Quick Hits: Dempster, Headley, Yankees, Greinke

Some interesting links of note as Roy Halladay, activated from the disabled list today, takes the mound for the first time since May 27 at Dodger Stadium …

  • Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster is receptive to being traded and would prefer to go to a contender, with first the Dodgers and then the Braves topping his list of desired landing spots, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. There are are only a few teams to which he wouldn't accept a trade, adds Rosenthal.
  • The Dodgers are considered the frontrunners to acquire Dempster, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, but the Cubs are doing their due diligence in exploring other suitors. Some officials are questioning whether Dempster would prefer to go to the NL West or the AL East, Olney adds (Twitter links).
  • The Diamondbacks are interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley, but strained relations between the organizations would make it difficult for them to strike a deal, tweets Olney.
  • The Yankees could trade for a left fielder in the wake of Brett Gardner's most recent injury setback, tweets Olney, but they're not in a hurry to make a deal and would only do so if the right one presented itself.
  • Some team executives are expressing concern over Zack Greinke's health after the Brewers' recent decision to skip his turn in the rotation, tweets Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
  • The Tigers, a team with a hefty payroll, have managed to qualify for MLB's new Competitive Balance Lottery, explains Jason Beck of MLB.com. It's an interesting read, especially if you're unfamiliar with this new wrinkle to the draft, which will begin next year.


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51 Comments on "Quick Hits: Dempster, Headley, Yankees, Greinke"


3 years 1 month ago

I imagine Josh Byrnes doesn’t want any calls from the Diamondbacks

John Adams
3 years 1 month ago

Dempster to the Braves! He would solidify the rotation. If we could just get some one to take Jair Jurrjens for a bag of balls we would be set.

Yaow
3 years 1 month ago

I’m sure the Cubs would do Dempster for Jurrjens in a heartbeat. 

John Adams
3 years 1 month ago

I think you are being sarcastic.

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

jj is in the same boat as lincecum.  Bad years, but many other amazing years.

jjs91
3 years 1 month ago

Not even close as the sAme boat

Ohhhplease
3 years 1 month ago

When has JJ had “an amazing year”, and please keep in mind that an amazing year is limited to Cy Young candidates. 

Stephen Keasling
3 years 1 month ago

jurrjens for soriano.  done.

3 years 1 month ago

 And how much of Soriano’s contract would the Cubs have to eat?

DerekJeterDan
3 years 1 month ago

Let Brett Gardner rest it out the remainder of the season. He is a valuable WAR player long term to risk anything. He’s defense when healthy is the best in the game from left field and we need that elbow to be healthy. The offseason will be a good time for him to bounce back.

As for trade options. Juan Pierre at 800,000 is a cheap player on a last place team who has the same peripherals as Gardner (Speed, Avg, Steals, 9th hole) and wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to bring aboard. He’d be an ideal get for the situation at hand.

3 years 1 month ago

wouldnt cost anything that you would think of. but i bet philly asks for alittle to much for him. remember they want a mlb ready 3B and OF.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

For Hamels or Victorino. Pierre would probably cost slightly more than Jim Thome did.

3 years 1 month ago

 Agreed.  You don’t get two MLB ready prospects in return for a 34 year old journeyman.  Any GM who makes that trade should be fired on the spot.

YanksFaninSD
3 years 1 month ago

 I don’t want Juan Pierre. Andruw Jones/Raul Ibanez will share the load, and because of our depth. Swisher can DH and play 1B, plus Dwayne Wise has played well enough to stick off the bench and spell Andruw and Ibanez. Now if Giancarlo Stanton becomes available from the Marlins, scratch everything else I said. I certainly don’t think Cash needs to panic, we are fine. We have the best record in the league, and a 9 1/2 game lead in the East. Go Yanks!

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

Agreed, I would take some of the upgrades if they didn’t cost alot.  Giancarlo would be nice but don’t think it would be worth it.  They have a strong enough top of the lineup, Jones has filled in nicely.

