Trade Market: Righty Relievers

Finishing up our Trade Market series, today we'll take a look at righty-relievers (those not covered in the closer post).  We've already seen a few right-handed relievers dealt in Jesse Chavez and Aaron Heilman, with the latter deal more predictable.

  • Dan Wheeler, Rays.  If the Rays prefer a change at the back end of their bullpen, they could deal Wheeler and free up $4.5MM.  The 32-year-old displayed fine control this year but allowed 11 home runs in 57.6 innings.
  • Zach Miner, Tigers.  Miner is arbitration-eligible for the first time, so the Tigers could trade or non-tender him to save money.  On the other hand, Miner still won't be too expensive and the Tigers may lose Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney to free agency.
  • Manny Delcarmen, Red Sox.  Delcarmen, 28 in February, is another first-time arbitration player.  The Nationals offered Nick Johnson for him in May, and the Red Sox turned it down.  Delcarmen struggled as the season wore on, posting career-worst strikeout, walk, and groundball rates.  Ramon Ramirez and Daniel Bard appear capable of handling Boston's right-handed setup duties.
  • Kyle Farnsworth, Royals.  With $5MM and one year remaining, Farnsworth will only be moved for another bad contract.  He posted a strong strikeout rate in his Royals debut season, but he was hittable and missed time with a groin injury.
  • Juan Cruz, Royals. With $3.75MM and one year left, Cruz's contract can also be considered a burden.  Strikeouts disappeared while his control issues continued; a shoulder strain may have been a factor.
  • Scott Linebrink, White Sox.  Linebrink still has two years and $10.5MM left on his deal.  This year his home run problems continued, while his control worsened and hits were plentiful.  He lost his set-up role in August.  The White Sox are losing Octavio Dotel from their 'pen, but now have Tony Pena for the entire year.
  • Seth McClung, Brewers.  An October tweet from McClung indicated the reliever feels his time with the Brewers is up.  This year he was homer-prone and posted 40 strikeouts against 39 walks in 62 innings while dealing with an elbow sprain.  He's likely to be non-tendered if not traded first.
  • Manny Corpas, Rockies.  Corpas is owed $6.5MM over the next two years.  His peripherals were decent this year, but he had a 5.88 ERA and multiple elbow surgeries to end his season.  He'd have to prove his health to make a trade possible.
  • Santiago Casilla, Athletics.  Casilla is a non-tender candidate after posting a 5.96 ERA in 48.3 innings.  He missed time with a knee injury and posted lousy peripherals. 

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