Injuries continue to be a problem for Athletics left-hander Rich Hill, who departed his start against Toronto on Sunday during the first at-bat of the game. Hill had to exit after the blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand popped, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. That blister pushed Hill’s start from Friday to Sunday. With the Aug. 1 deadline creeping up, scouts from several contenders were on hand to watch the 36-year-old trade candidate, as Slusser reported earlier Sunday. Durability is the big question with Hill, who hasn’t exceeded 100 innings in a season since 2007 and has already missed significant time this year with a groin injury. Hill has dominated while on the mound in 2016, though, with a 2.25 ERA, 10.66 K/9, 3.32 BB/9, 50 percent ground-ball rate and 14.5 percent infield fly ball mark in 76 innings.
More deadline-related news:
- Scouts from the Nationals, Dodgers and Rangers were in attendance for the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi’s start Sunday against the Orioles, reports Bill Chastain of MLB.com (via Twitter). Odorizzi fired six innings of two-run ball and struck out seven against one walk in a 5-2 victory. The right-hander lowered his season ERA to 4.39 and improved his respective strikeout and walk rates per nine innings to 8.54 and 2.85. Interest in Odorizzi from the Rangers is no surprise, as they and the Rays are reportedly discussing him (and two of Tampa Bay’s other starters) leading up to the deadline.
- Matt Moore, another of the Rays’ coveted starters, drew scouts from the Dodgers, Red Sox, Rangers, Pirates and Nationals for his Saturday start, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times. As is the case with Odorizzi, the Rangers are also engaging with the Rays about Moore, so Texas’ interest isn’t a revelation. Moore spun 7 1/3 two-run innings in a 2-1 loss and dropped his ERA to 4.33. The 27-year-old has also put up 7.58 K/9 against 2.63 BB/9 this season.
- Despite hitting the disabled list Saturday with an oblique injury, 25-year-old Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino isn’t out of play for the deadline, tweets FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Although Vizcaino has struggled of late, his numbers this year – 3.00 ERA, 11.75 K/9, 5.5 BB/9 and 54.8 percent ground-ball rate in 36 innings – are mostly outstanding and he’s under control via arbitration eligibility through 2019. Those factors, not to mention his $897,500 salary this year, could combine to make Vizcaino rather appealing to reliever-needy teams.
- The Yankees are scouting the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, leading Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post to wonder (on Twitter) if a trade is in the works. The Nats are looking for bullpen help, per several reports in recent months, and Yankees lights-out relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller have been connected to Washington as a result.
- The Orioles are interested in adding a left-handed reliever, writes Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Kubatko lists the Braves’ Eric O’Flaherty, whom the O’s were previously interested in, and free agent Joe Beimel as possibilities outside the organization.
I say angels make this deal
Angels get: b. Gardener n. Evoldi and double/triple a starter
Yankees get: H. Santiago N. Tropeano
Angels get outfielder starter and young arm
And Yankees need starters two good ones
As a Yankee fan I say absolutely not
As an Angels fan I say absolutely not.
As a Halos fan…. B. Gardener is 32 years old and can’t hit in NY hitters ballpark. Halos need to get younger, much younger. Old team with ZERO farm system. NO THANK YOU on this miserable trade idea.
LOL. The Yankees far from have a ZERO farm. Are you confusing them with your own Angels?
Are you kidding? Angels have the worst farm system in baseball. They have nothing down there. Yankees are in the middle of the pack, if not higher.
He WAS talking about the Angels farm system if you read it again. I’m an Angels fan and we all know we have the worst farm system in baseball.
I don’t think that’s a good trade for either team.
why would either team make this deal. yanks don’t need santiago and angels don’t really have spare pitching to give up especially a better young arm in tropeano than eovaldi. maybe this gets done if Angels get McCann of you think they want to go for it.
Waaaa?? Arent angels like 15 games out of first place? Are you on crack?
I am on crack and that is a bad deal.
Bad deal for both teams
Wait a minute; Rich Hill left his start after a blister on his non-pitching hand burst? That doesn’t seem right.
Ok, now it’s fixed, I see. That makes more sense.
