Heyman On Escobar, Bourjos, Sanchez

The Phillies intend to offer Cole Hamels an extension worth approximately $130MM over six years, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported earlier today. Here are the rest of his rumors…

  • Heyman keeps hearing that the Blue Jays want to trade Yunel Escobar (Twitter link). The Braves, Escobar’s former team, have little depth at shortstop following injuries to Andrelton Simmons and Jack Wilson, but they’re not interested in Escobar.
  • The Angels are willing to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos in some deals, Heyman reports (Twitter link). The 25-year-old has a .243/.298/.360 batting line and won't be arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season.
  • The Angels are looking at Hamels, Zack Greinke and potentially available relievers as they aim to improve their pitching staff, Heyman adds.
  • Heyman keeps hearing the Marlins could trade Anibal Sanchez (Twitter link). The Braves have expressed interest in Sanchez, who’s earning $8MM in his final season before free agency, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (on Twitter).
  • The Dodgers are looking in a variety of places for offense, Heyman reports (on Twitter). He suggests Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Michael Cuddyer, Josh Willingham, Corey Hart and Chase Headley are all possible fits, but says Alfonso Soriano is a no-go.

27 Responses to Heyman On Escobar, Bourjos, Sanchez Leave a Reply

  1. Clay Chason 3 years ago

    How many times do we have to read about the extension offer to Hamels?

  2. Dylan 3 years ago

    Bourjas and Cowart/Richards would be a nice addition to Phillies if they decide to trade Hamels.

    • For a rental? Segura straight up for Hamels.

      • Nick Sossamon 3 years ago

        Really think he’ll go for more than that. Probably gonna have to at least start at Bourjos.

      • Fred 'face' Reichwein 3 years ago

        and then RAJ hangs up and he goes to the Rangers for Olt and you have to face him.

      • $17867741 3 years ago

        At that point a 1st round draft pick would be more valuable, so no.

    • Nick Sossamon 3 years ago

      Don’t see Cowart or Richards being available honestly. We need to hang on to any starting pitching we can with how thin our system is, and Cowart helps our future 3B needs a lot.

      I would do something like Bourjos/Segura for Hamels.

      • $17867741 3 years ago

        I think you can go Bourjos + C level prospect for Hamels. Phillies would be crazy not accept, unless of course, they have better offers.

  3. I think it’s probably fair to say that the Braves have expressed interest on every starting pitcher in the league – available or otherwise.

    • erm016 3 years ago

      Sad but true probably.

      • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

        I wouldn’t call it sad. Obviously they have need but most teams check in on any potential player.

  4. Njriv 3 years ago

    If Soriano is a no, what about LaHair?

  5. senior52 3 years ago

    Dodgers could have had Youkilis. White Sox seem pretty happy.

  6. rundmc1981 3 years ago

    Yeah, trade an arm for a rental, Paul Janish as a holdover for Simmons while still having our Opening Day SS floundering in AAA, yet we show no interest in Yunel Escobar. Of course we’re not interested in him. Castro would take him back before Wren/Schuerholz would.

    • bobrewer 3 years ago

      An arm that we were never going to use in any capacity. Janish is a 6-week stopgap and eventual bench upgrade over Jack Wilson. No use trading anything of value for someone we need for less than two months.

      Why would we even have interest in Escobar anyway? He doesn’t fit in our long term plans.

    • Check fangraphs fielding ratings for the reason Pastornicky wasn’t the 1st (Wilson) or 2nd (Janish) or even 3rd (Prado) backup option for SS. Meanwhile, the Braves went out of their way to unload Escobar – they (players, coaches, etc) Do Not Want him back.
      Even if they _did_, bobrewer is right: not in plans; would have been more expensive; and Simmons will be there for years.

  7. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    Dodgers should go after Victorino and Headley, their lineup would be soooo much better with those 2 in it. Only thing I dont like anything they have to offer =(

  8. When people propose these trade scenarios involving Peter Bourjos, do they just ignore the fact that Vernon Wells is terrible and Torii Hunter is gone next year? The Angels have no reason to trade a player who will be a starting outfielder next season with a Gold Glove and a potential ~30 stolen bases.

    • Nick Sossamon 3 years ago

      Most seem to think Calhoun will be decent enough in RF and Vernon will be used as bench depth.

    • $17867741 3 years ago

      If Vernon comes even close to his career averages, even accounting for his decline, I bet you he can produce at the Major League average. Even then, at the very least, Vernon will mash up the Rangers in RBIA.

      On another note, Peter Bourjos should have tons of trade value. If I were the Phillies and I was planning to deal Hamels to the Angels, I would definitely have PBJ as one my top targets.

      Imagine if you had a B+ CF prospect, who later developed into a .270/.320/.430 hitter, with excellent defense and good speed. In that scenario, wouldn’t that already be considered to be a good success? The reality is that Peter Bourjos is already that guy.

      The Angels already have a crowded outfield.
      The Phillies need a replacement for Victorino.

      For the Angels, trading Bourjos clears the crowded OF, and at the very least Vernon should produce 20 HR. I mean you’re paying him $21m a year, so you might as well grab the most value. Even then, the Angels will have 2 excellent OF and 1 bad OF. Overall, I dare say that the Angels’ OF will still be the envy of most other teams.

      For the Phillies, they need a replacement for Victorino. Not just that, but Victorino will become expandable and can be traded for at least a C+ prospect. Also Bourjos is very cost effective as he won’t be arbitration eligible until after 2013.

      Trading Bourjos and a middle-tier prospect for Hamels can solve so many problems.

  9. Corey Hart would fit in everywhere, But He’s untouchable.

  10. alxn 3 years ago

    Sanchez could be a great alternative for a team looking to pay a fraction of what it would take to land Greinke, Dempster, or Hamels. It wouldn’t surprise me if Sanchez outperformed any one of those 3 the rest of the way.

  11. NJgriffNC 3 years ago

    Can somebody please explain why Peter Bourjos is held in such high regard?
    Seriously blows my mind. I don’t care how fast he is if he can’t get on base. Career OBP .302. He doesn’t pass the eye test either. He’s 25. I do not want him on the Phillies at all.

  12. Remember92 3 years ago

    I think we’re all attached to a Peter in one way or another. Nobody wants to lose their Peter??????

  13. thegrayrace 3 years ago

    For 2 months LaHair hasn’t been able to hit, period.

  14. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

    “The Braves don’t make trades for rental players.”

    They rented Derrek Lee two years ago.

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