Tag:Joe Blanton
Posted on: May 24, 2008 2:33 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:28 am

Top 15 Deadline Potential Trade Candidates

1: player photoMatt Holliday/LF Colorado Rockies

Possible Suitors: Atlanta Braves; Cleveland Indians; New York Mets;

The Rockies are 10 games behind the NL West leader Arizona Diamondbacks, and could switch to rebuilding a bit. If they do, Holliday would be the biggest prize in the Trade Market. He would warrant between 5-7 good prospects from a team, so anybody looking at him better have a darn good Farm System. However, the main reason Holliday is on here is because the contract negotiations between he and the Rockies are clubling apart, and getting a load of Top Prospects for him is the best thing possible for the Rox.

2: player photoBrian Roberts/2B Baltimore Orioles

Possible Suitors: Cleveland Indians; Chicago White Sox; Milwaukee Brewers; Minnesota Twins; Chicago Cubs

One of the best leadoff men in the majors, and one of the best second baseman in the majors. Robert's numbers are not there quite yet, but he should heat up as the season goes on. The Orioles have surprised some with being just 5 games behind the Boston Red Sox at this point, but no matter what, General Manager Andy MacPhail will be rebuilding and Roberts is a key part to it, much like Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard were.

3: player photoRich Harden/SP Oakland Athletics

Possible Suitors: Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; New York Yankees

Harden is arguably the best pitcher at the deadline. However, that will depend on Billy Beane's decision of whether to sell or buy at the deadline. Like almost all A's players, Beane will ask for a fortune in return, and one team will be dumb enough to do it and sacrifice a few Top Prospects for Harden, who has arm issues he is currently working out.

4: player photoGeorge Sherrill/CL Baltimore Orioles

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Cleveland Indians; Milwaukee Brewers; St. Louis Cardinals

Need a closer? Or even a set-up man? Here is your answer. Sherrill is 17 for 19 in save opportunities this season, and could help every team mentioned above with their closer jobs as none have a secure closer.

5: player photoGarrett Atkins/3B Colorado Rockies

Possible Suitors: Cleveland Indians; Minnesota Twins;

Other than the Indians and Twins, not many competing teams have a need at thrid base. The Indians are dying with Casey Blake and Andy Marte at the hot corner and will pry be the team to get Atkins. Atkins will be the best third baseman on the trade market come July.

6: player photoJason Bay/LF Pittsburgh Pirates

Possible Suitors: Toronto Blue Jays; Atlanta Braves; Cleveland Indians; New York Mets

Bay would be the best left fielder on the market, had it not been for Holliday. Bay has had some rough seasons lately, so his stock has taken a plummit from two years ago. That makes him a whole lot more affordable for teams and that makes him a player that could turn around a division.

7: player photoA.J. Burnett/SP Toronto Blue Jays

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; Atlanta Braves

Burnett, like Harden, has health issues, and the Jays may be able to cash in his value so far this year and use him in place of a prospect in a trade and haul a big bat to the team. Burnett also should come at less cost, so teams like the Tigers who don't have very good prospects(behind Larish and Porcello) might be able to aford him.

8: player photoJeremy Guthrie/SP Baltimore Orioles

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; Houston Astros; Atlanta Braves;

Guthrie is an interesting choice. he has been involved in no trade news, and has had a very good year excluding his record. He will come a whole lot cheaper then Harden, and a bit cheaper than Burnett, but Guthrie could easily pick up a team like the Brewers or Tigers and bring them back into contention.

9: player photoBrian Fuentes/CL Colorado Rockies

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Cleveland Indians; Milwaukee Brewers; St. Louis Cardinals

Fuentes is 6 for 9 in save oppourtunities, which will take away from his value and he obviously hasn't been his normal self these last two years. However, he is a better option than these other teams currenty have.

10: player photoJoe Blanton/SP Oakland Athletics

Possible Suitors: Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; New York Yankees

Like Harden, Billy Beane may ask the world for Blanton, but other than his record, "Big Country" has been very good this season. A good number 2 or 3 pitcher on any of the teams above.

