The First Baseman Market

Next up in the Trade Market series, first basemen.  Which ones might be available in the coming months?  Let me know in the comments if you have anyone to add.

  • Nick Johnson and Dmitri Young, Nationals.  Johnson will be out for roughly a month with a torn wrist tendon, while Young just returned from the DL after a lower back strain.  It’ll be tough for Jim Bowden to move either of them.
  • Rich Aurilia, Giants.  He’s heating up this month.  He’s being paid $4.5MM this year, and it wouldn’t take much.
  • Kevin Millar, Orioles.  Millar seems to enjoy playing in Baltimore, and the O’s are only two games out of the wild card.  He’s not hitting much yet anyway.
  • Richie Sexson, Mariners and Carlos Delgado, Mets.  Both seem more likely to be designated for assignment than traded.  Their salaries have kept them afloat so far.
  • Paul Konerko, White Sox.  Logic says Konerko stays put.  A sore wrist has contributed to a slow start, he has 10 and 5 rights, and he earns $12MM annually through 2010.
  • Adam LaRoche, Pirates.  Seems to have shaken off his typical slow start.  Extension talks fizzled.
  • Scott Hatteberg, Reds.  He seems likely to go, and would probably prefer it.  Hatteberg may be the first order of business for Walt Jocketty. 
  • Chris Duncan, Cardinals.  The Cards can probably get by in the outfield without him.  The 27 year-old has a career line of .271/.359/.512.
  • Kendry Morales, Angels.  Morales, 25 in June, is hitting .298/.341/.470 in Triple A (nothing special).
  • Chad Tracy, Diamondbacks.  With Mark Reynolds and Conor Jackson manning the corners in Arizona, Tracy isn’t needed.  He could return within a week, finishing a long recovery from microfracture knee surgery.

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