Starting Pitching Rumors: Nationals, Greinke, Tigers

The Nationals, Braves, Tigers and Dodgers are in on Ryan Dempster, who could be traded sooner, rather than later. But what about the rest of the starting pitcher market? Here’s the latest:

  • The Nationals don't intend to trade top prospects for a starting pitcher, ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets.
  • The Tigers intend to trade for a difference-making starting pitcher, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links). The Rays appear to be telling teams James Shields isn't available yet, Knobler adds.
  • It’s possible that Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke will both remain with their current teams at the trade deadline, and if they stay put demand will increase for the next tier of available starters, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes. The trade value of pitchers such as Shields and Matt Garza would increase and teams undecided about their midseason plans — the Marlins and Rays, for example — could decide to take advantage of the market and sell.
  • One rival executive said he’s “very” concerned about Greinke given his recent poor performances and potential fatigue issues. Another executive told Rosenthal that Greinke is a scary potential trade target.
  • The Orioles are among the teams that have shown interest in Bartolo Colon, Rosenthal reports.
  • The Tigers are still interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (Twitter links). However, they aren’t serious players in the market for Greinke.
  • In today's Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Buster Olney explained that players can improve their trade value by performing well in the days and weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Paul Maholm of the Cubs is one example, and clubs have already shown an interest in him. – Mike Axisa


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20 Comments on "Starting Pitching Rumors: Nationals, Greinke, Tigers"


not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

“ESPN’s Buster Olney explained that players can improve their trade value by performing well in the days and weeks leading up to the trade deadline.”

Seriously? Does anyone actually pay for Insider? What a crock…

senior52
3 years 1 month ago

Couldn’t agree more.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Or you could see what he actually said in the article, not Ben’s slant:
“But before the trade deadline every year, teams will still send scouts to watch pitchers like Maholm because they’re looking for a hot hand. A hitter in the midst of an offensive burst. A pitcher who has made an adjustment that’s fueling a hot streak, or has started throwing a pitch that’s working for him.
Like an NFL team looking for a kicker who is on a roll, MLB teams seek a quick fix, and one great start — or a very short series of strong outings — can make a difference to clubs this time of year.”

Ausome7
3 years 1 month ago

Hellboy to Detroit.
Rob Brantly
Jacob Turner/Bruce Rondon

williswinning
3 years 1 month ago

Hellboy, I hope that’s a combination of Garza and Barney because you’re not getting those three for anyone on the Cub’s not named Castro. I wouldn’t give up Turner for Dempster if that';s who you are referring to, much less MORE players.

EightMileCats
3 years 1 month ago

I think he’s referring to Jeremy Hellickson

williswinning
3 years 1 month ago

I’d do Brantly and Rondon for Hellickson.

EightMileCats
3 years 1 month ago

It’s prob take more than that. He’s 25 yo with a sub 4 era… Pitching in the AL east. Not a free agent til 2017.

I’d give em Turner, Brantly, and Rondon/Fields

williswinning
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, I didn’t believe you but Cot’s verifies that. Yeah, with that much team control I’d do that too. Good call.

Ausome7
3 years 1 month ago

Get on it Dave

YODA777
3 years 1 month ago

I do not trade Rondon under any circumstances. Rondon is going to be the next big shut down closer and could potentially replace Valverde and his $9mm contract in 2013 for the MLB minium. Furthermore, I only trade Costellanos if it was part of a package for Stanton of the Marlins. The rest of our prospects —– go for it.

williswinning
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, Rondon is going to be good. But with Al-B-Q, Marte, and Villarreal he may be expendable.

AaronAngst
3 years 1 month ago

I like these nameless “executives” that seem to react with snap judgments not unlike most MLB fans… no foresight, or looking at the bigger picture. That’s what’s really scary… unless they’re the VP of Concessions and Refreshments, perhaps.

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

How is that news? I’m pretty sure Rizzo has said he isn’t trading top prospects, and Mark Lerner’s said they aren’t going to trade for a rental

T28C
3 years 1 month ago

If the Phillies did resign Hamels then would that mean they would become buyers, and if so would they try for Chase Headly for third base help

elscorcho the marlin
3 years 1 month ago

marlins could oversell on anibal and nolasco. i’d start there. insert talent that will help win for years to come. it obviously hasn’t worked here with those guys at the helm.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 1 month ago

Except that the ESPN article actually dwelves the reader with more specific information and unless you are paying for it you won’t actually get to experience Olney’s words. The point is if you don’t try to do something and put all judement aside you will never get to experience something that might just be noteworthy.

3 years 1 month ago

If Greinke is “fatigued” it’s still an injury concern. He pitched 4 pitches on the saturday before the allstar break and then 66 the next day for a total of 3 innings. He then pitched 97 pitches last friday.

This is far less than a typical “work load” for a starting pitcher who has thrown over 100 pitches in 9 of his starts this season.

If he was really fatigued going into his start last friday why wouldn’t they have him as the 5th starter coming out of the allstar break?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe teams are concerned because he needed a rest AND has a 4.99 FIP and a 9.00 ERA for the month of July?????

YanksFanSince78
3 years 1 month ago

I think the worry that they are resting him coupled with the fact that he has struggled is the issue. Each separate from the other may not set of alarms but together, people think one might indicative of the other.

Tired arm might = poor results. If that tired arm persists (see Hughes in 2011) then it could be a issue.