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07/31/09 2:10 PM ET
On the block: Starting pitchers
By / MLB.com
Why he's available: The Jays might not be able to convince Halladay to stay beyond 2010, so the club is willing to see what type of blockbuster package could be out there for the ace pitcher. Will he go? Not necessarily. The Jays need to be blown away by an offer, considering the team believes it has a chance to contend with Halladay leading the staff next season. If the price is right, though, Doc can be had. Where might he go? The Phillies seem likely to make a push and the Cardinals seem a probable suitor as well. The Jays have already received a lot of interest and the club isn't necessarily against trading him within the AL East.
Why he's available: If the Mariners fall out of the playoff picture it would hasten the organization's decision to part ways with the left-hander whose durability has been shaky at best during his brief career in Seattle. He's also eligible for free agency at the end of the season. Will he go? Not if the Mariners are in the playoff hunt as the Trade Deadline nears. A healthy Bedard is something the team needs to compete for a postseason spot and the new regime would be hard-pressed to get rid of a quality arm if it hurts their playoff chances. Where might he go? The Phillies certainly could use another starter and being on the East Coast would seem to improve their chances of keeping the lefty beyond this season. Another possibility is the Blue Jays, believed to be the team Bedard, a native of Canada, would most like to sign with in free agency.
Why he's available: The Red Sox have unusual depth in their starting rotation and Penny, who is earning a reasonable base salary of $5 million this season, will draw his share of interest in the market. Will he go: Probably not. The Red Sox still regret trading Bronson Arroyo in 2006 when they opened the year thinking they had too many starters. Boston would rather have a glut of starters than make a trade just for the sake of it. That said, if a team offers a prospect that the Red Sox really like, they could be persuaded to move the big righty. Where he might go: The Phillies are a team that has been mentioned quite often in rumors.
Why he's available: If the Braves need to create some financial flexibility, they could deal Vazquez with the belief that Tim Hudson will be healthy and productive when he returns to the rotation in August. Will he go? The Braves will have to stay in the postseason picture and find a trade option that requires them to free up anywhere from $4-6 million of their payroll. Where might he go? While the Phillies and Mets are looking for starting pitching, the Braves would look to move his talented arm to another non-NL East contender that is looking to upgrade its rotation.
Why he's available: The Cubs did pick up Harden's option for 2008, and knew what they were getting. He's had no problems with his arm, but was on the DL because of low back spasms. He's not signed for '09. Will he go? Probably not. The Cubs are still within striking distance in the National League Central and don't have much depth as far as starting pitching. Where might he go? A team looking for a fifth starter might consider him.
Why he's available: Hughes is coming into his own as a Major League pitcher, impressing in relief, but his real future is as a starting pitcher. The Yankees cannot offer him that opportunity now unless something changes with their rotation. Will he go? Probably not. The Yankees balked at including Hughes in a deal for Johan Santana in 2007, and their opinion of his value has not changed. But Brian Cashman has received calls inquiring on Hughes. Where might he go? Any big-league organization would be well-served to get their hands on a pitcher like Hughes if at all possible. The Yankees know this and aren't going to part with him easily.
Why he's available: Davis is in the final year of a three-year $22 million extension signed just after the D-backs acquired him in 2007. Will he go? The D-backs may be a little more choosy with Davis since he would likely command draft compensation if offered arbitration. Where might he go? The Mets might be in the market for a starting pitcher and Davis would give them a dependable veteran.
Why he's available: Arroyo brings durability with four-straight 200-inning seasons and World Series experience. His contract ($9.5 million in 2009 and $11 million in 2010) are reasonable enough for a bigger market team looking for back-of-the-rotation help. Will he go? If the Reds are convinced they can't hang in there in the NL Central race, the probability goes up. However, the division remains up for grabs. Where might he go? It remains to be seen.
Why he's available: Marquis has been individually stellar all season. Now that his team has emulated him, a trade is unlikely. Will he go? It would take a huge collapse. Where might he go? Marquis and reliever Huston Street were smart acquisitions, not only because they have histories of success but they could be dealt again if the Rockies aren't in the race. If the Rockies hold continue to play like contenders to the deadline, expect them both to finish the year in purple pinstripes.
Why he's available: The Rangers put him on outright waivers back in May but no team claimed him. That may have been a mistake because he has pitched well since then. Will he go? Only if the Rangers fall out of the race and can get future help in return. Where might he go? Plenty of teams need starting pitching.
Why he's available: Where there's smoke, there's fire. Sanchez has been part of trade rumors since last offseason began. On a team that's pitching-rich, he's the most expendable hurler who might attract attention. Will he go? Sanchez's value received a tremendous boost with his no-hitter shortly before the All-Star break. But Sanchez struggled before that, having lost four consecutive starts toward the end of June. Though he's in his second season as a full-time starter, some teams might consider him more helpful as a reliever. Where might he go? Sanchez frequently has been linked to the Florida Marlins, who are again competitive in the NL East. The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels, always hungry for pitching, also might find Sanchez handy.
Why he's available: Pavano is on a one-year deal with the Tribe, and the Indians might be hesitant to explore a long-term deal with him, given his injury history. Will he go? If the Indians remain out of contention and Pavano, who battled mild shoulder soreness, can stay healthy enough to take the mound every fifth day, the Tribe would certainly be open to the possibility of getting something in return for him. Where might he go? Any contending team needing a boost in the middle of the rotation.
Why he's available: The Rays have a crowded starting pitching situation that is only going to get busier with Wade Davis waiting at Triple-A Durham. Will he go?There's a good chance if the Rays feel like they can get some value in return. Where might he go? Milwaukee. They need starting pitching.
Why he's available: After a miserable start to the 2009 season, the right-hander found the feel for his split-finger out-pitch during a five-start Minor League stint. He's a viable fourth or fifth starter, even for a playoff team, and probably won't be back with the White Sox after his three-year, $29 million deal runs out following this season. Will he go? Teams could be worried about Contreras' age and his health, coming back from a ruptured left Achilles last August, so probably not. Where might he go? An upstart contender with a young starting staff could look to Contreras as a stabilizing force.
Why he's available: Garland will be a free agent after the season. Will he go? It seems unlikely given the way Garland has pitched that someone would be willing to pick up the rest of the $6.25 million he is owed this year plus the $2.5 million club buyout for next year. Where might he go? Back onto the free-agent market next year.
Why he's available: Tigers don't need him in their rotation, and he hasn't found a bullpen role. Will he go? Probably not; interest in Robertson has been minimal if at all. Where might he go? The only candidates would be teams in desperate need of starting pitching at low cost; the Tigers could eat salary to get a return.
Why he's available: The emergence of Fernando Nieve and the return to health of John Maine and Oliver Perez could make Redding expendable. Will he go? If the Mets aren't contending and Nieve, Maine and Perez are performing consistently, Redding might go. Where might he go? A team that needs a starter with a track record and ability to deal with September pressures.
Why he's available: After the Royals invested a full two years in him as a starter, Davies has yet to prove he can be a consistent winner. Will he go? Demoted to the Minors in June, he probably won't attract strong interest as a guy who could help immediately. Where might he go? A club, not necessarily a contender, that is willing invest in a 25-year-old pitcher that has shown great stuff with not-so-great results.
Why he's available: He won the fifth-starter job out of Spring Training by default, but gave it back. Will he go? No team wants to trade talented young pitching, but the Dodgers know that's what it will cost to get a veteran starter. Where might he go? To a club that sees McDonald as another pitcher the Dodgers gave up on too soon.
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