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HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

Jul 29, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

As the deadline approaches we've given the list a bit of a haircut to include just the guys people are actually talking about. Look for updates all day today, tomorrow and through Saturday.

Here’s the latest on baseball’s most buzzed-about trade targets.

Last update: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

Roy Oswalt: The Astros and Phillies completed a deal on Thursday afternoon.  The Phils will get Oswalt, obviously, and $11 million to cover the $23 million remaining on the right-hander’s contract.  Houston got left-hander J.A. Happ, infielder Jonathan Villar and outfielder Anthony Gose, then flipped Gose to Toronto for first baseman Brett Wallace.

Adam Dunn: The Nationals appear to have softened their asking price for Dunn, but the White Sox are believed to be out of the running and the Yankees only have fringe interest. The Nationals haven’t even made Dunn an offer on a contract extension so it appears like they’re intent on dealing him, but a deal has not come together yet.

Prince Fielder: The White Sox had been mentioned, as have the Rangers and Angels, but Texas and Anaheim seem like longshots and White Sox seem more intent on picking up Adam Dunn.

Ted Lilly: With Haren gone and Oswalt either on his way to Philly or staying put, Lilly would seem like a nice fallback. There was some noise about the Phillies having an interest as of yesterday, but Lilly has a no-trade clause that includes them.  The Dodgers have been looking at him, but they’ve been said to be looking at everyone, and no one believes that Frank McCourt is going to allow the team to take on payroll. The Yankees are said to “like” Lilly and the Mets could certainly use him.  The Twins, meanwhile, are out.

Brett Myers: The buzz on Myers has been positively schizophrenic. One hour there’s word that he’s more likely to move than Oswalt, and the next hour someone says he’s “untouchable.”  If Oswalt moves expect Myers to stay, but since he can walk at the end of the season it’s not clear why Houston doesn’t try to get something for him.

Jayson Werth: Various chatter continues — Buster Olney recently said that the Tigers were scouting Werth — but it’s looking more and more like Werth isn’t going anywhere. He certainly doesn’t think he’s going anywhere.

Jose Bautista: The Phillies have reportedly been scouting Blue Jays games and some think it’s because of Bautista, who Philly could use to play third base until Chase Utley returns (with Polanco at second). He’s hitting home runs by the bucketful again, however, and that may just convince the Jays to keep the arbitration eligible Bautista around.

Corey Hart:  Talks had begun between the Brewers and the Giants, but they’re “dead in the water.” Hart is still day-to-day an injury to his right wrist, and there’s not much chance Milwaukee could move him unless he shows he can hit. Given that he’s now saying that won’t be until Friday, the chances of him moving before the deadline are somewhere between slim and none.

Scott Downs
: Not the biggest name around, but the Jays’ setup man may be the best reliever available at the moment, and the Jays are apparently asking the moon for him.

Derrek Lee: Lee reportedly turned down a trade to the Angels and now says he doesn’t want to go anywhere for the rest of the season. As is his right as a 10-5 guy.

Mike Lowell: Tearing things up on a minor league rehab assignment, the Rangers reportedly still have some interest.  The Red Sox are expected to activate him from the disabled list on Friday and will seek a trade partner well into Saturday afternoon.

Miguel Tejada: The Padres reached a deal for Tejada on Thursday, sending minor league right-hander Wynn Pelzer to Baltimore.  Pelzer, 24, had a 4.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 94 1/3 innings this season at Double-A San Antonio.

Jorge Cantu: The Marlins dealt Cantu to the Rangers on Thursday afternoon for minor league right-handers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.  Neither are promising prospects, but Cantu isn’t exactly a high-impact hitter.

Matt Capps: The Nationals closer has drawn only mild interest despite strong numbers this season in Washington.  The Twins are known to be in the running and are reportedly engaging in discussions for the right-hander.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Don’t believe everything you read. It’s silly season again among reporters. The Jays have no reason to trade Bautista. They could trade Downs, Frasor, Buck and Overbay as they are on expiring contracts and long term replacements are available in the minor league system.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    “Olney and Stark hear that the Rays are discussing possible trades for Werth as well.”

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Does anyone else find it truly sickening that the Phillies are in the market for a starting pitcher, when they had Cliff Lee and gave him away for pennies? Where is the Ruben Amaro outrage? Am I the only one thinking he has killed this team? This team is full of draft picks made by Mike Arbuckle and Ed Wade. His moves have been giving Ibanez, Moyer, and Blanton WAY too much money and giving Cliff Lee away for nothing. Sure, he made Halladay deal, but we gave up a ton of prospects, gave Halladay a ton of money and Halladay wanted to come here. I could have made that trade. Amaro f’d this team up so bad, we have to give away Werth to get the prospects it will take to get Oswalt. Huh? What about the prospects we got in the Cliff Lee deal??? Jesus it makes me sick to think about it.

