Stark On Greinke, Headley, Indians, Wells

The market for Zack Greinke appears to consist of the Rangers, Angels, White Sox and Braves,’s Jayson Stark reports. Rival teams say the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Dodgers aren’t involved on Greinke, and the Indians and Orioles have limited interest in pitchers headed for free agency, Stark writes. Here are more notes from Stark:

  • The Yankees are exploring their third base options with Alex Rodriguez out, Stark reports. Marco Scutaro could be an option for New York.
  • There’s an expectation that Chase Headley will be traded, but the Padres continue saying they’re happy to keep him, Stark writes.  One team says the Padres are looking for a Mat Latos-like return if they trade the third baseman.
  • The Phillies are looking for a proven, young setup reliever and a young outfielder or third baseman for Victorino, Stark reports. They’ve asked about relievers Brad Lincoln, Wade Davis and Logan Ondrusek in trade talks.
  • It’s already been a busy month for the Astros, but they’re still willing to consider trades for anyone but Jose Altuve.
  • The Indians and Cardinals have talked to the Rays about James Shields, Stark reports.
  • The Angels are telling teams they’d rather trade Vernon Wells than keep him when he returns from the disabled list. They’re looking for a trade partner and saying they don’t want to eat all of his salary, Stark reports. It’ll be challenging to find a taker for Wells’ salary; he earns $21MM per season through 2014.
  • The Indians aren’t likely to deal Chris Perez or Shin-Soo Choo, but they’ll listen on either player.

49 Responses to Stark On Greinke, Headley, Indians, Wells Leave a Reply

  1. GoFish128 3 years ago

    Vinny Rottino? Not a reliever. Or a trade chip, for that matter.

  2. BK 3 years ago

    Cue the waterfall of Vernon Wells comments

    • BK 3 years ago

      Let me begin: Vernon Wells is a below average baseball player.

  3. The Phillies can keep Victorino.

  4. Chris 3 years ago

    ” The Yankees are exploring their third base options with Alex Rodriguez out, Stark reports. Marco Scutaro could be an option for New York ”
    seriously? because two days ago they said the same thing, yesterday it was reported that cashman said they WILL NOT explore options outside of the orginization. and their comftorble with chavez,nix,pena and nunez to replace ARod.
    Chavez wont last playing every day or every other day for the next 6-8 weeks. he is too fragile. guarentee he will be hurt by mid august. then they will bring up nunez and the yankees will be doomed from that point on because they did not trade for a 3B even if it is just scuturo or even aramis ramirez. and when i commented the other day that i thought they should have traded for Ryan Roberts from arizona after they designated him for assainment, they could have had him cheap and he could be their every day starter at 3B right now. even if he isnt hitting all that well, it would be a step up from pena and nunez defensively. i expect the yankees to be done in the first round anyway, they dont have the pitching to go deep into the post season anyway

    • jjs91 3 years ago

      If the yankees dont have the pitching to make it past the first round then who does? The rangers have a slighly lower fip and a higer xfip and era same for the tigers. The Rays have a slightly lower era, and a higher fip and xfip and probably have the most overrated staff in baseball.

  5. Stoibs 3 years ago

    The Angels want to trade Wells, but don’t want to eat all of his salary? Good luck.

  6. Good luck with that Angels.. You want to trade Wells, and not eat any money?? Unless you are sending high end prospects to the other team, and get nothing in return.. its not happening

    • WasianCU 3 years ago

      I like how what started as “they don’t want to eat all of his salary” has become “You want to trade Wells, and not eat any money??” That’s kind of a big difference.
      Maybe a $10-15mm per year difference?

  7. johnsilver 3 years ago

    A young reliever AND a young OF, or 3b for a 2 month rental of Victorino, who isn’t even hitting well?

    Looks like they are hanging onto him.. I could see some team maybe sending them ANY age middle reliever, but Philly seems to think he is worth more.. WOW.. Over valued there.. Look at what Marlins sent Infante, a terrific glove guy at 2b and a solid #2-3 rental SP and got and Philly thinks a non performing OF is worth close? Just subtract the top prospect SP the Fish got back and Infante has 1 full season of control left.


    Them having the audacity to ask for Wade Davis is even more Hillarious. Rays wouldn’t swap him straight up for Pence and he has another year of control.

    • hiflyer000 3 years ago

      You clearly don’t understand how the market works. The Tigers gave their top prospect for 2 months of a mid rotation starter who won’t be getting a qualifying offer and a backup quality utility IF. Anything less than a high quality RP and a maybe a lower minors position player with upside would be selling low for a gold glove level CF who can lead off. If Dempster can fetch a top 50 prospect then Vic is certainly worth one too.

