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Rosenthal's Latest - Buehrle To Brewers?

Ken Rosenthal has a new article, and as usual he's broken several brand new trade rumors.  A brief summary:

  • Here's a good one: the Brewers have "kicked the tires" on Mark Buehrle.  You can never have too much pitching, I guess.  It's a long shot that Doug Melvin could pull it off without involving Yovani Gallardo or Ryan Braun, and he won't trade those two.  Without either player, the Brewers would pretty much be offering quantity over quality in terms of prospects. My own speculation: Corey Hart might intrigue Kenny Williams, but he'd be hard to part with.
  • Rosenthal estimates ten teams are looking at Buehrle.  He names the Mets, Braves, Mariners, and Cardinals.  Add the Brewers and we're still five short.  The five Rosenthal doesn't mention could include the Red Sox, Yankees, Marlins, Rockies, Dodgers, and Phillies.  Just guessing on the last five.
  • The Blue Jays have changed their tune on Troy Glaus - they'll now listen to offers for him.  It is believed Glaus might waive his no-trade clause to play close to home for the Padres, Angels, or Dodgers.  Glaus is owed about $5.9MM more this year and $12.75MM in 2008.  He also negotiated an $11.25MM player option for '09 when he was traded to Toronto.  Perhaps to agree to a trade he'd want his deal extended through '09 for $13MM or so.  Rosenthal says the package for Glaus would likely involve a young third baseman, like Chase Headley, Brandon Wood, or Andy LaRoche.  Such a deal would be hard to ignore for J.P. Ricciardi.  Of the three teams mentioned, Ricciardi has only previously dealt with Bill Stoneman (on the Brad Fullmer trade).
  • Rosenthal says the Cubs are not involved in a trade for Ken Griffey Jr.  The ownership change will prohibit them from taking on his contract.  Rosenthal also mentions that the Cubs are having difficulties finding a taker for Jacque Jones.
  • The Angels still like Adam Dunn, though I still don't see how he fits into their roster.
  • The prospect going to the Tigers for Mike Maroth won't be anything special; the point was to unload his $3MM salary. 

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I would think that Dunn would replace Shea Hillenbrand as DH. What am I missing?

Well if you have an OF of Willits, Matthews, Guerrero and Dunn at DH, you have no spots for Garrett Anderson or Juan Rivera when they are ready.

I believe Willits would be one of the players that the Reds would ask for in return. So that would take care of some of the logjam. The Angels would still be better off selling some of the farm and bringing in Cabrera.

With Reyes one hitter against the chisox last year maybe he can be the center piece for a deal for the cards. wishful thinking of course, but he still has potential. man I wish we traded him away for mulder instead of haren.

It would be worth it for the Angels or the Dodgers to bring in Miguel Cabrerra, but it's gonna take plenty of young talent in return.
As far as Glaus is concerned, if the Padres, Angels, or Dodgers only have to give up one third base prospect, then it's a deal worth making.

I guess I just don't think that the return of Anderson or Rivera would keep them from making a deal for Dunn, as he would likely be a vast improvement over them.

I think that team could sit back and not do anything and still have a good shot at a WS.

I read this site but why the gushing for Rosenthal? Over a span of weeks he'll make every possible combination of player and team as a trade destination. He's bound to be right on one eventually, which trade rumors of his have panned out over the years?

Dont be shocked if the Braves go after a 3rd baseman.......

"I read this site but why the gushing for Rosenthal?"

Well, the site is called "rumors", and weather a strong possibility of happening or not Rosenthal does give just that ~ rumors...

I figure he has more insight and connections than any of us would ever dream of so many of the things he says probably do have a strong foundation of truth. As far as percentage of rumors that go though; well I imagine each GM probably has 100 conversations for evey deal they make so...

*whether not weather

Ok - I know Maroth is pretty much a slightly below avg type P but if was going for almost nothing why didn't Cubs gun for him? He could take a few starts here and there from Hill and Marshall so they don't grind up their arms in Sept like Prior - and he has another year of arbitration. Basically you can never have too much pitching and would have rather had yr and a half of Maroth than whatever we get out of Wade Miller. Does his stats equal total disaster at wrigley? Or am I just the regular doom and gloom one of our pithers is due to get hurt badly cub fan?

Thanks for the spelling corection Ox...


Also, not near a TV and imagine it has been reported quite a bit, but just saw that Rob Beck died last night... He was at home and it doesn't sound like foul play was involved at all.

The SN link:

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=227269

Oh and Monkey, do the Cubs have a spot on the 40Man (let alone the 25Man) to put Maroth? I was under the impression Wade was only really released because they were pretty filled up there.

Also, would they really want to invest even more money in mid-level arms just because it might come in handy down the road? We keep hearing that they have so many contracts they would like to get out of now or will probably want to get out of soon, Maroth would probably just turn into another.

True Darkstar - stupid rules and 40 man roster stuff - always ruining the cubs chances. At least Marshall is giving us good starts - hope it lasts. Is Dempster hurt or has he officially lost his job to howry now? Perhaps they don't want him getting blowing a save before a potential trade? He's pitched 2x since last tuesday and Howry 3 of last 4 games

True Darkstar - stupid rules and 40 man roster stuff - always ruining the cubs chances. At least Marshall is giving us good starts - hope it lasts. Is Dempster hurt or has he officially lost his job to howry now? Perhaps they don't want him getting blowing a save before a potential trade? He's pitched 2x since last tuesday and Howry 3 of last 4 games

Rosenthal is the new Gammons...the best connected guy in the media.

Baseball-wise this is true, but I bet he cannot strum a guitar like Peter can, he actually is very good.

"Rosenthal is the new Gammons...the best connected guy in the media."

You a trade rumor guy should feel bad for saying something like that.

"Rosenthal is the new Gammons...the best connected guy in the media."
"You a trade rumor guy should feel bad for saying something like that"

Think that's bad, try being a hippie saying Ralph Nader is the best option for president... Sometimes you gotta bite the lip and speak what the case really is in this backwards world...


Oh and Monkey, I don't think its the rules that ruin the Cubs chances ~ that goes to the teams GM almost every year. Besides, Maroth wouldn't have made a difference on that team anyway and like I said would have probably became yet another contract they would be trying to dump...

any other updates on buehrle to the brewers? that seems like an odd fit, especially if they arent going to give up braun or gallardo, which i dont blame them. i wouldnt mind dumping a contreras on them to give that young team some experience as they get closer to the playoffs. all we'd need is a bullpen arm or a few promising AA arms or something.

I'd sell high on Corey Hart.

No way would the Brewers trade Hart for Buehrle. The thing we lack most is outfield depth and Buehrle isn't worth the downgrade to Mench or Gwynn starting in right field.

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