Stark On Orioles, Beltran, Reyes, Carpenter

The Yankees weren’t counting on much from Kevin Millwood when they signed him to a minor league deal and, according to Jayson Stark of, that may be a good thing. Stark hears that Millwood “looks terrible” and isn’t throwing as hard as usual in extended Spring Training. Here’s Stark’s latest from around the league:

  • An AL executive expects the Orioles to be one of the most active sellers in baseball if they fade this summer. With Vladimir Guerrero, Derrek Lee, J.J. Hardy and others on the roster, the O’s have a lot of potential trade chips.
  • The Mets would ‘love’ to see Carlos Beltran play well enough to make himself appealing as a trade candidate. Scouts are already watching Beltran in case he’s available at the deadline.
  • One NL scout says he’d recommend Jose Reyes on a two month rental, but wouldn’t advise committing to the shortstop long-term.
  • Despite speculation that Chris Carpenter could be traded, most clubs expect the Cardinals to hold onto him. St. Louis holds a $15MM option for Carpenter in 2012 ($1MM buyout).

32 Responses to Stark On Orioles, Beltran, Reyes, Carpenter Leave a Reply

  1. chris_synan1 4 years ago

    the red sox should make an effort to get carpenter since dice k sucks

    • yeah ok you give us pedroia and will call it a deal

    • So the Red Sox should go after a #1 starter because their 5th starter has disappointed in his 3 or so starts?

      What’s the Sox’s farm look like these days anyway?

      • MaineSox 4 years ago

        Every team “should” go after a #1 to replace their #5, it makes their team better. But no they shouldn’t give up on Dice-K because of how he has started the year.

        Farm system looks pretty good BTW.

        • “Every team “should” go after a #1 to replace their #5″

          I suppose, can’t imagine smaller market teams doing it though. And really, the Sox don’t need Carpenter. Better off holding onto the prospects they have left, the big-league club is loaded right now.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            Sure there are teams that couldn’t, but that really wasn’t the point. I was simply saying that the Sox would be better off with Carenter replacing Dice-K, but it is because Carpenter is really good and not because Dice-K is really bad.

            I know the Sox wont do it, and I’m not even saying the Sox should actually do it. I’m just saying that they would actually be better off.

    • Rabbitov 4 years ago

      And you should probably waive Beckett (because of last season) and Lackey too by your logic, yet you chose Dice K?

      This is one of the weakest posts I’ve seen on these boards.

  2. Pawsdeep 4 years ago

    “One NL scout says he’d recommend Jose Reyes on a two month rental, but wouldn’t advise committing to the shortstop long-term.”

    That man should be fired.

    • Why’s that? It’s not like Reyes hasn’t had his share of injuries recently, and if he has a good year he’s going to command a ton. His numbers are pretty comparable with Carl Crawford’s……

      • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

        Whatever team acquires him is going to give up an awful lot in prospects or big leaguers….so after you give up a bunch of talent to acquire a guy he just walks after half a season??? That doesn’t sound like a good deal to me…

        Now if you can acquire him in the cheap then renting him makes sense-but that ain’t gonna happen. If you are renting him and he doesn’t help you win a ring it’s a big fail in my eyes to just let him walk after you gave up a blue chipper or two to get him.

        • Honestly, for a half-year rental of Reyes…….it’s not going to cost nearly as much as you’re implying. I mean, unless he’s hitting .400 with 90 SB at the deadline …..

          If the Mets can’t extend him, they’re not going to have a whole lot of leverage.

          • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

            But he will no doubt be a type A free agent—which will result in a first round pick for the mets when he walks. Why in earth would they give up something guaranteed? I think he will cost more than you are thinking…

            ATLEAST 1 top notch prospect with a couple of fringe guys thrown in…

          • I’m not sure I’m following…..

            Yes, Reyes will be a type-A FA. But a #1 draft pick isn’t guaranteed if he walks, he could sign with a team with a protected pick(like Mike Gonzalez signing with the Orioles after the 2009 season).

            And yeah, if the Mets don’t get an offer they feel is more valuable than a potential #1 pick, he’ll stay. But they’re certainly going to get offers of greater value if Reyes is healthy and hitting. It’s just not going to cost an ‘awful lot in prospects or big-leaguers’, at least not top prospects or impact major-leaguers. Yeah, 1 A prospect and 2-3 lesser prospects seems about right.

  3. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    Putting “reality/$$$” aside for the moment, I’d love for Reyes to stay put in Flushing. Watching him run the bases and driving the pitcher & catcher crazy is practically worth the price of admission to me. He really is really something to see. :)

    • boraswannabe 4 years ago

      Agreed. I actually enjoy watching him play (when he’s not injured). I hate the idea of losing him. When was the last time the Mets had a leadoff hitter who can hit, has some power, and can run the bases like him?

      • Infield Fly 4 years ago

        Tell me about it. I literally can’t wait to see what he’s going to do each game, and I know many others who feel the same. So ‘naturally’ the thing to do is to get rid of him (as well as the portion of the fan base that shows up just to watch him). Yay, can’t wait. ☹ ☁

        I wish the freakin’ Wilpons would sell already – to somebody with re$ource$ and vision (not to mention a little somethin’ called “horse sense”)…but I digress.

        • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

          I cant believe the MLB isn’t pushing them harder to sell…

          I know they denied a loan but the Wilpons are a really bad looking black eye right now and that is too good of a market to just leave in the hands of idiots/crooks. I can’t believe the MLB is allowing a New York team to stay in such a state of disrepair….

    • alphakira 4 years ago

      I couldn’t agree more. Without Reyes the Mets lose a ton of excitement – perhaps all of it. I go to about 5-8 games a year and while I’m sure just going to 2-3 a year wouldn’t hurt the owners much, I have a feeling there’s a lot of people that feel the same way. If they think attendance is hurting now…just wait…

  4. GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

    Since the winter i assumed the Yankees would go for carpenter at the deadline but i wasn’t aware of his option next year. What would it take to get him?

    • Mark Prior, Freddy Garcia, Kevin Millwood, Bartolo Colon, Joba Chamberlain, and a time machine.

      • GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

        What you don’t want eric chavez and andrew jones too?

    • Muggi 4 years ago

      Given the below-market Option, it’d be quite a bit.

      Betances or Banuelos, plus at least one other decent guy and a filler i would think. I’d bet the Cards avoid Montero with the concerns about his position and not needing a DH.

      • roomwithamoose 4 years ago

        well he could be a 1B…oh wait a minute…haha. I think Pujols will be a lifelong cardinal, but had to make that comment.

      • GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

        it would be worth it it’s just the health concerns that scare me.

      • Ferrariman 4 years ago

        Montero must be involved. You MUST ALWAYS max out on your return in terms of quality. Flip Montero later if need be. Its pretty moot though anyways since the article distinctly says Carpenter will more than likely not be available, but as a general rule of thumb you should get the most value in prospects. They are just too volitale.

        • Muggi 4 years ago

          Agreed it’s moot, but for conversation’s sake I’d say getting Banuelos or Betances IS maxing out the return. Montero looked bad in ST, both at and behind the plate. He’s still incredibly valuable but The B’s are both looking like FOR starters; I’d put them above Montero in terms of value.

  5. i think the oakland athletics and new york mets will end up making a big trade soon if the mets countine to struggel

  6. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Reyes to the SF Giants…

  7. GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

    that’s a messed up thought.

  8. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    you might want to go see a psychiatrist

  9. Yeah, may tone it down a bit and settle for just his right hand smeared on the sidewalk. Anything to get him the hell away from the Braves and their confidence in him.

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