Rosenthal’s Full Count Video: Dunn, Oswalt, Haren

In his latest Full Count video at FOX Sports, Ken Rosenthal looks at possible next moves for the Angels, Yankees, Mets, and White Sox. Let's check out the highlights….

  • The Angels are expected to respond in some form to the Rangers' acquisition of Cliff Lee, with a corner infield bat still their top priority. While Rosenthal agrees that the Halos would like a third baseman who's under team control past this season, he thinks they could look at a rental for first base, since Kendry Morales will be back next spring.
  • Besides Adam Dunn, Rosenthal names Jose Bautista, Adam LaRoche, Ty Wigginton, and Jorge Cantu as potential fits for the Angels, suggesting Bautista makes the most sense. Rosenthal also speculates that, if their respective teams made them available, Mark Reynolds and Casey McGehee would intrigue the defending AL West champs.
  • Lee was the only starting pitcher the Yankees really coveted, so don't expect them to pursue players like Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren now that they missed out on the left-hander.
  • Rosenthal expresses skepticism that Oswalt or Haren will get dealt at all. Houston doesn't appear willing to take on enough of their ace's contract, while the D'Backs would need to be "blown away" to trade Haren.
  • The Mets' search for pitching has them looking at Jake Westbrook and a handful of other arms. Rosenthal notes that the team has had interest in Octavio Dotel as a free agent in the past, and that some members of the Mets' organization are "wary" of Ted Lilly.
  • The White Sox made a run at Cliff Lee, but never got close to landing him. Although a left-handed bat remains their biggest need, there aren't many on the market who appeal to them besides Dunn, whose price tag is "exorbitant." They might settle for acquiring a right-handed hitter, and could also pursue another starter if Daniel Hudson struggles.

17 Responses to Rosenthal’s Full Count Video: Dunn, Oswalt, Haren Leave a Reply

  1. halofan 5 years ago

    The Angels need to focus on Andy LaRoche and Dan Haren as possible trade targets. Bautista and Hank Blaylock could also be a option at 3B.

  2. jose bautista is a bad idea his 50 game suspension is right around the corner

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Not every statistical fluke is steroid-related. He’s not for real, but that doesn’t make him a drug user.

    • HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

      I’m sorry, but that is quite possibly the most ignorant thing you could say. I think the real bad idea was your post.

    • BaseballFanatic0707 5 years ago

      Insert guy’s quote from Billy Madison that was judging the questionnaire portion of the competition about how dumb Billy’s answer was here.

      • aap212 5 years ago

        Mr. Madison, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  3. letsgogiants 5 years ago

    Jose Bautista would make sense for the Angels. He could fill a much occupied hole at third while also giving the Angels much needed power in the middle of their order. He also doesn’t become a free agent until 2012. The only obstacle to acquiring Bautista would be his asking price from the Blue Jays. With him being under team control for 2 1/2 years and having a breakout year, he’s not gonna come cheaply.

  4. Joshua Ryan 5 years ago

    Well that’s weird…..what could have possibly made the Mets war of Ted Lilly? Is it his declining velocity, his declining K rate, the fact that he doesn’t throw his curveball anymore or is the fact that he’s no better than Takahashi?

  5. RBIBaseball 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t count the Yankees out of going after Dan Haren. Remember this is the same team that came out of nowhere when they signed Teixiera at the last minute and surprisingly traded for Granderson. Think about it their going to have two holes in their rotation come next year. Pettitte is retiring and Vazquez is probably gone. If they sign Cliff Lee that’s four. Still need a fifth.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      So you’re suggesting that the starting 5 pitchers for the Yankees in 2011 goes like this:


      Even for the Yankees that is excessive.

      • RBIBaseball 5 years ago

        I mean it probably won’t happen, but it would be really nice. I’m just saying don’t count the yankees out of anything.

        • Yankees420 5 years ago

          I am officially counting the Yankees out of the possibility that they sign Cliff Lee AND trade for Dan Haren, there is just absolutely no way that kind of pipe dream would come to fruition.

          • RBIBaseball 5 years ago

            Well yeah, Dan Haren would be a stetch, but their going to have get a fifth starter for next year. Hopefully Pettitte comes back, or they test out Aceves. But don’t rule out them trading for one.

  6. The Angels are pleased with Napoli and Frandsen and believe Wood is progressing. They will not be trading for an infielder. The Angels are looking for bullpen and rotation help. There’s a good chance they’ll kick the tires on Scott Downs and will definitely see if they can get something worked out with Haren or Oswalt.

  7. halofan 5 years ago

    Newsflash! The Angels just have too many holes in the offense. The 7,8,9 hitters are useless. 1B-McNaulty and 3B Wood are just killing us. Rivera is also struggling at the plate as well. If they want to compete for a division title this year they need to find a corner infielder that will produce big numbers. I do think Aybar and Matsui will have a great 2nd half but we need help asap.

  8. malcolmec 5 years ago

    Why would McGehee be available? Doesn’t he have several more years of arbitration available? I don’t understand why so many players who are still under team control for 2+ years keep coming up in trade talks. It makes no sense for those players to be traded–it defeats the whole point of rebuilding in fact. Yes, teams like the Brewers and Jays aren’t going to make the playoffs this year, but it’s not like they’re the Pirates or anything…

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