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So who’s available at the trade deadline?

Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the trades that go down and a lot of the rumors that swirl. We’ll also, once trades start happening, put up a trade tracker so you can keep all the deals straight. But for now, let’s see if we can’t get a list of guys who are or who may be on the market.

This is a pretty expansive list, I think, as it includes guys like Josh Willingham who, just a few minutes ago, we noted probably won’t be traded. And it also includes guys — especially some pitchers — that no one may want. It further includes guys who haven’t had any trade heat around them but, man, they play for a team going nowhere, so maybe they SHOULD be dealt. Ergo, lots of Astros and Padres. It also includes a lot of Athletics because, in contention or not, the A’s like to deal people at the deadline. ┬áThis isn’t merely list of names being tossed around actively. It’s more akin to a list of possible dudes your team may reasonably inquire about and/or want.

Point is, never say never. Teams don’t do dumb things at the rate they did ten years ago, but it’s not impossible to think that someone would offer the Twins a ridiculous return for Willingham, making them change their mind. Or that someone may think that a Safeco-fueled half season by Kevin Millwood has rendered him not-Kevin Millwood.

Anyway, below is who we reckon to be on the market at the moment. If we missed some — and I’m assuming we did — let us know. Keeping track of this stuff is like herding cats, so the more herders the better.

Available bats:

Justin Upton
Carlos Quentin
Shane Victorino
Justin Morneau
Josh Willingham
Denard Span
Michael Cuddyer
Alfonso Soriano
Bryan LaHair
Chase Headley
Adam Lind
Mark Kotsay
Marco Scutaro
Chris Johnson
Chris Denorfia
Seth Smith
Jonny Gomes
Coco Crisp

Available arms:

Cole Hamels
Zack Greinke
Wandy Rodriguez
Matt Garza
Ryan Dempster
Francisco Liriano
Edinson Volquez
Brandon McCarthy
Bartolo Colon
Kevin Millwood
Huston Street
Jonathan Broxton
Rafael Betancourt
Francisco Rodriguez
Matt Capps
Grant Balfour
Bret Myers
Brandon Lyon

So, who did we miss? And who shouldn’t be here? Note: If you name someone who wasn’t originally on the list and should be, I will update it here.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    There is always a surprise name or two. My guess is that Roy Halladay could be had for a boatload of high end prospects.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      The Phillies are not at all far away from contending again. Halladay’s been hurt, is owed $30MM more through the end of 2013, and that is not the kind of message I see the Phillies sending anytime soon.

      The only reason Hamels is even being considered is because he’s a FA to be with demands that would likely really screw the Phillies, and they’ve done that to themselves enough lately with Howard, Rollins and, not too far off in the future, Lee.

  2. icanspeel - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Missing Huston Street from the Padres. He is having an amazing year so far, would help bolster any bullpen.

    • xavier46 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      He would be below Millwood and above Broxton.

      • icanspeel - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Thanks, I am blind this morning.. need my coffee

  3. raindog - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Francisco Liriano.

    • raindog - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM


  4. xavier46 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    I see you are not sipping the “Lester is unhappy in Boston” Kool-aid.
    The Sox have got to trade an outfielder or few.

    On the Upton to the Pirates speculation – wouldn’t Pittsburgh be smarter to target Quentin in the near term, as you would figure he comes at a much cheaper price?

  5. xavier46 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    If Tampa should slide more in the next couple weeks, BJ Upton?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      That would put both Uptons on the trade market. Let me know if Kate is available at the deadline, that’s an Upton I’d be interested in.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        I’ll promise you a bidding war you’ll never forget on that one.

    • shackdelrio - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Doubt it. Tampa has shown to be more willing to let guys play out their deals and then take the comp picks in the next draft unless they can get a bounty like they did for Garza.

      I think the deal they need to try and make is to move Shields. They have Price, Hellickson, Moore and Cobb with Neimann likely to be in the next month. And they still have Chris Archer in the hopper. If not now, Shields and/or Neimann will be moved for prospects this offseason.

  6. mj1818 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Is there any chance the Pirates may try to move Hanrahan and sell high? I would like to think a proven closer for a team in contention, even with only a year left on his contract, would not be considered as trade bait in my personal opinion. Then again I am just a fan.

    • xavier46 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      As long as you’re in contention, you don’t move an elite closer.

      Sell high? Hanrahan is performing as he has in the past, he didn’t come out of nowhere. Sell high doesn’t apply.