  4. Philip P - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    The Jays have reason if someone wants to overpay. Bautisa is playing over his head. He is a useful player with some versatility so the Jays should only move him if the price is right. I think he ends up staying put. As for the others, if the prospects being offered are equal in value to the one or two draft picks the player would provide after the season, they should make the trade(s).
    Berkman should back off on the requirement that a team pick up his opton. Houston won’t pick it up so neither should anyone else, meaning he is going to be a free agent at season’s end no matter what. It’s up to him if he thinks he can improve his value finishing out a losing season with the Astros or contributing to a contender in the final two months. The latter makes sense to me.

  5. nps6724 - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    It’d be smart to trade Bautista, really.

  6. Paper Lions - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    I’m so confused. If Olney and Stark are hearing the same thing, does that make it true or false?

  7. Addie Joss' Ghost - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Better to trade a player year too early than a year too late. – Branch Rickey

  8. Proudly Canadian - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Once Bautista began to get regular playing time, he has been very productive. He hit 10 home runs last September, so his production this season is not much of a surprise to anyone who saw him play last September. He is underpaid and does not have an expiring contract. The most comparable player to him is Nelson Cruz, and I see nobody calling on Texas to sell high on Cruz.

  9. geoknows - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    I don’t find it sickening, nor am I outraged. But then again, I’m not a Fightins fan. As an outsider, though, I have to admit that I find it astoundingly stupid. Of course, I thought that in December too. And what makes it even more stupid is that the reasoning given at the time is that they weren’t going to be able to pay both Halladay and Lee – yet now, all of a sudden they can pay both Halladay and the more-expensive-than-Lee Oswalt?

  10. Utley's hair - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Where have you been? Why keep a bar of gold if we can give it up for a half-full spitoon and replace that bar with a more expensive piece of silver? That’s how we roll in the 215/610/484/609/856, ya see?

  11. nps6724 - Jul 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Texas is fighting for a playoff spot; Toronto isn’t and most likely won’t for awhile. Makes more sense to move a guy whose value is the highest it’ll ever be before he reverts to his norm.

  12. nrg1006 - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Word. Junior talked heavy on the future of the Phils as he gave it away. Not talking to Cliff Lee showed his ignorance as a GM. All-in-All, Blue Jays got the last laugh. Next we will be hearing he inherited the problems of the 2011 Phillies. As every team in the NL East improved during Spring training, he patted himself on the back. Just plain ignorance!

  13. john j pileggi - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Big drop off after the top five, and even they are not the greatest from a price and risk standpoint. Texas getting Lee was the biog one.

  14. azlionsfan - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I think the Tigers should trade for Doyle Alexander. They have that kid John Smoltz in their system and I think he is a bust.

  15. Alex K - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    DeJesus just hurt his thumb or hand. There goes all his trade value…..

  16. (Not That) Tom - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Better to trade a crappy player on a hot streak before teams find out he does, in fact, suck than it is to hold on to him and be stuck with Jose Bautista.

  17. Dan - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    That Alexander is a scrapper and a fighter. He’s an innings eater. He’s a leader in the clubhouse and is great for team chemistry. He’ll mentor young arms and be worth a couple of wins with just his never say die attitude.
    That Smoltz kid should stick to golf.
    The Mets are preparing a four year 40 million dollar offer to Alexander based on advice they got from the Knicks on how to build a successful team in New York.

  18. bigtrav425 - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Carmona isnt going anywhere unless the tribe gets blown away by a offer.he has been great for the tribe this yr and need a number 1 for next yr since Westbrook wont be here……PLEASE GOD let the tribe trade peralta! get his ass outta here@! along with Wood and Sizemore!

  19. Saintblitzkrieg - Jul 23, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    you do realize that the cliff lee trade was to get roy halladay… yeah, pennies… the phillies got pennies in that trade…

  20. Mark - Jul 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    How is Jayson Werth in the middle of a disappointing year? He had an 879 OPS last year, and this year it’s….870. He hasn’t hit as many homers, but he’s made up for it by hitting a shitload of doubles. The ISO is down by .020 but the BA is up by nearly the same.
    Disappointing would have been a sub 800 OPS season. This is nearly identical to last year. He’s having a great season.

  21. planktonDisciple - Jul 25, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Proudly!! It’s me dougsarg from msnbc’s dead boards. How have you been?

  22. Paul - Jul 25, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Uh, no it wasn’t. No players involved in the Lee trade were used to get Halladay. Even the Phillies’ official line is that Lee was dealt to replentish the farm system after dealing everyone away for Halladay. Unofficially, it was to save money. Either way, it was possible to have both of them; it was the Phillies’ decision to tie the two together.

  23. Paul - Jul 25, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Werth’s numbers are inflated because he had a hot first month. Take that month out, then compare to last year.

  24. Joe - Jul 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Can I just say that I find this format to be less than ideal? I have to read through every player to see if anything has changed. Can we highlight the new information somehow, or maybe just move the guy to the top. I appreciate knowing that Roy Oswalt is the “#1” player on the trade tracker, but if nothing has changed, I don’t need to see his name listed first.

  25. Jonny5 - Jul 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    I’d bet Werth stays in Philly and Happ is the main Pc to get a starting pitcher for Philly.

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