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Trade Market: Third Basemen

Next up in our Trade Market series, third basemen.  Click here to see our take on the free agent market for the position. 

  • Dan Uggla, Marlins.  Uggla is a second baseman, so we discussed him here.  He last played third base for the '05 Tennessee Smokies, for what it's worth.  If a team acquired him and asked him to switch, he wouldn't have much of a choice.
  • Jorge Cantu, Marlins.  Cantu had an entry in our first basemen post, but he did log 355 innings at the hot corner this year and 1066.6 last year.  His defense at third base left much to be desired.
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres.  How valuable is Kouzmanoff?  The 28-year-hit .255/.302/.420 this year in 573 plate appearances after a similar offensive line last year.  He's solid defensively, according to UZR/150.  Kouzmanoff will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so his salary should jump into the $3-4MM range.  That he's a competent third baseman gives him value, but teams may not be jumping to add his .300 OBP.
  • Mark Teahen, Royals.  Teahen, 28, hit .271/.325/.408 this year while playing third base, right field, and a little bit of first and second base.  His defense has not rated well lately.  Since Teahen is due a raise on this year's $3.575MM salary, he's a non-tender candidate.
  • Mat Gamel, Brewers.  Casey McGehee will be the Brewers' starting third baseman next year, and Gamel won't be moved to the outfield.  What's more, Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash admitted last month that the team might have to take some risks and consider trading top prospects.  Put it all together, and Gamel might be traded for pitching this winter.  The 24-year-old has yet to really crush Triple A pitching; he hit .278/.367/.473 in 320 plate appearances this year.  He struggled defensively at third base in the minors.
  • Neil Walker, Pirates.  Walker is currently playing winter ball; he hopes to steal Andy LaRoche's at-bats at third base in 2010 before Pedro Alvarez arrives.  Walker complained in August that he wasn't one of Neal Huntington's guys, though he was called up weeks later.  He hit .264/.311/.480 in his second full season at Triple A.
  • Brandon Wood, Angels.  Wood was named in our shortstops post, but he's spent time at third base in his career.
  • Garrett Atkins, Rockies.  Atkins is highly likely to be non-tendered after earning $7.05MM this year.  If there's a team willing to give the Rockies a useful player and pay Atkins a similar amount in 2010, he will be traded.  Count on the non-tender.
  • Ramon Vazquez, Pirates.  Vazquez didn't play much third base this year, but did get 1073.3 innings there in 2007-08 for the Rangers.  He's set to earn $2MM next year and is coming off a .230/.335/.279 performance.
  • Jose Bautista, Blue Jays.  Bautista, 29, hit .235/.349/.408 in 404 plate appearances this year while playing third base, left field, right field, and even a few games in center.  He continued to crush lefties and defend well.  He earned $2.4MM this year and it wouldn't be a mistake to tender him a contract.  Maybe the Jays will shop Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion, or maybe they'll stand pat since Alex Rios won't be with the club in 2010.
  • Josh Fields, White Sox.  Fields, 27 in December, hit .222/.301/.347 in 268 plate appearances this year.  He hoped for a trade deadline deal, but it didn't happen.

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Trade Market: Shortstops

Another entry in our Trade Market series: shortstops.  We covered free agents here.  As always, it's one of baseball's scarcest positions.

  • J.J. Hardy, Brewers.  GM Doug Melvin admitted to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that it would be "very difficult" to keep both Hardy and Alcides Escobar on the roster.  Due to an August demotion, Hardy is under team control for two more years (he earned $4.65MM in '09).  He was very valuable in 2007-08, and the 27-year-old is easily the prize among all available shortstops (considering both trade targets and free agents).  Despite Hardy's off year, expect Melvin to demand a quality starting pitcher in return.
  • Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks.  Drew popped up in one Tweet/rumor a month ago, but beat writer Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic heard a trade is very unlikely.
  • Cristian Guzman, Nationals.  Guzman had shoulder surgery this month, and the Nats intend to shift him to second base in 2010.  Given the $8MM remaining on an extension Jim Bowden engineered, you have to think GM Mike Rizzo would listen to offers.  UZR/150 says Guzman hasn't been a positive defensively since '04, but he hasn't been bad either.
  • Maicer Izturis, Angels.  There is no indication Izturis is available, but the Halos might be able to spare him or Brandon Wood given the emergence of Erick Aybar.  Izturis could start at shortstop for several clubs.  He will be eligible for free agency after the 2010 season.
  • Brandon Wood, Angels.  With 236 career plate appearances and 574 innings in the field, Wood is obviously less proven than Izturis.  2009 marked his third Triple A stint.  Wood, 25 in March, remains an interesting trade target.  The Angels, however, may be less inclined to let Izturis or Wood go if they fail to re-sign Chone Figgins.
  • Reid Brignac, Rays.  Brignac hasn't excelled offensively in the high minors, but Baseball America likes the 23-year-old's defense.  Regarding his availability, MLB.com's Bill Chastain suggested in September that Brignac could have an expanded role with the Rays next year.
  • Mike Aviles, Royals.  Aviles had Tommy John surgery in August and hopes to be ready for Spring Training.  The Royals currently have Yuniesky Betancourt and Alberto Callaspo in the middle infield, but Aviles is just a year removed from a .325/.354/.480 rookie performance.  Perhaps he can be pried loose.

