Waiver Trade Notes: Hosmer, Maholm, Skaggs, O’s, A’s, D’backs, Castillo

As we explained yesterday, the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline does not spell the end of wheeling and dealing. Several teams are expected to continue shopping over the coming month as well. Here are some notes that relate to the upcoming August trade period:

  • Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could miss much of the rest of the regular season with a stress fracture of his right hand, tweets Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Though he is expected to avoid surgery, Hosmer could be out for up to six weeks. It would not be surprising to see the club look to add a first baseman to hold down the fort in his absence.
  • Paul Maholm of the Dodgers has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports ( Twitter links). That only serves to increase the team’s need for rotation depth; though Maholm was operating out of the pen, he had been perhaps the likeliest option to step into a starting role if the struggling Dan Haren was demoted.
  • Angels hurler Tyler Skaggs left in the middle of a no-hit bid Thursday with a flexor tendon strain in his left forearm, as Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times explains. Skaggs has already been placed on the 15-day DL, and the team will surely exercise caution with the young starter, as forearm strains have been linked to more significant elbow injuries. Though the Halos can fill his spot in the immediate term by keeping Hector Santiago in the rotation, the injury leaves even more questions about the team’s overall starting pitching depth. With a two-month pennant race still to come, Los Angeles will likely take a hard look at the market for arms.
  • Before he was dealt to the Nationals, the Orioles made an effort to acquire Indians infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN.com. Presumably, Baltimore would have utilized him as the Nationals will, at second base, which indicates some likelihood of the club exploring an alternative over the coming month.
  • Similarly, the Athletics opened pre-deadline conversations with the Phillies regarding Jimmy Rollins, but talks did not progress, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. Like the O’s, the A’s could still be looking for a middle-infield addition.
  • After making several deadline deals, the Diamondbacks expect to have more work to do in the coming month, reports Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic. While he is not sure if any deals will be consummated, GM Kevin Towers says he anticipates that claims will be made on several players. Among the possible chips left in Arizona are second baseman Aaron Hill and several relievers, though Towers says it will take an “overpay” to pry loose any of the club’s pen arms, as Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
  • The Red Sox remain interested in Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo despite adding Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig at the trade deadline, reports WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. While the club is expected to face stiff competition in the bidding, it just held a private workout for Castillo. If he goes to the non-contending Red Sox, it would certainly increase market demand for some of the pricey outfielders who stayed put at the deadline (such as Alex Rios of the Rangers and Marlon Byrd of the Phillies).


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37 Comments on "Waiver Trade Notes: Hosmer, Maholm, Skaggs, O’s, A’s, D’backs, Castillo"


Charles
1 year 24 days ago

As an O’s fan, I’d be interested in seeing what Philly would want for Utley. If they paid some of the salary and maybe wanted a middling prospect, I would do the deal. Second Base is definitely one of the needs right now. Schoop isn’t ready yet and Flaherty should only be used in case of emergencies or as a defensive replacement.

1 year 24 days ago

Knowing the Phillies, it’d cost Bundy+ and you’d have to take all the money.

Jeff Miller
1 year 24 days ago

They’re not gonna give him up for a middling prospect. Would probably cost Bundy or Harvey and another prospect, especially if the Phillies are taking on money.

1 year 24 days ago

Both plus another prospect and no money.

Jeff Miller
1 year 24 days ago

Probably Ruben’s starting point.

Jim Johnson
1 year 24 days ago

There’s no chance that is what Utley gets. I can see Ruben asking for that, but that’s why he didn’t make any trades this past deadline.

flyerzfan12
flyerzfan12
1 year 24 days ago

That’s what the poster was getting at.

PSUOrioles
1 year 24 days ago

I’m open to trading Bundy, but I would only do it for a top line starter like Sale. No way I trade him for Utley, even though I think he could definitely help the Os.

Jeff Miller
1 year 24 days ago

I get that. Even if Utley decided to waive his NTC, got a feeling he wouldn’t clear waivers far enough to get to the Orioles.

1 year 24 days ago

Likely not since he’d have to go through the entire NL and most of the AL. I feel like the Dodgers would probably put a claim in.

peregrintook69
1 year 24 days ago

Interesting that the Dodgers would given they don’t really need him much. I would suspect the Giants would be more inclined.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 24 days ago

David Price himself didn’t command such a price.
Why would the O’s give up Bundy or Harvey for an aging injury prone second baseman, who has a big contract.
N…O… No!

Jeff Miller
1 year 24 days ago

Price got back 2 good, young big league players and a really good SS prospect. If he was moved for just prospects it would’ve cost Bundy and Harvey.

