Rosenthal On Fielder, Angels, Pierzynski, Mets

Let's check out the newest edition of Full Count from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports..

  • Milwaukee may not be able to find a taker for Prince Fielder before the trade deadline.  Fielder's deal runs through next season and the Angels, who are the most obvious fit, only need a first baseman for the remainder of this season to fill in for Kendry Morales.  The teams with the greatest needs for a first baseman/designated hitter type, such as the Mariners, aren't in contention.  Rosenthal points out that Brewers GM Doug Melvin has always said that it's easier to move position players in the winter when more teams can be drawn into the mix.
  • Angels GM Tony Reagins says that the team will be patient in finding a replacement for Morales.  The Angels are starting to play better and Mike Napoli is an obvious internal solution as Jeff Mathis gets set to return.  While their biggest need is in the bullpen, Reagins says that the team is comfortable with the pitchers that they have, for now.
  • White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski would almost certainly consent to a trade if the club asked him to move on in order to give Tyler Flowers big league experience.  Pierzynski has the right to veto any trade beginning on June 13th.  The veteran is a free agent at the end of the season and could enhance his value by going to a contender.  If he was still available in August then his salary is high enough that he would likely clear waivers.
  • The Mets say that they have the payroll flexibility to add a starter at the deadline but it remains to be seen just how much and how willing they are to part with young talent.  One solution could be putting Jenrry Mejia in the starting five as GM Omar Minaya believes that he could be a dominant starter.  However, manager Jerry Manuel raised doubts about that happening this season.