Tag:MLB Trade deadline 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 12:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:59 am
 

Royals acquire Pucetas for Guillen

Jose Guillen ended up costing the Giants the 2007 minor league pitcher of the year.

Kevin Pucetas Kevin Pucetas (pictured) was sent to Kansas City as the player to be named later for Guillen, who has been left off the postseason roster and hit for a scant .692 OPS in 139 plate appearances for the Giants.

While Guillen didn't work out for San Francisco, merely calling Pucetas a former minor league player of the year sounds as of the Giants gave up too much. They didn't.

Pucetas won the award pitching as a 22-year-old for mid-Class A, so was old for the position. He posted a 15-4 record and 1.86 ERA in 145 1/3 innings. While he'd post the same peripherals the following season for advanced-Class A, the wheels began falling off in 2009. His ERA soared to 5.06 for Triple-A as his control and strikeout ability worsened. In 2010, Pucetas finished with a 5.69 ERA in 136 innings as his control continued to abandon him as Pucetas walked four batters per nine, obscuring the tick up in strikeouts.

A month from turning 26, Pucetas' future in the majors is very much in doubt. Perhaps a shoulder injury suffered now or in the past is to blame for Pucetas' struggles. Perhaps the organizational philosophy has harmed Pucetas. Perhaps. More than likely, Pucetas just couldn't adjust to the increased competition at higher levels and hit a ceiling.

The Royals will hope that ceiling is glass as the righty will be in the mix for the No. 5 spot in the rotation during spring training.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 10:28 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Trade market still open


Adam Dunn Everyone refers to the last day of July as the "trade deadline" even if it's not exactly accurate. It's officially the "non-waiver trade deadline" and that first part may not roll off the tongue, but it's important. It's the reason why one of the most speculated-about players at the deadline, Adam Dunn, told me July 31 "doesn't mean [anything]" to him.

Dunn should know, in the last year of a two-year deal, Dunn's movement will be speculated upon throughout the next month. He also knows from experience, two years ago the Reds traded him to Arizona after the non-waiver trade deadline.

Waivers are certainly a complication, but deals still get done until the end of the month, when a player has to be on the roster to be eligible for the postseason. So how does it work?

First, most teams put most -- if not all -- their players through the waiver process since you don't have to give up a player who is claimed, you can just pull him off waivers.

Unclaimed players can be traded to any team. Claimed players can be kept, traded or just handed over to the claiming team for nothing but salary relief. That's what happened last year when the Blue Jays put him on waivers, the White Sox claimed him and Toronto was happy to shed his remaining five years for $59.7 million on his contract. So, if some team wanted to claim Carlos Zambrano or Kosuke Fukudome or Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs would likely dance for joy. But that's unlikely to happen (even though I would have said the same thing a year ago about Rios).

Now, if just one team claims a player, he can be dealt only to that team. If more than one team claims a player, he can be traded to the team with the worst record in his league that claims him. If no team in the same league claims the player, but more than one team in the other league claims him, he can be traded to the team with the worst record.

So now with the process out of the way, it's good to keep in mind that this isn't an unusual process. Last season Scott Kazmir, Jim Thome, Carl Pavano, Alex Gonzalez, Brad Penny, Aubrey Huff, Billy Wagner, Jon Garland and Ivan Rodriguez. So who could that be this year?

Obviously, Dunn is still out there. He realizes the real trade deadline is at the end of this month, not the beginning. If the Nationals can't agree to an extension, the Nationals need to get something for Dunn. Based on many of the rumors that were out there, it was hardly surprising he wasn't dealt. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was asking for the moon and nobody was willing to spend the money to get there. White Sox GM Kenny Williams hasn't exactly hidden his desire for Dunn, and a little thing like waivers won't stop him. However, he'll have to hope nearly the rest of the teams pass on the big man, and that's not likely.

The biggest name that could move would be Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers don't know what they're going to get out of him and could shed roughly $7 million. As CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller notes , Ramirez has a full no-trade clause, but would likely waive that to go to the American League and DH. If the White Sox can't get Dunn, Ramirez may be a solid backup option -- albeit a bit expensive.

Andy LaRoche Diamondbacks first baseman Adam LaRoche has a mutual option for 2011 that increases to $9.5 million if he's traded, though the buyout remains at $1.5 million. Kelly Johnson may not get through waivers, but could still be traded. He's arbitration eligible after the season.

The Royals would certainly love for another team to take Jose Guillen and what's left of the $12 million salary for this season. Guillen is a free agent after the season.

Mike Lowell is still -- sorta -- with the Red Sox, but would likely sail through waivers because he's owed the remainder of his $12 million salary this season and nobody's quite sure what they'll get out of him.

The reliever market didn't see much action on Saturday, but Toronto's Kevin Gregg, Seattle's David Aardsma and Colorado's Joe Beimel could be moved before the end of this month.

