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The trade deadline is long gone, but several players may still be on the move…

Aug 1, 2010, 7:44 AM EDT

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed and it sure was chaotic, but it’s not the end of hot stove season.  Players can be dealt via waivers until the end of August and it seems like there could be serious activity this year.  D.J. laid out his winners and losers of the non-waiver deadline last night and a complete round-up of Saturday’s events can be found here.  Now let’s get better acquainted with some of the players that could be moved in the coming month.

Adam Dunn – 1B – Nationals: The trade deadline came and went Saturday and Dunn was not moved, but the $4 million that he is still owed this season and his status as an impending free agent could allow the Nats to pass him by non-contending teams on the waiver wire.  Dunn, 30, has hit .276 this season with a great .926 OPS and 24 home runs in 367 at-bats.  He was courted by the White Sox, Tigers and Yankees this week and would make sense as an addition to most playoff-worthy lineups.

Jeremy Hermida – OF – Red Sox: Hermida was designated for assignment on Saturday when the Red Sox called up Ryan Kalish, so he’s available now for teams that might have interest.  And Alex Speier of says the Red Sox will continue to shop him even if he clears assignment waivers this week.  The outfielder has posted a poor .205/.257/.348 batting line in 158 at-bats this year for Boston, but he always flashed decent numbers for the Marlins and might do well with a return to the National League.

Kevin Gregg – RP – Blue Jays: The Jays made the entire back end of their bullpen available this week along with Lyle Overbay and Jose Bautista, but they didn’t pull off a single trade.  That doesn’t mean talks are dead.  Gregg, 32, has an ugly 1.39 WHIP and four blown saves in 23 chances this season for Toronto and probably wouldn’t appeal to the non-contending teams that would have first crack at him on the waiver wire.  Playoff-bound clubs, however, might value his closing experience.

Adam LaRoche – 1B – Diamondbacks: Most rumor-breaking reporters thought LaRoche would be dealt this week in Arizona’s fire sale, but he survived and will now have to be passed through waivers if the D’Backs want to move him.  That shouldn’t be a problem given that he’s owed around $1.5 million and will be a free agent this winter.  The 30-year-old has hit 14 homers and collected 64 RBI in 352 at-bats this season and would make sense as a left-handed bench bat on a host of in-contention clubs.

David Aardsma – RP – Mariners: The M’s haven’t done many things right this season and failing to trade Aardsma before Saturday’s deadline represents yet another mistake.  Last-place teams don’t need quality closers and it would have been wise for the Mariners to rid themselves of the $1 million that the right-hander is still owed this year.  Aardsma has converted 18 of 22 saves for Seattle in 2010 while posting a 1.26 WHIP and a 36/16 K/BB ratio over 33.1 innings.  He would look great in a setup role for a team looking toward October.

Kelly Johnson – 2B – Diamondbacks: It may be difficult for the D’Backs to slip Johnson through waivers because middle infielders with pop are hard to find and he has an affordable contract this year, but they’re sure to try it anyway.  He was dangled to interested teams this past week and Arizona management got a few bites.  Through 376 at-bats this season, the 28-year-old second baseman is batting .279 with a strong .868 OPS, 17 home runs and 51 RBI.  The Cardinals could certainly use him, as could the Padres.

Joe Beimel – RP – Rockies: The Rockies are nearing make or break time with their seven-game deficit in the National League West and a 5.5-game deficit in the hunt for the NL Wild Card.  If they decide to be sellers, Beimel may be one of the first players to go.  He was made available this week and every team in the majors can use a quality left-handed reliever.  In 45 appearances this season he has posted a 2.87 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP while holding left-handed batters to a .175/.230/.246 batting line.

Keep it locked on HardballTalk as we continue to track baseball’s best storylines, including movement on the waiver wire.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Aug 1, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    There was a lot of chatter about the Jay’s making players available. None of it was coming from the Jays. Their new GM does not leak information. He certainly listened to a lot of proposals, but in his opinion, none of them would help the team get better in the future. He certainly found out which players certain teams might be willing to part with and filed away that information for future reference. I doubt that Gregg will be traded. He is not top notch, but usually gets the job done. He gets into trouble if he does not have adequate rest. The Jays have an option on his services for two more years.

  2. Chipmaker - Aug 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    “Hot stove season” occurs during the offseason.

  3. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Why doesn’t Arizona just keep Kelly Johnson as part of the rebuilding project? He seems to be cheap enough, he’s fairly young, and the ballpark seems to be a good fit for him.
    Also, I’m fully expecting Mike Lowell to be dealt by August 31st to somebody that needs corner infield help.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    There’s considerably less to Gregg’s problems than a lack of adequate rest. He has an uncanny ability to lose focus in the middle of an at-bat, a tendency to get rattled and over-throw following a lousy call by the plate umpire (or a good one if it contravenes Gregg’s interpretation of the pitch), and an even more uncanny ability to save his biggest mistakes for the most critical moment in a crucial game. We watched him give the North Korean submarine treatment to a lot of games during his lamentable tenure here in Macondo, and we watched him remain true to formlessness and wear out his welcome with the Cubs, whose signing of him to pitch in a bandbox like Wrigley remains incomprehensible to us still. I’ve only been to a few games at the Rogers (which is definitely my favorite enclosed field in all of MLB) and don’t really know much about how much the air currents with the roof closed versus open aid and abet or frustrate would be dingers, but really, a 1.39 WHIP for a late innings specialist just flat out isn’t “getting the job done.”
    It might also be that for a team without much in the way of realistic playoff hopes this year, there aren’t many games you could call “crucial” so when Gregg serves up the meat and potatoes late in the game, it may be ugly but it’s not going to feel catastrophic. Ergo, the games he blew for the Feesh and Cubs when they thought they had a crack at the playoffs were more indelibly etched in the psyches of the fans than the games he has gifted away for the Feather Lice. I know for sure that a bunch of Gregg’s meltdowns for the Feesh at which I was unfortunately present will follow me into the afterlife. Toronto minus its former unlamented GM has a good core of players and a brighter future than it has had in a long time (and even moreso without Cito Gaston, may the gods be propitiated), and Gregg is exactly the kind of Calamity Jones you don’t need coming out of the pen when it counts.

  5. summerof67 - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    You forgot Mike Lowell of the Red Sox, who can still DH and play some 1B, though his lack of mobility would probably mitigate against his playing 3B.

  6. char in miami - Aug 2, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    i agree completely with your assessnebt if gregg, he sucked bigtime with the marlins and the cubs and really should just fade away from baseball.

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