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  1. Laaaaaame

    Comment by Eminor3rd — July 6, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

  2. All true – but at least one of the “dominant” teams, the Red Sox, are potential buyers if they can find a partner. At this moment three of their five projected starters are out, one permanently; one is ineffective; and the fifth has some history of second-half fades. Plus, of course, they badly need a RH bat.

    Comment by Mr Punch — July 6, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  3. The Dodgers should trade Ethier. They can wait until the offseason, and probably the 12 deadline. However it seems like it would be a mistake to sign him to a long term contract. Outfielders abound in LA, but they lack infielders. Trading Ethier who is one of the few Dodgers with trade value is the obvious solution.

    Comment by Chair — July 6, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

  4. Tradeable Dodgers? TBLA discusses.

    Comment by Xeifrank — July 6, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  5. Hey, an upside for rooting for a mediocre team (Mets) is that this kind of article is a positive. Maybe we can get something useful for Capuano, KRod and Beltran.

    Comment by Franco — July 6, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

  6. This might be a good candidate for a deal between “powerhouses.” The Braves are ridiculously flush on starting pitching, but have an offense woeful even by this year’s standards. Might the Sox make Ellsbury available for the right package?

    Comment by Anon21 — July 6, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  7. No. The Red Sox are not trading their best outfielder and one of the top leadoff hitters in the league.

    Comment by John — July 6, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  8. No chance the Sox make their all star, cost controlled CF available. They don’t need a front line starter. They need a back end starter, one that won’t cost much.

    Comment by SoxFanForsyth — July 6, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

  9. One would think/hope the Orioles will be sellers, and they have some decent assets in Hardy, Guthrie, Uehara, and perhaps Reynolds.

    Comment by Go To War Miss Agnes — July 6, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

  10. I think 2 or 3 Astros are going to get traded. Pence, Bourne or Wandy, perhaps. There seems to be a really obvious Bourne to Atlanta trade that could improve the Braves a lot, if I had to bet on one trade, I think that would be it.

    Comment by Brent — July 6, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

  11. Jim Thome is still a pretty good slugger and remember what he did for the Twins in the second half last year. I think he can be a factor that someone like the Rays can pursue.

    Comment by All American Home Run Derby — July 6, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  12. I’d love to see the Twins be sellers, but I don’t see it happening as long as they are “this close”. Thome, Kuble, Young (pls, someone), Cuddeyer (can’t see it happening), Slowey (when healthy a legit number 4, someone should want him), Capps (oops), Nathan should all be available. But I’m not sure what any of them are worth.

    Comment by mike wants wins — July 6, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

  13. Reyes?

    Comment by William — July 6, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

  14. Definitely. Jo-Jo Reyes to the Sawx!

    Comment by Benjamin — July 6, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

  15. How do 2 AL East titles and an AL pennant make the Rays the third best team in the AL East the last 3 years. With a comment like that, it is hard to take this article seriously.

    Comment by Chris — July 6, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  16. They need to move Ethier to 1B.

    Comment by chuckb — July 6, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  17. You know, whether or not you agree with it, it’s still a reasonable comment to make. It’s ok to make reasonable comments that people will disagree with. That fosters good discussion. People shouldn’t have to check in with Chris first to see if he agrees with everything before they hit “post.”

    Comment by chuckb — July 6, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

  18. Further complicating things is the Dodgers’ ownership situation. They could move Kuroda and Furcal and get something decent, if unspectacular, in return but that would require them eating some of their respective salaries (particularly in Furcal’s case). But will they be able to eat any salary given their limitations and the fact that they’ve basically been co-opted by MLB? If not, those 2 likely won’t be traded or, at the very least, will go for minimal return.

    Comment by chuckb — July 6, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

  19. That’s not what he said. He said that “the third best team in the AL East for the past three-plus seasons” has borne the brunt of the current divisional imbalance. That team was Boston last years, the Rays before that, and the Yankees in 2008. The point is that whoever that third-best team ends up being, they often end up with a record good enough to win one or both of the other two divisions, screwed by the current league structure.

    Comment by Anon21 — July 6, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

  20. Thanks for making sense

    Comment by Bronn — July 7, 2011 @ 2:00 am

  21. I don’t think Atlanta is trading anyone the BoSox would want. My guess is even though Atlanta is high on their prospects/youngins, it’s one of them that gets traded. Hanson, Jurrjens, Lowe, and Hudson all have value as being either proven, really really good this year, or playoff experience. Teheran and Minor are probably off limits too.

    So that leaves (maybe) beachy, JJ Hoover, Arodys Vizcaino, or Randall Delgado. My guess is it’d either be Hoover or Vizcaino that gets traded if anyone along with maybe a SS since they have like 4 in their system that are athletic and raw.

    None of that sounds like something Boston would want, plus most players Boston has that Atlanta would want are either too expensive for the Bravos or too cheap, good, and young for the BoSox to part with. Although as a Braves fan I think Ellsbury for Lowe would be awesome.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — July 7, 2011 @ 6:01 am

  22. I would like to see a master list of sellers, what they’d be looking for, and what they’d sell along side a list of buyers, what they’d be looking for, and what they’d sell.

    I agree with a guy a ways up, Bourne to Atlanta sounds perfect. What does Atlanta have? Shitloads of pitching and pitching prospects. What do they need? A leadoff man who plays in the OF. The Stros? They want basically any prospect, they’re rebuilding and you can never have too many prospects. They have a great leadoff CF.

