Stark’s Latest: Lester, Miller, Byrd, Kemp, Danks, Rios

With roughly three days until the non-waiver trade deadline, here are some highlights from the latest Rumblings & Grumblings column by ESPN’s Jayson Stark

  • The Red Sox have contacted every contending team in each league and told them that Jon Lester is available for a two- to three-prospect package fronted by at least one upper-echelon prospect. One executive, however, tells Stark that the Sox simply can’t get as much as the Rays would get if they moved David Price, which isn’t surprising, given Lester’s impending free agency and the remaining year of control that Price has.
  • Lester isn’t the only player being shopped — Boston has firmly planted a “for sale” sign in the ground, and they’re willing to move any impending free agents with the exception of Koji Uehara, whom they hope to re-sign. They’re peddling Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes and Craig Breslow. The price for Miller is also exorbitant at this time, however, as officials from two interested clubs tell Stark that Boston has asked for one of the top prospects plus a lesser prospect.
  • The Giants have asked the Phillies about Marlon Byrd, but their main priority is second base. The Reds are reassessing their stance after losing eight of nine games, and the Royals have backed off of Byrd. The Mariners appears to be the most logical option, but Byrd still wants his $8MM 2016 vesting option guaranteed to approve a trade there.
  • Byrd tells Stark that he’d have to think long and hard if GM Ruben Amaro Jr. came to him and asked him to approve a trade to a team on his no-trade clause. While his hope was to retire a Phillie, he  appreciates how aggressive Amaro was in signing him. “[Ruben] made it easy for me this offseason,” he said. Still, given the odds that he’d want some form of perk to approve a trade, it’s no longer certain that he gets dealt.
  • While the Red Sox and Mariners have been connected to Matt Kemp, officials from other clubs tell Stark they feel an offseason trade is much more likely than an in-season deal.
  • The White Sox have had scouts watching the Yankees‘ surplus of minor league catchers in recent weeks, fueling speculation that the Yanks would like to acquire John Danks.
  • Some officials believe the Yankees would like to find a right-handed hitting platoon partner to pair with Ichiro in Suzuki in right field. New York wants an option that doesn’t have commitments beyond 2014, making names like Justin Ruggiano of the Cubs and Chris Denorfia of the Padres as possible targets. Earlier today it was reported that Denorfia could be moved soon.
  • The Royals have decided that Alex Rios isn’t a good fit for their right field need. Because the team is unable to take on much additional salary (if any), they could wait until August to add a bat.
  • While Troy Tulowitzki‘s name has had a lot of buzz around it, club officials from interested teams tell Stark there’s no indication he is available. Rather, the Rockies are open to moving bullpen arms Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers, LaTroy Hawkins and Matt Belisle. However, the team would only move Hawkins if they’re overwhelmed. That seems a bit odd, given his age, but Hawkins does have a cheap club option and has drawn praise in Denver for his mentoring of younger talent.
  • The D’Backs are telling clubs that they’d move Addison Reed, but they don’t want to move Brad Ziegler. Arizona is also willing to move Aaron Hill and Oliver Perez. They’ll listen on Martin Prado and Josh Collmenter, although they’re more hesitant to deal them.
  • The chances of Cliff Lee being traded before August are almost nonexistent. Scouts who have seen him don’t think he looks close to healthy, and the money he’s owed is of course problematic.


19 Responses to Stark’s Latest: Lester, Miller, Byrd, Kemp, Danks, Rios Leave a Reply

  1. Karkat 11 months ago

    Did that executive also tell Jayson Stark that the sky is blue?

  2. Frittoman626 11 months ago

    What’s with the Yankees and Danks? What has Danks done since 2010 that says this guy is good? I would rather keep Capuano in the rotation than trade ANYTHING for an overpayed, injury prone pitcher who has below average stuff.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      overpaid, injury prone, under contact past age 30…. sounds like a perfect fit for NYY to me.

    • Overbrook 11 months ago

      He’s a 4th or 5th starter; he’s had 14 “quality ” starts this year; more than Peavy and fewer blow-up games than Peavy. His numbers were better than, say, Bud Norris last year. He had a bad injury a couple of years ago, but he’s made his starts since he returned in May 2013 (they slowed him down in September to let other guys pitch). He plays in a hitters park. He’s a useful starter for a team that needs back end help.