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Trade Market: Second Basemen

Next up in our Trade Market series, second basemen.  We analyzed free agents at the position here.

  • Dan Uggla, Marlins.  Uggla is currently neck-and-neck with Hanley Ramirez as the best-paid Marlin, and that puts the second baseman on the trading block.  Uggla's 2010 salary has yet to be determined since he's arbitration-eligible, but it'll be a raise from this year's $5.35MM.  That Chris Coghlan came up as a second baseman only increases the chance of an Uggla trade.  As a perennial 30-home run bat, Uggla should be good value next year even with shaky defense.  Uggla might be a consideration at third base for some clubs, though he hasn't played the position since 2005 in the minors.
  • Luis Castillo, Mets.  A year ago the Mets seemingly wanted to unload Castillo badly.  After this year's .387 OBP, the rumors quieted.  Castillo is still owed $12MM over two years.
  • Akinori Iwamura, Rays.  Iwamura faces a $4.85MM club option with a $550K buyout.  If the Rays are confident in their ability to trade him, they could exercise the option.  We discussed Iwamura in-depth here.
  • Kelly Johnson, Braves.  We learned earlier this month that the Braves might look to trade Johnson before December's non-tender deadline.  Johnson lost his starting job to Martin Prado in July and suffered a wrist injury shortly thereafter.  He earned $2.825MM this year and is arbitration-eligible again.  He could be a great pickup if he returns to his .800 OPS ways of 2007-08.
  • Mike Fontenot, Cubs.  Fontenot seems likely to fall just short of the Super Two cutoff, making it an easier decision for the Cubs to retain him.  It also makes him more attractive to other clubs.  Fontenot struggled with regular playing time this year after posting a .909 OPS in 284 plate appearances in '08.
  • Aaron Miles, Cubs.  The Cubs could potentially release Miles or eat his contract and trade him for nothing.  He's coming off a .185/.224/.242 performance and is owed $2.7MM in 2010.  Miles dealt with shoulder and elbow injuries this year.

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Trade Market: First Basemen

Next up in our Trade Market series, first basemen.  We analyzed first base free agents here.

  • Prince Fielder, Brewers.  On October 7th, Brewers GM replied, "I don't see that happening" when asked about trading Fielder or Ryan Braun (Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporting).  What's more, SI's Jon Heyman expects the Brewers to attempt to lock Fielder up this winter.  Fielder is already under team control through 2011, and there is no reason to expect him to be shopped (the Brewers have other trade chips with which they can acquire pitching).
  • Adrian Gonzalez, Padres.  Like Fielder, most Gonzalez trade rumors have been speculative.  And Jed Hoyer knowing Theo Epstein doesn't really increase the chances of a trade to Boston.  The Padres have a small payroll, but Gonzalez will only earn $10.25MM over the next two seasons.  Hoyer even said long-term discussions are "on the docket."  On the other hand, there were summer trade talks with the Mariners, Red Sox, and Dodgers under old GM Kevin Towers.  Towers believes "it's just a matter of when" the Padres trade Gonzalez.
  • Adam Dunn, Nationals.  We haven't heard anything about Dunn being available, but it'd be reasonable for GM Mike Rizzo to listen.  The Nats have Dunn signed for next year at $12MM. 
  • Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays. Currently, the Blue Jays have no plans to move Adam Lind to first base (says MLB.com's Jordan Bastian).  If they change their mind, Overbay and his $7MM salary could theoretically be shopped.
  • Jorge Cantu, Marlins.  Here's a guy who's actually likely to be available this winter.  The thinking is that the Marlins would prefer not to give Cantu an arbitration raise on his $3.5MM salary.  Cantu traded some power for OBP this year.
  • James Loney, Dodgers.  More speculation…the Dodgers could consider trading Loney and his .399 SLG if they'd prefer more power at first base.  Loney's salary is set to take a jump through arbitration this year.
  • Ryan Garko, Giants. Garko is a non-tender candidate for the Giants, so it figures they'll try to trade him first.  At the least, Garko handles lefties well.
  • Casey Kotchman, Red Sox.  Kotchman was an odd acquisition by the Red Sox, as they don't have much of a spot for him.  He's similar to Loney but the asking price might be lower.
  • Andy Marte, Indians.  Marte's future with the Tribe is in doubt after a .232/.293/.400 performance in the bigs.  He did slug .593 at Triple A this year.
  • Mike Jacobs, Royals.  Like Garko, a non-tender candidate.  Jacobs spent most of the season as a DH.

