Potentially Available Left-Handed Relievers

On Thursday I identified a big group of potentially available right-handed relievers.  Today let's check out the left-handed group.

  • Athletics: Brian Fuentes, Craig Breslow, Jerry Blevins.  Blevins, designated for assignment in May, cleared waivers and is enjoying a strong June after a rough start at Triple-A.  Fuentes and Breslow are less likely to be dealt, as they might be penciled into future Oakland bullpens.
  • Cubs: John Grabow.  The real prize is Sean Marshall, though I don't see why the Cubs would move him.  Grabow would be a salary dump, as he hasn't done much to earn his $4.8MM.
  • Orioles: Mike Gonzalez, Mark Hendrickson.  It's been a rough year for Gonzalez, who has allowed 30 hits and seven home runs in 24 innings.  However, he remains very tough on lefties.  Hendrickson was outrighted to Triple-A in March and has been solid as expected against lefties.
  • Marlins: Randy Choate.  Choate, who is signed for 2012, has been nasty on lefties but should not face righties.
  • Red Sox: Hideki OkajimaEarlier this month he said he's hoping for a trade, but he hasn't drawn much interest to date.
  • Dodgers: Hong-Chih Kuo.  Just activated from the DL for anxiety disorder, Kuo is nasty when healthy.  He's under team control through 2012 and would have a strong market if the Dodgers are willing to move him.  But even at seven games out they might just prefer to add stability to their own bullpen.
  • J.C. Romero of the Phillies, Dustin Richardson of the Marlins: Both southpaws are currently in DFA limbo, so they won't require much to acquire.

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