As for starters, Colorado's Aaron Cook is signed for $9.25 million next season with a mutual option of $11 million in 2012 and a $0.5 million buyout. His annual salary increases by $1 million for each season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Winners/losers of trading deadline

Now that the non-waiver trading deadline is past, it's time to take a look back at the winners and losers. While players aren't done switching teams and plenty more will find new zip codes on their mailing addresses in August via the waiver process, it becomes far harder to pull trades off.

Grades are relative to the team's window of contention, goals at the deadline and outcome -- not to other teams.

Angels: L.A. imported Alberto Callaspo from the Royals to plug the dike that was the third-base gaping hole, then absolutely pilfered Dan Haren away from the Diamondbacks. They promptly lost Joel Pineiro to injury, but do have a greater chance at competing this season, even as the Rangers improved themselves. For 2011 and 2012, they kept themselves right in contention to be division champions. With money coming off the books the next season and two, they should be players in free agency and now can trumpet Haren as a front-line pitcher for free agents to play with. Grade: B+

J.A. Happ Astros: The Astros did well in the idea of trading away Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt to begin the trading process. The return for Oswalt from Philadelphia met with a few raised eyebrows. The team is high on J.A. Happ (pictured, left) even though no one else is. The deal was salvaged by flipping Anthony Gose from Brett Wallace. The Lance Berkman trade was tough to swallow. They traded a face of the franchise to the Yankees, picking up salary along the way for retread prospects. This was a deal strictly about money, not about helping the team -- although it did free up a spot for Wallace. Grade: C+

Athletics: The Billy Beane-led A's did nothing at the deadline, which wasn't the wrong choice. Texas and Los Angeles made too many steps to outpace a team that was going to have a hard time keeping pace anyways. What didn't make sense was their adamant position that they wanted to keep Ben Sheets and not trade him. But whoops -- a torn flexor tendon that knocks Sheets out for about a year and causes $10 million to go down the drain in Oakland happened. Grade: D

Blue Jays: Toronto had to give up intriguing prospects Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky to ship out Alex Gonzalez to the Braves, but got back young shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitching depth in Jo-Jo Reyes. Gonzalez was a great flier for the rebuilding Jays rather than the short-term Gonzalez -- There's tons of upside with Yunel. Demerits are assessed by a reportedly high price to trade Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg or Scott Downs. None of them will help Toronto contend anytime soon, and the fact that Jesus Montero and Casey Kelly were prices for Downs is outrageous. They should have done everything they could to move Frasor, and probably could have gotten nice value for Gregg. The only defensible non-trade is Downs, who probably will be a Type-A free agent. Grade: C+

Braves: The Braves made moves for this year, but severely damaged their long-term chances in the process. Selling Yunel Escobar off for Gonzalez, Collins and Pastornicky was questionable enough, but then turned Collins, fungible reliever Jesse Chavez and outfielder Gregor Blanco. Huh? Grade: C- ... and it's not a D because they did at least improve their chances this year.

Brewers: The Brewers did nothing except try to improve their pitching and determine whether it was time to trade Prince Fielder or not. Fielder is likely a goner in the offseason or next season's trade deadline, but there's nothing wrong with hanging onto him. There wasn't much Milwaukee was in a position to do. Jim Edmonds reportedly didn't want to ship out, and past that they didn't have much in the way of valuable trade chips. Grade: N/A

Cardinals: The Cardinals brought in Jake Westbrook. That was good. They traded Ryan Ludwick. Not so good. There are hints that the Ludwick dealing was financially motivated to keep Albert Pujols in town. That's well and good, but Ludwick-to-Westbrook is largely a lateral move, even factoring in more playing time for Colby Rasmus. Grade: C

Cubs: It's tough to begin a rebuilding process once again, but Ted Lilly was a free agent so there was no overwhelming reason to keep him. Ryan Theriot has become punchless at the plate, and they upgrade with Blake DeWitt from the Dodgers anyways. Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach -- two young, minor-league pitchers -- are decent arms. They tried to deal Derrek Lee, but Lee nixed it with his no-trade clause. Can't penalize GM Jim Hendry for that. Grade: B-

Diamondbacks: The Dan Haren trade was odd, no two ways about it. Yes, Joe Saunders won quite a few games in Los Angeles, but so what? He's a No. 4 starter who has a shot at being a No. 3 by virtue of being in the NL, but that's about it. The prospects acquired were underwhelming, although the expected acquisition of Tyler Skaggs will soothe jilted D-Backs fans somewhat. Snyder was a pure cash dump -- but not indefensible. If the team's not contending, why pay a backup catcher millions? Even without receiving anyone of true value, except perhaps D.J. Carrasco, it was high time for Arizona to move on from Snyder. They won out on Edwin Jackson big time, shedding salary for an underperforming starter and getting a young, cost-controllable starter (Daniel Hudson) along with prospect David Holmberg.