  3. Prozack 11 months ago

    None of the players would help the dbacks in a trade unless you trade prado, hill, Perez, etc. in to one team on one deal. But it wouldn’t even be a top 40 prospect

  4. pitchthek 11 months ago

    It seems like being a reporter in sports recently has devolved into just saying wild speculation and citing a “source”. Half the time they contradict themselves later or are just blatantly wrong. Kind of takes away from actually listening to any news when half of it seems made up or wishful thinking to drive a non-story.

    • Karkat 11 months ago

      Well that is sort of what “rumors” are.

      • Trock 11 months ago

        I think what he means is they aren’t legit sources. It is about as good as me running around telling everyone I heard this player was getting traded here. Would you want to see that story posted to this website? I would rather these rumors get filtered through reliable sources before posting to ensure it’s not some guy who works for a radio station 2 cities away from the city a team is located and that he proposed a certain player being traded for another player and it turns into some big rumor.

        • Karkat 11 months ago

          I mean, all of these are coming from Jayson Stark, who is a noted professional sports journalist, which you presumably are not. That’s why we’re inclined to care a bit more about rumors that come from him more than some random person on a local talkshow or blog.

          Not to say people like Stark, Rosenthal, Cafardo, etc are necessarily super legit about their sources all the time, but their profession is still what makes their “rumors” the ones worth listening to.

        • jb226 11 months ago

          It isn’t as bad as all that. It’s not like the writers don’t know who the sources are and it turns out to be some guy who works at a radio station, blah blah. They’re simply not authorized to link the source to a name. Given that almost every rumor we ever hear, true or false, would constitute tampering it should not be at all surprising that executives aren’t willing to be named.

          In all probability, these are major-league guys, scouts or front-office personnel. That doesn’t mean they’re always right, it doesn’t mean they’re always completely up-to-date on the latest happenings, but they’re not some random Joe with absolutely no credentials or insider information.

  5. Steve 11 months ago

    Now Marlon Byrd would be an acquisition that would actually improve the Giants…

    It’s possible that Pagan could be back in a few weeks (thank God!) and Belt should be back sometime in the near future as well.

    If the Giants made this trade that would leave them with Byrd, Pagan, and Pence as regulars in the outfield. That would allow Bochy to use Morse to give Pagan, Byrd, or Belt a day off, as well as use him to DH (still have a few interleague games left) and pinch-hit.

    And, of course, Blanco can go back to the only role he is really effective in: late-inning defensive replacement for Morse/pinch-runner.

    All of the sudden, the Giants would have a formidable offense and be a lot deeper. Also, having Panik or Uggla at second wouldn’t be as big of a deal.

    Worst case scenario, Pagan doesn’t come back and Morse continues to play left field. Giants are still significantly better.

    • Glenn O'Brien 11 months ago

      Pagan could return as early as Saturday, Byrd might be good but the Giants right now need a 2B, Uggla = needs to be dfa’d again, Panik is good enough for now till better.

      • Steve 11 months ago

        My point was that if the Giants got Byrd, they’d be deep enough to where playing Panik or Uggla at second base wouldn’t hurt them as much as it currently does (at least on the offensive side with regards to Uggla.)

      • Steve 11 months ago

        But yes, getting Zobrist would be ideal and would accomplish the same goal…

  6. Steve 11 months ago

    Now Marlon Byrd would be an acquisition that would actually improve the Giants…

    It’s possible that Pagan could be back in a few weeks (thank God!) and Belt should be back sometime in the near future as well.

    If the Giants made this trade that would leave them with Byrd, Pagan, and Pence as regulars in the outfield. That would allow Bochy to use Morse to give Pagan, Byrd, or Belt a day off, as well as use him to DH (still have a few interleague games left) and pinch-hit.

    And, of course, Blanco can go back to the only role he is really effective in: late-inning defensive replacement for Morse/pinch-runner.

    All of the sudden, the Giants would have a formidable offense and be a lot deeper. Also, having Panik or Uggla at second wouldn’t be as big of a deal.

    Worst case scenario, Pagan doesn’t come back and Morse continues to play left field. Giants are still significantly better.

  7. Chad Woelk 11 months ago

    Dayton Moore and Mr. Glass have already stated they would add payroll Steve Adams, smh…….

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