Stark On Phillies, Indians, Ross, Athletics

Today's rumblings from ESPN's Jayson Stark

  • Shane Victorino's oblique injury yesterday appears to close the door on a Jayson Werth trade.  MLB.com's Todd Zolecki seems to agree, but unlike Stark he feels that the Phils "remain a top contender" for Roy Oswalt.  More on Oswalt here.
  • Stark writes of indications the Phillies have turned to starters such as Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona and relief options like Octavio Dotel. Jon Heyman of SI.com notes that the Indians are talking trades with the Phils (Twitter link).
  • Speaking of the Indians, Stark senses they do want to move money off the books.
  • The Marlins have told teams they could deal Cody Ross in August if they fall out of contention, but they'd have to match up only with the team that wins the claim.
  • The Braves maintain strong interest in Josh Willingham, though there's a good chance they stand pat.  Willingham is just one of many Nationals veterans generating interest, GM Mike Rizzo told ESPN 980.
  • Athletics assistant GM David Forst told Stark "it would have to be an over-the-top deal for us to even consider it" in regard to trading relievers such as Michael Wuertz, Craig Breslow, and Brad Ziegler.


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23 Comments on "Stark On Phillies, Indians, Ross, Athletics"


dickdoss
5 years 1 month ago

willingham to the braves would be sweet

5 years 1 month ago

I like Carmona to the Phils. He is a good pitcher having a good year on a bad team. Unfortunately I think that Cleveland is going to be asking alot for him considering his contract.
Jayson should have never been going anywhere, glad to see that is over.

BradWells11
5 years 1 month ago

Why wouldnt Braves try to acquire chris Young?? Makes too much sense to me

14 Rocks
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t see why the Braves don’t go after Young either. If they got Willingham the Diaz/Hinske platoon would have to move to RF and Heyward would move to CF. That would be a sad defensive outfield. Young would give them an A+ defensive centerfielder with speed and power, plus the other outfielders could remain in their same positions.

BradWells11
5 years 1 month ago

My thinking as well. I think a Schafer/McLouth plus pitching prospect gets him. With the pitching depth the Braves possess I think this is a steal!

roberty
5 years 1 month ago

Chris Young is owed $20.9 million over the next 3 seasons. He is producing this season and is a decent centerfielder but his career numbers are so similar to those of Jeff Francoeur that it’s almost frightening.

Francoeur – .269/.310/.427
Young .241/.312/.444

I wouldn’t sign Chris young for 3 years/$21 million let alone trade quality pitching prospects for him.

roberty
5 years 1 month ago

Chris Young is owed $20.9 million over the next 3 seasons. He is producing this season and is a decent centerfielder but his career numbers are so similar to those of Jeff Francoeur that it’s almost frightening.

Francoeur – .269/.310/.427
Young .241/.312/.444

I wouldn’t sign Chris young for 3 years/$21 million let alone trade quality pitching prospects for him.

fishfan4life
5 years 1 month ago

Relievers are waaaay too expensive

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

I’m thinking the A’s are going to make a big move Friday or Saturday.

Their reluctance to trade Sheets before he got hurt, coupled with Forst’s comment here tell me that they think they can win the West if they can get a bat.

Despite a 3-4 record, they’ve played well against the Rangers this year. Three of the four losses were close games that could have been won with a real bopper in the lineup. Same deal with their 6-7 record against the Angels.

Prince Fielder is going to be too expensive for sure (and I doubt the Brewers move him before the offseason), but with the depth the A’s have in the minors, I can see them making a deal for Adam Dunn.

With Brett Anderson coming back and a power hitter in the middle of the order, the A’s could make a run.

BradWells11
5 years 1 month ago

Dunn to the a’s??? Youre high

corey23
5 years 1 month ago

we already have a poor man’s adam dunn in jack cust. I don’t see prince to the A’s because barton is playing well and so is jack cust at dh. dunn would make more sense at least because he can play right field, and we’re hurting at OF right now.

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

I’d say make Barton part of a deal for Dunn.

Barton isn’t a long term solution at first base on a team already lacking power and Chris Carter should be ready by 2011.

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

I’d say make Barton part of a deal for Dunn.

Barton isn’t a long term solution at first base on a team already lacking power and Chris Carter should be ready by 2011.

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

Right, because Billy Beane has never made a deadline deal for a bat when he thought the A’s had a chance to win their division.

I mean, it’s not like they traded Aaron Harang and more for Jose Guillen in 2003. Oh, they did? Oops…

Hmm, I’m sure they didn’t trade Jon Adkins for Ray Durham in 2002. That happened too, you say? Oh…

Well, they definitely didn’t trade prospects for Jermaine Dye in 2001. Wait? That happened too? Crap…

Get a grip, man. I’m speculating. You know what speculation is, right? I’ll give you a hint: It’s exactly what Jon Heyman and Jason Stark do every year at the trade deadline.

Seriously. It’s not like I’m saying the Orioles are going to trade for Prince Fielder.

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

Right, because Billy Beane has never made a deadline deal for a bat when he thought the A’s had a chance to win their division.

I mean, it’s not like they traded Aaron Harang and more for Jose Guillen in 2003. Oh, they did? Oops…

Hmm, I’m sure they didn’t trade Jon Adkins for Ray Durham in 2002. That happened too, you say? Oh…

Well, they definitely didn’t trade prospects for Jermaine Dye in 2001. Wait? That happened too? Crap…

Get a grip, man. I’m speculating. You know what speculation is, right? I’ll give you a hint: It’s exactly what Jon Heyman and Jason Stark do every year at the trade deadline.

Seriously. It’s not like I’m saying the Orioles are going to trade for Prince Fielder.

BradWells11
5 years 1 month ago

Trading for a rental player and covincing him to resign in Oakland for big money goes against everything Billy Beane is known for. Doesn’t hurt to dream though.

PTBeaneNL
5 years 1 month ago

o but it does hurt to dream

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

Who said anything about resigning anyone?

Just trade for Dunn and make a run this year. Then hope Chris Carter and/or Michael Taylor make the jump next year to add power.

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

Who said anything about resigning anyone?

Just trade for Dunn and make a run this year. Then hope Chris Carter and/or Michael Taylor make the jump next year to add power.

letsgogiants
5 years 1 month ago

Though Beane would love the draft picks.

letsgogiants
5 years 1 month ago

Though Beane would love the draft picks.

5 years 1 month ago

I love how mindless Red Sox fans told me I was high when I said Bard for Wuertz or gtfo. That really is what it would take to move Wuertz.

sports4life
5 years 1 month ago

Who would the Braves trade to get Willingham?–or any other big bat??