Quick Hits: Hahn, Royals, Luhnow, Cotts

The White Sox didn’t make any noise on deadline day but things could’ve been much different had a proposed three-team trade been finalized, GM Rick Hahn told reporters (including ESPN Chicago’s Sahadev Sharma).  The deal “would’ve wound up netting us such a [future] piece, a guy who’d been a target for a while,” Hahn said, though talks fizzled about two hours before the 3pm CT deadline.  While no trades were made, Hahn felt some progress was made in negotiations and “hopefully laid the groundwork for some future deals,” while also noting that the ChiSox will explore the August waiver wire for any possible moves.

Here are some items from around baseball as we wrap up an extremely busy week here at MLB Trade Rumors…

  • The Royals also didn’t make any moves yesterday as the team was seemingly hamstrung by an unwillingness to either trade its young players or (perhaps more pressingly) add payroll, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes.
  • The Astros were willing to discuss trading their young starters and indeed sent Jarred Cosart to Miami.  Beyond that, the club couldn’t find any satisfactory offers for Collin McHugh or Dallas Keuchel, GM Jeff Luhnow told reporters, including The Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. “Probably Keuchel was the one that we received the most inquiries on…we weren’t willing to move Keuchel,” Luhnow said.  It seemed as if Luhnow cared for the McHugh offers even less, saying other teams apparently “felt like just because we picked him up off of waivers we might get rid of him for cheap.”
  • The Rangers have spoken with left-hander Neal Cotts about a new contract for next season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.  Cotts earned $2.2MM in 2014, his final arbitration-eligible year, and he’ll be a free agent this winter.  Grant believes this new contract could “likely be a club-friendly deal.”  Given that Cotts is 34 and has a checkered injury history, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cotts look for security over a higher dollar figure.
  • Also from Grant’s piece, he notes that while the Rangers are suffering through a disastrous season, they could quickly rebound next year.
  • Looking at teams who did and didn’t make key moves, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports lists the 15 winners and eight losers of the trade deadline period.
  • Big TV contracts are seen as huge boosts to team revenues, yet as Fangraphs’ Wendy Thurm observes, broadcaster disputes have left Padres, Astros and Dodgers fans unable to watch their teams play on local TV while the Nationals and Orioles seem poised for a major legal battle over MASN’s broadcasting fees.
  • The Tigers‘ acquisition of David Price drew all the headlines yesterday, but the team’s need for a left-handed reliever went unaddressed at the deadline, MLB.com’s Jason Beck points out.

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13 Comments on "Quick Hits: Hahn, Royals, Luhnow, Cotts"

1 year 2 months ago

I wish we could some how know all the deals that nearly happened and all the proposals, I think that would be really interesting.

Mo Vaughn
1 year 2 months ago

Especially since it would allow us to debate whether a team made the right deal.

1 year 2 months ago

Maybe the Astros will leak something else

1 year 2 months ago

Just about to say the same thing.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 2 months ago

My first thought is a catcher. Yasmani Grandal or Jason Castro quickly come to mind. Grandal was not in Thursday’s lineup and Castro’s game was after the deadline I believe.

1 year 2 months ago

KC really dropped the ball. I can see why they didn’t want to add any long term payroll like Byrd, but they missed out on adding someone like Rios. Now Shields will depart and Moore will having nothing to show other than that Wil Myers isn’t looking like the second coming.

1 year 2 months ago

Well, they beat the A’s last night and Billy Beane and the gang did something before the deadline! Royals are a funny team, they are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get! Especially with Ned Yost as Manager. Anyway….Royals have a lot of home grown talent, they are just going to have to figure it out!

1 year 2 months ago

They missed an opportunity to capitalize on a weak division. They’ve got talent, but they’re far from a complete team and their restrictions seem to show that that’s not going to change.

1 year 2 months ago

Its a bit disappointing that the Sox could not get anything done before the unrestricted trade deadline, but I can see a GMs position that you really do not want to give guys away, but there are some guys you NEED off of this team for whatever reason (Dunn-horrible, De Aza- flashes great play at times, but mostly stinks, Danks- when Rodon comes up they will likley not want 4 lefties in the rotation again, which really leaves Danks odd man out), But Im guessing many of these moves will likely happen on the waiver wire. Dunn is just a hole in your lineup and you need him gone sooner than later. Then slide Viciedo into the DH role when Garcia gets back (hopefully by Sept) and use Sierra in Left for the rest of the year and see if this guy can play every day or if he will always be a 4th OF. Danks moving him would be tough (not a lot in the minors stepping up), but he is healthy now, you do not know what can happen as this year goes on, and beginning of next season (remember Gavin Floyd?).

1 year 2 months ago

I am shocked that they at least didn’t trade Dunn but totally agree that they need some of these players gone to make room for other players coming or returning from injury.

1 year 2 months ago

Does that make sense. You assert players are horrible but then are surprised no one wants to trade for them.????

Dunn has an .800 OPS. He is one of the top left handed bats around. The idea he is horrible is ridiculous. There wasn’t much demand for DHs prior to the deadline but it is guaranteed he clears waivers and goes before the end of the season. De Aza is also fine but there wasn’t much interest in LH hitters – more demand for RH hitters this year. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sox have an interest in keeping De Aza around going into the offseason as they are short LH bats.

1 year 2 months ago

I never said I was surprised. I said I was disappointed. I also said that most GMs do not want to give guys away, however these guys need to go. I do not expect that Hahn would get much, but get them off of the team in general in order to free up some roster spaces.
Plus how many times have you seen Dunn leave the bases loaded with less than 2 outs, or even any guys in scoring position with less than one out. Just because he hits homers with no one on base, or gets hits when no one is on base does not make him a good player IMO. I do not care what OPS says because I still think that is bubkis when I see Dunn be horrible at clutch hitter, meaning he is a hole in the lineup

Karl Larson
1 year 2 months ago

The Royals had a chance to make a “big trade” and be the Brewers of 08′, but they didn’t and will miss the playoffs for the 29th straight season.