeks, but now the Royals will miss out on the bounty he might have brought. They have a $6 million club option on him for 2011.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

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.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.


The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 12:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 2:57 pm

Greinke available for right price?

Zach Greinke
It has been thought that while the Royals are having a fire sale, they still had one untouchable (reigning American League Cy Young winner Zack Greinke) and one nearly-untouchable (closer Joakim Soria).

But George King of the New York Post is hearing the Royals will listen to offers for anyone. If that's true, that would shoot Greinke to the top of many teams' deadline wish lists -- he's younger and cheaper than Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren (Greinke is signed for $13.5 million each of the next two years).

But what would the Royals want in return? That's the big question, but you've got to assume the answer is "a whole heck of a lot." Especially since that boatload of prospects they were counting on getting for David DeJesus could be out the window, depending on the seriousness of the injury he suffered Thursday night.

It's not clear how many teams have, or would be willing to part with, what it would take to get him, but if Greinke is in play it certainly changes the deadline landscape.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Royals have placed DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Alex Gordon.

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 2:25 am
Edited on: July 23, 2010 12:15 pm

Dunn talks trades, Nats, DH

I was a beat writer covering the Cincinnati Reds when Adam Dunn called Great American Ball Park home. Throughout his time with the Reds, he was the subject of trade rumors and every July he'd get a little antsy about the repetitive questions. Even though Dunn has been traded once -- in 2008 to Arizona after the non-waiver trade deadline -- and signed with a new team, he's again the subject of trade rumors, as he will enter the offseason as a free agent. With the Nationals in Cincinnati this week, I caught up with Dunn and talked to him about this year's turn of trade talks . Here's our conversation:

Adam Dunn C. Trent Rosecrans: I know I've asked you these same stupid questions, is this getting…

Adam Dunn: Old? Yep.

CTR: I'm pretty sure you thought this was getting old five years ago…

Yeah. It was old five years ago, it was old 10 years ago and it's still old now.

CTR: Are you able to deal with it any differently?

Yeah, it doesn't bother me. I don't care. There's nothing I can do about it, I don't lose sleep over it, there's nothing I can do but clock in and out.

CTR: Is it different because you've been through it, you've been traded?

AD: No, it's the same every year. It's not a big deal. Look, if it's going to happen, it's going to happen. OK. If it doesn't happen, great. I'm going to play somewhere.

CTR: The other thing is you know July 31 isn't the end of that…

AD: No, it doesn't mean [anything].

CTR : There's been so much talk about you and being in Washington, do you want to stay with the Nationals?

AD: I like it here. In the very near future, when everyone gets off the DL, we've got two pitchers down there, we've got some really young arms that got hurt last year that were our best pitchers last year and they're going to come back. It's pretty exciting here.

CTR: For you, it's got to be frustrating, because you've been on one team that's finished with a .500 record (2008 Diamondbacks).

AD: Yeah, something like that.

Adam Dunn CTR: It would be silly to say it's you, but is it frustrating for you, or maybe you'd like to go somewhere where you can be in the playoffs right away…

AD: Yeah, that's what you play for. I don't play to lose. I don't go out there to lose, I don't go out there just to say I'm playing baseball and how many can we lose? Would I love to win 120 games? Absolutely. That's why you play. Maybe it is me. If that's what you want to say, you can say it. I could care less. It doesn't matter.

Is this a place you can do that?

AD: There's no doubt. Y'all don't see -- it's a young nucleus. The pitching here, it's like it was in Cincinnati. They've developed some young guys, gotten some guys in trades and they're going to start seeing results soon.

CTR: You were here when Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez got here…

AD: Yeah, you knew they were going to be good. Then they had a good draft with [Mike] Leake and there you go.

CTR: You guys had a pretty good draft that year, too.

AD: You're seeing results from that. There's some guys that are really good major-league pitchers.

CTR: Is that something you'd like to see through, sign a long-term deal and get 10-5 rights, is that something you'd like, because we've talked about trades?

AD: No. It doesn't matter. The trade stuff doesn't affect me, I don't sit here hoping I don't get traded today. If I do, fine.

CTR: You've been traded before…

AD: I'll be fine. Would I prefer to stay here? Yes. Will it work out? I don't know.

CTR: There's always talk that you don't want to play in the American League, is that accurate?

AD: I don't want to DH. I don't want to DH. If I have to DH, I'll probably go home.

CTR: Really?

AD: I'm 30, I'm not ready to DH yet, 35, maybe.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:23 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:03 pm

DeJesus hurt on Jeter's inside-the-parker

David DeJesus The best outfielder on the trade market, the Royals David DeJesus, may be on the shelf.

DeJesus left Thursday night's game against the Yankees with an apparent right wrist injury as he tried to track down a Derek Jeter liner at the wall.

The Royals center fielder made what appeared to be a running, leaping grab of Jeter's liner, but hit the fence and his wrist bent back and the ball dropped out of his glove. Jeter, meanwhile, raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. He was replaced by Rick Ankiel, who was activated from the disabled list earlier on Thursday.

The Royals have a $6 million club option for DeJesus for 2011. DeJesus is hitting .318/.384/.443 with five home runs and 37 RBI. DeJesus has been mentioned as a trade target for any team needing an outfielder, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Rays.

It was the second inside-the-park homer in Jeter's career. His first, coincidentally, was in Kansas City with current Yankees manager Joe Girardi on base. It came on Aug. 2, 1996, off of Jeff Montgomery.

UPDATE: Possible good news for the Royals -- and other teams -- as YES Network is reporting DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb and will miss the rest of the series. X-rays taken at the stadium showed no fracture.

UPDATE 2: Much less sunny news from the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton, who tweets DeJesus will see a hand specialist on Friday and "might be out a while."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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