Monday, June 30, 2008
Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels-$500,000- won 15 games and struck out 177 in 183 innings
Red Sox Reliever Jon Papelbon, relief pitcher- $775,000-72 career saves and 1.62 ERA.
Catcher Brian McCann-$800,000-hit .333 in '06 and has 47 career HRs. Only 24 years old
Brewers 1B Prince Fielder-$670,000-youngest player to ever hit 50 HRs
Angels 2B Howie Kendrick-$400,000- has hit .306 over parts of 2 ML seasons
Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman- $500,000-has driven in 200 runs over last two seasons
Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez-$439,000- fell one homer short of being third player in history to hit 30 HRs and stealing 50 bases
Astros RF Hunter Pence-$396,000-hit .322 with 17 HRs in 107 games
Diamondbacks CF Chris Young-$400,000-fell 3 stolen bases short of being first rookie to ever post a 30-30 season
Brewers LF Ryan Braun-$455,000-2007 Rookie of the Year hit 34 HRs and drove in 97 runs in 113 games
Can't help but make you scratch your head at some of the salaries for established players not playing at even close to the level of some of these young players. Let's see where these guys are after their next contract negotiation.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
1. CC Sabathia, Indians
2. Rich Harden, Athletics
3. Erik Bedard, Mariners
4. A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays
5. Randy Wolf, Padres
6. Livan Hernandez, Twins
7. Greg Maddux, Padres
8. Kevin Millwood, Rangers
9. Joe Blanton, A's
10. Jarrod Washburn, Mariners
11. Bronson Arroyo, Reds
12. Huston Street, A's
13. Kevin Gregg, Marlins
14. George Sherill, Orioles
15. Damasco Marte, Pirates
16. Brian Fuentes, Rockies
17. Joe Borowski, Indians
18. Chad Bradford, Orioles
19. Jamie Walker, Orioles
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
- The Orioles could become a playoff contender with the addition of Mark Teixeira. He would help lead the youth movement in Baltimore with a plethora of pitchers in Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, along with promising young catcher Matt Wieters. It would be costly, but they have payroll room and could take the hit.
- Shawn Chacon was suspended indefinitely for grabbing GM Ed Wade by the neck earlier this week. It is likely he will be released or trading in the next month. A team like the Rays should pounce on the opportunity to have a long relief pitcher who can make a start on their team.
- Barry Bonds is not interested in playing anywhere but the major leagues. It is possible he will get a job next off season, but playing in the independent leagues gives him a chance to stay in playing shape.
- The Mariners continue to shop their players and have called several teams about making a trade. Erik Bedard is the most talked about player, but don't be surprised to hear Raul Ibanez, Adrian Beltre, and Richie Sexson in trades coming up.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
- The Cubs are worried that Zambrano could be out for the season and will look for improvements. Word is they are looking at Livan Hernandez or Randy Wolf, but don't be surprised if they make a move on Erik Bedard.
- The Rockies are not happy with Yorvit Torrealba's performance at the plate and are looking to trade him. He is good at calling games, but Ianetta is decent and is hitting much better than him.
- A's assistant GM Dave Forst might finally get his chance to be a GM. The Mariners job is open, but it is in the same division as the A's. He would be smart to wait for a better job to open up, maybe in the NL East.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
- The Mariners have a new front office and may consider trading Erik Bedard. Nothing will happen for about a month, but they may consider shaking up the staff real soon. That could start with releasing Richie Sexson or Jose Vidro by the end of the month.
- The Reds may consider trading Bronson Arroyo and Ryan Freel at the deadline for prospects. They are behind a little in the division, but building for 2009 could help. They need pitching more than anything.
- The Cubs are showing signs of interest in pitcher Erik Bedard. They need a pitcher for the final months, and he would be a good addition. A cheaper addition would be Livan Hernandez of the Twins.
