East Notes: Nats, Colon, Rios, Doubront, Headley, Yanks

We just took a look at the Marlins; now here are some notes on the rest of the NL East and their geographical counterparts from the American League:

  • The Nationals rank as perhaps the league’s quietest contender approaching the trade deadline, in large part because it is difficult to see where the club might reasonably look to upgrade. We’ve heard previously that the team might target a young shortstop to plug into its pipeline, but one possibility for the MLB roster is a bullpen addition, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports. While the Washington relief corps has been outstanding, and the club lacks apparent roster flexibility, Kilgore says that the Nats are interested in adding depth for the stretch run.
  • This is my speculation, but if a new arm is added to the big league club, Washington could potentially stash rookie Aaron Barrett in the minors until rosters expand in September, though he has been quite solid (2.61 ERA with 10.7 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 31 innings). More intriguingly, a pen slot could theoretically be opened if the team was to deal away former starter Ross Detwiler, though that would obviously result in a corresponding loss of depth.
  • There have been several reports on Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who is earning $9MM this year and is promised $11MM for 2015. The club is “trying hard” to deal him, according to Danny Knobler (via Twitter), while Newsday’s Marc Carig tweets that interest is picking up but the Mets are disinclined to hold onto any of Colon’s salary in a deal.
  • Moving the 41-year-old won’t be easy, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post, because his future salary is both what New York wants to offload and what other clubs will want to avoid. Meanwhile, Sherman refutes reports suggesting that the Giants have engaged the Mets on Colon (Twitter link), writing that San Francisco would only have interest if it can avoid paying for a significant portion of Colon’s 2015 salary. Like Carig, Sherman hears that is not the Mets’ preference.
  • The Blue Jays have shown interest in bringing back outfielder Alex Rios, currently with the Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Toronto shed Rios and his big contract by declining to revoke an August waiver claim back in 2009, but the veteran has turned things around and now comes with only a $14MM team option left for 2015. Of course, there remains some doubt as to whether the Jays would be able to take on the remainder of Rios’s $12.5MM salary for the current season.
  • Red Sox starter-turned-reliever Felix Doubront is not enjoying his current role with the club and hopes to see more action — in Boston or elsewhere — reports Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. The 26-year-old lefty has been mentioned before as a trade candidate, though it is not clear whether Boston will be inclined to move him as the club tries to get back in the mix, especially with talk that Jake Peavy could be dealt. Doubront will be eligible for arbitration for the first time next year.
  • The Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley with the expectation that he will be a two-month rental, GM Brian Cashman told reporters including MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch (Twitter link). The deal came together today after about three weeks of discussions, Cashman added.
  • Headley will likely not be the last addition for New York, Cashman indicated in further comments, via Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger“I have more work to do,” he said. The GM explained that larger moves could be in the offing: “We’ve got high-end stuff, without a doubt, players that other teams like. And those players would be available, or will be available, in the right circumstances. These are the deals that I can present to you that we were able to conclude, but we’re talking much larger type deals, [and] clearly much smaller, incremental upgrades.”


24 Responses to East Notes: Nats, Colon, Rios, Doubront, Headley, Yanks Leave a Reply

  1. Jaysfan724 11 months ago

    Funny note from the Rios article. Heyman notes that the Blue Jays are not one of the six teams on his no-trade list…..that would be because the Jays signed him to the contract lol

    Although his NTC went from full to limited in 2011, so I guess he got to choose his teams then?

    • Zak Arn 11 months ago

      ? He isn’t under the original contract from the Jays.

      • Jaysfan724 11 months ago

        Uhh then explain the 7yr/69 mill contract he signed in 2008 with an option for 2015 in Toronto then…

  2. Tom 11 months ago

    It’s funny the Mets want someone else to pick up the salary, but the Red Sox want to pay the salary so they get a good prospect in return. Fundamental differences I guess.

    • Apple Valley 11 months ago

      the thing about the Mets, the savings come first, then if their lucky winning

    • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 11 months ago

      Well, in the Mets case it is looking ahead to next year on Colon while Peavy will be a FA — that is a fairly important difference.

  3. matt1101 11 months ago

    Sure Rios has been pretty good the last two years, but playing in texas and with the lineups they have has surely helped. He’s also been nearly non-existent for the last month and a bit as my fantasy team shows.

