Quick Hits: Wells, Attanasio, V-Mart, Mariners

The Padres franchise is still looking for its first no-hitter, as Andrew Cashner's no-hit bid was ended after 6 1/3 innings tonight.  It still ended up being a good night for San Diego, however, as the Friars rallied for a six-run ninth inning in their 7-3 win over the Astros.

Some notes from around the majors…

  • Vernon Wells tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he has no plans to waive his no-trade clause since he enjoys playing for the Angels, though he may not receive much playing time once he returns from the DL.  Morosi speculates that the right-handed hitting Wells could be a fit for the Dodgers, Reds or Indians.  Any trade would involve the Angels eating the large majority of the approximately $53MM Wells is still owed through the 2014 season.
  • Brewers owner Mark Attanasio covered many topics during a Q&A with local business owners (reported on by Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), such as the team's payroll, the change in how the Brewers are perceived around baseball and how the team is having "an uncomfortable time" deciding whether or not they're contenders or sellers.
  • If Victor Martinez is able to play this season, it won't until mid-September at the earliest, Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand told reporters (including Chris Iott of Mlive.com).  Martinez is recovering after tearing his ACL in January.
  • The Mariners aren't on pace to contend before Felix Hernandez's contract is up at the end of the 2014 season, argues Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, and should thus explore trading the ace right-hander.
  • With just a few days left before the July 2 international signing deadline, Ben Badler of Baseball America discusses some of the top prospects with various international scouting directors.
  • The Cardinals are looking for both starting and relief pitching, and Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch examines whch is a greater need for the club.
  • The Yankees announced that right-hander Adam Warren has been placed on the 25-man roster and signed to a Major League contract.  In corresponding moves, Ryota Igarashi was also called up while C.C. Sabathia was placed on the 15-day DL and Andy Pettitte went on the 60-day DL.  Warren, a fourth-round pick in the 2009 amateur draft, has a 3.05 ERA in 79 career minor league starts and he'll make his Major League debut on Friday in Sabathia's rotation spot.
  • The week's minor league transactions are recapped by Matt Eddy of Baseball America.


48 Responses to Quick Hits: Wells, Attanasio, V-Mart, Mariners Leave a Reply

  1. Johnny Garcia 3 years ago

    Maybe we could trade Geoff Baker.

    • Tony Matias 3 years ago

       Why? Because he’s being reasonable and realistic? Felix is great! No questions about that. He’s an awesome competitor and he deserves so much better than the M’s have supplied, but realistically… the Mariners NEED hitting and the haul he could bring with the right scenario could be huge.

      • bigpat 3 years ago

         Honestly, their pitching looks like crap right now. They have quite the group of prospects in the minors, but the rest of their rotation past Felix would barely crack the top 5 of any other team. Vargas is ok, the others are AAA fodder.

        They will always need offense based on their extended struggles, but they seem like they have a few decent young hitters around with Seager, Ackley, Liddi, Montero, etc. Better than they’ve had the past few years.

      • xcfan 3 years ago

        The word for Baker is not “realistic.”  It is “sensationalistic.”  He purposefully writes to infuriate the local fans, thinking he can build readers by stirring things up.

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        They really should consider trading him.  He is a stud, and has shown incredible endurance.  I don’t quite know if he can keep it up.  He is 26 and has already thrown 1500 innings.  That aside I think he would be incredibly valuable to any team that aquires, plus they still would have 2.5 years of control left.  He is an ace and would instantly make many teams in a much better position. 

        Rsox, tigers, braves, mets……. he would be enough to get them over the hump and into the postseason.

    • Wes Whitenack 3 years ago

      Felix is ours and you can’t have him.

  2. nkyredsfan 3 years ago

    Vernon Wells to the Reds? What you been smoking Morosi? Unless they pay over 2/3 of his contract, why would they deplete their farm system even further for a guy past his prime?

    • thebigbangdito 3 years ago

      not saying it will happen.. but if a trade goes thru for wells.. regardless of the other team, im sure the the angels would have to pay the majority of the contract for it to happen

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      2/3 thats it??

