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07/24/09 1:00 PM ET
On the block: Outfielders
By / MLB.com
Why he's available: He is not a good defensive outfielder, and the Nationals realize he is best suited as a designated hitter. Will he go? His two-year, $20-million contract could be a stumbling block. Dunn is limited on where he could go. The American League an ideal destination. Where might he go? He may be a good fit for the Yankees as a DH.
Why he's available: Well, he would have been available had the Rockies not won 17 of 19 in June. Now it'll take a collapse of those same proportions for him to end up back on the market. Will he go? Such a collapse isn't in the plans. Where might he go? Not only are the Rockies unlikely to deal him unless they collapse, or unless someone gives the Rockies a package that makes them a contender for the next five years, Hawpe has the right and willingness to void the 2011 option on his contract and become a free agent.
Why he's available: The right fielder has more home runs and RBIs than any American League outfielder since 2005, but the White Sox could look to go younger and pick up a few top prospects by moving Dye to a contender. Dye is in the final year of his two-year, $22 million extension, although Dye and the White Sox have a $12 million mutual option for 2010. Will he go? If the White Sox fall out of contention, Dye could be one of the first veterans to be moved. But Dye stands as a favorite of manager Ozzie Guillen and the organization for his professional approach in all aspects of the game. General manager Ken Williams would have to be impressed by the return haul to make a move with Dye, who still could figure into the White Sox future. Where might he go? Dye has six teams for whom he has to approve a trade, including both New York squads. But neither Tampa Bay nor Texas is on that list, teams who would benefit from Dye's addition.
Why he's available: Bradley has 16 RBIs, and for someone batting in the third and fourth spots most of the season, that's nearly impossible. He hasn't lived up to his credentials -- the Cubs wanted another left-handed bat, and Bradley was batting .205 against right-handers. Will he go? No way. What team wants to pay him the rest of his contract? Bradley signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Cubs. Where might he go? Any team looking for a right-handed bat without power. He's hitting .327 against lefties. Maybe an American League team could use him as a DH.
Why he's available: He will be a high-priced free-agent in 2011, and the team has a $10 million option for his services in 2010. Will he go? Doubtful, he's still the face of the franchise and the team remains in contention. Where might he go? Any contending team wants to attain a special player they will pay to keep.
Why he's available: Only because of his contract and the return of Manny Ramirez, although the Dodgers would have to get an outfielder in return at least as capable of taking over on a regular basis, the way Pierre did when Manny Ramirez was gone. Will he go? Probably not, because he proved his value with Ramirez gone. Where might he go? Any club in need of a leadoff hitter.
Why he's available: He's a solid hitter in the midst of a power drop while his plate appearances add up closer to guaranteeing his $18 million for 2009. Will he go? Very unlikely; teams don't want to pay him up to $36 million over next two years, and Tigers need offensive help as it is. Where might he go? Angels reportedly had some interest last winter.
Why he's available: He's not, really -- unless it's in exactly the right deal. Will he go? Ludwick's name came up in discussions regarding Matt Holliday back over the winter, and if the Cards brought in Holliday or a similar impact bat, it makes sense that Ludwick would be the guy to go -- a right-handed-hitting, slugging outfielder who has two more years under club control after this year. Still, it's difficult to see a team that's struggling to score runs parting with its cleanup hitter. Where might he go? Only to a team that has a legitimately big bat to offer in return.
Why he's available: He's eligible for free agency after this season. Winn has proven valuable in many ways for the Giants, but he's 35 and doesn't hit for power, so they might seek a perceived upgrade. Will he go? Probably not, due to the aforementioned lack of power. Also, if they remain in the hunt for a postseason berth as the Trade Deadline approaches, the Giants might decide that they'd be better off keeping Winn, who typically finishes strong at the plate and always contributes defensively. Where might he go? Any team with designs on the postseason could use Winn. As a switch-hitter who can play all three outfield spots competently, Winn would help a contender seeking outfield depth.
Why he's available: GM Doug Melvin insists that Hart is not available, partly because the Brewers would have a hard time replacing him in the everyday lineup. Still, teams inquire about the 27-year-old right fielder, whose intriguing mix of speed and power, not to mention the fact he's not free agent-eligible until following the 2011 season, make him attractive. Will he go? Probably not. The Brewers would be hard-pressed to trade a player they control for two and a half more seasons, and they don't have a top-flight outfield prospect at the top levels of the Minor Leagues to replace him. Where might he go? Atlanta comes up often as a team interested in Hart, but Melvin has consistently shot down that rumor.
