Nightengale On Cubs, Upton, Mariners

Arizona GM Kevin Towers told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he expects a “lightning round” of trades during the 48-hour period leading up to the July 31st trade deadline. “That's when things really are going to pick up," Towers predicts. Until then, here are Nightengale’s latest rumors:


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32 Comments on "Nightengale On Cubs, Upton, Mariners"


BrocNessMonster
3 years 10 days ago

Who would trade for Ichiro? Why?

Alex Henry
3 years 10 days ago

 Bench role i guess for a contender maybe he could make it to a world series for a competitive team and like all former studs his reputation would defiantly make a team feel he is a worthy player for their team

coachL
3 years 10 days ago

If he could be acquired on the cheap, I think the Pirates would take him and plug him into RF and Leadoff. Would be an upgrade over what they have now.

Robert_Risteen
3 years 10 days ago

But would ichiro would want to go to the pirates, he does have 10 5 rights

coachL
3 years 10 days ago

Yeah, good point. He may not. Of course, it will only be a 2 month rental, then he can go back and sign with Seattle again at the end of the season when he becomes a free agent if he so chooses. Just a thought. I am a bucco fan and we need outfield help and a leadoff hitter desparately. Does Ichiro still steal bases?

vtadave
3 years 10 days ago

“Does Ichiro still steal bases?”

Try ESPN.com’s stats pages.

Terrence Ireland
3 years 10 days ago

2 Month Rental, and then you get a Draft Pick when eh signs elsewhere in Free Agency.

Bob9988
3 years 10 days ago

Not anymore. Player has to have been with the team for the whole previous year in order to get a draft pick and then you have to make them a qualifying offer.

bigpat
3 years 10 days ago

Honestly I’m not sure he would be an upgrade at this point. Maybe his LH bat will play well in PNC but I’m not sure, he looks done. And he can’t get on base.

Terrence Ireland
3 years 10 days ago

He wouldn’t cost a top prospect, or at least not one of your top prospects. I could see the masking for Marte or Grossman.

3 years 10 days ago

Maybe someone can help me out here. Why would Stephen Drew be worth any of those prospects? I think if the Dbacks GM suggested any of those names he’d be hung up on immediately. 

mmiller54
3 years 10 days ago

I’m with you Julian. I’m a Dbacks fan and I thought the possible trade of Roberts and Drew for Johnny Peralta and a somewhat decent prospect was surprisingly good from the Dbacks perspective.

halflink123
3 years 10 days ago

Julian – you are not alone. Most baseball fans suffer from a delibitating condition making it impossible for them to read stats that happenned before the current season in this case before 2012. GMs suffer from this ailment as well, though not all of them. I know it’s hard but scroll up on espn stats to 2011 and 2010 and you will see that Steve can put up numbers when healthy.

3 years 9 days ago

So a SS who hit .270 two years ago with 15 hr and 100+ SO and does not stay healthy is worth one of the Mariners top pitching prospects or Ackley or Seagar? Don’t worry many people are as delusional as you.

Rick Garcia
3 years 10 days ago

I think a change of scenery would be good for Hanley. I think i read in another post the Marlins are willing to trade anyone. Only problem is his stock probably isnt so high right now and the Marlins probably will ask more than teams are willing to give.

johnsilver
3 years 10 days ago

Ramirez does need a change of scenery. Loria probably will never allow his favorite player to be moved, but he really does need a new situation.

31m due 2013-14 makes him a decent gamble considering the Fish would demand a hefty trade package in return, though teams would still line up.

3 years 10 days ago

Looks like Kevin Towers will change his legacy from “Pretty decent GM who is great at building bullpens” to “The guy who gave Justin Upton away”. Hopefully Arizona wises up and holds onto him, especially if other GM’s undervalue him as much as most of the fans on this forum do. 

ctownboy
3 years 10 days ago

Kevin Towers will have little say in the matter if the owner doesn’t like Upton and wants him gone asap. Remember, this is the second year in a row that Upton has been on the trading block. There is something going on there.

Also, since OTHER GM’s know the owner doesn’t want Upton around and that this is the second year in a row that Upton has been on the trading block, they are NOT going to offer as much in value as what D-backs fans THINK Upton is worth.

Jay
3 years 10 days ago

The Tigers need to focus on snatching Upton away from the D-backs, like they snatched Cabrera away from the Marlins. Even with the awful deal they gave Dontrelle Willis, it was still a very lop-sided trade in the Tigers favor, yet was panned as a dreadful overpay at the time. If Upton has head-issues regarding his game and the way he plays it, guys like Cabrera, Fielder, Verlander, Avila, Leyland, Jackson, etc., will straighten him out. He’s a franchise-guy, and the D-backs must either know something we don’t (I’m sure they do) or they’re just sun-baked and going crazy to even entertain thoughts of moving him. They really need to move everyone else and build around Justin.

vtadave
3 years 10 days ago

Probably shouldn’t mention Cabrera’s name there considering his police record.

Jay
3 years 10 days ago

Baseball-wise, he’s a fantastic teacher. Avila gives him full credit for his breakout season last year, and he’s worked with many of the Tigers hitters. His drinking problem is one of those human-like demons that, as crazy as it may seem, has an effect on high-paid athletes as well. It’s something he’s working on, and doing quite well with. Cabrera, above any other Tiger, could help Upton the most.

3 years 10 days ago

Stevn drew would be a huge uprgrade over barmes wounder what it ould take to get him cause we have no lnger term ss prospect inut system

DodgerCyan
3 years 10 days ago

Hey, Coletti!  We need hitters more than we need starting pitching!  Are you not watching the games?  

johnsilver
3 years 10 days ago

 “Marlins still have a shot at the wild card.”

Watch ’em on a steady basis and say that.. Ya can’t and I do as a fan of them. The team just has to many holes as hard as it is to say.

RipeOn
3 years 10 days ago

4 or 5 of what kind of prospect?  You know it’s not 2008 anymore, right?  Nobody’s going to be falling all over themselves to trade for Hanley Ramirez.

macdice
3 years 10 days ago

The Dodgers can’t do that, I just ordered my #56 Fife jersey.

Flash105
3 years 10 days ago

Hope Fife is not key. if want either Lee, Eovaldi, or 2 of Webster, Reed or Gould. Cubs can add a piece or two to get the larger package and pay the salaries. Hoping Cubs deal Dempster to Atlanta, tho. I like their specs better.

vtadave
3 years 10 days ago

Garza MIGHT net Lee, but Dempster?  No.

Flash105
3 years 10 days ago

Agree, thinking about we add-on such as a lefty bat in addition to Dempster. Dempster will not be dealy alone in a trade by the Cubs, in my opinion.

3 years 9 days ago

not unless the cubs are willing to include LaHair who could replace Loney at 1B

JasonPen
3 years 10 days ago

Mike Olt and Martin Perez will be just fine thank you

ray1
3 years 10 days ago

If the Cubs trade Barney to the Dodgers, you could have Barney and Fife jerseys.