Aramos033
3 years 1 month ago

Make that deal dodgers!

Chiburgh
3 years 1 month ago

Time for Theo/Jed to get the trading ball rolling. 

JasonPen
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe the Cubs can get that pick from the Tigers along with Castenellos for Dempster.
 

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 1 month ago

Uh, no. Castellanos and that draft pick is too much for even Garza.

snapcase8p
3 years 1 month ago

Haha, Castellanos for Dempster! Why don’t we give you guys Cabrera and eat most of his salary while taking on Soriano and pay all of his contract too!

Matt Talbert
3 years 1 month ago

They might do Dempster for Jurrjens and a good quality bat prospect which they need. 

laffingrass
3 years 1 month ago

I’ll take Salcedo.

JamesOrLurch
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t think a team that is out of contention is going to trade for you, Mr. Dempster.

PeteLadd
3 years 1 month ago

I think there is a team out there that currently has a 72 hour window to get an extension done with Greinke.  He is not recharging his battery during the time the Brewers said was the make or break nine games after the ASG.

Beersy
3 years 1 month ago

You would think the bad blood between the DBacks and the Padres would be gone with Moorad being on the outs.  He was the one who left the DBacks and the one who fired Towers in San Diego.  Sure Byrnes may have hard feelings against Kendrick, but he should have no issues with Towers and I believe thay had nade deals when they were still with their old teams.  I think the hard part would be figuring out what Headley would be worth to a intra divisional team.

dylanp5030
3 years 1 month ago

Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster is receptive to being traded and would prefer to go to a contender

Why would anybody who is not a contender want him?

laffingrass
3 years 1 month ago

Probably for the same reason that people on here are talking about Dempster coming back to Chicago next season, in the interest of making moves that make no sense.

3 years 1 month ago

teams like the tigers and cards getting competitive balance picks makes the competitive balance lottery an even bigger joke

3 years 1 month ago

This lottery draft is garbage.  I love how Bud Selig’s old team is assured a chance to win a pick.  How is this competitive balance when quite a few of these teams are consistent winners?  

snapcase8p
3 years 1 month ago

Why is everyone convinced that the Tigers are a win now team and think we’re going to throw all our best prospects for their mediocre players? The Tigers have a decent shot at a WS run even w/o making a trade. All of the Tigers big studs are signed through at least ’14 and the only position player of significance we could lose is Peralta and he has a club option next year for only 6M. The Rangers are more of a win now team because they might lose Hamilton next year.

Gator4444
3 years 1 month ago

If I’m the Padres I give the DBacks Headley if it means Upton goes to a 3rd team out of the West. I like Chase but would give him up for some A prospects. not really sure who that 3rd team would be… Texas? Olt/Perez to SD?

No Neck
3 years 1 month ago

So you are suggesting the Dbacks trade Upton for Headley, and the Padres trade Headley for Olt/Perez?  One of those GMs would be kicked out of their building after hanging up the phone on that one..

Gator4444
3 years 1 month ago

The Snakes would get more than just Headley.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

I wish the Phillies had the prospects to get Headley. Get him out of Petco and into Philly and he’s close to a .400obp/.500slg guy.

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

Jesse Biddle and Dominic Brown could get it done haha

randyfastman
3 years 1 month ago

they do have the prospects to get him…. but that would leave their farm EMPTY.  Only way the Phils get Headley is in a 3 team deal involving Hamels Say Rangers get Hamels, Phils Get Headley and Ramirez, Pads get Martin and another mid level pitching prospect…

3 years 1 month ago

The Yankees do not need another OF, they need BP help cuz as of right now, there BP is a joke… There other relievers besides Soriano cannot even get 3 outs in the 9th inning

Vmmercan
3 years 1 month ago

Huh? I can’t tell if this was sarcasm or what, but regardless it makes little sense to me. Robertson and Soriano could both close if they had to, and Joba will be back. Also, outside shots of Rivera and Aardsma and that would be adding onto a top 5 bullpen in all of baseball.

