Trade Market: First Basemen

Next up in our Trade Market series, first basemen.  We analyzed first base free agents here.

  • Prince Fielder, Brewers.  On October 7th, Brewers GM replied, "I don't see that happening" when asked about trading Fielder or Ryan Braun (Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporting).  What's more, SI's Jon Heyman expects the Brewers to attempt to lock Fielder up this winter.  Fielder is already under team control through 2011, and there is no reason to expect him to be shopped (the Brewers have other trade chips with which they can acquire pitching).
  • Adrian Gonzalez, Padres.  Like Fielder, most Gonzalez trade rumors have been speculative.  And Jed Hoyer knowing Theo Epstein doesn't really increase the chances of a trade to Boston.  The Padres have a small payroll, but Gonzalez will only earn $10.25MM over the next two seasons.  Hoyer even said long-term discussions are "on the docket."  On the other hand, there were summer trade talks with the Mariners, Red Sox, and Dodgers under old GM Kevin Towers.  Towers believes "it's just a matter of when" the Padres trade Gonzalez.
  • Adam Dunn, Nationals.  We haven't heard anything about Dunn being available, but it'd be reasonable for GM Mike Rizzo to listen.  The Nats have Dunn signed for next year at $12MM. 
  • Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays. Currently, the Blue Jays have no plans to move Adam Lind to first base (says MLB.com's Jordan Bastian).  If they change their mind, Overbay and his $7MM salary could theoretically be shopped.
  • Jorge Cantu, Marlins.  Here's a guy who's actually likely to be available this winter.  The thinking is that the Marlins would prefer not to give Cantu an arbitration raise on his $3.5MM salary.  Cantu traded some power for OBP this year.
  • James Loney, Dodgers.  More speculation…the Dodgers could consider trading Loney and his .399 SLG if they'd prefer more power at first base.  Loney's salary is set to take a jump through arbitration this year.
  • Ryan Garko, Giants. Garko is a non-tender candidate for the Giants, so it figures they'll try to trade him first.  At the least, Garko handles lefties well.
  • Casey Kotchman, Red Sox.  Kotchman was an odd acquisition by the Red Sox, as they don't have much of a spot for him.  He's similar to Loney but the asking price might be lower.
  • Andy Marte, Indians.  Marte's future with the Tribe is in doubt after a .232/.293/.400 performance in the bigs.  He did slug .593 at Triple A this year.
  • Mike Jacobs, Royals.  Like Garko, a non-tender candidate.  Jacobs spent most of the season as a DH.

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