      • djpostl - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        Agree with the contending so don’t move him part, but not selling high?

        He was great last year, but this is a guy who has thrown a good amount of innings quite a few years and never came anywhere near what he has done the last year & a half.

        Maybe it all finally clicked for him at the age of 28 or 29, but it’s definitely appropriate to at least guess it might be a “sell high” moment.

  7. easports82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Arms: Jason Vargas, Brandon League
    Bats: Miguel Olivo
    Bench warmers: Chone Figgins

    • djpostl - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      I’ll give you a can of used tennis balls…for all of ’em.

      • easports82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        C’mon… make it a new can and we have a deal

      • rooney24 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        Careful, dj. Someone would take you up on that, just to unload their contracts.

      • djpostl - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM


      • melsh13 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Eh … Vargas is worth something. The others? Not much …

  8. kjt929 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Bentencourt is not avalible

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Yah but skool iz.

  9. mj1818 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Sell high does apply, he was not very good with the Nationals and has only done well as a closer last year and so far this season. So yah, sell high for a 30 year old closer that has been good for 1.5 seasons in his career as a closer.

    I agree with you, because at this point in his career he is elite and that’s needed for a true contender. However I think there are some issues with his age. Maybe sell high while he is on the bubble with his prime.

    • djpostl - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM


  10. darthicarus - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    I know he just got hurt, but Jed Lowrie could be added to the bats list (think he should be off the DL right at the deadline). If Brandon McCarthy makes the arms list I think Lowrie could be included too.

    • mikal134 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      According to Ken Rosenthal, he’s basically not available, with good reason. Nobody with half a brain is going to trade your only good shortstop with nobody ready to replace him, so, Lowrie should not be on the list.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    anyone on the bluegays should be available, thats what happens when you are a last place team in july

    • djpostl - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      Hadn’t ya heard? THIS is the year they finally break through. Again.

    • garik16 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      They’re 1 game over 500 and only 1.5 games out of the 2nd wild card….that does not make them total sellers.

      It makes them holders – they shouldn’t be buying much, but unless you wow them with a deal, they shouldn’t be selling either.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        Actually, I think they should be very aggressive buyers, especially since there’s such a clear disparity in their talent distribution. If they were a team made up of a bunch of average-ish players, it’d be tough for any one or two players to make a huge difference, but since they have an above-average offense and a woeful pitching staff, the marginal impact of acquiring one or two of the high-caliber starters available is much greater for them. Renting, say, Greinke and Dempster puts Toronto in a much stronger position for one of the WC spots, and seems like a worthwhile pursuit.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Using homosexuality as an insult? Piss off, Harry. Leave your prejudice to yourself.

  12. dkphilly1122 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Guranteed Doc can’t be had for any price. He WANTS to retire as a Phillie, straight out of his mouth. He is not going anywhere. Hamels, maybe, Victorino, I love his energy but he’s gone.

    • djpostl - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      Funny how a ton of Blue Jays fans heard that song & dance before.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      I think he’d accept a trade back to T-Dot if AA inquired and Amaro agreed.

  13. mattyflex - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Jeff Francouer has been mentioned a time or two.

    • groundruledoublebourbon - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Would love to unload frenchy. Unfortunately, listing him under “Bats” is a generous misnomer.

      • mattyflex - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        I really love Jeff Francouer. I mean, it’s almost man crush status. He is a great face for the organization and a great face for the game in general. But, gotta make room for Myers somewhere….

  14. bigleagues - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    The Jason Vargas rumor mill started churning over the weekend with the O’s apparently being front and center.

    From the Red Sox I would add:

    Aaron Cook
    Ryan Sweeney
    Josh Beckett
    Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Cody Ross
    Daniel Nava

    Others off the top of my head:

    Jeremy Guthrie
    Randall Delgado

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      LOL! Add Lester and Crawford while you ar at it!

      • mornelithe - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        There’s no team on the planet who’d pick up Crawford’s contract right now, that’s just not going to happen. It’s also why Nava is in consideration for trade, because he’s been playing LF in Crawford’s absence.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Delgado isn’t going anywhere unless it is as a piece to make a big free agent acquisition. I don’t see that happening anyway.

  15. hushbrother - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    You’ve got to figure that with Crawford and Ellsbury coming back the Red Sox will have a surplus of outfielders, and one or two of them (Sweeney? Nava? Ross?) will be dealt.

