Tag:2010 MLB trade deadline
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:02 am
Edited on: July 29, 2010 10:07 am

If Oswalt was telling truth, then Philly's OK

In public, Roy Oswalt said geography didn't matter. In public, Roy Oswalt said that what mattered most was a chance to win.

Now, if the reports are true, Roy Oswalt can leave a team 17 games under .500 and head to one that has been to the World Series two years in a row, is set up for a strong stretch run and is built to win for a few years to come.

In other words, if Roy Oswalt wasn't lying then, what reason could he give for saying no now?

Money? A 2012 option, which amounts to more money? Yes, it's true that players negotiate no-trade clauses for a reason, and that they're entitled to use them to control their future. But if Oswalt turns down a trade to the Phillies, he's telling us that everything he said over the last two months simply wasn't true.

"Location doesn't matter," Oswalt said as he stood in front of his Yankee Stadium locker on June 11. "It's only for a year and a half."

All that mattered, he said then, was getting a chance to win.

Back then, an Oswalt trade seemed anywhere from problematic to unlikely, because of complications that partly involved the pitcher but centered more on Astros owner Drayton McLane.

McLane has killed Oswalt deals before, notably in 2007 when his baseball staff had worked out a three-way deal that would have sent Oswalt to the Mets, Lastings Milledge to the Orioles and Miguel Tejada to Houston.

Now, a source familiar with the talks said this morning, McLane has been negotiating directly with Phillies president David Montgomery. And while the source insisted there were still loose ends to be tied up, it's clear that McLane has done more than just sign off on the idea of dealing Oswalt to the Phillies.

It's possible that McLane never would have dealt Oswalt to the in-state Rangers, or to the arch-rival Cardinals. It's likely that Oswalt, a Mississippi native, much prefers the idea of pitching for the Cardinals, the Braves or possibly the Rangers.

But that's not really the issue here. That's not the issue now.

The question that matters most is this one: Was Roy Oswalt telling the truth or not?

Posted on: July 27, 2010 2:07 pm

Dunn may well be dealt, but not for Garza

Teams that have spoken to the Nationals about Adam Dunn believe there's a good chance Dunn will be traded by the end of the week.

They also think that the price Nats GM Mike Rizzo is asking for Dunn right now is ridiculously high. Rizzo has been telling teams that to trade Dunn, he would need to get a young starting pitcher who is either major-league ready or close to it.

How ready? Well, according to a source familiar with the talks, last week the Nationals asked the Rays for Matt Garza.

Obviously, that wasn't happening, even before Garza threw the first no-hitter in Rays history on Monday night against the Tigers.

While there's no way for them to know for sure, rival teams believe that Rizzo plans to move Dunn, who is in the last year of his contract. Because of that, they believe that Rizzo's asking price will eventually drop, and that a deal will get done.

The Rays and White Sox have shown interest in Dunn, but a scout from another American League team said he thinks it would be a mistake for an AL team to trade for him. Dunn has said many times that he has no interest in being a designated hitter, and the scout believes that Dunn wouldn't be happy with an AL team.

The Giants, who have also checked on Dunn, would seem to be a better fit. But Giants GM Brian Sabean has been reluctant to move any of his best pitchers, and it's hard to believe he would include them in a move for a rental player like Dunn.


In other trade talk Tuesday, opposing teams increasingly believe that the Phillies want to move Jayson Werth. The asking price for Werth has been similar to what Washington wants for Dunn: a young starting pitcher. Werth will also be a free agent this winter, and while there's believed to be little chance he'll re-sign with the Phillies, one scout said: "He should never leave that ballpark." . . . Other teams still don't count out the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes, even though it's well-known that Oswalt would prefer to be dealt to St. Louis, Atlanta or Texas. The Cardinals have interest, but some people who know Astros owner Drayton McLane don't believe he would send Oswalt to the Cards -- or to the Rangers. And the Braves have not shown interest.
Posted on: July 25, 2010 7:58 pm

Haren helps, but maybe not enough for 2010

Things were going so bad for the Angels that one scout who just finished touring the American League West said this weekend, "Oakland has a better chance of catching Texas than the Angels do."

Things were going so bad that even some Angels people were downplaying the possibility of a significant trade this week because, "We're not a Mark Teixeira away."

So, were they a Dan Haren away?

No, probably not. Even if you assume that the Angels have matched the Rangers' move for Cliff Lee -- they haven't, because Haren isn't as good as Lee -- the Angels still aren't as good as the Rangers.

So it's a bad trade, or a useless trade?

No, not at all, because Haren isn't a rental. He's signed through 2012, with an option for 2013, and he's the type of player the Angels have had trouble getting on either the free-agent or the trade market in recent years.

This is a team that wanted CC Sabathia, a team that wanted Roy Halladay, a team that talked about Jake Peavy, a team that tried to keep Teixeira after trading for him as a July 2008 rental.

This is a team that went to spring training this year with a decent five-man rotation but no ace -- and hasn't yet seen anyone step forward to become an ace.

The 29-year-old Haren could be that guy, even though he was having a subpar season with the Diamondbacks. He's not Lee and he's not Halladay, but he is a 200-inning a year workhorse who still has good enough stuff that he leads the National League in strikeouts.

He's been a consistent winner, including for three years in the American League West with the A's.

If the Angels beat the odds and get to the playoffs this year (it would probably take the Rangers falling apart for that to happen), then Haren gives them a much better chance at advancing than Joe Saunders would have. If they don't make it this year, then they still go into next season with the top of the rotation settled, with a healthy Kendry Morales back in their lineup -- and, who knows, maybe even Carl Crawford in their outfield.

