Trade Market: Right Fielders

Next up in our Trade Market series, right fielders.  The free agent market presents options such as Jermaine Dye, Brian Giles, Vladimir Guerrero, and Xavier Nady.

  • Brad Hawpe, Rockies.  Hawpe, 30, hit .285/.384/.519 this year in 588 plate appearances.  He's set to earn $7.5MM in 2010 and has a $10MM club option for '11 that he can void if traded.  The knock on Hawpe is his poor defense.  Last month in response to rumors, Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd said, "We have no desire to move him at all."  Speculations persists because the Rockies have Seth Smith, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs in the outfield.
  • Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals.  Ludwick gets a mention because he was part of trade talks a year ago.  The 31-year-old slipped to .265/.329/.447 this year after mashing 37 homers in '08.  He's under team control through 2011.
  • Milton Bradley, Cubs.  The Cubs seem likely to trade Bradley after he slugged just .397 in his first season for them and caused problems off the field.  Since he's owed $21MM over the 2010 and '11 seasons, the Cubs will have to match him up with another bad contract.
  • Jose Guillen, Royals.  Guillen's bad contract only has one year left, at $12MM next year.  He was hobbled by hip and knee injuries this year.
  • Travis Buck, Athletics.  Buck seemed to have a bright future after a .288/.377/.474 rookie season in '07.  Instead, he's been affected by shin splints, a concussion, a shoulder injury, and an oblique strain.  He hit .272/.345/.418 at Triple A this year.
  • Gary Matthews Jr., Angels.  You know the story – Matthews is owed $23MM over the next two seasons and wants to be some team's starting center fielder.  He's listed here because he has spent 562 innings in right over the past two seasons.

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