- The Yankees would like to add a pitcher after they saw there young pitcher fail in the rotation. Derek Lowe is a good option because of his experience in the AL East.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Speaking of the Cubs, scouts were at the Giants game over the weekend looking at switch-hitting Randy Winn to shore things up with Soriano out for at least another month.
Is Griffey open to a trade to the Devil Rays? Supposedly, he is, according to "friends".
In other trade talk, the Astros and Pirates are making virtually everyone available as the deadline apporaches. They both need major overhauls and are not in denial on that front.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
- The Phillies are looking to add a pitcher and are currently looking at Padres pitcher Greg Maddux and Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard. Both pitchers are going to be hot topics at the trade deadline, so a trade involving one is expected.
- Blue Jays pitcher A.J. Burnett can opt out of his contract after this season which could lead to the Blue Jays trading him at the deadline. Several teams are looking for a pitcher, and the Blue Jays would be smart to cash in.
- With Robinson Cano struggling, the Yankees might trade Cano to the Indians in a deal involving CC Sabathia. If I am the Indians, I do this trade in a heart beat, but we'll see what happens.
- Twins first round pick Aaron Hicks is set to sign with the Twins and will head to Low-A to begin his professional career. This is a good move by Hicks who starts playing immediately.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
ELI: When did you first start playing baseball in South Korea?
DAE-EUN: I started playing when I was eleven but I was in the infield. When I was thirteen I switched to pitcher.
ELI: How popular is baseball in South Korea?
DAE-EUN: It is the most popular sport in Korea.
ELI: Is there a player playing in the Major leagues that you try to model your game off of?
DAE-EUN: Chan Ho Park.
ELI: Any particular reason?
DAE-EUN: Because he is the most successful pitcher in the major leagues from Korea.
ELI: Has it been a dream of yours to come to the United States to play baseball?
DAE-EUN: Yes, of course. Since I was a kid.
ELI: Can you take me through the process of how you were signed by the Cubs? Had you heard of them before?
DAE-EUN: It happened in April of 2007 when I met with a scout from the Cubs. We stayed in touch through the signing date and then I signed.
ELI: Baseball is somewhat a universal language, do you have trouble communicating with your catcher on the mound or in the clubhouse?
DAE-EUN: It really was not much of a problem. Yeah, no problem.
ELI: What is Ryne Sandberg like in the clubhouse?
DAE-EUN: He is a great manager. He trusts his players and he lets them play -- just go out and play.
ELI: You are off to a good start so far, what has been working for you thus far?
DAE-EUN: I have been able to keep my strikes in the bottom part of the strike zone. I have always been good with my command, and it is showing so far.
ELI: What would you say is your strongest pitch?
DAE-EUN: My change-up.
ELI: You had a minor injury early in the season, what was the recovery process like for you?
DAE-EUN: It really was not bad. I was off the mound for about ten days and then I started throwing from flat ground again. It was not serious at all. It was my first time in the rotation so I think my arm was a little tired. But I am okay now.
ELI: Aside from baseball, what have you enjoyed most about the U.S.?
DAE-EUN: I have really enjoyed hanging with some of my teammates. But I also enjoy video games.
ELI: Your mechanics are very good, is that something you have worked on for a long time?
DAE-EUN: I have worked on it since I was young. It was more than just going out and throwing, it was about doing it properly.
ELI: Have you set any goals for yourself this season?
DAE-EUN: I hope to just complete the season without further injury.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
For Willis, I think he will develop and make adjustments, but he might need to refine his windup. Otherwise, it will be a rough three years for the Tigers.
Meche not coming to Cubs?: According to internet rumors, Gil Meche was reportedly drawing interest from the Cubs. However, Meche laughed off the rumors and Royals executives are denying it.
20. Ken Griffey Jr.'s first homerun came off the White Sox pitcher Eric King.
19. His sixth career homerun happened to be an inside the park homerun.
19. His first multi-homerun game came May 30th, 1989, and he had all the teams RBIs (3).
18. Griffey has hit 398 homeruns versus right handers and 201 versus left handers.
17. When he is first pitch swinging, Griffey has hit 109 homeruns.
16. In 1990, Griffey hit two homeruns off Nolan Ryan in the same month (on separate occasions) to give his team the lead.
