Rosenthal’s Latest: Nationals, Guthrie, Angels, Porcello

In today's column, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports argues that the biggest trade of the season has already been made. No, not Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox. He's referring to Ernesto Frieri, who's thrown 22 scoreless innings for the Angels team since being acquired from the Padres. Here are the rest of Rosenthal's rumors…

  • The Nationals have been poking around for a right-handed hitting corner infielder to replace Mark DeRosa, who is hurt and declining. John Lannan has improved his trade stock by pitching better of late in Triple-A.
  • The Rockies have cooled on the idea of trading Jeremy Guthrie for the time being because they feel he could thrive in the bullpen as part of their four-man rotation setup. The team's current stance is that they'll only deal him if a club offers real talent or salary relief.
  • The Diamondbacks backed off Youkilis because of concerns about his defense on the hard and fast infield at Chase Field. They expect Stephen Drew to return this week to bolster their infield.
  • The Angels were not in on Youkilis but remain on the lookout for bullpen help, specifically a left-on-left reliever who would be an upgrade over Hisanori Takahashi. They're also looking for Triple-A starting pitching depth.
  • Rosenthal say talk about Rick Porcello as a trade candidate makes sense given his salary ($3.1MM) and ground ball approach on a Tigers team with poor infield defense.
  • The Braves will be a team to watch before the deadline, specifically in the starting pitching market following Brandon Beachy's injury.

45 Responses to Rosenthal’s Latest: Nationals, Guthrie, Angels, Porcello Leave a Reply

  1. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    Mark Derosa is still around???

    • WolandJR 3 years ago

       If you consider the DL as around, then the answer in YES!

      • Lastings 3 years ago

         Mark DeRosa’s entire career has been spent on the DL…

  2. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

    Hey Nats, Jeff Baker for John Lannan + cash? It would give us the flexibility to move Dempster/Garza, and you get a guy with a little pop who crushes lefties and plays 1B, 2B, 3B, and both corner outfield positions (although admittedly he’s a much better infielder).

    • RichardPapen00 3 years ago

      As a Nat’s fan I would go for that one. All day.

  3. Grant Michalski 3 years ago

    Ryan Dempster for Jair Jurrjens a reasonable deal?

    • tee_red 3 years ago

      Of course not, why would they trade away their starters to bolster an already thin rotation?

    • esasc4 3 years ago

      would give up minor and redmond for garza, dont want or need dempster. Then get wandy from stros for martin and russell

    • What??? why in the hell would you give up a controllable player for 3-6 months of a veteran?

      • rundmc1981 3 years ago

        Relax, CHC wouldn’t do that based on 1 good start from JJ. Epstein believes in sabremetrics too much to sell out now on the whole idea, giving up Dempster for 1 controllable year of JJ (with arb). Too risky and not a building block for the future.

  4. Right handed hitting corner outfielder?  Royals would like to trade Jeff Francoeur.

    • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

      Frenchy, the trade block all-star…

    • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

      Actually, most people within the organization do NOT want to trade Francoeur…it’s just that they know he’s the guy it makes the most sense to trade.

  5. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    Remember what the Braves gave up for Derrek Lee? I’m sure the Cubs could be persuaded in a similar manner. Then again, they didn’t have Theo Epstein at the helm at that time…hmmmmmmm 

    • What did we give up for Lee anyways??? I liked Lee just wished we could have gotten him oh say 6 years earlier!

  6. sourbob 3 years ago

    I love Mark DeRosa and have fond memories of his time as a Cub.

    That said, at this point, saying he’s “declining” is like saying that Michael Jackson’s health is “faltering.” Dead is dead.

  7. Perhaps if Frenchy returned to Atl he would boost his buddy Brian’s spirits (and BA). But I’m sure all efforts will be on pitching.

    • I could actually wear my Frenchy jersey again…thank god I found one for $20 bucks brand new a year ago…but someone needs to boost Mccann’s spirits or make him lose weight!

  8. Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

    Jed Lowrie for Rick Porcello?

    Astros get a young guy with good upside and Tigers get a good middle of diamond player.

    • Wouldn’t middle of the diamond be the pitcher’s mound?

      • Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

        Possibly haha. To be politically correct Shortstop or 2nd basemen

    • Not a bad idea.  We could plug in Lowrie at 2B for now and most likely Peralta will be gone after this season especially if we had Lowrie.  I like that.