  3. Wells is the gift that keeps on given. 

  4.  Geoff Baker and Rosenthal do this yearly they mention the idea of trading Felix but they don’t realize that nobody has the farm system worth doing besides Felix has said he will sign an extension and i believe him. Felix could of left us in his last year under contract when we were about to trade him to the Red Sox but he decided to do a deal with us instead when he could of been a FA after that season.

    • And he wont make that mistake again….  Afterall, year after year, last place finish after last place finish, is really not any fun….

      •  Then why did he go on National TV on MLB Network on 30/30 and say it? Actions speak louder then words and he did it when he had a year left on his deal.

      • Taylor Hope 3 years ago

        He has openly stated that he’d like to extend beyond his current contract.

  5. cookmeister 3 years ago

    Dodgers already have three former angels in their lineup (Rivera, Abreu, Kennedy), might as well send them another

    • thebigbangdito 3 years ago

      dodgers can always have the old useless angels players they no longer need

  6. The idea of trading Felix makes sense. But nobody seems to mention the possibility of Felix STAYING in Seattle past 2014. The Mariners are not the Padres. Its not a foregone conclusion that hes walking after 2014. The demand would be huge for him as a FA but Seattle still has 2 and a half seasons of exclusive negotiating rights. 

    • Wes Whitenack 3 years ago

      Felix has already stated multiple times he wants to say in Seattle for his whole career, so I’m not worried about him leaving.

    • raffish 3 years ago

      Felix will stay and we will build around him.  Baker fails to mention this because it neutralizes his acrid POV.  Reading Baker’s drivel irks me– like listening to someone give bad advice– and that is exactly what he wants.  Because that’s all he has.

  7. dshires4 3 years ago

    Wow. Geoff Baker was actually right about something. That’s fairly impressive.

    • raffish 3 years ago

      Yeah, I’ve heard his arguments and I’ve heard your arguments and they just don’t make sense.  

  8. Johnny Mollindo 3 years ago

    I mean… the halos have to pay Wells whether he sits behind Trout or gets traded. If they can ship him somewhere and add some prospects to the farm system it would be better then having him sitting on the bench.

    • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

      That’s true, but they aren’t adding “prospects” in return for Vernon Wells. IF they pick up 90% of his remaining dollars, some team might give them one mediocre prospect. I don’t know why, though. Even paying 10% of his salary over the next year or two doesn’t seem worthwhile for most teams, given that they could pull up a roster-filler from AAA who they can pay the MLB minimum and likely get the same production or better.

  9. If they can ship him somewhere and add some suspects to the farm system it would be better

  10. Jim Briggs III 3 years ago

    I would love to see the Jays trade some of their pitching prospects for Felix.  It seems like the kind of trade AA would explore, but he does hate parting with potential.

    Still, they have too many young, high-ceiling arms that are not ALL going to make the rotation.  Even though I’m of the opinion that the Jays are done this year, it’s worth cashing in on two-three of the prospect arms and maybe one or two more position players to get two years of Felix and exclusive rights to negotiate with him.  I think it could be a very good trade for all sides that produces the ace that the Jays need and the additional young pitching talent that the M’s need.

    • raffish 3 years ago

      High-ceiling arms are not going to get a deal done.  Felix is the highest ceiling arm.  Why would Seattle want a group of 19 year old pitchers who will never turn out as good as him?  The risk in your proposal is ridiculous.

      Felix talks start with Lawrie, include D’Arnaud, and eventually corral those high-upside arms you mention.

      • Jim Briggs III 3 years ago

        I disagree.  You have no idea that none of the pitchers would ever turn out as good as him.  Who knew that Felix himself would turn out as good as he has?  I can, however, see the point that offense is going to be as important in the deal.  Right now, the M’s can’t generate enough run-support behind Felix to win games.  I can’t disagree that it would take a LOT of high ceiling prospects, but I think the Jays do have the talent to match up if the M’s decided they weren’t going to be able to compete on the timeline that Felix’s contract sets up.