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Trade Market: Catchers

We've covered the free agent market by position, but that only tells part of the story.  With the GM Meetings just 11 days away, it's time to analyze the trade market.  We'll start with catchers. 

  • Kelly Shoppach, Indians.  Lou Marson, acquired in the Cliff Lee trade with the Phillies, could be handed the Indians' starting job in 2010.  Shoppach is a non-tender candidate after hitting .214/.335/.399 in 327 plate appearances this year.  The Indians may prefer not to pay him $2MM+ next year, so they could shop him around.  Shoppach, 30 in April, slugged .517 in 2008.
  • John Buck, Royals.  Buck, 30, is another non-tender candidate.  He hit .247/.299/.484 for the Royals in 202 plate appearances, and is due a raise on his $2.9MM salary through arbitration.
  • Brayan Pena, Royals.  The Royals have never seemed all that enamored of Pena, who turns 28 in January.  He hit .273/.318/.442 in 183 plate appearances and is not yet eligible for arbitration.
  • Ryan Doumit, Pirates.  Doumit, 29 in April, slipped to .250/.299/.414 this year in 304 plate appearances.  A broken bone in his wrist was a big factor.  Doumit is guaranteed $9.15MM over the next two seasons on an extension signed in December of '08.  He was benched at one point in August over a helmet-throwing incident.
  • Chris Snyder, Diamondbacks.  Like Doumit, Snyder was signed to an extension after an impressive '08.  This year he was plagued with a back injury that culminated in September surgery.  Snyder lost the starting job to Miguel Montero and has $11.25MM remaining on his contract for the next two seasons.
  • J.R. Towles, Astros.  Towles began the 2008 season as the Astros starting catcher; he was 24 at the time and was coming off a fine stint in Double A.  Several injuries and 224 big league plate appearances later, Towles has lost the team's "catcher of the future" title to Jason Castro.
  • Click here for our look at the free agent market for catchers.

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The Left Fielder Market Revisited

Time for another look at the market for left fielders. The Mets figure to be surveying these options.  A trend here: teams don’t seem terribly motivated to move the top players.

