Elmer Dessens Rumors
Busy day for Dayton Moore, as he acquired all sorts of pitchers for his veterans.
Let's start with his first trade: Elmer Dessens to the Dodgers for Blake Johnson, Julio Pimentel, Odalis Perez, and cash. If you're like me, you've never heard of Johnson or Pimentel, so let's start there.
Pimentel and Johnson were ranked 16th and 17th among Dodgers prospects entering the 2006 season by Baseball America. Pimentel is a 20 year-old converted outfielder currently struggling in High Class A. Pimentel's teammate Blake Johnson is a 21 year-old righty who was drafted in the second round in '04. Just a couple of live arms to help the Royals' system; collect enough and someone's bound to pan out.
Odalis Perez is an intriguing pickup for a team like the Royals. He immediately becomes their most talented pitcher despite his awful 2006. Looking at his peripherals, his strikeout rate dropped this season and his hits allowed skyrocketed. Perez's control remains excellent. The southpaw had mixed results in the World Baseball Classic this March. He claimed to be in the best shape of his life in February following an '05 season marred by an oblique strain, shoulder inflammation, and biceps tendinitis.
Financials: Perez is due around $2.75MM for the rest of this season, $7.75MM next season, and a $1.5MM buyout for '08 if the Royals don't want him for $9MM. Of that $12MM, the Dodgers are paying $8MM. That leaves KC with just a $4MM obligation to Perez for the rest of this year and his age 29 season. He's projected to be worth that much in '07 alone, and the Royals don't have much to lose.
As for Dessens, he's your run-of-the-mill 34 year-old reliever. He'll earn roughly $640,000 for the rest of '06 and $1.7MM next year.
The Royals also shipped Tony Graffanino to the Brewers for Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa, a 25 year-old southpaw, has fared poorly in the Majors with a 5.12 ERA in 65 innings. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in the Curt Schilling deal in '03 and then bounced to the Brewers in the Richie Sexson trade a few days later. De La Rosa has dealt with elbow and control issues (they go hand in hand), but he's still got a bit of promise.
To begin with, this just isn't true. With the Kearns deal and probably Soriano trade, the 2006 deadline just can't be classified as a dud. That honor belongs to 2005 for sure. The trading action never matches the buildup, but this year's still a good one.
Read Ken Rosenthal's latest. The White Sox are in the Soriano game, the Rangers have interest in Luis Gonzalez, the Braves could add another reliever, Julio Lugo still might become a Blue Jay, and the Brewers look like sellers. In my opinion, some Brewers besides Carlos Lee that could be unloaded: Geoff Jenkins, Corey Koskie, Brady Clark, and Dan Kolb. Koskie will need to recover quickly from his concussion, however.
Still hearing that the Cubs like Willy Taveras, which would definitely fit their m.o. of players who don't get on base. Phil Rogers also mentions that Seattle's Rafael Soriano is being asked about. It would be surprising to see the Mariners deal that kind of young talent.
Tons of great rumors coming from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He's got a rundown of the Red Sox, all sorts of teams scouting Humberto Sanchez, and more.
Buster Olney mentioned in his blog today that the Astros are among various teams scouting Elmer Dessens. The Astros are also looking at Damaso Marte.
Unfounded rumor department: Could the Dodgers be after Aramis Ramirez? Ramirez has picked a fantastic time to heat up, and L.A. has some top shelf young talent...is there anywhere Julio Lugo could go besides Toronto? How about the Rockies?
According to my Royals source, Dayton Moore has finished evaluating his roster and the team is about to become quite active in the trade market.
You saw the Mark Redman rumor yesterday. Today MLBTradeRumors has learned of a possible deal in the works between the Rockies and Royals. The Rox are looking for relievers, and the Royals have Elmer Dessens and Jeremy Affeldt available. Mike MacDougal also has a chance to be dealt. The Royals would prefer to unload shortstop Angel Berroa and just one reliever to get first baseman Ryan Shealy. That way other relievers could snag more value in separate deals.
Shealy has had all kinds of suitors over the last few months, and he is likely to be dealt for relief help this month.