Cafardo On Red Sox, Morneau, Broxton, Lee

The Red Sox could be in the enviable position of being both buyers and sellers at the deadline, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  Once their outfield is healthy, Cody Ross, Daniel Nava, Ryan Sweeney, Scott Podsednik, and Marlon Byrd could be trade bait.  Kevin Youkilis is obviously a major chip and guys like Aaron Cook, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Mark Melancon, and Kelly Shoppach may also find themselves on the block.  The Nationals are in a similar position as they could sell off pitchers John Lannan and Chien-Ming Wang while still contending.  Meanwhile, the two teams most willing to move players will be the Astros and Cubs.  Here's more from Cafardo..

  • The Twins will likely entertain offers at the trading deadline for Justin Morneau but won’t necessarily deal him.  The Blue Jays are a team to watch as they are trying to do something significant to help their offense.  Morneau earns $14MM this year and next and the Jays have money saved.  Toronto also has the kind of prospects Minnesota desires.
  • A decision the Royals made last week will likely enhance Jonathan Broxton’s trade value.  They have been cautious with him because of past elbow issues but are no longer barring him from pitching consecutive days.  Broxton has a 1.74 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 20.2 innings this year.
  • Despite the Astros’ surprising start, they will still listen to offers for their top trade candidates.  That includes closer Brett Myers, lefty starter Wandy Rodriguez, first baseman Carlos Lee, right-hander Brandon Lyon, and shortstop Jed Lowrie.
  • Lee could be a fit for the Dodgers as they look to replace Matt Kemp's power bat, but Lee has always had West Coast teams on his no-trade list.
  • Eventually, Twins GM Terry Ryan try to make the best possible deals for assets such as outfielder Josh Willingham, starters Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano, closer Matt Capps, and infielder Jamey Carroll.
  • A's starters Bartolo Colon and Brandon McCarthy, relievers Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes, outfielder Coco Crisp, catcher Kurt Suzuki, and others are in play.   They also wouldn’t be against moving Josh Reddick.

32 Responses to Cafardo On Red Sox, Morneau, Broxton, Lee Leave a Reply

  1. OaklandFan22 3 years ago

    There is no way we are moving josh reddick!

    • I’d take this with a grain of salt. Caffardo is throwing stuff against a wall and seeing what will stick. 

      • melonis_rex 3 years ago


        Teams “listen” on players all the time. That doesn’t mean they’re going to be traded or that there’s even any serious likelihood that they’re going to be traded. 

        “Blow me away with an offer that should get you fired” can be rewritten as “wouldn’t be against moving”. 

    • That’s what i’m saying… Why? All those names they listed for the A’s can go but not Josh haha.

    • frank_costanza 3 years ago

      I wish they would though. He would look real good in a Phillies uniform. Dude is bopping at the freaking coliseum.

      • wewin8008 3 years ago

        Phils would need to include atleast May or Biddle, possibly both, to acquire Reddick. I don’t see that happening, nor would I want the Phils to trade only one of them.

        • frank_costanza 3 years ago

          You may be exaggerating Reddick’s value. May AND Biddle? I don’t think Beane would even have the nerve to ask for that. Besides, you wouldn’t part with one of the two for offense? Especially considering the Phillies have Pettitbone, Colvin and Julio Rodriguez? Not to mention Kendrick and Worley already young and controllable.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

      There’s no reason they should but knowing Billy Beane, I wouldn’t put it past them if they get a big offer. He should stay because it’s hard to find guys who can hit with legit power in Oakland and he’s affordable for a while, but as you seen this offseason, no one is too young to avoid being dealt.

      It was smart to move Cahill though, he’s too wild to be a top of the rotation pitcher but Gio is a stud.

      • melonis_rex 3 years ago

        gio was tricky, since he’s never been this good in his career, and until this year, his walk rates looked scary.
        his K rates have gone up over 2 per 9, and are better this year than even his best minor league K numbers, and he hasn’t put up a BB rate that good since AA.

        its awesome that he’s figured it out, but this absolute acedom was absolutely unpredictable. 

        • Iconoclast17 3 years ago

          You’re putting too much emphasis on walk rate. Gio is outstanding and the A’s were compensated accordingly. Next I’ll be hearing about Derek Barton’s ability to draw walks and how it makes him a major league caliber player.

          On Reddick, the point that people are missing is he isn’t even arby eligible. There’s no way the A’s move him.

          Note that most of their trades involve players either on or very near their first big contracts—Swisher, Cahill, Gio, Bailey, etc. If Curt Suzuki could hit his weight he’d be a prime candidate to move. Balfour, Colon, Fuentes they would move in a heartbeat. Crisp is done. They will likely have to waive him.

          McCarthy is more valuable to the A’s than a few middling prospects.

  2. lefty177 3 years ago

    I know this is only relevant to the beginning paragraph of the article but do you guys think the Nats will use Detwiler once/if they actually do put Stras on an innings limit?

  3. wewin8008 3 years ago

    If Oakland would deal those guys, especially Reddick, they should call themselves the AAA’s

  4. johnsilver 3 years ago

    So Cafardo wants Boston to move Ross and Youk.. Keeping Pedey and Middlebrooks as pretty much the only decent RH bats and switcher Salty. All lefty guys in the OF?