Why he's available: The Twins still have an overabundance of outfielders, leaving at least one on the bench for every game, and Young has so far not lived up to expectations. Will he go? With the slow start to Young's season, it's unlikely that his value is very high right now and the Twins won't move him unless it's for the right price. Where might he go? A team that's looking for an outfielder and is willing to take a risk on tremendous potential.
Why he's available: The Yankees have four outfielders performing reasonably well and could look to move one, especially if they are able to bolster their relief pitching. Will he go? Cabrera is reasonably priced at $1.4 million and could draw interest from a team that believes he needs an opportunity as a full-time starter. He boasts good defense but has been inconsistent offensively in his career. Where might he go? A team looking for a talented outfielder with some speed and a plus throwing arm. The Brewers showed serious interest over the winter in a snubbed swap for Mike Cameron.
Why he's available: Huff had a breakout season last year and isn't part of the team's long-term plans. Will he go? The Orioles will certainly shop him but may not find an offer that makes the deal feasible. Where might he go? The Giants and Mets are two potential contenders that need help at first base.
Why he's available: Dealing Spilborghs, who has been productive on on-and-off playing time, will be tough for a Rockies club that values his contribution off the field. But if the Rockies keep winning and are in the race at the deadline, Spilborghs and speedy second base prospect Eric Young Jr. might be the best position players they can offer to acquire the pitching they need. Also, Matt Murton at Triple-A Colorado Springs has shown he's capable of stepping into Spilborghs' role, although some teams may want Murton in a deal. Will he go? The Rockies would rather keep their team together than trade for the sake of trading, so it's 50/50. Where might he go?The Phillies, Red Sox, Rangers, Mets, Rays and Tigers, have been mentioned as possible teams that are interested.
Why he's available: He's about halfway through his three-year, $36-million contract but he hasn't really provided the high-impact production the club envisioned. Will he go? Possibly, because third baseman Alex Gordon is due back after the All-Star break to take up some of the power slack. Where might he go?A contending club that has some strong hitters around Guillen to offer him protection could reap some strong benefit.
Why he's available: Scott, who has three more years under team control, is an attractive trade chip. Will he go? The Orioles are perfectly happy with Scott but would deal him if a solid pitcher is available. Where might he go? Scott might fit well in Seattle or Toronto, where he could also serve as DH.
Why he's available: If the Braves fall out of the postseason picture, they'll have no need to keep this 36-year-old outfielder, who was targeted for a one-year stay in Atlanta. Will he go? There will certainly be a few American League teams that believe he could aid them from an offensive perspective. Where might he go? The Tigers are one of the AL clubs that could benefit from his presence as a designated hitter and part-time outfielder.
Why he's available: Gardner's speed and grit allowed him to win an Opening Day job in center field for the Yankees, but he was exposed and may project better as a fourth outfielder. They love his hustle but he probably isn't a Yankee lifer. Will he go? The Yankees would consider moving Gardner in the right trade, potentially to help bolster their bullpen. But he's cheap and productive, so there's reason to keep him. Where might he go? Any club looking to add a stolen-base element to their order, along with a speedy and capable defender in center field.
Why he's available: He started off hot and has started to slip at the plate. Will he go? The Rangers probably would be willing to unload him if the chance arose. Where might he go? Possibly a team that needed a part-time right-handed hitter.
Why he's available: In his arbitration years, Ross is collecting $2.225 million. So if something makes sense, he would be considered. Will he go? Ross has marketability, because he is excellent defensively. Chances are he will stay because he's valuable on the field as well as being able to hit the ball over the fence. Where might he go? The Braves explored acquiring Ross before they brought in Nate McLouth. Any contender looking for outfield depth.
Why he's available: In his first year of arbitration, the former first-round pick is earning $2.25 million. Will he go? The Marlins entertained trading Hermida last trade deadline as part of a Manny Ramirez deal. They've listened to anyone who may have interest. He may be the most realistic player to be dealt, but the Marlins won't just give him away. Where might he go? A team looking for a left-handed hitting corner outfielder. Hermida is from Marietta, Ga., and the Braves have shown interest before.
Why he's available: It's not so much that the Cardinals are likely to shop Ankiel. But they do have four outfielders for three starting spots, and Ankiel can be a free agent at the end of the year. He's already been displaced from center field by Colby Rasmus, and it's difficult to envision the Cardinals making a long-term commitment to keep him. Will he go? It's unlikely. What the Cards need is a bat, and typically you don't get a bat by trading a bat. It's not impossible, but it's also not exactly a natural. Where might he go? Ankiel was linked to both the Yankees and Braves over the winter, but both seem less obvious than they did at the time -- especially Atlanta, which acquired a lefty-hitting center fielder already this year.