15. Griffey has had 0 leadoff homeruns, but has hit one homerun batting leadoff.
14. He has four game ending homeruns.
13. He has 207 go ahead homeruns.
12. He has hit more homeruns in the first inning that any other inning in his career (104).
11. In 1997, he had eight multi homerun games. One of which was a three homerun game where he hit two off of Roger Clemens and one off of Mike Timlin.
10. David Wells has given up more homeruns to Griffey than anyone else with eight. Second on that list is Roger Clemens with six.
9. Griffey has hit 64 homeruns at the Great American Ballpark.
8. If you were to include Griffey's homerun in the movie, Little Big League, he would have 600 homeruns.
7. In eleven All-Star appearances, Griffey is hitting .440 with 1 HR.
6. Griffey has hit 398 homeruns wearing the number 24, 138 wearing the number 30, 56 wearing the number 3, and 1 wearing the number 42.
5. Griffey has hit 38 homeruns against the Twins, the most among teams he has faced.
4. Griffey has hit 308 homeruns to straight away right field.
3. Four of his six homeruns this season have been when the game was tied.
2. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. have hit a combined 751 homeruns.
1. Ken Griffey Jr. is now the sixth member of the 600 homerun club.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
- Kenny Lofton is starting to pick up more interest on the market. The White Sox are somewhat interested, but will likely test some of their minor leaguers out first. Jerry Owens is fast and an above average fielder, so he could make for a good addition with the Sox.
- The Brian Roberts talks are back and Ken Rosenthal suggests a move to the Brewers for Rickie Weeks would be good. It would give the Brewers the leadoff man they need, and it would give the Orioles a young, hard hitting second baseman.
- The Mariners might consider trading Bedard at the deadline if he expresses no desire to come back with the club. He has had some trouble adjusting to catcher Kenji Johjima, who recently signed a three year deal.
- Cuban star Dayan Viciedo is in Miami and might work out for a couple of baseball teams over the next month. He can be signed after July 1st, and it would be interesting to see who reaches out and signs him.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
David Wells would make for a good, short term replacement. He would sign for close to the league minimum and could give you ten or so wins. Another option is Randy Wolf, who is pitching very well for the Padres. Jason Marquis is available with the Cubs, and he is an option as well. All three options are good short term, but probably would not be good options long term. So far this season, Bonderman is 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA.
Friday, June 6, 2008
It doesn't look like Bonds will ever play in the major leagues again. Besides from being a distraction in the clubhouse, no one wants to pay 15 million dollars for a .270 hitter who might hit 25 homeruns. As for Lofton, he might get a job this season. He would have been smart to take the Rays offer before the season starter. The Cubs don't need him now with Jim Edmonds heating up. The Mariners or Padres could take a chance on him, but he might be done as well.
1. Tampa Bay Rays, SS Tim Beckham. The Rays decided to fill a need at short, passing on catcher Buster Posey. Beckham is the most athletic player in the draft and has a lot of upside. He won’t have any trouble adjusting to the fielding side of things, but he’ll have to adjust to the lifestyle and hitting. He has a great attitude and should be able to handle the game’s mental aspect.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates, 3B Pedro Alvarez. The Pirates’ line-up has been missing a power hitter, and Alvarez should help them soon. Although he may move to first base at some point down the road, he will play a big role in the Pirates’ push for the playoffs over the next several seasons.
3. Kansas City Royals, 1B Eric Hosmer. He will probably hit for the most power out of anyone in the draft. He has great raw power and pretty good hands at first base. The Royals are going to have to pay up for him, or else he is off to college. High schoolers usually take longer to develop, and he will probably need an extra year or so, but he will do some damage for the Royals soon.