Posted on: February 24, 2008 12:26 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:16 am

MLB Spring Training trades......

1: player photo Brian Roberts to the Chicago Cubs for Ronny Cedeno, Eric Patterson and Tyler Colvin

I have heard so much stuff about how Roberts wouldn't be a big help for the Cubs. Both Roberts and DeRosa have almost identical career lines, but Roberts will give you way more extra base hits, steals and possibly a few more home runs. I don't see why the O's want another pitcher in this deal when they have 11 battling for 2 rotation spots. I would rather get Cedeno, who fills the gap at shortstop left by Tejada, get Patterson to take full-time second base duties and get a good future outfielder in Tyler Colvin.

2: player photo Joe Blanton to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and Joey Votto

As much as it would hurt the Reds offense getting rid of Votto, exchanging Bailey for Blanton would be great. Hatteberg could probably cut it for a few more seasons and you could always place Adam Dunn at 1B. Hatteberg has one skill thou, walking. The guy gets on base like a machine. Blanton would emmidiatley give the Reds a pretty good Top 3 of the rotation while Bailey can fight for a rotation spot in Oakland and Votto works with Daric Barton at 1B.

3: player photo Joe Crede to the San Francisco Giants for Erick Threets and Rajai Davis

Crede to San Fran has been rumored for some time and I believe it will happen sooner rather than later. Threets is a hard throwing reliever who could fit nicely in the merky White Sox bullpen and Davis, another out of options player, could make a very nice bench player and definitley a great pinch runner.

4: player photo Coco Crisp to the Atlanta Braves for Blaine Boyer

Nobody is currently in the running for Coco but I don't know how the whole Kotsay experiment will work out and I don't know if Matt Diaz can handle a full season starting gig. Francouer is the only above average player in the outfield and the Braves could bring up a guy like Brandon Jones, but they could always use a CF for now.

5: player photo Vicente Padilla (and cash) to the Colorado Rockies for Jose Capellan

Its obvious, any deal involoving Padilla will mean the Rangers have to give cash up, but its for a very good cause. The Rockies currently have a rotation wiith Jeff Francis, Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook, Jason Hirsh, Kip Wells and possibly Mark Redman. Thats not too good. Padilla is not great, but they are not give much up in return. Basically for the Rockies, they get a below average pitcher to add to the rotation mix and get money to pay his salary for a hard throwing righty that has potential but has serious control problems.  

6: player photo Chris Capuano to the New York Mets for Gustavo Molina and Jason Vargas

Capuano has potential. He just never shows it. He has his moments, except last season when he eclipsed the 5.00+ ERA but he could be used as a very nice bullpen addition in the Mets pen. The Brew Crew would be getting a young southpaw who has yet to find his groove and a young catcher in the most historical position families in baseball.

7: player photo Jason Botts to the San Diego Padres for Wil Ledezma

The Rangers have a super surplus of outfielder, they must get rid of either Botts, Nelson Cruz or David Murphy. Botts has less trade value, but could snag a young southpaw like Ledezma since the Pads need a corner outfielder, which is a match for Botts.

8: player photo Dan Johnson to the San Francisco Giants for Merkin Valdez

The Giants have a whole at 1B. There best option is Rich Aurilia, meaning they need a new starter. Johnson is not all that great, but could grab a guy like Merkin Valdez who is out of options and could win a spot in the A's roation or bullpen.

9: player photo Nick Johnson to the New York Yankees for Chase Wright

The Yankees have basically nobody at first base. They have Shelly Duncan and thats about it. Johnson is a low risk- high reward players. Johnson is coming off a season ending injury. Many Red Sox (and yankee) fans remember the 4 straight home runs off of Chase Wright.

10: player photo Xavier Nady to the San Francisco Giants for Fred Davis

The Giants don't have much at either OF or 1B. If they aquired Dan Johnson, it would give them an adequate resting player when Nady is on a day off. He could also potential fall into a starting spot in the outfield.


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