Rosenthal & Morosi On Soriano, Lee, Dodgers, Garza

The latest notes and rumors from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports…

  • At least one team has inquired about Alfonso Soriano, Morosi reports. The Cubs outfielder earns $18MM per season through 2014, so the Cubs will presumably cover most of his salary in a trade.
  • Four general managers say Cliff Lee isn’t yet formally available, according to Rosenthal and Morosi. Yet other executives expect the Phillies to consider trade offers for the left-hander this week. Lee, who has three years and $87.5MM remaining on his contract after this season, can block trades to 21 teams. The Rangers and Yankees are not among those teams, Rosenthal and Morosi report. The FOX Sports reporters suggest Rangers GM Jon Daniels prefers Lee to Cole Hamels.
  • Agent Scott Boras now represents Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch, Morosi reports (on Twitter). Be sure to check MLBTR’s Agency Database for data on which agents represent which MLB players.
  • The Dodgers could trade for Shane Victorino or Hunter Pence even if the team gets Ryan Dempster to go along with Hanley Ramirez, Rosenthal reports (on Twitter). The Dodgers have been in talks with the Phillies, who are eager to move Pence, according to Rosenthal.
  • The Cubs continue discussing Matt Garza with multiple suitors, Morosi reports (on Twitter). The Dodgers appear to have serious interest in Garza.
  • The Royals are talking with teams about possible trades involving closer Jonathan Broxton, Morosi reports (on Twitter).

69 Responses to Rosenthal & Morosi On Soriano, Lee, Dodgers, Garza Leave a Reply

  1. lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

    I now know what it’s like to have an owner with money…

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Ask Frank McCourt’s wife :-)

      All kidding aside.. She did the LAD a favor in getting rid of Franky baby and forcing the sale it looks like.

      • BlueSkyLA
        BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

        True, in an ironic sort of way.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          That was how was meant.. When it was going on? We all thought it was ruining everything and now?? She did the game, fans as well as the LAD a favor! LOL

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            Yeah, but it was a brutal, painful two years. I guess I will have to send Jamie a card. Both her, and her limo driver!

        • jwsox 3 years ago

          how is it ironic?

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            As in, producing results contrary to what is expected.

  2. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

    Man, the Dodgers are going all in this year. That lineup’s gonna be nuts if they get Pence or Victorino.

    On another note, I still can’t believe Dempster flipped the bird to the Cubs like that.

    • Dylan 3 years ago

      He owes them nothing. He was angry when he found out through media to my understanding.

      • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

        Yeah, I know. It was just a bad way for him to handle it. The guy knows he’s gonna be traded – his behavior seemed very classless, regardless of the fact that it also messed up the Cubs’ leverage in dealing him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he and Garza both stick around for the rest of the year as a result of it. So much for rebuilding :/

        • ateam043 3 years ago

          I don’t know why Cubs fans are ripping Dempster. He EARNED the right to veto a trade, and used it. It’s the Cuba fault for not trading him before he gained that right.

          • Paul Cunningham 3 years ago

            Once he made his list of teams acceptable to him and get the best deal from other than his favorite…now atl isn’t acceptable for him. And he was getting traded not fired genius

    • lefty58 3 years ago

      Dempsters crying act has turned him into another Latroy Hawkins/Sammy Sosa now.
      Incredibly selfish move on his part. Things will never be the same for him in Wrigley again.

      • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

        He didn’t approve the trade not because he didn’t want to go to Atl, but because of how the cubs FO handled the trade. This is a mistake by the cubs, not demp

        • flat frogs 3 years ago

          Disagree, the team went to him before making the trade and he agreed to go to Atlanta. We have no idea who leaked the trade, but it makes no difference. If he’s going to cry about it and act like this, few will ever respect him again.

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

            Yes he probably did give the OK before. But as a grown man, he saw hearing about his trade from the media is a slap in the face, and it is. Imagine hearing you got fired from the mail man

          • Paul Cunningham 3 years ago

            News was firrst reported by atl sports writer

          • Paul Cunningham 3 years ago

            No reason to be a cry thing is to keep him and boo him every game to ensure he wont accept arb

  3. Sully65 3 years ago

    Pence would be a great fit in Boston

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Cody Ross back would be better and FAR cheaper.

  4. usman patel 3 years ago

    God I love Stan Kasten management. Thank you for saving the Dodgers you blessed man you!

  5. Dylan 3 years ago

    Can’t see Pence in LA. They have nothing that would interest the Phillies. Lee is not nearly enough.

  6. Dylan 3 years ago

    Pence to Pitt for Marte would be best.

  7. Payaso 3 years ago

    No team is safe, the dodgers want it all!

  8. EightMileCats 3 years ago

    If HanRam can produce like he used to… and you add Pence/Victorino plus an arm(whether its JJ, Garza, Demp, or Grienke). The Dodgers would look very scary in the post season.

    • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

      Tigers/Dodgers World Series? I’d watch the heck outta that!