4. Baltimore Orioles, P Brian Matusz. The best pitcher in the draft is going to a team loaded with young pitching. He has four above average pitches and mixes his pitches well. He is comfortable throwing his pitches in any count, and that makes him a candidate to lead a rotation very soon. His change-up, curveball, slider and fastball are mixed together very well, keeping the batter guessing.
5. San Francisco Giants, C Buster Posey. Posey nearly went number one to the Rays but was passed on for Tim Beckham. The Giants really got a great player with an advanced approach at the plate. He needs more experience, but he should rise fast and make for an impact with the Giants soon.
6. Florida Marlins, C Kyle Skipworth. The Marlins took the best catcher in the draft, in my opinion. Not only does he swing a good bat that should develop further with more experience, but he is great behind the plate. He shifts well and has a good arm and natural knowledge of the game. He hits for mostly average now but should find his power when he grows into his body more.
7. Cincinnati Reds, 1B Yonder Alonso. Alonso’s swing is the closest to major league ready of any in the draft. 1B is the only spot for him, but that’s currently filled by stud rookie Joey Votto. Signability is an issue – he is reportedly asking for $8M. I worry he’ll struggle against lefties, but he should move fairly quickly through the minors.
8. Chicago White Sox, SS Gordon Beckham. This is a great pick for the White Sox. He is a baseball player. He has the natural ability and the look in his eye that he can play. Beckham will likely improve his power and hit for a good average. He has power to all fields and is pretty familiar with the wood bats, so we could see him in Double-A sometime next season. He has tremendous talent and will be a superstar in a couple years.
9. Washington Nationals, P Aaron Crow. Crow has the best fastball in the draft, and he mixes it well with his slider. I talked with GM Jim Bowden who told me that he prefers to improve his pitching through the draft and trades. He and last year’s pick, Ross Detwiler, will likely be working together very soon. Crow has a lunge similar to Tim Lincecum, and that might need to be refined in the minors.
10. Houston Astros, C Jason Castro. This is a surprise. The Astros banked on JR Towles, and he has failed so far. Their minor league system is pretty weak with no real bright spots, so bringing in Castro as the future is a safe bet. Although Koby Clemens is doing well, if he makes it to the MLB they will find a way to work him in. His defense is the main reason he was taken so high, but he probably won’t hit for much of an average.
11. Texas Rangers, 1B Justin Smoak. They couldn’t pass on him. He is a switch hitting first baseman who has drawn comparisons to Mark Teixeira – a former Ranger. He has great power and should hit for a good average. He has gold glove potential and should rise fast. The Rangers were interested in taking a pitcher, but they couldn’t pass on Smoak. Smoak should hit at least 25 home runs in the majors, and probably more playing in Texas. He will play a key role in their rebuilding process.
12. Oakland Athletics, 2B Jemile Weeks. Weeks has a very good swing that will help out the A’s at the top of the order. He is the typical second baseman who should stay there long term. He has good speed and should make the plays at the plate and on the field that will help the team win.
13. St. Louis Cardinals, 3B Brett Wallace. The Cardinals are all over his bat. Wallace has great plate discipline and hits for tremendous power. He will likely move to first base, unless he slims down some. I am a little surprised by the pick because his future is definitely at first, where Albert Pujols plays. This could be a steal for the Cardinals because Wallace is such a good hitter versus lefties.
14. Minnesota Twins, OF Aaron Hicks. I talked with a Twins executive who told me directly that they were sold on Hicks. They want to let him develop in the minors, grow into his body, and find his spot in the outfield. He will hit for a good average and hold his own in the outfield. I think he’ll take some time to develop, but the Twins have developed several high school players successfully (Joe Mauer), so Hicks is in good hands.
15. Los Angeles Dodgers, 3B Ethan Martin. I’m a little surprised to see him go this early, but I am happy to see he will be a third baseman. He has a great swing that is balanced and should hit for power sometime down the road. He has drawn comparisons to power hitter Matt Williams, but I don’t seeing him reaching Matt Williams’ level.
