Trade Market: Lefty Relievers

The free agent market features plenty of lefty relievers, with Joe Beimel, John Grabow, and Darren Oliver among the "bigger" names.  How about the trade market?

  • Arthur Rhodes, Reds.  The Reds could trim $2MM from the payroll by trading Rhodes.  The 40-year-old shuts down lefties, but so does Danny Herrera.
  • Scott Downs, Blue Jays. Entirely speculation, but the Jays might like to reallocate Downs' $4MM.  He missed time this year with toe and hamstring injuries, tallying 46.6 innings and spending some time as the team's closer.
  • Brian Tallet, Blue Jays.  Mentioned in our starters post, Tallet is earning more than a million bucks and might be expendable.  Lefties knocked him around this year though.
  • Renyel Pinto, Marlins.  Pinto is eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.  He has control issues and lefties hit him well, so he won't bring much in return.
  • Bobby Seay, Tigers.  Seay is due a raise on this year's $1.3MM salary, so the Tigers might prefer to shop him prior to the December 12th non-tender deadline.
  • Rafael Perez, Indians.  Perez pitched well in 2007-08, with huge strikeout rates and limited walks.  The wheels came off this year, and lefties crushed him.  Like several others on this list, Perez is in danger of being non-tendered to save money.

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