  • Matt Holliday, Rockies.  Holliday, a Scott Boras client, is signed for ’09 at $13.5MM.  The Rockies’ asking price seems to be fantastically high.
  • Jason Bay, Pirates.  The Bucs are not motivated to trade Bay, who is signed for next year at just $7.5MM.  An extension seems more likely than a trade.
  • Adam Dunn, Reds.  There hasn’t been much buzz around Dunn, for some reason.  He’s got a very Dunn-like .230/.387/.550 line, which includes a staggering 75 walks in 385 plate appearances.  He’s likely to be a Type A free agent after the season, and I don’t buy the logic that the Reds are afraid to offer him arbitration for fear he’ll accept.
  • Xavier Nady, Pirates.  Nady is generally a right fielder, but he can play left.  He is under team control but not contract for ’09.  He is in the midst of the best year of his career and has a host of suitors.  Dejan Kovacevic says "truly elite prospects are not on the table" in possible trades, though.
  • David DeJesus, Royals.  The 28 year-old DeJesus is also having a career-best season, flashing more power than ever.  He can play all three outfield positions; his team-friendly contract runs through 2010 with an option for ’11.  It would take a lot for the Royals to trade their (arguably) best hitter.
  • Raul Ibanez, Mariners.  The Ms could choose to keep Ibanez, both for his leadership and in an attempt to avoid an even more embarrassing offense.  He has a good shot at Type A free agent status, too.
  • Casey Blake, Indians.  Blake seems likely to be traded; he could be someone’s Plan B to Nady.  He’s been raking since the beginning of June and is a free agent after the season.
  • Chris Duncan, Cardinals.  Duncan’s power disappeared sometime around August of last year.  The 27 year-old looks like more of a platoon/bench guy.
  • Juan Rivera, Angels.  Rivera is making the most of regular playing time, and isn’t expendable.
  • David Dellucci, Indians.  Dellucci can only be used against righties, and he hasn’t hit them particularly well since ’06.  He’s signed for ’09 at $4MM.
  • Jay Payton, Orioles.  Payton has been lousy and seems like a DFA candidate.
  • Dave Roberts, Giants.  The injury-prone speedster is under contract for $6.5MM in ’09.  He’ll return from the DL on Wednesday and figures to take a bench role behind Fred Lewis.
  • Marlon Byrd, Rangers.  Byrd, 30, hasn’t been able to match last year’s .814 OPS.  He’s under team control for ’09 and can play all three outfield positions.  Byrd dealt with knee inflammation earlier in the year.
  • Frank Catalanotto, Rangers.  Catalanotto is a useful utility man.  However, he’s owed $4MM in ’09 and a $2MM buyout in ’10.
  • Kenny Lofton, free agent.  Lofton posted an .838 OPS against righties last year, but he remains unemployed.  He should get a job soon if his price is reasonable.
  • Barry Bonds, free agent.  Bonds’ agent Jeff Borris tells us his client could be ready to play in ten days.  Borris says Bonds would play for the league minimum but all 30 teams have passed.  Bonds could help several clubs, but those teams don’t want his baggage.

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The Third Baseman Market Revisited

Today let’s take another look at the third base options on the trade market.

  • Garrett Atkins, Rockies.  Atkins has displayed dramatic home/road splits since the beginning of ’07.  Plus, his defense is not well-regarded.  He’s under team control through 2010, and the Rockies’ unwillingness to do a long-term deal should tell you something.  They’d probably still ask for a lot though.
  • Casey Blake, Indians.  Blake seems likely to be traded.  His versatility is a plus, and he provides an .800 OPS.  He’s been linked to the Dodgers and Twins recently.
  • Adrian Beltre, Mariners.  It’s been suggested that the Mariners might keep Beltre just to avoid using an even more embarrassing offense for the rest of the season.  The Twins have inquired on Beltre, who is solid on both sides of the ball.  Beltre will earn a reasonable $12MM next year and has a limited no-trade clause.
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres.  The Padres’ public comments do not indicate a willingness to trade Kouz.  However, there was a rumor that the Padres could deal him to open up third base for Chase Headley.  Kouzmanoff hasn’t even reached arbitration yet.
  • Ty Wigginton, Astros.  Wigginton is hitting .282/.368/.470 in 231 plate appearances, and can play multiple positions.  He’s a bit like Blake, though I believe he’s under team control through ’09.  The Astros haven’t given any signals that they’re shopping him.
  • Ron Belliard, Nationals.  Belliard is signed for ’09 at $1.9MM.  He can help in a utility role.
  • Hank Blalock, Rangers.  Blalock briefly moved to first base, but never appeared there in the Majors.  He returns to the lineup today after a slew of injuries and setbacks.  He’s an interesting hitter, but hasn’t played much in recent years.  Blalock has a $6.2MM club option for ’09.
  • Jose Castillo, Giants.  Castillo posted an .854 OPS in May, but hasn’t hit otherwise.  He’s not high on anyone’s list.
  • Bill Hall, Brewers.  Hall is platooning with Russell Branyan at third base.  Originally, he wasn’t happy about it and preferred a trade.  There’s probably not much of a market for him, nor is Doug Melvin motivated to make a deal.
  • Andy LaRoche, Dodgers.  For some reason, LaRoche’s name always comes up as a possible trade chip.  The 24 year-old hit .277/.444/.420 in 38 Triple A games this year, and hasn’t had Major League success.  He started the season on the DL with a torn thumb ligament.
  • Melvin Mora, Orioles.  The O’s are stuck with him – he has a no-trade clause and a $9MM commitment next year.  He might be the worst starting third baseman in the game.
  • Mike Lamb, Twins.  Lamb is a DFA candidate; he lost his starting job with an awful first half.  Unfortunately he is under contract for ’09 at $3MM.