I tend to think the Nats were probably really scouting someone else. While Odorizzi would definitely be a great addition, I don’t see the Nats adding a starter. Maybe one of their bullpen pieces may be a better target. I am interested to hear of their presence. It also may just be due diligence. The Yankees presence is also interesting to hear. I think best world the Nats would like to come away with Miller but the cost may be prohibitive.
Nationals really need hitting more than bullpen help. Bullpen held the Pirates to 1 run in 9 innings, while the team was unable to score a run.
I would think the Yanks would only want Giolito for Miller, if the Nats want Chapman maybe Difo and Robles or Lopez would be a good fit.
From everything the Nats have said Giolito and Robles are going nowhere. Lopez may be available for the right guy. That may mean they don’t get anyone. But i just can’t envision a scenario where Giolito is traded.
I agree RE Miller but Giolito is definitely untouchable as is Turner.
All too much for Yankees arms
Giolito for Miller is def way too much
Certainly. I’m not familiar much with Nats farm. I assume they have other good prospects as well.
No chance the Yankees trade Miller for Giolito
The two most likely possibilities for top names are Reynaldo Lopez or Eric Fedde. Also Koda Glover is a guy who has back of the bullpen stuff. He is only a reliever which effects his prospect rankings but he is dynamite. It wouldn’t shock me to see them as part of a deal for the right player
I think you mean No chance the Nationals trade Giolito for Miller
dwitt3 the I would think the Yankees would do that without a doubt
…because the Nats would NEVER agree to it
A potential TOR starter for a RP no matter how dominate is ridiculous.
No way the Yankees trade Miller for Giolito.
The Yankees could not complete the deal fast enough if Giolito was proposed. The Yankees have no one in the realm of pitching. They have no way to acquire them, There isn’t anyone available in the market and the Yankees are unwilling to trade anyone for pitching. Giolito is a top of the rotation arm who is nearly pro ready. HOwever, it is mute issue because Giolito will not be in any talks anyway
Erik Fedde, Drew Ward, and one or possibly (2) more Top 30 (tail end) prospects for Miller?
I think it will take Fedde, maybe Difo and two other top 30 guys. Or they may have to throw in a Lopez instead of Fedde. I think they probably would for Miller because of the control.
Giolito is not ready for the Major Leagues at this time. He’s getting hit pretty hard at triple A. I can’t see NY giving up a proven reliever for him at this time.
If the Nats aren’t willing to trade Robles, Turner or anybody from the MLB roster, a Miller trade starts with Fedde and Lopez, plus another top 10 and top 20 at least.
Not that the Nats would EVER consider trading Giolito for a reliever… if that deal was on the table, and Cashman turned it down, he’d be fired.
That is just nonsense
Gonna take much more. They will need to include a Reynaldo Lopez or Joe Ross-type to headline a package. Feede seems to be significantly behind the developmental curve.
If you wouldn’t trade a reliever for a top 10 prospect in all of MLB…..you know ZERO about baseball
Don’t see Miller going anywhere with Chapman a free agent and not doing any talks to stay in NY…can’t see them losing both
Yanks won’t do a full rebuild, I think the only scenario where Miller is traded is if they’re offered a top 10 prospect, at this point all we gotta hope is a good pick on the draft
Yankees don’t do Rebuilds; so they won’t be trading any of the few valuable chips they have. I believe they will try to extend Chapman before trading him. No chance of trading Miller unless there is a huge overpay by someone desperate.
No they didn’t do rebuilds in the past is more like it. Guaranteed the Yankees start a rebuild and fleece a lot of teams.
What makes you guarantee the Yankees will fleece people? Not sure what would bring one to that conclusion
East Coast Bias
Because they hold the top two relievers on the trade market, and possibly baseball, which playoff bound teams will outbid each other to acquire.
Although, I wouldn’t say guarantee. Just a strong possibility.
Still waiting on my Red Socks or Braves comments! Where are y’all???
I am here.
I am here
Braves really messed up not trading Vizcaino before the injury. Right now, the Braves will get nothing for him. I guess Neikro is right, the Braves should just stay where they are because we really have nothing to offer.
I think it is good, now they can hold onto him.
Disagree, would could still trade him in August and this offseason.
Vizcaino has 3 years of control and has shown to have elite closer stuff…and for less than $900,000. While the price in prospects might be higher than most elite arms, the years of savings should outweigh the cost if you have the farm deep enough to take the hit.
