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So who's on the trading block?

May 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Cliff Lee M's throwing.jpgJon Heyman runs down the big ticket trade targets this summer.  Heyman’s candidates:

  • Cliff Lee.  Makes sense to me on some level but I’m a bit skeptical. The Mariners are a disappointment this year, but I don’t think they’re a team that thinks it’s tearing down and rebuilding. If they have a chance to sign Lee, I have to think they’ll stick with him.
  • Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman: Heyman has a hard time seeing anyone who both (a) can pick up Oswalt’s salary; but who is also (b) a team Oswalt wants to play for.  But we heard the same thing about Jake Peavy last year too, didn’t we?   I think that the longer the Astros suck and the more teams who express a moderate interest in Oswalt, the more flexible he becomes on his no trade.  It would not surprise me at all to see him in Queens or Los Angels sometime this summer.
  • Prince Fielder: Heyman is sharply pessimistic about the Brewers’ chances to sign Fielder. Given the agent involved, it’s probably worth giving such an impression more than the usual credence.
  • Ben Sheets:  Heyman quotes an AL GM who says Sheets needs to show more consistency before he’s a legit trade chit, but the deeper we go into the season the easier it is to make an argument for consistency. By mid July, the definition of consistency might be 2-3 decent starts.
  • Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski: Konerko can veto a trade and Pierzynski will be able to within a couple of weeks due to his 10-5 rights kicking in.  Heyman thinks that people will be more interested in Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz. I think he’s right.
  • Other candidates: Adam Dunn, Kevin Millwood, Jake Westbrook, Dan Haren, tons of Royals players, Adrian Gonzalez, Heath Bell.  From this list all I can note is how crazy it is that Adrian Gonzalez is only considered a marginal trade candidate this year.  One wonders if the Padres’ great run in the early going — which makes Gonzalez all but indispensable — isn’t hurting them in the long run.  They’re not going to sign the guy, right?  How worse will the prospects they ultimately get for him this offseason be than the ones they could have gotten this summer?

Anyway, it’s only Memorial Day weekend, but it seems like the trade winds are blowing stronger than usual for this time of year.  A lot of guys are going to be available.  It’s really going to be a buyer’s market, it seems.

  1. JBerardi - May 28, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    “One wonders if the Padres’ great run in the early going — which makes Gonzalez all but indispensable — isn’t hurting them in the long run. They’re not going to sign the guy, right?

    Why is it that they’re not going to sign Gonzalez, again? Cots lists their payroll obligations for 2011 at $1.1 million (that doesn’t count the six guys who are up arbitration), and ZERO for every year after they. They have literally no payroll obligation to anyone past next year. If they’re so broke that they can’t sign their best player even though they have NO CONTRACTS past next year, why do they even exist as a team?

  2. Ron - May 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    “tons of Royals players”
    STOP TEASING ME!!!!!!!

  3. JayT - May 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    I agree 100%. There’s no reason the Padres shouldn’t be able to affford Gonzalez. People keep saying that Pujols will definitely stay with the Cardinals, well, San Diego is bigger then St. Louis, and Gonzalez is a local boy.
    Yeah, the Padres had some big money problems, but that was with the old owner. There is no reason the Padres can’t speand at least as much as someone like the Twins or Cardinals.

  4. Smar - May 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    What about Matt Capps or Kerry Wood?

  5. APBA Guy - May 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    The plan for Sheets was always a trade, meaning the A’s spend $ 6.7M on him for 4 months, get some innings, some “veteran leadership” and trade for 2-3 prospects.
    Between DL insurance payouts and the Sheets trade the A’s 2010 salary projection of $ 55M will end up being more like $ 45M.
    Beane’s probably on a profit sharing plan this year, not a wins based bonus structure.

  6. Moses Green - May 28, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Ditto. Test case for revenue sharing. I’ve been beating the drum for him staying for a long time, I’m just worried about the existence of Kyle Blanks and his seeming inability to play OF.

  7. JZ - May 29, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Jack Zduriencik, the GM of the Seattle Mariners, has assembled one of the finest teams in all of MLB with his trades and spending on free agents. He has a murderers row of hitters starting with Milton Bradley .237, Ken Griffey .186, Eric Byrnes .094, Chone Figgens .194, Casey Kotchman .190; just to name a few. Mr Z is rated one of the best GMs in baseball by the sportswriters. He has increased the team payroll to 87 million dollars this year. The Mariners have a record of 19-28 so far, so keep an eye on this team.

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