Lefty Reliever Rumors

Scott Downs, Will Ohman, Javier Lopez, Craig Breslow, George Sherrill, Doug Slaten, Brian Tallet, Mark Hendrickson, and Bruce Chen make up most of the trade market for left-handed relievers.  Today's rumors…

  • Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets that he feels the Giants, Phillies, Red Sox, Twins, and Rays could use a left-handed reliever.
  • Morosi tweets that the Pirates are getting calls on Lopez, who is affordable now and under team control for 2011.  Lopez has surrendered too many walks to both lefties and righties, but his groundball rate is 59.6% and he's whiffed southpaws at a strong rate.
  • The Indians are getting hits on Rafael Perez, tweets Morosi's colleague Ken Rosenthal, but they aren't motivated to trade him.  Perez is technically under team control through 2013.  With a 5.6 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9, Perez's best asset is his 57.4% groundball rate – much like Lopez.

9 Responses to Lefty Reliever Rumors Leave a Reply

  1. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    R. Perez has had some wildly erratic stretches. If I were the Indians, I’d say yes for any usable outfielder, specifically a center fielder. Trevor Crowe has been starting in Sizemore’s place, and god love him, he tries, but he’s truly awful out there. Sizemore may not be the same when he returns from injury. It would be better if they had that possibility covered.

  2. joeytime 5 years ago

    I would like to see the Yankees go after Perez, I think he’s a upgrade and or nice addition to the lefty situation in the pen for the yanks. I’ve been impressed as to what I’ve see out of perez against us, so that’s all I can go by… I wouldn’t go too crazy however, his team control for three more years is nice. Let me know what you guys think about this and who would the Yankees have to offer?

  3. Tacho Bill 5 years ago

    Lopez has been pretty good for the Bucs this year. Now that they have Will Ledezma, perhaps they can trade Lopez and get something decent for him.

  4. Joe 5 years ago

    What about (now Free Agent) Nate Robertson (just released by Florida). Do you see him signing?

  5. Earlier I had pondered a Dunn and possibly Slaten trade to the Rays, now I think a Willingham and Slaten deal would make sense for Tampa (if the Nats are willing to deal both Dunn and Willingham). Willingham can DH this year, replace Crawford if he leaves next and Slaten would be a nice cheap lefty for them for the next 3 and a half years. The return would be solid but it wouldn’t have to be prohibitive (i.e. no Hellickson, Davis ect.). The only real quesiton would be if the Nats would be willing to trade both their big bats.

  6. Gumby65 5 years ago

    The only thing the Dodgers can get back for Sherrill is an empty locker and a bottle of hand sanitizer.

  7. Gumby65 5 years ago

    The only thing the Dodgers can get back for Sherrill is an empty locker and a bottle of hand sanitizer.

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