16. Milwaukee Brewers, IF Brett Lawrie. The Brewers are ecstatic to land Lawrie. He is young, yet already experienced with wooden bats, and very versatile. He has drawn comparisons to Craig Biggio for his approach and ability to hit both righties and lefties. The one thing the Brewers will have to decide on is where he will play.
17. Toronto Blue Jays, 1B David Cooper. Cooper has gone under the radar having been behind Alonso and Smoak, but he also has great power. He is not very good defensively, so he might be a DH, but his bat is all there. He has great discipline and a balanced swing. He will likely hit around .270 or .280 with 20-25 home runs.
18. New York Mets, OF Ike Davis. Davis is a lefty with a smooth swing. He is athletic with above average speed. He projects as a decent outfielder, but he is athletic and has good instincts.
19. Chicago Cubs, P Andrew Cashner. Cashner has the hardest fastball in the draft and will likely stay as a closer down the road. He needs to work on his command, but he should be up soon helping the Cubs bullpen.
20. Seattle Mariners, P Josh Fields. I’m a little surprised by this move. The Mariners are in last place and you would have liked to see them take a starter or position player. Nonetheless, Fields is a flame throwing closer considered to be the top closer at the college level. He can throw his pitches all over the strike zone and will probably see time in the MLB next season. He is a Boras client though.
21. Detroit Tigers, P Ryan Perry. The Tigers continue to take power arms, and Perry is a good pick. He’ll likely settle in with a 94-95 mph fastball, with a hard slider to compliment it. His future is likely as a reliever, but he could make the move to starter. His delivery is similar to Chan Ho Park, but faster, and it will likely need to be refined. His fastball is fast enough that college kids aren’t catching up to it, but once professionals realize that he’s not deceptive, they will be all over him. Nonetheless, this is a good pick for the Tigers.
22. New York Mets, SS Reese Havens. Havens is a good baseball player with great instincts. His future is not at shortstop, and he will likely be moved because of poor range. He could be their second baseman or catcher of the future. One thing that has come up is his ability to read pitches, which should lead to him hitting for a decent average. He doesn’t hit for much power, but he could probably put together 10-15 home runs.
23. San Diego Padres, 1B Allan Dykstra. Dykstra probably would have been a top 10 pick last season, but being behind Smoak, Alonso and Cooper leaves him towards the end of the first round. Still, he has good power and can take the ball the other way. His true test will come at whether he can hit inside pitches at the professional level – he’s struggled at that so far.
24. Philadelphia Phillies, SS Anthony Hewitt. For awhile, I thought this kid was Vanderbilt bound. He put together a good spring, and I thought he would be passed on. He has great tools for a high school shortstop and should hit for more power down the road. I think going to Vanderbilt is best for him so he can play at a more competitive level, but he might go straight to the minors with the Phillies.
25. Colorado Rockies, P Christian Friedrich. This is a great pickup for the Rockies who land the second best lefty in the draft. Friedrich is consistent and has good, hard stuff. He projects as a middle of the rotation guy.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks, P Daniel Schlereth. Although he is wild, he projects as a lefty setup guy coming in to face the lefties. His fastball touches 95, and he has a strong curveball that is usually his strikeout pitch. He has been compared to J.C. Romero.
27. Minnesota Twins, P Carlos Gutierrez. His windup is similar to Dave Bush — slow, but then he lunges for you. His two-seamer is hard with a lot of movement, but he needs to work on it so it bites the outside corner. He has a lot of upside, but he needs to work on his command.
28. New York Yankees, P Gerrit Cole. He has top five potential in the draft, but signability issues caused him to drop. The Yankees will likely be able to keep him from going to college. He throws a hard fastball with an excellent changeup; he even mixes in an above average slider. This guy has the intangibles; he just needs some time to develop his windup.
29. Cleveland Indians, SS Lonnie Chisenhall. Chisenhall has one of the best approaches at the plate, but disciplinary problems off the field dropped him some. He is a line drive hitter and his fielding might move him to second or third. He has the potential to be an above average corner infielder or outfielder, but nothing more than that.
