Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Top Ten "Potentially" Available Players at the Trade Deadline
1. Ubaldo Jimenez-Colorado Rockies: Just last year, Jimenez looked like he could 25 games. This year, he has been a bit erratic, but he still possesses frontline stuff. This year he is 5-8, with a 4.08 ERA. The Yankees and Reds have kicked the tires on Jimenez, but the Rockies are looking for a huge haul, asking for Ivan Nova, and the Yankees top 3 prospects. Safe to say, I do not think anyone will meet the price tag. August 1 team: Colorado.
2. Hunter Pence-Houston Astros: Another player that I think will stay put, but could be dealt if some team meets the Astros requirements. He is a solid, but not spectacular player. Has a nice slash line of .318/.359/.484, with 11 HR's and 61 RBI's. The Pirates have asked about Pence, and I would imagine other teams will too. August 1 team: Houston.
3. Wandy Rodriguez-Houston Astros: The Astros are an absolute mess. Rodriguez's value is a little tepid, because of his contract. He is signed for $10M in 2012, and $13M in 2013. The Astros might have to eat some of that salary to get a good prospect. He has a 3.67 ERA this year for the 'Stros. August 1 team: New York Yankees.
4. Heath Bell-San Diego Padres: Bell has been one of the best closers in baseball over the last few years. Since taking over the closer reigns from all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman, he has 115 in the last 2 1/2 seasons. He is a free agent after this season, and the Padres are going to move him. His strikeout rate is at a career-low, but he hasn't lost velocity on his fastball. August 1st team: Philadelphia Phillies.
5. Carlos Beltran-New York Mets: Since Pence isn't likely to be traded, Beltran is the best bat that is sure to be traded at the deadline. Beltran has looked like his old self at the dish this season, with a slugging percentage north of .500. He is also leading the NL in doubles. Makes $18.5 million this year, but the Mets are going to eat a good share of that paycheck. August 1st team: San Francisco Giants.
6. Mike Adams-San Diego Padres: A month ago, I figured Adams would have been a Padre all year, since his under team control through 2012. However, interest has heated up for Adams, but he will not come cheaply, as the Padres are demanding a big-time prospect. Adams has been ridiculous in 2011, with a 1.26 ERA, and is giving up just 4.7 hits per nine innings. The guy is legit. August 1st team: Texas Rangers.
7. Hiroki Kurdoa-Los Angeles Dodgers: Kuroda has a no-trade clause, so he might not be going anywhere. However, he is a very underrated pitcher. Sure, he leads the NL in losses, but he's sporting a 3.13 ERA. Blame the Dodgers abysmal offense for his record, he is a solid #3 on a contender. August 1st team: Detroit Tigers.
8. Ryan Ludwick-San Diego Padres: Ludwick's numbers aren't impressive, except for the fact he has driven in 56 runs with no one getting on in front of him. I feel that he would thrive in a hitters ballpark, and I think a lot of contending teams will be interested in his bat. August 1st team: Boston Red Sox.
9. Aaron Harang-San Diego Padres: Another example of a pitcher rebuilding his value in the confines of Petco Park. Harang has a 7-2 record with a 3.19 ERA. Hasn't given up a run in his last 13 innings since coming off of the DL. His record in that time? 0-0. August 1st team: Boston Red Sox.
10. Josh Willingham-Oakland A's. I have always like Willingham. He has a career OBP of .361, and has a little bit of pop. Hasn't hit well in Oakland, but he shouldn't cost much in regards to prospects. August 1st team: Pittsburgh Pirates.
Some other names that could be moved: Jason Frasor, Melky Cabrera, Jeff Francoeur, Jeff Francis, Coco Crisp, Jamey Carroll, Doug Fister, Grant Balfour.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 8:05 PM