Monday, July 5, 2010

On the MLB Trade Block

Here are some of the players who are most likely to be traded as the Trade Deadline approaches on July 31, 2010. The players are listed alphabetically. At the bottom of the entry there is an additional list of players who are also being considered for trades.

Batters

David DeJesus (KC - OF) - DeJesus is in his final guaranteed year of his contract with a club option on his contract at $6 million (with a $0.5 million buyout) for 2011. This season DeJesus is batting .327 along with an OBP of .393 and SLG of .467 which amass to a respectable OPS of .860. DeJesus has been batting in the three spot in Kansas City, but he could threatening anywhere in the line-up because of his balanced approach.
Suitors: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

Jose Guillen (KC - OF) - Like DeJesus, Guillen is also in his last season of his contract, but Guillen does not have an option so he would be only a one-year rental. It is likely that Kansas City would like to alleviate the burden of Guillen's $12 million salary while a contending team could surely use his production as Guillen is on pace for a 30 HR-100 RBI season.
Suitors: Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays

Lyle Overbay (Tor - 1B) - Toronto will be looking to sell as many of their players as possible because many playersare in the last season of their contracts and are relishing inflated statistics from an aggressive style of baseball that has been brought to Toronto this season; this group also includes Jose Bautisita, Alex Gonzalez, and John Buck. Additionally, Toronto has farm player Brett Wallace on the verge of being ready to be an everyday player. Overbay has been struggling compared to his teammates, so a relocation could help resurge him and provide some power for any playoff team. As the Blue Jays continue to fade in the AL East, after a surprising early season run, the Jays will be looking to unload some expiring contracts in hopes of building up their farm system.
Suitors: New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays

Ty Wigginton (Bal - IF/OF) - Wigginton's defensive versatility make him an incredible bench option for any team headed toward the playoffs. Wigginton has played most of this season at 2B and 1B, but he has also played 3B, SS, and the outfield over the course of the last two season. Plus, Wigginton is due only $3.5 million for this season, and he has an expiring contract so there isn't much risk involved. Wigginton is batting only .246, but his 14 HRs and 43 RBIs are more indicative of what is coming this season as Wigginton has been putting the ball in play as he has striken out only 48 times this season. Almost every single playoff team would love to have Wigginton, so he seems bound to be on one of the big powers in baseball.
Suitors: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees

Pitchers

Scott Downs (Tor - RP) - Downs is another one of the players with an expiring contract who the Blue Jays are receiving offers about. Downs has been proven in both the set-up and closer roles which make him an even more appealing bullpen addition added to the fact that he throws lefty. Put that together with a 2.80 ERA and an WHIP just under 1.00 which make Downs an appealing option for contending teams. In addition to Downs, the Blue Jays are looking to sell Bobby Frasor and Kevin Gregg.
Suitors: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Farnsworth (KC - RP) - Farnsworth is another one of the Kansas City Royals with an expiring contract who is likely on the move because of his high salary, value, and production. Farnsworth has an absolutely electric arm which can eclipse 100 MPH. Farnsworth also has valuable playoff experience as he pitched with the Yankees through a few playoff runs last decade. Farnsworth pitfall has been his inconsistency, but this year he seems to have figured something out as he has posted an impressive 2.10 ERA and 1.08 WHIP without sacrificing any strikeouts as he has maintained his one strikeout per inning ratio.
Suitors: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies

Dan Haren (Ari - SP) - The Diamondbacks are struggling and may continue to struggle for a few more years as the NL West has drastically improved into one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. The D-backs are the only team that is more than 7.5 games out of first as Arizona has fallen 17 games out and seems unlikely to climb back in. The struggles are likely to continue as each of the other four teams has a prospering, young pitching core. Haren has a few years left on his deal, but the D-backs may want to alleviate themselves of his relatively high salary as the team will most likely remain out of contention. Haren does have high trade value because of his durability in terms of pitching deep into games and avoiding injuries, so several prospects will be required to pull this stud away. Haren has a poor full-season ERA of 4.38, but his season seems to be turning as he posted a 3.19 ERA in June along with a 7 inning, 1 run outing in his first appearance in July. Surprisingly, Haren has been a productive hitter this season as he is batting .408 with a OPS of 1.012 which makes him of extra value to a national league contender.
Suitors: Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