3 years 1 month ago

Unless the Friars get something similar to the return they got for Latos i think they should hold on to Headley. The are playing some good ball as of late and i would like to  see them call up Gyorko to play second base. Then a three way battle for the SS position between Amarista, Forsythe, and Cabrera. Until they start tanking again, i think we should just be in wait and see mode, teams are only going to get more desperate and i would like to see if Gyorko can handle the big leagues first before we ship Headley off. Go Padres!

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

Gyroko’s not built to play 2B, Amarista should be at 2b. I’d love to see them get a top OF prospect. That would be sweet

Jacob Viets
3 years 1 month ago

What would you think of Ronny Rodriguez, Luigi Rodriguez, and Jesus Alguilar from the Indians for him? Not quite Latos status but I think that was a steal for the Padres.

sdsny
3 years 1 month ago

I think the Yanks are taking the right approach with getting a left fielder.  It’s not necessary.  There are 3 capable outfielders on the bench who platoon out there in Ibanez, who hit a big grand slam to win the game the other night, Andruw Jones, who’s been on fire lately, and Dewayne Wise who is a good defensive outfielder with a serviceable bat and speed.  You’ve got Andy Pettitte set to return in a few weeks, Joba Chamberlain on the path back to the big leagues, and minor league rotation help if needed.  Plus, Kosuke Fukudome is in AAA.  I think holding off on the trade market would be just fine. 

PeteLadd
3 years 1 month ago

First, other teams might question skipping his turn, but you wouldn’t “kill” any trade interest, especially if he makes his next start and looks good.  It is Greinke after all, baseball people know he can pitch.  Second, I do believe they have a two level deal in place.  They will get different compensation with or without an extension getting done.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Wow.. Nice username.. A “Sasquatch” sighting at MLBTR.. Brings back great memories of the old HaSox teams and Ladd’s shot at the Big Time with exposure for the Brewers during the ALCS in ’82 :-)

Brewcrew00
3 years 1 month ago

 I think you may be on the right track. They are saying he has pitched 3 games in a row which is technically true but game 1 only threw 4 pitches and game 2 was only about 70 and game 3 was after the all-star break. I don’t know how much he throw to get loose before each game start. But this doesn’t sound like the time you would hold your ace out during a 9 game stretch that is this important for the season. I seem to remember C C Sabathia throwing on 3 days rest when we need him this sound like BS from our manager and GM. I know he hasn’t looked good the last three games but our defense has let him down also.  

PeteLadd
3 years 1 month ago

Pete’s first appearance with the crew was 7/17/82.  Thirty years ago to the day.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Was glad he made it, a really terrific guy and a tragic loss in that Bobby Watson fiasco..Most Sox fans thought it was a great deal at the time, I remember going over the list of “throw ins” and my heart sank when saw Pete’s name and recalling how nice of a guy he was.

That old Ford Econoline Van he drove.. Think half the HaSox team hitched a ride in it..

JakeD
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah but is getting “fleeced” worth it if you have the chance to win a championship? Especially if the Cubs play most his salary and you have to give up Jurjens, who you don’t want anyway. (Probably spelled wrong btw)

jb226
3 years 1 month ago

Or–stay with me here–you could simply make a fair trade instead of getting yourself fleeced, and then it doesn’t matter much if they stay or go.

If you prefer Garza over Dempster, hey, let’s talk.  The Cubs happen to have one of each of them to sell.  But if you’re going to give up on making your team better, and potentially taking an option for getting better away from your rivals at the same time, just because you didn’t do your homework and made a bad trade five years ago… that I can’t respect.

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

shouldn’t have been a big deal for him.  He had plenty of time off for break.

sdsny
3 years 1 month ago

If the Braves want to go for it, they’ll need more than just Dempster.  They need another power bat.  The Braves don’t have a consistent offensive attack.