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Potentially Available First Basemen

Several contenders might be looking for help at first base, including the Rockies, Angels, Giants, and Rangers.  Potentially available players:

  • Prince Fielder, Brewers.  The Brewers are listening on Fielder, though we haven't heard much about interested parties.  Fielder is under team control through 2011, after which point he'll pursue an extension worth well over $100MM.
  • Adam Dunn, Nationals.  Dunn is losing patience with the Nationals due to their lack of urgency about an extension, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.  The White Sox have interest in Dunn, who might be forced to fill a designated hitter role for them.  Dunn profiles as a Type A free agent, at least in the National League.
  • Lance Berkman, Astros.  Like Dunn, Berkman could technically play outfield for a few months.  Berkman has a full no-trade clause and $8.46MM left on his contract.  He's up to .255/.369/.459 on the season. 
  • Derrek Lee, Cubs.  The Cubs should probably consider trying to clear some of the $5.79MM still owed to Lee.  The problem: he's yet to slug .400 in any month this season, and his strikeout rate is his highest in a long time.
  • Adam LaRoche, Diamondbacks.  LaRoche is more affordable than those listed before him ($3.51MM remaining), but he hasn't hit much since May.  He's consistently posted big second halves.
  • Jorge Cantu, Marlins.  Aside from the 52 RBIs, Cantu isn't having an impressive season.  Even if ownership doesn't require it, clearing his $2.67MM salary is a solid baseball move. 
  • Ty Wigginton, Orioles.  Wiggy made the All-Star team with a strong April and May, and he'll be a useful piece for a contender. 
  • Mike Lowell, Red Sox.  As we wrote yesterday, Lowell hasn't played the field much and the Red Sox would have to pay his entire salary. 
  • Xavier Nady, Cubs.  The Rangers have strong interest in Nady, reported Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago a few days ago.  Nady hasn't done anything offensively this year, but he hasn't played regularly either.  He's got $1.47MM remaining plus performance bonuses. 
  • Kila Ka'aihue, Royals.  Ka'aihue, 26, already has 77 walks for the Royals' Triple A club (and a .463 OBP).  Certainly there are teams out there that would like to see how much of that skill translates to the Majors. 
  • Russell Branyan, Mariners.  It was an odd acquisition, but maybe Jack Zduriencik feels that he can trade Branyan again for more than he gave up. 
  • Casey Kotchman, Mariners.  The Mariners would have to eat most of his remaining $1.57MM to move him now, as Kotchman is a probable non-tender after the season. 
  • Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays.  If you like Derrek Lee, you should like Overbay more.  Overbay is having a better year, especially lately, and has $3.12MM remaining.
  • Recently MLBTR also profiled the market for catchers, second basemen, shortstops, and third basemen.


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