      • EightMileCats 3 years ago

        Me too obviously. My Tigs need to stay on this hot streak tho.. and Texas would be a difficult series.

        On that note, once you’re in the post season, anything can happen. here’s to hoping.

      • ImperialStout 3 years ago

        Oh! That would be fun.

    • lefty58 3 years ago

      Posted in the wrong spot somehow.

  9. dieharddodgerfan 3 years ago

    Don’t mind Pence, but I would actually prefer getting a guy like Cuddyer, who can play 1B along with LF, so the Dodgers have an option at 1B with power.

    Maybe a lineup like:

    2B M.Ellis
    3B Hairston
    CF Kemp
    RF Ethier
    SS HamRam
    1B Cuddyer
    LF Abreu/Rivera
    C A.J. Ellis

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

      Still need a LF

      • dieharddodgerfan 3 years ago

        Ideally, yes, but I am actually okay with an Abreu/Rivera platoon in LF.

        Or maybe Cuddyer plays some LF at times and they can use Rivera at 1B.

        Don’t know that the Dodgers can completely revamp their lineup by the trade deadline, but getting Kennedy, Loney and Uribe out of the lineup is a huge bonus to the production of it.

        • BlueSkyLA
          BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          Obviously Adam Kennedy isn’t someone you want playing every day if only because of his age, but have you seen his line over the last two weeks: .381/.435/.524/.959 — so maybe it’s time to stop bashing him. Uribe we’re going to see plenty at least/until Gordon is back. I see a platoon of Loney and Rivera at first if the Dodgers swing another starting outfielder. Not holding my breath on that one though. Seems like a long shot.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            That line looks astonishingly like the one career MiLB IF Pedro Cirriaco has/did put up while Dustin Pedroia was on the DL, but nobody would ever expect it over an extended period.

            .333/.350/.420/.753 and 4SB in 15G.

            Those kind of players need to be inside glass cases with a sign “break glass in case of emergency” then sealed back up afterwards.

  10. Cubstein 3 years ago

    Dodgers, get off the phone talking about Garza, you don’t have enough in your farm for Garza.

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

      I’m pretty sure that was said about Hanley too… Yesterday everyone was convinced it would take Lee+. Just saying

      • Cubstein 3 years ago

        Yeah but they paid Lee’s salary. Maybe if they pay Garza’s they can get him with Lee and someone else. But cubs are looking to pay people’s salaries to get better deals.

        • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

          As of right now I think the dodgers get Demp for what they want to pay or go after someone like Cliff Lee. I wonder if they’d try to do a blockbuster for bothe Lee and Pence, taking on Lees contract and starting off with Z. Lee and Webster

          • Cubstein 3 years ago

            Dodgers aren’t going to get Demp because instead of being had by LA we will take a comp pick which will be worth more than what LA is offering.

      • They gave nothing for Hanley except eating his Salary for the fish. Thats all they wanted back was salary relief. Cubs dont need salary relief back, Dodgers do not have enough to get Demp let alone Garza. If Demp goes there its just because we wont let us send him anywhere else and they decide getting something is better then nothing.

        • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

          Nothing? With the development of one more off speed pitch Eovaldi is your #2 for the next 5 1/2 years. The minor league has a chance to be at least a bullpen arm, striking out over a guy an inning. Even if Epvaldi doesn’t reach his full potential he is still just 22 and already pitching in the majors better than many starters in the league

          • Eovaldi is solid, but its nothing when compared to a player the calibur of Hanley. The point is that the main thing Miami received was salary relief. As far as prospects go the Dodgers have one of the worst farms in baseball, they have nothing to offer anyone looking for pieces there like the Cubs are.

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            Nothing? Really? Eovaldi drops right into the rotation. And it isn’t like Ramirez has been a huge producer over the last two years. We have to hope that a new lineup is what he needs, or he’ll be a pretty big bust in LA.

          • again read the rest, the main thing FLA received was salary relief. Eovaldi is solid, not a stud, hes a 3 tops. Hanley though down the past 2 years is still worth much more then Eovaldi. And the point here is that the guy i responded to said nobody thought LAD had enough for Hanley, They didnt have enough, they provided salary relief, which is what the fish were looking for. The cubs are not looking for Salary relief, so based on the Dodgers farm they do not have enough in the way of prospects to warrant trades for just about anyone, Demp Garza or even Pence and Cliff lee, LMAO, like he suggested in another post.

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            I will have to look up their stud lines to understand your comments. Apparently this became a measure of productivity when I wasn’t looking.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            “Apparently this became a measure of productivity when I wasn’t looking.”

            Classic 😉

          • Sandy Sales 3 years ago

            A 3 tops? Even if your logic is correct, a good number 3 starter in the majors is what we call a prospect that has panned out, especially one that wasn’t even hyped to begin with. The argument that there is no one in the Dodgers minor league system for half the names you listed followed by a LMAO just shines brightly at your immaturity.