      •  well perelta has an opt for next year and if i were the tigers id pick it up. the infield next year would be cabby perelta lowrie and fielder. i would love for the tigers to grab lowrie especially the way smyly is pitching and the way turner threw in his last outing, trade porcello

  9. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    Although most teams don’t like to trade within their own divisions, something that may actually make sense would be DET and KC getting together on a Francoeur for Porcello deal. Detroit gets a decent-hitting, good defensive RF with a rocket arm, and the Royals, with their good, young infield defense get a groundball SP who should be able to give them 30 respectable starts each season.

    Porcello probably isn’t as cool as Frenchy, but whatever. KC needs pitchers and has Wil Myers to plug into RF.

    • Theron Ireland 3 years ago

      Thats actually the most reasonable trade proposal i have ever seen on MLBTR. I like the way you think

    • Yeah that is something that would be a fair trade for both teams.  That would be an interesting trade.

  10. tomymogo 3 years ago

    Any chance Braves land two quality starters? Or at least one

    • esasc4 3 years ago

      yes, i think we be in on garza, wandy, saunders, richards, hoping for wandy and saunders. Also would like to get chase H. for 3rd.

      • Wandy cost too much but is a lefty and Saunders is a has been. We don’t need Chase as he is 28 y.o. and I would rather have Prado at 3b just because he is our version of Charlie Hustle. Why not get a lf’er instead?

    • I hope but it all depends on what teams ask for. There aren’t untouchables in the organization as I think sports writers gave us the impression Delgado(who with a little seasoning could be a lights out kind of guy),Tehran etc haven’t shown me they belong at the Show

      • rundmc1981 3 years ago

        Trading away a top prospect like Teheran with a high ceiling without ever giving him consecutive starts in 2 years? Teheran dominated AAA last year and if we were in need of pitching last year like we need this year, he’d be up, but because of Minor’s sense of entitlement and Teheran’s random back spasms, Teheran is still on the farm. It’d be a shame if we traded Teheran away without ever giving him a fair shot at a rotation spot, especially since we’ve been so patient with Medlen, Minor, and Delgado – whom none have the kind of ceiling Teheran has.

    • rundmc1981 3 years ago

      No. Nor would I want them to go after 2 starters. We have other needs and with so many buyers because of the increased playoff spots, teams want too much. Plus, I don’t think management has seen enough to know which direction we want to go with our future starters (i.e. Minor, Delgado, Teheran, Medlen, etc.). I’m not saying they’re untouchable (nor should they be), but I think we’d be selling low on almost all of them and there’s no one on that list that’s especially a great match-up – outside of Chase Headley. We should definitely consider him knowing Terdo/Salcedo aren’t looking ready anytime soon (1-2 years).

  11. Angels need Brandon League.

  12. alphabet_soup5 3 years ago

    Oh the days when Detroit could have traded Porcello & Perry for Halladay in 2009…

    • Shucks i know right? Now all they have his Verlander and an All-Star HR Masher named Prince Fielder…What a shame.

      • Alex 3 years ago

        That’s not his point. Verlander, Halladay, and Fister. You can’t get a much better top three than that.

  13. I like the Jeff Baker idea.  Though I doubt the Nats would consider Lannan for him.  It’ silly the way the Nats have de-valued Lannan btw.  Like him or not, he had way more value 3 months ago.

  14. forkball27 3 years ago

    Why could the Tigers trade Porcello, Crosby and Young for Altuve and Brett Meyers? That kills two birds with one move. RP and 2B of the future.

  15. Nelson Wright 3 years ago

    Trading Young would free cap space and potentially make room in the order for v-mart and his return in September.

  16. Robb Logan 3 years ago

    Not so big on this move. Would rather see Dipoto deal Bourjos before Calhoun. Izzy as a utility guy might draw interest but Jepsen’s value has hit a floor lower than Mathis. I think Bourjos who so many are high on (I personally hate him as he cannot hit water falling out of a boat most nights) will draw in a better bp arm and possibly higher end type prospect if packaged right. 

  17. Well i’m sure M’s wouldn’t ask for anything crazy. It would be a win-win for Seattle either way. 1 because i despise League. 2 because i could watch him blow games for the Angels.

  18. I agree even though i don’t like the Angels. Peter Bourjos is the future out there and the kid can create havoc if he gets on base.

  19. They won’t though. Angels are desperate and i could see them making the move for League before Texas ever would.

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