Olney’s Latest: NL Trade Market, Darvish

In today's Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Buster Olney compares the current state of the trade market to shopping at an airport, where priced are designed to gouge customers. Buyers want more sellers and sellers want more buyers. Olney also previewed the NL trade market, so let's dive in…

  • The Mets are among teams looking for bullpen help and are waiting for the market develop. The division-rival Nationals are also in the market for relief help but do have Drew Storen on the mend. Olney wonders if they'll look for a starter given Stephen Strasburg's inning limit.
  • Executives expect the Padres to deal Carlos Quentin and Huston Street, plus they continue to get calls about Chase Headley. Olney speculates that the Reds could be a fit for Quentin.
  • The Braves are looking to add a veteran starting pitcher, but Olney says they're unlikely to swing a trade for Zack Greinke without having some kind of long-term contract agreement in place.
  • Olney wonders if the Diamondbacks could become surprise buyers for pitching help given Joe Saunders' injury and Trevor Bauer's early struggles. The Cardinals figure to jump into the pitching market given Chris Carpenter's season-ending shoulder surgery.
  • The Cubs, Astros, and Rockies are among the clubs in sell mode. The Brewers will wait a little longer before deciding to sell, and while Greinke, Shaun Marcum, and others could be on the block, Corey Hart will not.
  • Olney says the Blue Jays actually finished third in the bidding for Yu Darvish behind the Rangers and Cubs. No bid was within $35MM of the $51.7MM Texas submitted.


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53 Comments on "Olney’s Latest: NL Trade Market, Darvish"


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HalfSt
3 years 3 days ago

I don’t get why the Nats would go for a reliever. They are pretty solid late in the game, to the point that it won’t be clear who leaves the team when Storen returns.  I would be content to have the Nats stand pat, honestly. Of course, I would like them to find a way to stretch Strasburg out a bit, as well. The temperature during his next start is likely to be back in the high 90s again. Rather than have him wilt after 3 innings, it would be better to just skip this start.

+1/2St.

Guest
3 years 3 days ago

There bullpen got bouncy in June but I think the lineup and rotation are much more of a need then the bullpen.

Guest
3 years 3 days ago

They might be looking for a veteran to help some of their young guys prepare for a playoff push.  Better safe than sorry i guess

Guest
3 years 3 days ago

I would also assume the Mets would be a solid fit for Quentin too if they can get him maybe with Street.I would come to assume that because they barely have any right handed power period and Jason Bay may not be enough no check that he won’t be enough because he can’t hit a teebal if he tried or even stay healthy for 10 games.Quentin is batting arounf the .320s and would be a perfect fit in the middle of the lineup right now taking Hairstons spot.

Tejada
Murphy
Wright
Quentin
Davis
Duda
Torres(until Kirk returns)
Pitcher

I know Davis was intended to be the cleanup guy but it seems that he is having a streaky season and to make things worse he went 0-5 last night and his AB’s didn’t look good at all.He was chasing too many pitches out of the strike zone.

Guest
3 years 3 days ago

Well with so much good news about greinke and the braves its about time something came out dashing hopes of him being a brave

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daveineg
3 years 3 days ago

Braves (or any other team) will look bad if they give up a top of the line young player for Greinke, only to have him re-sign with the Brewers in the winter (a real possibility).  Greinke likes it in Milwaukee and realizes his getting rented out for 2 months actually could affect his future success.

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stl_cards16
3 years 3 days ago

If Greinke helps the Braves(or any other team) win a World Series, they really won’t care where he goes after the season.

That said, if he loved it there so much he would of been signed to an extension already. The price isn’t going to get any cheaper when he’s a free agent.

Guest
3 years 3 days ago

I don’t see him going back to the Brewers in free agency…

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Nick Henke
3 years 2 days ago

greinke said if he was traded to STL, he would resign there for years to come..or hel just sign with STL if hes not traded haha

Guest
3 years 3 days ago

not a dodger page but TRADE CHAD BILLS, I’m tired of watching him give up leads, all the talent in the world but put to waste!!!!!

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wouldyalookatthat
3 years 3 days ago

I would love Quentin to the Reds, that way they could move BP back to lead-off which is really where he’s needed (no complaints about his production at clean-up though).  I just don’t know if the Reds could put together the most appealing package out of all the teams that would be interested Quentin.  This line-up would be nice though:

BP
Cozart
Votto
Quentin
Bruce
Frazier/Rolen
Stubbs
Hanigan/Mes