30. Boston Red Sox, SS Casey Kelly. Signability issues pushed Kelly out of the top 15. He is one of the most athletic players in the draft, having played both baseball and football. If the Red Sox are serious about him, they will have to pay big money, or else he is going to Tennessee to be their quarterback and starting shortstop. I think he would be smart to go to college to develop his swing some, but we’ll see.
Other Notable pick:
48. Pittsburgh Pirates, P Tanner Scheppers. Scheppers was in the top ten before he injured his shoulder, shutting him down for at least a year. He has a plus fastball and good slider, so he should rise fast once he is healthy. The mental part of his game is solid, and he’s a true professional. Taking him here just shows how serious the Pirates are about rebuilding.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Braves are a potential option. Diaz is expected to miss about two months, so it would make sense for the Braves to bring in a replacement for this season. Giles has 9 million dollar club option for 2009, so a team that trades for him could potentially buy him out. The Mets are also a possibility if options like Xavier Nady or Jason Bay fall through. Omar Minaya and Kevin Towers are familiar with each other when it comes to trades, so something could be worked out there. Other options include the Rays and Twins.
What to expect: His power will come, but it might take a year to settle into wood bats full time. He has the potential to hit 30 homeruns annually with a high average. He doesn't fit the typical 'power hitting lefty' who strikes out a lot -- he has great patience.
What to expect: At most, he will be number one or two starter. However, if his pitches don't improve, he might be a three or four starter. He is comfortable with all four of his pitches which should keep him out of the bullpen in the majors, but it is unclear if he will make it as a front of the line starter.
What to expect: He is the best hitter coming into the draft, and should rise in the minors faster than most. Expect him to hit for a high average with about twenty homeruns annually. He reminds me a little of Robinson Cano.
What to expect: Posey has the potential to hit above .300, but I see him around .290-.300 with 10-15 homeruns.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
What to expect: Once he turns on the ball and fills out, he should hit for a .300+ average with 10-20 homeruns. He is definitely a number two like hitter.
There are not many teams that need a struggling first baseman right now, so nothing appears imminent. However, it is possible the Royals or Rangers would make a move for him. LaRoche would make for a good DH/1B in the American League and it is possible a change of scenery would benefit him.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
- The Red Sox are preparing for life without David Ortiz, and will look to the market for a replacement. If Ben Broussard isn't called up by today, he could be released. The Red Sox could look to him as a short term replacement. Other options include former Sox prospect Matt Murton, Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs, and maybe free agents Sammy Sosa or Reggie Sanders. Spilborghs seems like a good fit.
- Jose Canseco called out Curt Schilling to fight him in Las Vegas over the summer, also saying that the bloody sock was ketchup. If Canseco is serious about fighting, I recommend he fights Kimbo Slice.
- According to a source, Mariners scouts were watching Derek Lowe pitch last night at the Dodgers game, suggesting that they may be interested in bringing back the veteran starter. If the Mariners can turn their season around, maybe they make this deal. As of right now though, I doubt it.
- I am setting up a live chat via phone for anyone who wants to talk about the draft on Thursday. Make sure to call in with questions and comments. More details soon.
If Ryan Zimmerman goes down for an extended amount of time, the Nationals could make a move for Hall. The Mariners could use Hall out in right field and at their DH spot. Any change for the Mariners would be good now. I have mentioned the Giants before as possible suitors, and they might finally make a move if the Brewers look to dump him. Hall will be traded soon, maybe within the next week, but definitely by the end of the month.
If the Rangers need a pitcher, they would be better off trading for someone like Livan Hernandez, who would not cost much, but would be just as effective as Perez or Bonderman. There are several teams already interested in Hernandez though, so if they believe they can contend, they better make a move soon.
