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"


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dickdoss
4 years 11 months ago

willingham to the braves would be sweet

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4 years 11 months 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.

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BradWells11
4 years 11 months ago

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

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14 Rocks
4 years 11 months 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.

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BradWells11
4 years 11 months 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!

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roberty
4 years 11 months 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.

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roberty
4 years 11 months 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.

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fishfan4life
4 years 11 months ago

Relievers are waaaay too expensive

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not_brooks
4 years 11 months 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.