    I guess it’s better than a waiver wire pickup…

    • Tanthalas 11 months ago

      His numbers the last 2 years are not much better than they were during the season the Jays let him go, and his power is miniscule for playing in Texas. I think the key for the Jays at this point is that he mashes lefties, and the Jays need some bats that can do that.

      I think he would largely platoon with Rasmus in CF for the rest of this year, then possibly take over for Melky (who will likely leave via FA, along with Rasmus, who will be replaced by Gose) in LF next year.

  4. onepercenter 11 months ago

    Poor Yankee fans have to suffer a little while longer until they make big moves.

  5. Eric Lord 11 months ago

    The Blue Jays can afford to pick up Rios’ $12.5 million contract for next season. Their owners just paid $5.2 billion dollars for Hockey Night in Canada TV rights. Rogers has the money. The question is whether or not they want to spend the money

    • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 11 months ago

      Yes, but this is basically true for most teams’ owners. Doesn’t mean it’s a sustainable or appropriate business model for a profit-seeking enterprise; there’s always going to be a budget at some point.

    • Baseball Realism 11 months ago

      Why not pick up Arod’s contract while they are at it ? It’s only another 20-30 million when he comes back. Rogers can afford a few extra million dollars.

      Just because the parent company branches off into hockey, doesn’t mean that the Blue Jays can toss money around without worrying about a budget.

      • Eric Lord 11 months ago

        I didn’t say that the Blue Jays could toss money around without worrying about a budget. However, they have the ability to take on money if they want to & if it helps the team. Both Rasmus & Cabrera are free agents at the end of the season. The only outfielder they have under contract is Bautista. If you put Gose out there, but he isn’t going to hit. You need another offensive weapon out there. Rios would fill that role.

  6. IZZONE 11 months ago

    What about Detwiller for Wright or James Russell of the Cubs? Gives cubs a young starter even though he isn’t Ace caliber maybe can be a good 4. Nationals get a real good reliever.

    • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 11 months ago

      I don’t see the Nats doing that kind of deal. Russell is somewhat cheaper than Detwiler, but is also entering his final season of arb eligibility and wouldn’t function as a 6th starter for D.C. As relievers, I think they are probably fairly equivalent guys, so why not keep Detwiler or dangle him elsewhere as a cheap, solid, mid-back rotation starter?

      Wouldn’t expect a Det-for-reliever deal unless it was for a fairly dominant arm or maybe one with more control than Detwiler. I could see Rizzo trying to move him for a decent, relatively advanced SS prospect while also picking up a solid relief rental in a separate trade. Otherwise, they’ll probably hold him for depth and wait for an offer over the offseason.

      • IZZONE 11 months ago

        Yeah that’s right he is a real good depth piece I wonder what SS prospect they are looking for.

        • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 11 months ago

          I’m not sure … could imagine Rizzo chasing a somewhat lower-level prospect he thinks could move quickly, a younger buy-low type, or even someone that could plug onto the roster now (esp. if Zimmerman turns out to be out for another stretch). Of course, the “young shortstop” talk could be driven in some part by a desire to light a fire in extension talks with Desmond.

          Ultimately, I bet he will look to max out value rather than get a certain type of player. That’s more Rizzo’s style on the prospect level.

          • Drazthegr8 11 months ago

            Starlin Castro would seem like the ideal guy. Det would be at best the #2 guy in the package, perhaps with AJ Cole and Austin Voth? Otherwise, perhaps a quick fix is Det for Prado?

    • Drazthegr8 11 months ago

      Det has been fantastic for past month or two and was a very good starter in 2012 before back issues last year. He should have a bigger role with the Nats, but it not, they should not sell low. I’d be amenable in moving him for a 2B/SS who can play now and perhaps take over for Desmond in the future.

      • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 11 months ago

        Yeah, I think they’ll get decent value for him, now or in the offseason. His arb earnings will be suppressed by working from the pen this year. One year, $5MM gets you Bruce Chen on the open market. If that’s what Detwiler earns, he’ll have surplus value and plenty of appeal.

  7. GetToTheChoppa 11 months ago

    I’m just glad the padres didn’t overpay to keep Headley, whatever prospects they lost by not trading him after his MVP caliber season isn’t nearly as detrimental as giving him 5 years 13-15 mill.

  8. BucknerRulz86 11 months ago

    What kind of return could Boston get for Doubrant if they were to trade him? He has shown some brief flashes of consistency, but has been very underwhelming in his time in Boston. Would not expect much more than a fringe prospect unless he’s part of a package.

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