Quick Hits: Gamel, Paniagua, Padres, Harper

Brewers GM Doug Melvin confirmed that Mat Gamel has a torn right ACL and is likely to miss the rest of the season, reports Tom Haudricourt of The Journal Sentinel. "For now, we'll fill from within," said the GM. "[Travis Ishikawa] will be out there. Making trades aren't as easy as people think."

Here's the latest from around the league…

  • Dominican right-hander Juan Carlos Paniagua recently worked out for teams in Puerto Rico, reports Conor Glassey on Baseball America. The Yankees signed the 22-year-old for $1.1MM last year, though the deal was later voided. Paniagua will be free to sign with teams on July 19th, though he will be subject to the international spending restrictions implemented by the new collective bargaining agreement.
  • ESPN's Jim Bowden put together a list of early trade candidates, including names like Brandon League, Erik Bedard, and Jeff Francoeur.
  • "There are a lot of good things about [the San Diego] market," said Scott Boras to Tom Krasovic of Inside of the Padres. "Has to be an owner with lot of money and patience," he added. The Padres are expected to be sold in the near future, possibly by the All-Star break.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote about Bryce Harper and explained why the Nationals should not send him down. Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tries to temper expectations for the young phenom.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America has a full recap of last week's minor league transactions, including DL assignments and players signed as undrafted free agents.

35 Responses to Quick Hits: Gamel, Paniagua, Padres, Harper Leave a Reply

  1. CitizenSnips 3 years ago

    “Has to be an owner with lot of money and patience,” he added. Missing from this: “…to deal with me.”

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       You beat me to it there :-)

      If it was up to Boras? Friedman would have Tampa out of that locale and in another city, new ownership in Miami.. Anyway at all to maximize/subsidize his FA and clientele.

  2. $17867741 3 years ago

    RE Milwaukee’s situation

    Coming from a Blue Jays’ fan, it might a perfect opportunity to trade away David Cooper OR Adam Lind.

    – young, ready to play now, great BB/K ratio, high BA
    – lacking any serious power
    – can be useful if he has a John Olerud type of evolution, but that’s a huge IF

    Adam Lind
    – affordable contract that ends in 2013, club options for 2014, 2015, 2016
    – set to hit free agent market after 2013 if options are declined
    – demonstrated that he can be amazing (ex 2009, first half of 2011)
    – overall, has steadily declined since 2009
    – potentially can still hit for 25 HR and 25 doubles
    – relatively young, can decent defense at 1B

    Between the two, I think Adam might be a better fit in Milwaukee than Cooper. I doubt the Brewers want to hold onto either player for more than 2 years. By that time, Hunter Morris should be ready to take the helm. Matt Gamel might be able to find a job as a utility guy if he learns to play OF, in addition to his 3B and 1B.

    I’m not saying that either player is good; I’m merely pointing out the fact that either player can adequately fill a hole until something better comes along.

    Maybe a 1 on 1 trade for someone like Eric Farris will be good? I don’t know…

    • Dustin Resch 3 years ago

       I would love to acquire Adam Lind… He would fit very nicely in Milwaukee… Love that power!!

      • Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

        He can still hit 25+ hr but I doubt his batting avg or OBP will ever reach the heights of 2009 season.

        Change of scenery can do wonders though. Let’s see.

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        you can have him for a box of left over prince fielder jerseys

  3. Lastings 3 years ago

    Albert Pujols… Welcome to Milwaukee!

  4. bigpat 3 years ago

    Gamel can’t catch a break, that sucks. I think they will be trying out a lot of Corey Hart at 1B for now since they seem to have some extra outfielders. 

  5. East Coast Bias 3 years ago

    Jared Weaver just pitched a no hitter! 

    • But Pujols has a monkey on his back (not a rally monkey either) because he didn’t homer

    • jwsox 3 years ago

      gotta love how Weaver who is pretty darn close to a true ACE pitched a No hitter yet Phil “I’m on my 5th team” Humber pitched a perfect-O!!…just kidding awesome job by Jared!!!! congrats!!

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         I liked Humber’s follow up game better.. What he gets for appearing on Letterman’s TV show…

  6. wadebets 3 years ago

    Would Trumbo be a fit?

  7. jwsox 3 years ago

    wonder if Adam Dunn the whitesox and The BrewCrew match up??

    thronburg and gamel(even though he is hurt) for Dunn and some cash say 1/3 of whats owed for the remainder of his deal?

    Seriously think about it Dunn goes back to the NL where he is comfortable, goes to a good team in a small market(mentally might be better for him) bat him 4th between Ryan and Aramis he will give tons of protection to Ryan and get tons of protection from Aramis. plus he gives the brewers the left handed power they need

    the sox get a solid at worst #3 starter pitching prospect and possibly a first basemen to take over for Konerko when he leaves, opens a DH spot for Vicedio and allows Lilibridge to play every day..even 50% of Dunns contract actually makes sense for both teams

    • Too much salary for Mil to take on, although it would be interesting to see him between Braun and Ramirez.  That could be a lethal lineup, especially with Hart and Weeks (if he starts hitting) sandwiching them…

      Plus, I’d hate to give up Thornburg.  The guy has electric stuff, and all the catchers were gushing about the pop he has on his pitches.  Plus, his deceptive delivery is tough on batters.  Add those together, and you have the Brewers minor league leader in strikeouts…

    • AaronAngst 3 years ago

      Pretty sure Dunn has negative trade value after last year, even assuming the White Sox pick up most of his salary. The last thing this struggling Milwaukee team should do is deal an arm that could be in their rotation in less than two years – they may have to sell at the deadline with the way things are going.