      Btw Vic had a wrist injury earlier in the year which affected him tremendously from the left side, and since he recovered from it he’s been hitting very well.

  8. elijah82 3 years ago

    Angels want to trade Wells huh? And by the sound of it, they do not want to eat significant portion of his salary. They might as well just say they are going to keep Wells. No team is going to want Wells unless Angels are willing to eat almost all of his salary. Well, unless Reagins suddenly gets a job as a GM for some team that is.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      See? There actually are people that have worse contracts than Jason Werth, Barry Zito, Alex Rodriquez, John Lackey, Carl Crawford, Albert Pujols, Fatty Fielder.

      Who is missing? Possibly Votto in 5-6 years.

  9. Nick Sossamon 3 years ago

    Vernon Wells, the gift that never started giving

  10. California_RedBirds 3 years ago

    I would much rather see the Cardinals acquire Wade Davis from the Rays to add to the bullpen rather than trade for a SP like Shields. While I am a fan of Shields, RP seems more of the issue for St. Louis. A RHP would definitely help take the pressure off guys like Boggs and Salas

  11. LALSEADEN 3 years ago

    Seattle fan here. We will trade you Chone Figgins and a C level prospect or two for Wells.

  12. dbrockus 3 years ago

    The Angels could probably get a decent bullpen arm in return if they ate 80% of Wells’ contract.

  13. gnats 3 years ago

    At first I was surprised at LAA’s stupidity, for thinking they could trade Wells without assuming most of his salary.

    But then I remember they were the team that traded Napoli and Juan Rivera for Vernon Wells.

  14. Im hearing rangers are trading Olt and Andrus to brewers.

  15. BobOfArslan 3 years ago

    The only way they are going to get Wells (and his contract) off of their books is if they throw in Bourjos (and his minicule contract). Not so sure we are going to see that happen.

  16. Adam Golden 3 years ago

    Vernon Wells’ extreme contract was the direct result of them not being able to acquire Beltre and/or Crawford that offseason. Wells’ power numbers when healthy are not terrible, and he is a gold glove OF, but his avg is pathetic. With Trout, Trumbo and Torii in the OF, they have the luxury to dangle Bourjos, cuz they would need to take the hit on Wells’ contract if traded. They had the same situation with abreu earlier in the year, and they outright released him. Is that not an option for the angels with Wells? I say trade Wells, Bourjos, and Jerome Williams for Greinke, and then sign Greinke to a five year deal….

    • Thekid19444 3 years ago

      And why would the brewers accept that trade

      • the_show 3 years ago

        Agree Jerome Williams has very little value..and the Brewers won’t take Vernon Wells

      • cookmeister 3 years ago

        maybe he meant get Greinke with whatever deal and then trade those others to replace the prospects? idk i got nothin’

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      lol if the brewers are going to pay wells salary they might as well just overpay for a grienke extension

  17. Esteban Castellanos 3 years ago

    The only way proven way to trade Wells’ ridiculous contract is to be a skilled ninja, like Alex Anthopoulos. I’m going to talk with city councillors to see if we can make January 21st “Tony Reagins Day”

  18. Minki 3 years ago

    If Jerry Dipoto can pull off any sort of trade involving Wells, where we don’t have to eat all his salary and get say, a bag of balls and a couple of bats for him, he will truly have earned his nickname – Jedi.

  19. If the yankees want a replacement for A-Rod, get a young 3rd baseman. Their whole team is getting old and they have practically no future

  20. Victor Perez 3 years ago

    Headley + Richard and the comp pick for Machado and a no name fringe prospect. Woooooooo!

  21. davengmusic 3 years ago

    I’m going to give some obligatory love to the also-rans of this article: the Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians.

  22. 1980CHAMPS 3 years ago

    “One team says the Padres are looking for a Mat Latos-like return if they trade the third baseman.” So a trade that makes the other team bend over and take it like a man from the Friars?

  23. I said those exact words a few days ago about what Padres are looking for in any trade for Headley. I think they should give me Stark’s job.

  24. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    … Can Marco Scutaro actually get the ball to 1st from 3rd? He would constantly short arm throws from SS when he was in Boston.

    **Edit**: Figured I give Scutaro credit for being one of the only players who showed up in September.

  25. T28C 3 years ago

    Here a trade the Phillies Trade Victorino to the Reds for Chris Valaika and Logan Ondrusek

  26. Catztradamus 3 years ago

    Victorino for wells, Jerry pays all but 8mm every year that’s left.

  27. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    he’s had a sub .300 obp for 2 years. before that he had obp of .311 and .331.

    he’s not a good baseball player and if wasn’t for his salary he’d be a 4th outfielder on a basement team.

  28. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Jose bautistas is not bad

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