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

            You’re talking like Hanley is hitting 330 and is loved the management and fans. Did the dodgers win the deal? Yes, but that has more to do with the dodgers ability to produce good MLB pitching from their system. To us, eovaldi was expendable, but to most teams 22 year olds in the majors is extremely rare

          • The pitching in your system is not that damn good. I mean the Cubs have worse in theirs, i can admit that, but the only guys close to MLB ready were Eovaldi, who was there, and Ely. And neither have top of rotation written on them. Your top guys Lee and Webster look lost in the lower levels, far from top of the rotation dominance that you should see at those levels. And no im not talking like Hanley is hitting 330, hes a proven run producer who can play ss and 3b, you gave your 5 starter and salary relief to get him, if it was a trade being made to a team looking for solid prospects and not just salary relief back you would not have been able to afford it.

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

            Ely is not a prospect anyone is talking about. He’s pitching great but is too old to be a legit prospect. However, if your analysis is based on stats for pitchers that are very young for their league, then the conversation is over. The Dodgers use AA as the final step for top pitching prospects. Webster is 22 in AA, Eovaldi was 22 in the majors. Our top pitching prospects are Lee, Webster, Martin(he seems to have finally figured out his control), Reed, Gould, De La Rosa, and Withrow. With the exception of now Withrow, all of these pitchers are going to be starters and have TOR to MOR potential.

        • thegrayrace 3 years ago

          The Dodgers absolutely have enough to acquire Dempster (Zach Lee). The Cubs basically confirmed that. They just don’t want to give it up.

  11. Why do I have the feeling that Broxton is going to land us two prospects I have never heard of and more than likely never will hear off again.

    • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

      Seems like they brought Broxton in when they realized they wouldn’t be able to land a starting pitcher last offseason. Strengthen the pen in hopes of contention. Now they’ll part with a pitcher who won’t nab them much of a quality return. Honestly, it might have been a good idea to have dealt Soria awhile back…even without the injury.

  12. CubsFan5 3 years ago

    Hunter Pence seems like a good fit for the Giants. I don’t know what they would give up because I’m not familiar with their farm.

    • GriffeyandSizemore 3 years ago

      Gary brown + a couple more B prospects might work.

  13. joeybw 3 years ago

    All these Phillie rumors, one has to wonder if they would trade Halladay.

  14. InvalidUserID 3 years ago

    No way the Yankees can acquire Lee given their insistence to avoid the luxury tax and while trying to keep Cano and/or Granderson.

    Now that Montero is gone, do the Yankees have any top prospects?

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      Bans is still a top 100. He hasn’t had a bad year just injured with a non-arm related injury.

      In addition, Gary Sanchez (C), Mason Williams (CF) and Tyler Austin (3B/LF/RF) were all top 75 mid-season ranked players. Sanchez @ #31, Williams @ #37 and Austin @ #67. Bans fell from #45 to #82 (non-arm related injury. had 3.83 FIP @ AAA in 6 starts before getting injured) and Betances…..well…he fell so far he’s some where in China now.

      • vtadave 3 years ago

        “Bans fell from #45 to #82 (non-arm related injury”
        So the elbow is no longer part of the arm?

        • NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

          I think he was referring to his blisters problem while not knowing that Banuelos has had soreness in his elbow. Even if he did fall that far down it is mostly because of injury concerns and not his stuff and potential.

  15. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I can’t see anyone taking on Lee’s contract right now. It’s one thing to be the Yanks or the Rangers and have him for the 2011 season coming off of a incredible 2010 year vs trading for him now when he looks a little more pedestrian. Teams would have to get creative with it. Right now it’s almost a 3/$90 mil deal at $30 mil per for his declining years. He’s still a good/great pitcher, despite recent performance, but I don’t see anyone willing to pay him $30 per. That 2011 salary of $11 mil really helped the deal average out to a more acceptable $22.5 mil. But for 3 years and the buyout option (which might vest if he stays healthy) makes it absurd even for the Yanks.

  16. forkball27 3 years ago

    and with this news the Tigers Boesch will be dealt soon.

  17. Dylan 3 years ago

    They’d trade some players for relief not Pence who they traded two top 50 prospects for.

  18. rikersbeard 3 years ago

    rather see Snider get 250 ABs.

  19. lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

    haha thats a comment from someone who knows that he had the right to do it, but is just mad and knows Demp is the person they can take their anger out on

  20. Paul Cunningham 3 years ago

    I would rather GIVE him to pirates than accept la graffiti artist they are offering

  21. schaddy24 3 years ago

    Indeed. Theo and Jed need to shop him so us Cubs fans can begin healing from this cursed trade deadline. Demp giving us the finger was bad enough, but the increasing chance of Garza not being healthy in time is even more depressing.

  22. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    Really don’t understand why teams aren’t in him many teams could definitely use a power bat as their Dh or try to hide him away in left field. Looking for the my Yanks to possibly acquire him as a platoon DH type.

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