Trade Talk and other Rumblings

July 8, 2008 at 8:47 am 14 comments

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-A source claims that Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt nixed a deal that would’ve landed the team CC Sabathia, Casey Blake, and Jamey Carroll. It was said to be a package possibly around Matt Kemp but no names were given.

-The Marlins are in desperate need of catching with Matt Treanor about to hit the DL. Joe Frisarro suggests a few names for the Marlins here.

-On Monday, John Perrotto of Times Sports Staff claims that the Dodgers were set on acquiring shortstop Jack Wilson from the Pirates and may be willing to give up Matt Kemp for him. This would be an icredibly dumb move, one that should get Ned Colletti fired if it happens. The Dodgers are also interested in a pair of prospects: right-hander James McDonald and shortstop Chin-Lung Hu. Again, if Colletti makes that trade he should be on the hot seat. Today, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette claims the Pirates will hold onto Wilson because he is affordable (hah!) and they have no ready replacement.

-In the same piece Kovacevic writes that GM Neal Huntington said Sunday that the Pirates are “listening more aggressively” to trade offers without having abandoned the 2008 season. He also says that Jason Bay and Jack Wilson are not being shopped. The team likes Wilson’s contract and they think Jason Bay in a piece to build around. He also writes that Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte are the players most likely to be traded and that John Grabow has come up in talks but they are more focused on Marte.

-The Red Sox are sending Justin Masterson down and making him a reliever and calling up Clay Buchholz up to start. This is a move that Keith Law over at the 4-letter has said should happen. He said multiple times in chats that Masterson is a reliever and belongs in the pen.

-The Rays have lost two of the top 20 prospects in the minors to season ending surgery. They lost left hander Jake McGee to Tommy John Surgery that was to be performed yesterday and they lost outfielder Desmond Jennings to shoulder surgery.

Justin Duchscherer wants a long term deal from Oakland. He’s looking at a three year deal preferably. Also in the article first round pick Jemile Weeks is going to sign today.

-The Cubs aren’t crying over Sabathia and are kicking the tires on Harden.

Paul DePodesta has a fun post that lets you vote on how you would run the Padres during the deadline.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  July 8, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Harden has shown he can effectively throw the ball when he’s healthy. I really don’t think they’ll have to give up a real chunk for him honestly with his injury history over the past few seasons. I’m thinking 2-3 minor leaguers. I’d welcome Harden move, if the injury fairy would stay away.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 8, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Billy Beane has said he wants a package similar to Haren’s last offseason. Some others speculate that he will take a package of 3-4 minor leaguers with at least one being an A- prospect. I really don’t think the Cubs can get Harden.

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  July 8, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Honestly, they don’t have the minor leaguers that have the potential to be full time major leaguers. If they can get Harden for say… Rich Hill, Felix Pie, and Sean Marshall, it might be ok. The Cubs need to keep Sean Gallagher and Micah Hoffpauir. The rest is potentially expendable in my opinion. I don’t see it likely they’ll land him either. They might be able to get somebody that’s a 3ish starter for reasonably cheap. Kind of like Carlos Silva, but not so crappy. lol.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 8, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I think they will turn their attention to A.J. Burnett and Randy Wolf.

  • 5. Charlie Nehl  |  July 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Yeah, both those guys were looking pretty decent, minus their last few outings. Maybe they could get them cheap. AJ Burnett probably has the best upside of the two again assuming he’s healthy.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 8, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    The thing that scares me about Burnett is that he can keep his contract of $25M over the next two years if he sucks it up.

  • 7. Charlie Nehl  |  July 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Welp we were both wrong. The Cubs landed Harden today and Sean Gallagher was included. I’m completely torn on it. Besides I think the A’s have a log jam of OF’s, so Murton probably won’t play every day there either. I really wished they would have kept Gallagher, but they have Harden for next season too.

    Now he just needs to say healthy.

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 8, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I can’t believe the Cubs got him for that package. The A’s could’ve gotten a better deal I think. Not that this was a bad deal but it wasn’t a blown away deal. I bet you’ll have an article up about this. I’ll write one too but from a different angle.

  • 9. 19  |  July 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Hey Jonathan, who do you see snatching up the recently unemployed Richie Sexson? He’s still got a good glove and, for the price, a nice bat off the bench.

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Any contender that needs a power RH bat. I can see the Yanks, Rays, Twins, or even some NL team like the Marlins. I haven’t heard any rumors just yet.

  • 11. erik  |  July 11, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Sexson is going to be a Met. Delgado and Sexson will make a helluva platoon. Plus with them losing Alou for an extended period it makes some sense. He will of course change his name to Richardo Sexsondez.

  • 12. erik  |  July 11, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Oh by the way good article there Jonathan you get 1 Schrute Buck.

  • 13. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 11, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Thanks Erik! I love Schrute Bucks! I agree that Sexson is a good fit with the Mets but I haven’t heard the rumblings yet. It makes sense which is why the Mets might not do it.

  • 14. erik  |  July 11, 2008 at 11:11 am

    You’re welcome and I just realized all I have are Stanley Nickels.


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