    Somebody at the Globe take away his typewriter.. The herald writes better stuff than this guy, or makes more sense at least.

    • I have no idea what Cafardo is talking about either Silver.
      The Twins are going to have a total and complete fire sale…. hahaha. You can file that under never. Plus, the fact Pavano is totally ineffective, so who would want him? The Sox trade Ross? I am still fuming that the O’s didn’t even give him a jingle that they were interested, also add Aoki to that as well. The A’s trading Coco Crisp and his 7 million dollar salary while batting .167 and the Sox trading Scotty Pods for what exactly? Marlon Byrd?

  5. reddick is going no were and im not sure we would trade mccarthy but the rest are gone

  6. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    nice to see the reddick bandwagon good and full after 2 months

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      Dood, haven’t you heard?!  He’s going to hit 40 bombs this year playing in the coliseum!!!

      • 0vercast 3 years ago

        Ha, right.  Time to sell high on Reddick, and not just in fantasy baseball.

  7. If they trade Reddick they should be demoted to triple A.. they behave like one. They act as if they are a AAAA’s team.

    Move the team to San Jose or sell.

  8. Brian Stevenson 3 years ago

    Jed Lowrie, leading the Majors in WAR among all shortstops. Guess the Red Sox didn’t learn about trading with the Astros for relievers after the Bagwell deal…

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      other than the power, lowrie’s performance has been completely sustainable too. it’s his defense that’s been suspiciously good

      it’s great to see he and reddick doing well. kind of confusing, though, since all red sox prospects are overrated bums

      • MaineSox 3 years ago

        Probably the least sustainable part of Lowrie’s success this year is his health.

  9. chee1rs 3 years ago

    you can write enough trade rumor hocus pocus to keep everyone entertained in Boston

  10. A’s not moving Reddick.  With the lack of major league hitters in their lineup.  Only 3 of them you can call major leaguers(weeks, reddick, and cespedes). 

  11. jhawk90 3 years ago

    So – you get rid of Delmon for nothing so you can re-sign Cuddyer and/or Kubel, you sign neither, but you do sign Willingham to a VERY reasonable deal through ’14 and turns out the guy mashes at (gasp!) Target Field.  So you get rid of him…why?  Everyone else on that list can go, Willingham has to stay, period.

  12. Morneau’s a few years removed from his last good year. I know he’s not that old, and he’s been ok this year, but not 14 millon good. I love the Canucks in the club house and all, but not at that price. If they pay the salary, they shouldn’t have to give up a whole lot in prospects.

  13. chee1rs 3 years ago

    Will be an exciting few weeks leading into the deadline

  14. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Agreed on Pavano.. He is worth about as much as Jason Marquis and John Lannan.. -0- and is making 8.5m to boot. Houston will have an easier time pawning off the 20m in contractual and opt out obligations he is owed.

    Doumit won’t bring back much. he is an awful RF and not that good of a catcher, but if the few catchers out there are held onto and teams like the Fish and Nats hang in, plus them needing one like they do.. They might pick up something fair out of him.

    Twins just need a serious overhaul out of the farm system and neglected it until this new CBA came into effect.. An awful oversight on their part.. Now they want somehing to bring back a decent prospect and it is going to take Willingham or Morneau, not a guy like Doumit, even Spahn wouldn’t get back what those 2 could.

  15. What would you think is a good trade for Morneau? You think he’s only worth scraps? Some Blue Jays fans give us all a bad name. Of course it’ll take a couple of our top 10 guys to land Morneau. AA may not be willing to move them….but that’s what it’ll cost. “They sure aren’t going to get any of those guys for Morneau…” Well I guess the Jays aren’t going to get Morneau then…and I think that’ll be a big mistake. Hell, I’d like to see them make a monster trade with Minny and get Morneau and Willingham.

  16. I’d keep Syndegaard and Sanchez off the table. Nicolino could be had. Jenkins and Deck just aren’t high end enough. But they can be part of a deal. Jenkins could work out well for Minny because they need a back end bullpen guy. We’d probably have to give up one of the top position guys. Maybe Jimenez or Perez (I know Mauer is not going to be catching much longer but I’m not sure about what’s behind him) or Hech?

  17. AA wants nothing to do with Morneau because of Vlad? That may be true if Vlad wasn’t almost done. Or if Vlad wasn’t a RH bat. Or if Vlad could play a position. The Jays NEED a lefty power bat if they are trying to make a move this year. Morneau has had ONE bad year in quite a while. The year he got the concussion (two years removed now) he was on pace for a MVP calibre season. Last year was a mees. The guy was recovering still, concussions are a funny beast. This year he got off to an ok start and then had a great May. His OPS is well over .800 and his OPS+ is 123. This all while playing in a pitchers park. $14 million per is NOT a bad deal for the rest of this year and next year. It’s not long term but also not just a rental. It’s not an albatross contract, like Soriano. Morneau is the perfect type you would want to trade for. His numbers don’t mesh with what you said at all. David Cooper and they have to eat a ton of salary? I really hope you’re not a Jays fan!!

  18. Sky14 3 years ago

    A small market team with a payroll 20 mil more than the Jays. I doubt the Twins would pay a significant part of Morneau’s contract for a prospect like Cooper.

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