This is as different as could be from the last big midseason Angels trade, the one for Teixeira in 2008. That year, the Angels were already far ahead in the AL West, and they dealt for Teixeira thinking he could put them on top in October (he didn't). This year, they're far behind, but Haren could have multiple chances to put them on top.

Sure, it's a little funny that the Angels -- so often criticized for failing to make a big July trade -- make one in a season that may be beyond saving. But because of what Haren could mean for their future, this one makes sense.

Does it make sense for the Diamondbacks? That's a lot harder to say, because it's always dangerous to just a prospect package on the day of a trade (especially when one of the key pieces is a player to be named).

But whether this was the right deal or not, trading Haren now makes perfect sense for a team that needs a makeover -- and needs to save money.

The $33 million or so remaining on Haren's contract shouldn't be that big a deal for an Angels team that fills the stadium every night. At $12.75 million each of the next two years, Haren is certainly cheaper than Sabathia or Halladay would have been, had the Angels succeeded in getting one of them.

Haren should help. Maybe they're still not good enough to catch the Rangers this year.

But at least they should be back to being the biggest threat to the Rangers -- this year, and into the future.

Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 5:23 pm

Lowell interests Tigers as Inge replacement

The Tigers, who lost third baseman Brandon Inge to a broken hand last week, have some interest in Mike Lowell, who began a minor-league rehabilitation assignment Thursday at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lowell was Pawtucket's designated hitter on Thursday, and after a scheduled day off Friday, he's expected to play third base on Saturday. Lowell had a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right hip this past week, and he told reporters in Pawtucket that he expects to be activated by the Red Sox next week.

Lowell has spent most of this season in limbo, because with Kevin Youkilis at first base and Adrian Beltre at third, Boston hasn't had a spot for him in the regular lineup. The Red Sox nearly traded Lowell to the Rangers last winter, because a different injury derailed the deal.

Lowell makes $10 million, but the Red Sox would obviously be willing to pick up most of the remaining money if they are able to move him. The Tigers, who called up Scott Sizemore to at least temporarily take Inge's place at third base, would be a good fit if they determine that Lowell is healthy enough to play regularly.

Inge suffered the injury Monday night, when he was hit by a Scott Feldman fastball. The Tigers said he would miss 4-6 weeks.

Posted on: July 23, 2010 4:38 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:44 pm

Royals' OF DeJesus out for the year

NEW YORK -- Royals outfielder David DeJesus is done for the season.

The team announced Friday that DeJesus, who several teams had been watching as a potential trade target, has a completely torn ligament in his right thumb, and will have surgery Monday. The recovery time is estimated at 10 weeks.

DeJesus, who was hitting .318 with a career-best .827 OPS, suffered the injury crashing into the wall Thursday night against the Yankees. The collision jarred the ball out of his glove, and Derek Jeter ended up with an inside-the-park home run.

The Royals called up Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha to take DeJesus's spot on the roster. Gordon, the second overall pick in the 2005 draft, has spent almost all of this season in the minor leagues.
Posted on: July 21, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 7:43 pm

Phillies seek pitcher, focusing on Oswalt, Haren

It's July, so the Phillies are trying to trade for a starting pitcher.

Of course they are. They do every year.

The Phillies have dealt for a starter each of the last four years , and sources familiar with the organization said they're trying hard this week to make it five in a row.

The top target has been Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt, but it appears that Diamondbacks right-hander Dan Haren could be a strong fallback position. Last year, remember, the Phillies tried first for Roy Halladay, before switching to their second choice and acquiring Cliff Lee (before then trading Lee and acquiring Halladay over the winter).

While sources said that no deal was close, as of late Wednesday afternoon, it's entirely possible that a trade for one of the pitchers could be completed before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. While the Phillies have two openings in their rotation this weekend, after demoting Kyle Kendrick and losing Jamie Moyer to an injury, the team apparently doesn't feel pressure to get a trade completed in the next 2-3 days.

The Phillies expect to activate left-hander J.A. Happ from the disabled list to start Sunday's game against the Rockies, although in some scenarios that have been discussed, Happ would be part of the package the Phillies would give up in a trade.

Astros owner Drayton McLane told the team's website that "nothing's imminent" on the trade front, and suggested that any deal would wait until closer to the July 31 deadline.

A deal for Oswalt remains complicated, for all the reasons we explained last month and more. ESPN.com reported Wednesday that Oswalt would require a team to pick up his 2012 option as part of agreeing to any deal, and sources said the Phillies aren't inclined to do that. Oswalt may not really want to pitch in Philadelphia in any case, having told people in Houston that he would rather not go anywhere with a large and aggressive media contingent.

The Phillies' urgency to make a trade could also be affected by the way the team plays the rest of this week. The Phils lost five of their first six games after the All-Star break, falling a season-high seven games behind the Braves in the National League East. The Phils have also fallen four games behind in the wild-card race.

The standings provide part of the reason that the Phillies have focused on Oswalt and Haren, because both pitchers are signed past this season, so neither would be a pennant-race rental. In effect, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro would be doing what White Sox GM Ken Williams did last summer, when he traded for Jake Peavy and claimed Alex Rios on waivers with one eye on 2010.

By acquiring either Oswalt or Haren, the Phillies would accomplish two things: First, they'd have a somewhat better chance of making the playoffs this year, and a great playoff rotation of Halladay, Cole Hamels and either of the two targets if they did get there. Second, they'd basically complete their shopping for 2011, adding the pitcher to their rotation with the understanding that they'd make room financially by allowing Jayson Werth to leave as a free agent and replacing him with top prospect Domonic Brown.

The Phils have also discussed the possibility of trading Werth this month, but at this point a Werth trade seems less likely than a deal for a pitcher.

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