        • Robb Logan 3 years ago

          One other problem for this deal of so called arms is the M’s already have some real good ones on the farm. They will look for bats before arms I would think.

        • dshires4 3 years ago

          The Blue Jays do have the talent to get Felix, and it starts with Lawrie and D-Arnaud.

        • raffish 3 years ago

          Firstly, I don’t think a deal would ever get done because I don’t think anyone could/would meet the M’s demands.  We don’t want to trade him.  

          Secondly, Felix was holding major league hitters to a .203 BA at age 19.  It was clear he was destined to be great.  While scouts recognize the Blue Jays own some high-upside arms, none of them are being referenced in the same category as Felix.  Syndergaard, Sanchez and Nicolino are pitching well in A-ball at 19, 19 and 20, respectively, but Felix was doing it in Seattle at a younger age.  Toronto has nice pitching prospects, but let’s not confuse them with the type that can realistically expect to become top-5 in all of baseball pitchers.  Could it happen?  Sure.  Would you bet on it?  Man, hell no.  Syndergaard, Sanchez, Nicolino and Norris do not add up to Felix Hernandez in value.  They’re just prospects, young, risky prospects.  Magic beans.

  11. Ill trust Felix’s word’s that he want’s to stay he followed through with it last time and it’s not like we can’t afford to keep him we will be at 60M-80M buget this off season. But eh if we did decide to trade him if we don’t get at least 4 top 50 prospects i say screw it let him hit FA either pay him or get the draft picks.

  12. Dick Armada 3 years ago

    I’m just going to pretend they are spending that money on Trout

  13. FYI: This is an era of pitching and defense, and the league is hitting about .330 on the first pitch, and then drops drastically to around .260 on the next pitch. 

    Notice how the #1 offense in baseball is an offense centered around getting hits, which is a large part of the whole object of the game, no offense.

    Plus, with the abundance of baserunners, sacrifices, and SB’s the Angels have been distributing over the past several weeks, my grandma can drive in 100 RBI’s for the Halos.

    Wells will be fine when he returns if this is the Angels offense MLB was meant to see in 2012.

  14. Perhaps the Brewers should bid for Felix Hernandez.

  15. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    With what exactly?

  16. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    or it makes too much sense

  17. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    that is absurdly opstimic

  18. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    The only reason “Wells will be fine when he returns” is because Arte Moreno spent a lot of money to make sure that the Angels’ dugout bench is one of the most comfortable in the league.

  19. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    That would be an impressive rotation, but you know what else is scary? The fact that you’re counting on Chris Carpenter’s health at age 38. 😉

  20. I don’t advocate trading Felix, but in case they’re actually considering it, I’d say the Mariners have plenty of prospects already.  They need help sooner, and not later, for their offense.  Felix is one of the best players in the majors.  If they trade him, it ought to be for an established player who is also one of the best.  One way to speed up a rebuild is to supplement the kids with some veteran players who can actually hit the baseball.  So, no package of prospects, please.  Just send people who are less of a gamble and more of a sure thing.  I’m also a Cards fan BTW and if they must trade him, St. Louis would be one place I’d love to see him go!

  21. raffish 3 years ago

    I thought about the Cards as a potential trade partner.  Miller and Martinez are a nice little duo, but the M’s need bats more than arms.  Toss in Tavares and Wong and I still don’t think there’s enough offensive upside to get a deal done, and too much risk.  Here’s the best I can come up with:  Felix and parts for Lynn, Miller, Taveras, Craig.  While it is a good group of players, I doubt the M’s want that package.  

  22. Bob9988 3 years ago

     Not to mention Felix is better, has been better over a longer period of time and is younger. 

    There is no farm system with enough high end talent to acquire Felix on it own.  To get Felix, a team would have to surrender, in addition to 2 top level prospects, a major league proven all-star caliber team controlled bat.  No contending team looking to add to their rotation is going to give you that during the season.  So this whole debate really is useless until the off season anyway.

  23. Lol your crazy if you think Greinke and Felix are on the same level. Not that Greinke is a bad pitcher but i would take Felix 10 out of 10 times over him.

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