    Most other contenders are looking for pitching. Atlanta is the only team with a surplus, so I’m guessing they wait until teams get despirate.

    I can maybe see the Cardinals trading Shelby Miller to San Diego for Heath Bell or even for a SP. Yea he’s basically their whole system but having one great pitching prospect in a bad system is like putting really nice rims on a crappy car. Plus the Cards are “win now”. They can, if they really intend on resigning Pujols and Waino, keep winning.

    Gonna be fun to see what’ll happen if Colorado slips a bit more. Or if Pittsburgh has a 5 game winning streak.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — July 7, 2011 @ 6:07 am

  23. cardinals also have an abundance of outfielders. I’m wondering if they could pair with Atlanta too. Rasmus for Lowe? Or maybe Rasmus for a pen arm (not named Kimbrel or Venters), Schafer/McLouth, and Hoover? I suggest McLouth because LaRussa seems to like vets and gets more out of them than kids. I can see LaRussa hating Schafer. Schafer’s halfway cocked hat in his profile picks is enough to piss him off I’d bet.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — July 7, 2011 @ 6:11 am

  24. That does make sense. You could read it either way based on the structure of the sentence. But this is definately what the author meant.

    Comment by Chris — July 7, 2011 @ 6:17 am

  25. I can’t see the Cards – even with LaRussa’s seeming dislike for Rasmus – selling him for an old, highly paid veteran like Lowe or a second tier reliever. If Rasmus gets traded, he seems more likely to go to one of the sellers. Maybe STL will trade Rasmus to HOU (for Wandy?), thereby enabling them to trade Bourne (possibly to ATL for young pitching per your original post) and/or Pence.

    Comment by hk — July 7, 2011 @ 7:32 am

  26. Capuano might bring something back (maybe more likely from an NL team), but who else would they throw into the rotation at this point? Misch? Familia? Even if for only two months, management probably wants to hang on to their capable major league starters.

    It would be nice if someone takes K-Rod, though. Notwithstanding the Mets’ current record, maybe with Reyes joining Wright and Davis on the DL there will be an excuse for a sale.

    Comment by Jon — July 7, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  27. I’m a Braves fan but you are seriously underrating Colby Rasmus. First, he’s not available. 2nd, even if he were, that is horribly bad trade offer. He would take something along the lines of Minor, Vizcaino, Schafer and Lipka. Possibly that wouldn’t even be enough.

    Comment by JT Grace — July 7, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  28. There is ZERO chance the Cardinals trade Shelby Miller for Health Bell (or any other relief pitcher). Do you think the Braves would trade Julio Teheran for him? Miller is just as untouchable as Teheran.

    Comment by JT Grace — July 7, 2011 @ 9:35 am

  29. @ hk — you think that the Cards won’t trade Rasmus for Lowe, an old, highly paid veteran, but would trade him to Houston for Wandy? Is Wandy not an old (32) highly paid ($10+ M per season) veteran?

    Comment by chuckb — July 7, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  30. I’m not underrating rasmus. I listen to STL and MO radio stations, fans and radio hosts hate Rasmus. So I assume it trickles out of STL somehow. I DO assume that the Cards FO is smarter than the average Missourian though.

    As for Miller, I think the Cards could steal a deal with him. A TON of pitcher fail. He’s not Strasburg, he’s not Teheran. He’s close. He’s very very good and has pitched well in AA (I live in Springfield where he pitches at the moment). However, only 1 pitcher is a gamble. Atlanta isn’t really gambling on Teheran. If his arm falls off, they have Hoover, Minor, Beachy, Delgado, Medlen, and Vizcaino. At least one of them, more than likely 2-3 will be effective big leaguers.

    I do think STL should trade one of their outfielders. They could probably get something decent for even the lesser ones.

    Like I said, make a list of contenders and sellers. List their “needs” and what they’d be able to trade. Then just match up the blocks.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — July 8, 2011 @ 1:04 am

  31. Plus, HK, Lowe is more of a LaRussa type of player than Wandy. I think you’re severely underrating the amount of pull LaRussa has with that team. If you are a young and talented player, you are not welcome. Ask Brendan Ryan. Sure he’s not Rasmus, but he is a great fielder and better than whatever group of vets they are trotting out there now for Jeteran type of defense.

    I can see STL trading Rasmus and Rasmus exploding somewhere else. I truly believe that LaRussa has hindered Rasmus’ growth because he (LaRussa) is such a grumpy old man.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — July 8, 2011 @ 1:08 am

  32. I see the Red Sox making a move for Hunter Pence. they need production out of right field and Pence could certainly mash in the hitter friendly environment.

    It’d be something including Jed Lowrie, Ryan Kalish, and a pitcher of some sort like Kyle Weiland or Anthony Ranuado.

    Comment by CommonAnomaly — July 8, 2011 @ 3:46 am

  33. Both Kuroda and Furcal could go to a team willing to eat the salary. As a Tigers fan, I’d love to have Kuroda and I think the team has payroll flexibility to add his 6M remaining. Many of the teams buying SP won’t balk at his salary (think NYY, BOS, LAA, TEX).

    Comment by momotigers — July 8, 2011 @ 9:01 am

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