    • mornelithe - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Pretty sure Ross stays in RF, one of the two remaining will likely end up being traded though. Tough decision there though, neither are super stars, but both have contributed well in the absence of Ells and Crawford.

  16. adiddie - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Shaun marcum

  17. mj1818 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Yes I agree I would be happy if the pirates sold their farm system for Kate upton I would pay $200 a game for standing room only to watch Kate upton.

    Not really but she is an attractive woman.

  18. istillbelieveinblue - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Darwin Barney would be a nice piece for a team needing a versatile infielder. He isn’t a star by any means, but he’s a career .270 hitter and is outstanding at second, and can also play SS and third. David DeJesus would also be a nice piece for a contender. Again, not a star, but can play multiple positions, hit for a decent average and a solid OBP. Chicago also has a few reliable relievers that could probably be had for a modest price, notably Shawn Camp. I would think a guy like James Russell would be available, but a reliable, young, left-handed reliever would be more expensive than a veteran like Camp.

    Yes, I am a Cubs fan, for those wondering. :)

    • hgfrombc2 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Would love to see Barney in the olde English D.

  19. Ari Collins - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Seriously doubt Boston is selling off, but they do have surplus ‘pen arms and outfielders. I’d put these names down, though only two or three at most will traded:


    Cody Ross
    Daniel Nava
    Ryan Sweeney


    Vicente Padilla
    Matt Albers
    Scott Atchison
    Andrew Miller


    Aaron Cook
    Franklin Morales
    Felix Doubront

    (But probably only if there’s a major league return on those guys, or they’ve already traded for a better starter.)

    • mornelithe - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      I can’t imagine they’d be getting rid of Doubront or Morales, they’ve been the one bright spot on their starting rotation and can be counted on to take over for when the 1-3 guys start feeling feint again (you know it’s bound to happen). I don’t think they’re trading Ross either, I think he’s staying in right.

    • bigleagues - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      1) I agree with most of the parts you listed, but don’t see any obvious reason why they’d move Morales, Doubront and especially Atchison. I could see Doubront going to a team (the Cubs for example) as a return on a more proven Starter – but that would be severely out of character for the Red Sox and the way they handle young salary controlled SP’s.

      2) The Red Sox are in a rare position of being able . . .

      To Sell: They have some surplus major league talent, especially in the OF and could net some nice depth pieces in areas of weakness by dealing an extra part or two. Also if the right buyer came along I don’t think there is any doubt anymore that the Sox would move Beckett.

      And To Buy: Everyone knows they are seeking a rotation upgrade, would likely always seek to upgrade a bullpen arm if possible and if the right SS became available I think they would make a move there as well. (again I state this – Iglesias will never be the Red Sox regular everyday SS. Boegarts is well on his way to arriving by 2014 and possibly earlier.)

      Also I sell high on:

      – Cook. There is zero guarantee he can continue to be reliable in the AL East.
      – Nava. He’s been somewhat invaluable and largely an invention of the Red Sox scouting and development. He’s already been something out of nothing . . . now capitalize on that and make it more tangible long term.

  20. thekingdave - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I second Jed Lowrie, absolutely no reason for the Astros to keep him.

  21. Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    IF the Yankees decide to get in on Justin Upton, they could move Nick Swisher to a third team looking for a corner outfielder if they’re reasonably comfortable that Gardner will come back. Could also help facilitate things if the Yankees can provide the prospect value that Towers wants, but not the right type.

  22. bouwel92 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Long as the Astros dont try trading Bud Norris I dont care. Wandy and Brett are good, and can hopefully grab us a good player and a decent prospect.

  23. gotmelk - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I would put Barry Zito up there, he probably isn’t worth noting but the Giants probably eat alot of his contract. I don’t think they would trade Tim Lincecum, he’s a two time cy young award winner in his late 20’s, and the giants community has too much invested in him, I’d say a very high amount of their merchandise revenue comes from Tim. And this being the first year of a two year deal, I would say the Giants don’t feel trapped like the way they do with Zito.

    • skinsfanwill - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      a high amount of their team era comes from Tim as well.

  24. beanz33 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    No one is talking abiut pierre. He will surely be moved. I think the reds would be a giod fit.

  25. gammagammahey - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    What about the guys with albatross contracts on (semi-)contending teams? I’m looking at you, Jason Bay.

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