Tim Brown’s Trade Candidates

Tim Brown of Yahoo’s MLB Experts Blog has a list of players GMs will be monitoring for trades in coming months:

  • Devil Rays: Carl Crawford, Elijah Dukes, Al Reyes, Carlos Pena.  Brown sees Dukes as the most likely trade candidate.  Does his recent offense make that more or less likely?  Both – it should increase the Rays’ need to get rid of him but decrease the number of interested teams.  The Rays probably knew about the incident with the 17 year-old girl before it became public.  I expect TB to build around Crawford, but Reyes and Pena should be worth dealing.  Bet the Tigers wish they still had Pena.
  • White Sox: Mark Buehrle, Jermaine Dye.  Brown names contenders for Buehrle: Phillies, Indians, Mariners.  I just don’t see Kenny Williams helping the Tribe though.  Brown thinks Dye should stay in the AL, though other reports have NL West teams after him.
  • Marlins: Dontrelle Willis, Miguel Cabrera.  Of course this pair has been surfacing for quite a while now as the two expensive vets on a low-budget team.  Brown notes the Yankees’ love of Willis.  I would be concerned for Dontrelle’s ERA pitching as a Yankee.  Brown believes an L.A. team could go after Cabrera, which would be exciting.  But there really hasn’t been buzz around Cabrera lately.
  • Rangers: Eric Gagne, Sammy Sosa, Kenny Lofton.  Brown names a slew of teams that could pursue Gagne: Indians, Tigers, Mariners, Braves, Mets, Yankees.  The latter four haven’t really gotten play as Gagne suitors yet.  I think the Ms should really focus on boosting their rotation somehow.  Their pen looked pretty good against the Cubs last night.
  • Orioles: Steve TrachselYou know what I think of Trax’s sub-4 ERA.
  • UPDATE: A second post from Brown names Omar Vizquel, Mark Grudzielanek, Jason Jennings, Brad Wilkerson, Brian Fuentes, Tadahito Iguchi, Ray Durham, and maybe Matt Kemp and James Loney as additional trade candidates.

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