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The Shortstop Market Revisited

Next up in our second pass through the Trade Market: shortstops.

  • Cristian Guzman, Nationals.  He’s having a fine year, hitting .313/.340/.424 in 424 plate appearances.  Extension talks with the Nationals have dragged.  The Nats might prefer to trade him, while Guzman might prefer to test the free agent market.
  • Miguel Tejada, Astros.  The Astros have given no signs of kicking off a rebuilding effort, so a trade is unlikely.  Plus, Tejada hasn’t hit much since April.  He’s signed for ’09 at $13MM.
  • Clint Barmes, Rockies.  The Rox might be able to spare him, but Barmes has never hit away from Coors and other teams know that.  He’ll be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season.
  • David Eckstein, Blue Jays.  Whether or not the Jays decide to sell this year, Eckstein is expendable.  The Orioles rumors have died down though.
  • Jack Wilson, Pirates.  I think the Bucs would need to be blown away to move Wilson, since he’d be hard for them to replace.  The Dodgers are still in talks, last we’ve heard.  Wilson earns $7.25MM in ’09 with an $8.4MM club option for ’10.  He also has limited no-trade protection.
  • Brent Lillibridge, Braves.  He didn’t raise his stock by hitting .212/.276/.288 in Triple A this year.
  • Edgar Renteria, Tigers.  He’s been awful, and his ’09 option may be declined.  It’s for $11MM with a $3MM buyout.
  • Khalil Greene, Padres.  Greene has also been terrible.  He’s signed for ’09 at $6.5MM.
  • Chin-lung Hu, Dodgers.  He figures to either be the team’s shortstop of the future or a prime trade chip.
  • Omar Vizquel, Giants.  He’s been a big negative with the bat this year; he might be finished.  The Red Sox are not interested.
  • Juan Uribe, White Sox.  Uribe has been perilously close to a trade or release for months.  His hitting has continued to deteriorate, and he’s played very little shortstop this year.
  • Ronny Cedeno, Cubs.  Cedeno is only 25, and he’s performed well at Triple A.  Lou Piniella has given him very little playing time this month; he could be a useful trade chip.

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The Second Baseman Market Revisited

Let’s take another pass at the market for second basemen.

  • Brian Roberts, Orioles.  After so many offseason Cubs rumors, there’s been no recent buzz around Roberts.  The O’s don’t look like contenders, so trading him still makes sense.
  • Ray Durham, Giants.  The resurgent Durham sits at .293/.385/.414 in 304 plate appearances.  The Giants should be listening; there was a rumor the Brewers were interested.
  • Mark Grudzielanek, Royals.  He wants to play two or three more years.  Should provide about the same value as Durham.
  • Mark Ellis, Athletics.  He may not be available, as extension talks are expected.
  • Jamey Carroll, Indians.  More of a utility guy, shouldn’t take much to acquire him.
  • Tadahito Iguchi, Padres.  Might not return from a separated shoulder until August, but he could still be traded then.
  • Ronny Cedeno, Cubs.  The team’s seldom-used backup shortstop.  Young, unproven, and source of way too much debate at MLBTR.
  • Mark Loretta, Astros.  No real use for him now with Kaz Matsui back.
  • Juan Uribe, White Sox.  We keep waiting for the Sox to jettison Uribe, but they haven’t done it.  Price can’t be too high.
  • Esteban German, Royals.  If they’re not going to play him, they might as well trade him.  Showed OBP skills in 2006-07.
  • Felipe Lopez, Nationals.  He’s rocking a .620 OPS.  The Orioles rumors have died down.

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The Starting Pitching Market Revisited

We’ve been updating our Trade Market series position by position, but today’s let’s jump ahead to the starting pitchers.  After all, pitching is always in high demand. By the way – not all of the pitchers below are available.  I just wanted to discuss them.