The market wasn’t right when Vizcaino was putting up great numbers. He could still reap a heavy price during the offseason, if they wanted to hold onto him. In my opinion, I think they should trade him when his stock is up. I like him, but I doubt how consistent he can be at times in part because of injuries.
Very good points Run.
Well, Julio had another stellar performance today. 7IP, 3 hits, no runs, 1 BB. 7 strong shutout innings!
Must have been luck or smoke and mirrors because we all know Teheran is a terrible pitcher.
Okay that was sarcasm. I couldn’t resist. Teheran is what he is: young but experienced, effective despite not having ace peripherals, under team friendly control and durable. Those things have value but I’m not sure the braves will part with him.
You are right sir, in all counts. I am sure they keep him as well.
Not shocked Andrew Friedman is targeting his old players from Tampa. Odorizzi and Moore are good pitchers that could improve Dodgers rotation
Michigan Dodger Fan
I like the idea of them going after either, but how much of an upgrade is it really? Kershaw is back soon, McCarthy has been amazing since he came back, Maeda is having a solid year. Between Kazmir/Ryu this year and Urias/De Leon next year I’m not sure I’d call starters a need for them.
Obviously injuries can always come up, but not sure pitching is where the focus needs to be
With all the special data Friedman is supposed to have at his disposal, why would he target his old players from Tampa? Makes no sense. Not that either of these two would help the Dodgers. They already have a wealth of 4-5 starters and one more on the way in Anderson. What the Dodgers lack and have lacked since the first day of the season is someone to pitch the day after Kershaw. No sign of them going after that need.
Michigan Dodger Fan
Like who? That arm isn’t out there right now. No sign White Sox moving Sale or A’s moving Gray. Tehran could be that guy, but not for the package Atlanta wants.
Granted that commodity is in short supply, as it usually is at the non-waiver deadline. The point being, another bottom rotation arm isn’t a need.
Hard to get too excited about Tehran, or even Gray, the way he’s been pitching. In any case, Friedman is always talking about the elite players they are going after, but he never seems to sign any.
How’s it hard to get excited about Teheran? Dude has put up high 2/ low 1 numbers every full season he’s been up here except the first half of 2015.
Is the size of the necessary package making you not excited? Because otherwise, plain foolishness to think like that
I think a lot of people ‘s opinions of Teheran are influenced by last season’s numbers, which was skewed by a terrible first half. He somehow continues to get the job done with out top 15 type peripherals.
Some of these same people will however quickly dismiss the poor effectiveness of guys like Gray, Odorizzi, Archer and others over the first half of this season.
In the long run you have to look at multiple factors and trends in determining your own valuation of any player.
He is better than what the Dodgers have for a #2 now for sure, but that isn’t saying a lot. Too erratic for my tastes. But the main issue is his contract. The length and low salary mean he’d cost the Dodgers very dearly in players, and I am not convinced he’d be good enough over the next 4+ years to justify that kind of investment.
Gray’s main appeal is going to be to teams that are contending right now, and right now, Gray is not pitching well enough to help those teams. Trading for someone who might regain his form next year isn’t much of a stretch strategy. Same issue with Archer. Odorizzi would be a good choice for a team with problems in the lower half of their rotation. That part of the Dodgers’ rotation is already crowded. So you also have to look at every team’s needs individually.
I have a gut feeling that the Dodgers get Archer. Tampa has loads of young pitching that can potentially step in and can always use more prospects
The Orioles had better be interested in more than a LH reliever. Their rotation has been a mess after Tillman. Signing Gallardo and giving up a 1st round pick was just plain stupid.
Granderson to the Cubs for Szczur and C. Villanueva
C.Villanueva pitches for the San Diego Padres.
He’s referring to Christian Villanueva, the infielder prospect, not Carlos, the veteran AAAA pitcher
So ignoring the fact that Villanueva plays for the Padres, this is still a bad deal for the Mets. Why would they do this? They aren’t selling. If they were, they could do much better than what you just proposed. Szczur is probably hitting at his cieling right now after looking at his major AND minor league production. I suppose you scrolled down your team roster and just picked someone that had a nice enough AVG/OBP and decided that should do it.