I’m not saying it would happen, just what the cost should be for one the better 2B in the game.

peregrintook69
1 year 24 days ago

Not a big contract for his value even with the injury concerns.

Bradley Cramer
1 year 24 days ago

It’s not necessarily what Philly wants for Utley, it’s does Utley want to leave Philly. Utley is 10/5 player and can reject any trade and he has thus far shown no interest in leaving Philly.

peregrintook69
1 year 24 days ago

This is the kicker, only a handful or so of teams don’t really need Utley (Tigers, Rays, Mariners, Astros, Red Sox, Dodgers, Twins) but yet he still has little interest in moving anywhere. The Orioles would be a great fit for him and he would still be, generally speaking, pretty close to Philadelphia but he seems to love Philly.

Stonehands
1 year 24 days ago

I would love to see the sox make a run at Castillo, though I don’t see the pressing need. I guess if you get him coupled with an extension to Cespedes, move Allen Craig to 1B in 2016 then this could actually work out

stl_cards16
1 year 24 days ago

Craig needs to be at 1B long-term for sure. I think trading Napoli and moving Craig to 1st would be best for the Sox.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
1 year 24 days ago

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nap getting shopped in the winter, but he’s a FA after next season so they might risk it.

Dustroia15
1 year 24 days ago

Just an idea of how it could work with Castillo:

Cespedes plays 130 in LF
Castillo plays 110 in RF, 20 CF, SS?
JBJ plays 130 in CF
Craig plays 50 in RF, 40 1B, 25 DH
Ortiz plays 135 at DH
Holt plays 25 in LF, 10 CF, 15 SS, 70 3B
Napoli plays 125 at 1B

Also, keeps a strong lineup if you lose someone to an injury. Napoli and Ortiz potentially won’t be here past next year.

Stonehands
1 year 24 days ago

I’m not too worried about that problem, but that plan eliminates Victorino assuming he is still on the roster

1 year 24 days ago

I think its likely Victorino has played his last game with Boston

Dustroia15
1 year 24 days ago

I think the OF rotation would be Castillo, Cespedes and 2 of JBJ, Betts, Nava and Victorino. The two out of the rotation get moved. Holt will also spend time in the OF.

Stonehands
1 year 24 days ago

Betts still needs more work at AAA, Nava has struggled, and Vic and Cespedes are injury prone, JBJ, Holt, Cespedes, Vic, and Castillo should be plenty of depth with Betts as an emergency option in AAA, or trade Vic and put Nava in AAA as well.

1 year 23 days ago

Nava’s actually hit pretty well since his June call-up. He was at the mendoza line during his inital demotion, but he’s now at .251

Stonehands
1 year 23 days ago

Wow did not realize that, but even so, if Nava is no more than depth there is no way Vic would accept a demotion for that

phil mitchell
1 year 24 days ago

Are you going to tell oritz he is on the bench for 27 games a year?

Dustroia15
1 year 24 days ago

He will probably play about 150 last year, about 135 last year and 90 the year before. He will be 39 years old. I was just putting reasonable estimates in. Someone is bound to get hurt as well.

jeremy
1 year 24 days ago

dodgers really need pitching help. i hope they can find some

peregrintook69
1 year 24 days ago

Ryu, Greinke, Kershaw, and Beckett (being league average) is helping make that issue pretty minor and in the playoffs that amounts to two starts for Beckett, best case scenario. Yes they could use a piece to plug up that Haren size whole the rest of the way to the postseason but they don’t need it that bad. I’m glad that NC didn’t part with the big three prospects for any pitching upgrade like Lester or Price because Ryu would then be pushed to the #4 spot in the playoffs and the upgrade there is minimal. I just wish he could have gotten Colon or something to at least plug up the #5 spot.

Out of place Met fan
1 year 24 days ago

Colon to highest bidder in August

kdub53
1 year 24 days ago

Nice. Along with any other 3-4 type starters from non contending teams. Pitchers are getting hurt left and right!

108 stitches
1 year 24 days ago

Michael Carp to the Royals….just makes way to much sense given the 6 weeks of regular at bats. The Royals might find out the have a decent power hitter….or not, but worth a shot I would think. Any guesses on who might block a waiver claim by KC?

peregrintook69
1 year 24 days ago

He’s getting $13.5 million a year and he’s been a borderline HoF his whole career thus far. I don’t understand why people still think so little of him, yes he gets injured but so does Tulowitzki and he’s the most valuable shortstop in MLB.