Monday, June 2, 2008
The main problem with Gorzelanny goes back to last year. Gorzelanny had career highs in innings pitched and games played since his professional career began in 2003. You could tell he was fatigued by the end of the season going 1-3 with a 5.77 ERA, but still pitched in 34.1 innings in six games. This has put more stress on his shoulder and it is showing. The Pirates would be smart to send him to Triple-A to work on his pitches and his arm strength. The season is all but lost for the Pirates as it is, so they should do whatever they can to preserve their ace.
The White Sox are currently in first place by one game, when last year they were 7.5 games out of first, so I don't really see where he is coming from. The White Sox are on a three game losing streak and if it continues, I wouldn't be surprised to see him let go. Bench coach Joey Cora has some experience managing and is familiar with the White Sox, so letting Guillen go and naming Cora the manager should make for an easy transition. The White Sox have a great thing going with their veterans working hard and their young players coming through -- it is just too bad their big mouth manager has to cause such a disturbance in the clubhouse.
Fuentes is making 5.05 million this season and will be a free agent after the season. He is a trade candidate even if the Yankees don't work out, but they make the most sense. The Rockies might be able to land a solid prospect or two, maybe Dellin Betances, along with one or two more. The Yankees are 6.5 games out of first but that could change with the addition to Chamberlain in the rotation. Not to mention adding one of the best relievers to the setup for the best closer in the game.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Once Griffey hits his 600th homerun, they will likely shop Griffey around. That trade alone should bring in good enough prospects for the future. The Mariners seem like the obvious destination.
Rockies third base prospect Ian Stewart is doing well for the Rockies so far, and that could possible convince the Rockies to trade Atkins. However, with Holliday a free agent after 2009, they might not want to make a long term investment on Sabathia.
Prior is a free agent after this season and if he shows promise in his recovery by the end of the season, they may resign him. The Padres might just cut their losses and let him be someone else's project.
- Jake Odorizzi continues to draw interest from the Rockies and Cubs as either a late first round pick or second round pick. I talked with one executive who said the Cubs would not let this guy fall past their supplemental first round pick at forty first overall.
- The Dodgers are very interested in Zack Collier at the number fifteen pick overall. St. Louis reportedly has interest in him as well.
- The Reds are strongly considering Brett Lawrie at the number seven pick. That is, of course, assuming Alvarez, Beckham, and Matusz are taken by then.
- Eric Hosmer's name is coming up around the eight and nine spot with Chicago and Washington. Signability issues might drop him farther though, possibly to Milwaukee at sixteen or New York at eighteen. Anywhere past that would be a big surprise.
- Gordon Beckham is drawing serious interest from the Giants at the number five spot. If the draft goes Posey, Beckham, Alvarez, Matusz, then Beckham will go five.
- Aaron Hicks and Anthony Gase have informed teams that they are willing to sign as a hitter. Hicks is a candidate for the Cardinals after he put together a good workout for them.
If the Royals were to trade Grienke for three or four young position players, they would be in much better shape. I talked with one free lance scout who said the Cubs are a good fit because they have a lot of depth and could lose a player like Ronny Cedeno with little damage to the team. Ronny Cedeno is on the cusp of being an everyday starter, but is being blocked by a Theriot and DeRosa. He did mention though that the Cubs would be more attractive to a short term replacement, perhaps Livan Hernandez, than someone like Grienke.
Grienke would be a great fit for the Braves, mostly because he would match up nicely behind Tim Hudson in the two spot.
Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu is struggling and Luis Maza is still getting his feet wet, but both are good prospects who should turn it around after adjustments are made. Jeff Kent is likely gone next season and bringing in Cardenas would be great for this Dodger lineup. The Dodgers do have a lot of raw infield talent, which might lead to a Rafael Furcal trade, assuming he can come back with enough time to prove himself before the deadline. A long term deal seems unlikely after he has missed about a month with chronic back problems.
Other teams that are expected to be in on Blanton or Harden include the Rockies, who seem most interested to make a big move, the Tigers, Reds, Yankees, and Dodgers.