You two trying to be clever like you know all teams 40 man rosters and more. He means Christian Villanueva, 25 year old 1st/3rd basemen. Ranked prospect number 26 on their top 30 prospects. Maybe you should do some research before thinking everyone knows nothing when your the one without a clue.
Christian Villanueva not Carlos
Naw man, if the mets wanted to call up a minor leaguer to fix 3B situation they would’ve just called up Herrera. Villanueva would just add another unproven to an already crowded infield mix
Andrew Miller, although he is not technically a “closer” now, is probably the most elite closer in the game. The Yankees have him for 2017 and 2018 for 9 mil each. On the free agent market he could command 12-15 each. To trade him for ANYONE would be foolish. His value to the amount of wins he could save far outshines ANY other addition he might be able gather in a trade IN THE SHORT TERM and with free agency and dollars tossed around these days, you should only worry about the short term (2 or 3 years).
East Coast Bias
Good point. I can see Yanks trading Chapman this year, then use Miller as the closer and trade him before the deadline next year. Let’s be honest, the Yankees are not going to contend next year either.
Ever heard of this guy named Zach Britton?
Miller would complete the Toronto blue jays if only didn’t empty the farm system on price and tolo last year
It’s a tricky proposition for the Yankees to rebuild; they don’t have a core of young talent to rebuild around, and the veterans on the roster, with the exception of the three big relievers, have very little trade value. The Yankees aren’t getting a legit prospect for Headley, ARod, Tex, Gardner or Ellsbury. McCann would net a top-10 guy but the Yanks don’t seem to want to move him. Beltran is AL-only at this point and I don’t see an AL contender in dire need of a DH. The only way the Yankees can re-stock the weak farm is by dealing at least two of the big three relievers.
If I was running a team I wouldn’t touch Chapman with a ten-foot pole. His peripherals are down this season and his off-field issues were a concern before the DV incident this past offseason. Betances would fetch a kings ransom and Miller would get even more. NY could deal those two guys and get four very good prospects back easily, plus some fill-in pieces. It would be tough to sell to fans, but a dominant bullpen isn’t a necessity for a bad team.
The Yankees are terrible and are going to be terrible for quite some time, they have next to nothing in the minors and tons of bloated contracts still on the books. If they want to know how to run a baseball team in 2016 then they should look no further than at my Sox. We have tons of young star players that will make us dominant over the next several years. I almost feel sorry for the Yankees, almost.
The team that didn’t win a championship for how many years? Yeah I’d make that my model as well! It’s about the ring… Not how many potential stars you have. Boston has as many week links as the Yankees or any other team in the ALE… Maybe more. The dice have just happened to roll right for them!
Not a Sox fan. But aren’t the Sox up 3-1 in championships in the passed 12 or so years?
Enjoy yourself while you can. All glory is fleeting. Even if you think your 40 man roster is filled with 36 future Hall of Famers
O’s fan here and even I know you can’t really talk shit about the greatest and most successful baseball team in history.
I don’t think your comment is very thoughtful. Have you noticed how the Yankees have been one of the stingiest spenders for the last two years? Yes, they are filled with aging veterans that are paid to much but if you would look just a little outside of the Boston area you would see that they aren’t just throwing money around anymore.
Though their farm doesn’t have a vast array of future stars, their top 3 guys are legitimately highly regarded top prospects and one of them is a catcher, something most teams are scrambling for.
Between those three, the few young talents they have on their 40 man roster, a monstrous 2017-18 free agent class and money that will clear the books, that might be enough to make a team that you don’t need to feel..ALMOST so sorry for.
Don’t get the impression I’m a Yankees fan. I’m not. For the longest time, I was an advocate of the evil empire. But maybe if you weren’t so infected by bias you could see the chance of a legitimate competitor on its way.
I would love for the Pirates to get Moore if they were targeting a SP. Realistically, what would it take for the Pirates to acquire Moore?
Maybe guys like Harold Ramirez, Gift Ngoepe, Allen Hanson. But all told I’m not sure they could get something together
What would the Orioles have to give up for Moore, as an in division trade?
Yankees fans saying Miller is untouchable is the lulz
Why were nats scouts there? They have Scherzer ,Strausburg ,Roark ,Gonzalez ,Ross
Don’t you know? The Nats are thinking about giving Harper for Miller Straight up. Miller is the best Yankee since Babe Ruth!
Totally just kidding, obviously.