  • Justin Duchscherer, Athletics.  Duke is leading all of baseball with a 1.78 ERA in 101 innings.  He is under team control for ’09, and Billy Beane wants to wait until after the season to talk extension.  He’d be a very interesting trade chip.
  • Zack Greinke, Royals.  Despite interest, the Royals "remain decidedly uninterested in moving Greinke," according to Ken Rosenthal.
  • Derek Lowe, Dodgers.  The Phillies are interested, but the Dodgers are tied for first place right now.  Trading Lowe makes no sense.
  • Edwin Jackson, Rays.  Jackson is starting to put it together, with a 3.93 ERA in 110 innings.  Trading Jackson or Andy Sonnanstine to make room for rookie David Price seems unlikely.
  • Daniel Cabrera, Orioles.  Cabrera is having his best year, averaging over 6.5 innings per start by sacrificing his strikeout rate.  The O’s control him through 2010, so they’ll probably opt to hold onto him.
  • Odalis Perez, Nationals.  Perez has a surprising 3.66 ERA in 83.6 innings, making him a quality trade piece for Jim Bowden.  He did have shoulder tendinitis earlier this year though.
  • Tim Redding, Nationals.  Redding has also been solid, posting a 4.06 ERA in 108.6 innings.  The 30 year-old is under team control through 2010.
  • Randy Wolf, Padres.  Wolf may prefer to stay in San Diego.  Home ERA: 2.54.  Road ERA: 6.66.
  • Greg Maddux, Padres.  The Professor shows a similar home/road split, and he has a complete no-trade clause.
  • Erik Bedard, Mariners.  He’s currently on the DL with a stiff shoulder, but the Phillies could still pursue him.  He’s under team control through ’09, but the Mariners won’t get anything close to the package they gave up for him.
  • Gil Meche, Royals.  Meche and the Royals have been very clear – he’s staying in Kansas City.
  • Jason Marquis, Cubs.  Marquis is signed at almost $10MM for ’09, so the Cubs might have to eat salary to move him.
  • Roy Oswalt, Astros.  The Astros’ ace has a full no-trade clause and is expected to stay.  He’s signed through 2011.  Oswalt has, however, been scouted by several clubs.
  • Dave Bush, Brewers.  Bush or Seth McClung could be the odd man out when Jeff Suppan comes off the DL, unless Ned Yost opts for a pitching platoon.  Most likely, the Brewers will just enjoy the depth.
  • Oliver Perez, Mets.  The Mets are only two games out, quieting the rumors for now.
  • Claudio Vargas, Mets.  He quietly passed through waivers unclaimed after the Mets designated him for assignment.
  • Joe Blanton, Athletics.  Trading Blanton as his ERA approaches 5.00 doesn’t seem wise.
  • Jarrod Washburn, Mariners.  He’s been decent since June. That’s a nice development for Lee Pelekoudas, who might be able to unload the $10.35MM owed to Washburn in ’09.
  • Kevin Millwood, Rangers.  His groin is bothering him again, plus the Rangers might not be willing to sell.
  • Vicente Padilla, Rangers.  Padilla is on the DL with a neck strain, driving his value down further after a couple of rough starts.
  • Anthony Reyes, Cardinals.  Reyes has a 3.02 ERA in nine starts at Triple A.  He needs a fresh start.  He just came off the DL after a right elbow strain, however.
  • A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays.  You know the story with Burnett – enigmatic pitcher with a dangerous opt-out after the season.  Some team seems likely to gamble on him for two months.
  • Jeff Niemann, Rays.  The 25 year-old has a 3.82 ERA in 14 Triple A starts.  He’s an interesting trade chip that the Rays won’t miss this year.
  • Kei Igawa, Yankees.  New York’s favorite lefty has a 3.80 ERA in 16 Triple A starts.  He’s signed through 2011 at $4MM a year.  Seems that he’d prefer to be back in Japan.
  • Brett Myers, Phillies.  Myers does not want to be traded, nor is a deal likely.
  • Paul Byrd, Indians.  He’s been awful since the beginning of June, bringing his ERA to 5.47.  Can’t be much of a market for him.
  • Homer Bailey, Reds.  His value is down, though the Reds will give him a spot start Sunday.  Wasn’t long ago that he was Baseball America’s #9 prospect in the game.
  • Bronson Arroyo, Reds.  His ERA is near 6.00 after 19 starts.  It’d be closer to 4.50 if you take out a pair of one-inning thrashings, but is it fair to do that?  He’s signed through 2010, and the Phillies might be interested.
  • Livan Hernandez, Twins.  Would an NL team take him on? Livan had a run of four solid starts until the recent Boston beating.  Could be a DFA candidate.
  • Josh Fogg, Reds.  The Reds aren’t too keen on Fogg, keeping him in the minors even after he was healthy.  He could be had for a song.
  • Mark Hendrickson, Marlins.  He wouldn’t be of much help to a contender.
  • Miguel Batista, Mariners.  He’s dealing with a groin injury.  Beyond that, he has a 6.22 ERA and a $9MM salary next year.

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