Cliff Lee (Sea - SP) - ESPN has declared Cliff Lee as the gem of this year's trade deadline. This is hard to argue as Lee has the lowest WHIP, the fifth lowest ERA, best strikeout to walk ratio by a large margin, and second most complete games despite missing several starts earlier in the season. The displeasing part about acquiring Lee is that he is only a rental as he has stated that he intends to enter free agency as his contract expires at the end of this season.
Suitors: Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

Kevin Millwood (Bal - SP) - Millwood is in the last year of a five year deal which pays him $12 million this season. Millwood has been egregious for the Orioles. An ERA of 5.77 and WHIP of 1.58 is bad enough to send most starters to the bullpen. Baltimore has endured Millwood and his 2-8 record in hopes that some contender will take a shot on him. There isn't many positives about Millwood at this point other than his experience - especially in the playoffs - which could provide some locker-room leadership and stability as October quickly approaches.
Suitors: N/A

Roy Oswalt (Hou - SP) - The window is wanning on Oswalt's career, and he seems urgent to win a championship. It is unlikely that this will occur with Houston as the Astros have not made the playoffs since 2005 when they were swept in the World Series, and the Astros have been struggling to even contend in the NL Central. Additionally, Oswalt wants any team that intends to trade for him to pick up his option for next year. Oswalt has been a consistent and loyal player as he has been a threat to be a 20 game winner in almost every single season of his career - all of which have been with Houston.
Suitors: Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

Jake Westbrook (Cle - SP) - Westbrook is not the ace that Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, or Dan Haren is, but he can definitely be quality pitcher in the middle of a rotation. Cleveland will be looking take his $11 million salary off the books and receive something in return. Any suitors would not have to give up too much value in return since he is not an ace, but they would still be able to bolster part of their rotation with Westbrook.
Suitors: N/A

Kerry Wood (Cle - RP) - Obviously, Wood is not as dominant as he was expected to be, but he still has some gas left. Hitherto Wood has been struggling to lower his ERA of 6.28 and WHIP of 1.50 while combating an injury; however, he has only given up runs in one of his last nine appearances. Over his last nine appearances, Wood has established an ERA of 2.16, a WHIP of 0.96, and a strikeout total of 10 Ks while only surrendering two walks. Wood can provide some electricity to any bullpen willing to shed some cash to pay for his $10.5 million salary. Also, Wood would be a fair lease as he has a club option for 2011 at $11 million, so if Wood falls through then the team can just deny the option but if Wood proves to be reliable then a team could add a reliable set-up man or closer with experience. Wood's value on the market wouldn't draw much value because of his egregious full-season stats and salary, so a team would have to only give up relatively few pieces.
Suitors: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies

Other Players Considered To Be On the Market: David Aardsma, Rick Ankiel, Brian Bannister, Jose Bautisita, Heath Bell, Lance Berkman, Willie Bloomquist, Russell Branyan, John Buck, Alberto Callaspo, Fausto Carmona, Coco Crisp, Kyle Davies, Octavio Dotel, Stephen Drew, Pedro Feliz, Bobby Frasor, Alex Gonzalez, Kevin Gregg, Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Heilman, Edwin Jackson, Austin Kearns, Adam LaRoche, Ted Lilly, Mike Lowell, John McDonald, Jose Molina, Xavier Nady, Jayson Nix, Jhonny Peralta, Scott Podsednik, Luke Scott, Ben Sheets, Miguel Tejada

Thank You to mlbcontracts.blogspot.com and ESPN.com for providing contractual and statistical information, respectively.

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