Why he's available: Washington is not happy with his on- and off-the-field issues. Will he go? Probably not, because opposing teams are not willing to give up good players for him. Where might he go? Dukes is an amazing talent on the field, but there is a lot of baggage that comes with it. He will remain a member of the Nationals for the rest of the season.
Why he's available: He is in the last year of his contract and the Nationals would love to rid themselves of his $8 million salary. Will he go? Kearns is having the worst season of his career and may not be dealt before for July 31 deadline. A baseball source said there wasn't any interest in Kearns. Where might he go? If he continues to have problems at the plate, look for Kearns to get his unconditional release.
Why he's available: The Nationals want top pitching prospect in return. Will he go? There is a good chance Willingham will stay because he is not a free agent until 2011. Where might he go? Early in the season, the Reds had interest in Willingham, but the they didn't offer a package to the Nats' liking.
Why he's available: It's a time of prime interest in DeJesus; he's 29 and has a relatively reasonable contract ($4.7 million for 2009, $6 million club option for 2010) for a very solid, reliable player. Will he go? Interest might be down a bit because his hitting is off this year, although he's picked up steam recently. Where might he go? The Cubs were a popular possibility for DeJesus last winter and might still be although he should attract a lot of shoppers.
Why he's available: He hasn't yet demonstrated any of the offensive skills that were said to be in abundance. Will he go? He has survived other trades, but the Mets have traded a two of their younger players -- Lastings Milledge and Carlos Gomez -- who showed more on the big-league level than Martinez. Yet they still identify him as he primary position player prospect. If the return of Carlos Delgado becomes unlikely and the Mets still have a chance, Martinez could be moved. Where might he go? A club that wants to dump salary and is willing to take unproven youth.
Why he's available: Matthews remains a high-caliber center fielder, but the Angels have the game's best at that position in Torii Hunter. While Matthews is a versatile switch-hitter with speed and decent power, capable of hitting anywhere in the lineup, the Angels have an abundance of outfielders. Will he go? It's doubtful Matthews can be traded unless the Angels swallow a percentage of his contract. He is in the middle year of a five-year, $50 million deal. Most likely, they'd have to take on salary in return. Where might he go? A contender that sustains an injury to a center fielder is the only likely destination. There is no way of anticipating which club that might be.
Why he's available: He hasn't been nearly as productive as he was in his relatively remarkable renaissance season last year. Will he go? If the Mets fall out of Wild Card contention and a contender wants a veteran bat, Tatis could be moved. Where might he go? A team than needs versatility and an experience right-handed bat off the bench.
Why he's available: The Rays have a crowded right-field situation and they have Matt Joyce waiting at Triple-A Durham. Will he go? Good chance if the Rays are not in contention. Where might he go? Any team that needs a left-handed hitting outfielder for a right-field platoon situation.
Why he's available: The Rays have a crowded right-field situation. Ben Zobrist can be the team's everyday right fielder or serve as the right-handed bat in a platoon situation. Will he go?If the Rays fall out of contention, definitely. Where might he go? A team that needs a right-handed bat for platoon duty in the outfield.
Why he's available: There aren't many viable leadoff threats in baseball, and Podsednik has more than filled that void for the White Sox since his return to the Majors on May 1. Will he go? He certainly doesn't command a big salary, and without an immediate leadoff solution in the offing, the White Sox could choose to keep Podsednik around for another year or two. So, it's unlikely he moves. Where might he go? He could end up with any team that needs a speed infusion or a catalyst at the top of the lineup, which means pretty much any AL team but Seattle (Ichiro) or the Angels (Chone Figgins).
Why he's available: Wigginton is a solid reserve who can play several positions and might fit best in the National League. Will he go? Wigginton isn't that likely to go, especially if the Orioles deal Melvin Mora or Aubrey Huff. Where might he go? The Braves, Giants and Mets could concievably make a play for Wigginton.
Why he's available: Bautista is under contract for $2.4 million, which is a decent sum for a player primarily used against left-handers and off the bench. Will he go? Maybe, maybe not. Jays manager Cito Gaston likes having Bautista on his bench, but the utility man has had an inconsistent season and seems expendable. Where might he go? To a team looking for a versatile player. Bautista can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield.
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