  8. Flharfh 3 years ago

     No way you are getting a decent prospect for Dunn unless you pay all or nearly all of his salary, especially from an NL team. The Brewers are probably about maxed out on payroll as it is, too.

  9. Koby2 3 years ago

    Maybe a way for the Royals to get a piece for Clint Robinson? Probably would be a lot cheaper (as far as prospects) than a lot of other guys on the market.

  10. CandyMaldonadoLand 3 years ago

    How about Derrek Lee? 

  11. chico65 3 years ago

    So teams had to cross the water in order to see Paniagua in Puerto Rico.  Fitting.

  12. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Liked the list of people Bowden has teams want to unload for obvious reasons.. frenchy, cause he swings at everything and his defense is the only reason he’s even in the league still, yet KC still for some reason saw fit to give him 9m for 3 seasons. Mamol, who likes to walk every other batter on occasion and does his best Kevin gregg impersonation and is owed even MORE than Gregg until 2013 (17m). Bedard who spends more time on the DL than an active roster.

    League has never been a closer per see, but a decent setup guy and could be worth a decent prospect. Hanrahan IMO is the best of the lot.

    • chico65 3 years ago

      It’s sad to see Marmol’s struggles.  Dude was something back in ’07 and ’08, and as close to unhittable as possible in ’10 (you were either striking out or walking against him).  If he could somehow get his BB/9 rate back down in the 4’s he might be able to recapture some of that magic again.  He doesn’t need good or even average control with his stuff- he just needs some semblance of it.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         Thay’s just it though.. The dude just goes into melt down mode after the 1st walk, or batter gets on base and does a perfect Calvin Schiraldi impersonation now. It’s almost like Gregg does a Marmol impersonation rather than the other way around.

        If Marmol wasn’t throwing that heater 97+, he would be truly awful and not even on a big league roster.

        Agree that when he *could* go out there and maintain his composure (most of the time) the guy was dominant, though he was still prone to going on streaks of being inconsistent, it’s just now as the permanent closer he just does not have the mentality to take the heat. Maybe if they could find someone to close and let him setup he could get it together again, but it’s a tough pill to swallow 17m over 2 years for a setup guy.

        • chico65 3 years ago

          “it’s a tough pill to swallow 17m over 2 years for a setup guy”

          Ain’t that the truth.  But at least Marmol has been on the field.  That’s more than the Sox have gotten out of Jenks.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             Jenks won’t be on any MLB field for quite some time.. Thing read he may not even play next season, then he had that DUI charge where he left the scene he has to get past the issues with both law enforcement and the league with..

            His next “field” could very well be behind razor wire…

  13. That Jim Bowden, he must consult with Keith Law before he writes his blog, because he has absolutely no idea as to what he’s talking about.

    Let’s go over the part that I could read from his wonderful article.

    Targeted closers: Brandon League, Joel Hanrahan, Huston Street, Carlos Marmol, Brett Myers and Grant Balfour Clubs in need: Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins

    League is ok, despite his power arm and two other pitches, he’s just ok.
    Joel Hanrahan, why would the Pirates give up so early? They signed Bedard and Burnett because they wanted to improve their rotation and it has. It’s the anemic offense that’s giving them issues. Pirates will not trade Hanrahan.

    Huston Street is terrible. Marmol is even worse. Myers is ok, but his salary is not ideal. Balfour should not be a primary closer. I love his stuff, but at 34 I am unsure of him back to back days. He’d be good in the O’s bullpen because they could rotate Strop, Johnson and Balfour. He would work in that kind of bullpen. If the Red Sox traded for him and made him the man, it would be a mistake. However, I don’t see Beane trading him or at least not until August.

    As for the Clubs in need:
    Angels……good luck
    Reds….I am sure their 11 and 12 record is very inspiring to their fans.
    Red Sox…. Meh
    Marlins instead of picking up Heath Bell, maybe they should have tried a different route. Bell should have stayed in San Diego.

    PS Almost forgot this Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners could join that group as their surprising starts could or should –fizzle by then.

    I wish Bowden gave reasons for this other than just typing it.
    Mariners might not have staying power. However, I think the Mets, O’s and A’s will continue what they are doing! The O’s starting rotation is actually pretty good this year and I don’t see them falling apart anytime soon!

  14. Psst..Milwaukee….Kevin Youkilis could be had.

    Boston can handle the money, just send something decent in return. Youk might actually stay healthy at first base.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      brewers dont have much to give up thats the problem

      • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

        Thornburg, Peralta, and a lot of solid major league OF depth–they have something to give–I just think they will use Ishikawa at first while playing Corey Hart there fairly regularly in a loose lefty/righty platoon.

  15. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    If they want to fill from within, would George Kottaras be a decent fill in at 1b?  It seems like AAA is a dead end for them. There is also Jorge Cantu, Arbeu,  and Derrick Lee if they pursue free agency.  Vladimir Guerrero and Marcus Thames may be able to pull it off as well. 

    • daveineg 3 years ago

       They are going to use a combination of Travis Ishikawa, Corey Hart, and Brooks Conrad there for now.  Aoki is a guy they might want to get on the field more, and moving Hart to 1B would allow that.

      They’ve got some guys at AAA that could help down the road.  He isn’t off to a great start this year, but Taylor Green outhit Gamel last year.  He’s going to see some action at 1B now.  The other AAA 1B is Sean Halton, sort of an under the radar guy built like Mike Morse.  He’s only played a month in AAA, and has not been considered a top prospect, but he’s hit at every level so far and if his power were to start matching what you’d expect of a guy 6’5″ and 255, then maybe he’d be in the picture.

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