Heyman On D’Backs, Astros, Royals, Soriano

You thought Cliff Lee was drawing a lot of interest now? One GM told Jon Heyman of SI.com that 12-15 teams could show interest in the Mariners lefty before the July 31st trade deadline. Here are the rest of Heyman’s rumors, as we wonder which teams are going to be calling Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik about Lee:

  • The D’Backs, who just fired their GM, are talking to clubs about five players, including Dan Haren. Rival GMs agree that Arizona would have to be “overwhelmed” to move Haren, but the D’Backs are seriously considering dealing Adam LaRoche, Kelly Johnson and Chad Qualls. They are also listening to offers for Edwin Jackson, who authored a no-hitter over the weekend.
  • Interim manager Kirk Gibson and interim GM Jerry Dipoto appear to be candidates to take on their responsibilities on a more permanent basis.
  • An executive told Heyman that “just about everyone but Hunter Pence” is available on the Astros. Not surprisingly, one GM told Heyman that no team will take on Carlos Lee and his contract.
  • A rival GM believes the Royals would deal Joakim Soria and another GM believes David DeJesus is better than Curtis Granderson or Johnny Damon.
  • The Cubs would love to move Alfonso Soriano, according to a GM.
  • There has been no noticeable progress between the Brewers and Prince Fielder on an extension, but at least one executive doubts that Prince would fetch much of a return in a trade.

25 Responses to Heyman On D’Backs, Astros, Royals, Soriano Leave a Reply

  1. Chiburgh 5 years ago

    Time for Hendry to work his magic as being the easiest GM to deal with

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    Anyone who trades for Kelly Johnson and his home/road splits should get a free dunce cap thrown in.

    • coolstorybro222 5 years ago

      Anybody that thinks they are trading for him and his power need a free toaster and direction to the nearest bathtub.

  3. If Hendry can get a decent to good trade for Soriano he deserves GM of the year award. As a cubs fan I hope at least one bad contract is dumped by the deadline. We are going no where fast and need to blow up the roster. Other than cashner castro and colvin everyone should be available. Marmol would be good to keep too but if someone will overpay trade him.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      You shouldn’t get an award for correcting your own colossal, obvious mistake.

    • Soxman17 5 years ago

      This is what happens when a GM spends irresponsibly, thus screwing most other teams by overpaying and giving out no-trade clauses to players who do not deserve it. Hendry screwed the rest of baseball over and over again. Now the Cubbies have to pay for it.

  4. scottandwtb 5 years ago

    Soriano has a full no-trade clause and makes $18M a year thru 2014(!) Good God, how do you get around that??

    • j6takish 5 years ago

      Vernon Wells is a way better player, with a much higher ceiling when he is playing well, and has stated that he would be willing to waive his NTC….and he is still thought to be impossible to get rid of, Soriano isn’t going anywhere

      • Guest 5 years ago

        I don’t think they would move Wells now even if they could. That was last year.

        • Zack23 5 years ago

          You kidding? They owe him 86m after this year, if someone would take that they’d move him.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Maybe for the right prospects, but I don’t think they’d just give up on him like Rios. He’s performed fairly well this year, and is bascially the only franchise player left. He provides veteran leadership, so no, I stand by my opinion.

          • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

            It wouldn’t be giving up on him. It would be relieving themselves of an incredible burden going forward.

      • chicothekid 5 years ago

        I know, Cubs want to trade Soriano! BP wants a good reputation, the US wants peace in the Middle East, and the Pirates want to win the WS too! So what?

        • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

          the US wants peace in the Middle East


    • coolstorybro222 5 years ago


      That’s the mets way of thinking for you.

  5. twenty1thirteen 5 years ago

    Lol, of course a rival GM wants the Royals to trade Soria.

    • brstreet9 5 years ago

      Same GM probably wants Greinke, DeJesus, and Butler thrown into that trade.

  6. bjsguess 5 years ago

    Heyman – the king of captain obvious. Here’s the even more condensed version …

    1. D-Backs are willing to trade virtually anyone on their roster if the price is right.
    2. Same goes for the Astros.
    3. Nobody is willing to pay the rest of Carlos Lee’s contract.
    4. David Dejesus is better than Granderson, Damon and most other major league outfielders.
    5. Cubs would like to unload Soriano.

    Pretty sure anyone who reads the site regularly could have reached these same conclusions.

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      David DeJesus has a career OPS+ of 108. He’s Coco Crisp w/o speed, or Marlon Byrd with more OBP but less power. He doesn’t hit for power, he doesn’t steal bases (47 SB, 43 CS).
      So how is he better than ‘most’ other OF?

  7. scottandwtb 5 years ago

    Poor Kelly Johnson. I always liked him with the Braves but I don’t think anyone can figure him out. He’s really an all or nothing type player.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      You mean all at home and nothing on the road? Some guys peak early. Especially second basemen.

  8. Guest 5 years ago

    I think the only way Soriano is moved is if he approves the trade and the Cubs eat most of that salary.

    • Smileybush 5 years ago

      I wonder if the Cubs have a plan to suck as bad as possible, make the environment as toxic as they can, so all the guys Tommy Boy Hendry gave NTC’s to – Soriano, Big Z, Fukudome, Smarzdja, Lee, Ramirez and Lilly – will be inclined to waive them to get the hell out of town. Since we are in year 102 of the plan – I think it may be finally be time . . .

  9. Zack23 5 years ago

    Colossal mistake? Granderson has a history of producing; Coke is a middle reliever, IPK had no spot on the team, and lets look at Jackson’s OPS by month: .917, .732, .614

    But yeah, every one was crazy when we brought up his .500 BABIP he had going.

  10. Zack23 5 years ago

    Wait, so you talk about potential with IPK and AJax, yet I can only talk about 2010 with Granderson? Ha, it’s easy to think you ‘won’ a discussion when you make up your own rules.

    Phil Coke has a xFIP 4.75 this year, he’s striking out less guys, while walking more, his performance so far has been a mirage; just like how AJax was everyone’s darling in April, we all said his .500 BABIP was a mirage, and guess what, the mirage went away in May and June.

    And I dont believe I ever mentioned that I expected Granderson to hit .280; especially since I dont value players based on average.

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