Dodgers: The Dodgers gave up quite a bit for Octavio Dotel, even if Dotel is cost-controllable through 2011 on a team option. That trade may come back to bite them hard, even if they needed Dotel to challenge for the division. The Ted Lilly acquisition was nice, and if you concede that Blake DeWitt was the price for Lilly, then Ryan Theriot wasn't a bad grab either. They definitely put the pieces together to contend, but is it too little, too late? Grade: C+

Giants: San Francisco tried to bring in a bat. They really did. They tried for Adam Dunn, David DeJesus (and if he hadn't gotten hurt for K.C., might be in San Fran right now), Scott Podsednik... but nothing came together. They instead settled for two middle relievers: Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez. Giving up John Bowker and Joe Martinez for Lopez is a curious move, even if they have strong outfield depth. Jonathan Sanchez was a popular name in talks for a bat, but S.F. was understandably leery of dealing the lefty. The Ramirez trade cost them an average middle relief prospect. They'll continue mixing-and-matching on offense, and the bullpen is definitely better off for the adds. Grade: B

Jake Westbrook Indians: The Indians wanted to get rid of people they didn't want and had no need for. The millions they saved in shipping Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns off -- even without getting any players of consequence in return -- were worth it. Westbrook (pictured, right) finally was shipped out as well, and while prospect Corey Kluber isn't an exciting name, he's enough of an intriguing player that the Indians clearly came out ahead in this season's trade deadline, which was all about shedding irrelevant pieces. Would have been nice for a rebuilding team to get a good prospect, though. Grade: B

Mariners: The Mariners dealt Cliff Lee to get Justin Smoak and a bevy of prospects. That was a solid deal, even if Smoak has just been demoted to Triple-A. That was it, however. While Seattle is in a different place than most rebuilding clubs because they are contenders just struggling through an awful season (advice to GM Jack Zduriencik: bring in some bats next year for a change). Still, it's surprising they weren't more active. The reason Russ Branyan was acquired and then not flipped is... heck, I don't know. Grade: C

Marlins: The Marlins shipped off Jorge Cantu, who was playing third base. That temporary lack of depth at third hurts, although Chris Coghlan will man the hot corner once he returns from injury. It was nice to see the Marlins bring in Will Ohman to contribute out of the bullpen, however. Florida was in a tough place: a team good enough to contend, but not quite good enough to be true buyers. They essentially held serve here while saving a bit of money and importing Evan Reed from the Cantu trade, who has a chance to develop into a nice arm. Grade: B-

Mets: The Mets did nothing here, even though they would have loved to get rid of Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Jeff Francouer. No one was having any of it, though, and New York was adamant in not trading its top prospects. You can argue they should have loosened the purse strings a bit to bring in someone, but there was no one overwhelming that made sense for a team slipping out of the division race. A middle-of-the-rotation starter would have been a lateral move, while only a major hitter could have been considered an upgrade -- and then you're back to having to deal top prospects. One problem: their window of contention is now. Grade: C-

Nationals: The Nationals failed to trade Adam Dunn. There is zero reason why they shouldn't have. Grade: F

Orioles: The Orioles are once again a team with no plan, trading away reliever Will Ohman for a fringe major-league reliever. For a squad headed to one of the worst finishes in team history, why exactly they weren't more aggressive sellers is baffling. Ty Wigginton is still on this team... why? The one saving grace is shipping Miguel Tejada off for Wynn Pelzer, who might turn into quite a relief arm. Grade: D+

Ryan Ludwick Padres: I think this Jed Hoyer guy is going to end up a nice GM. The Miguel Tejada trade was OK -- nothing special, but didn't exactly cost much either and the Padres had a real need for someone with decent pop who can play the infield. The Ryan Ludwick (pictured, right) trade was incredible -- he immediately becomes the team's second-best hitter, trading away no one of consequence. Grade: B+

Phillies: The Phillies gave up J.A. Happ and two far-away prospects for Roy Oswalt, emphatically closing the book on the idiotic idea to trade Cliff Lee in the offseason. It would have been nice if they could have imported a utility player like Ty Wigginton or Willie Bloomquist for the stretch run, as Chase Utley isn't exactly on the verge of returning and the depth on the bench is thin. However, after the initial trade for Lee and later the Oswalt deal, the Phillies are near tapped out on money and prospects. Bottom line: they did what they could. Grade: B+

Pirates: The Bucs were quiet then exploded in a frenzy, acquiring Chris Snyder in a buy-low move that saw them give up absolutely no one of consequence . Ryan Church is a backup outfielder, D.J. Carrasco is a solid middle reliever and not much else and backup infielder Bobby Crosby. If he plays full-time, Snyder has a real chance to reclaim the value that made Arizona sign him to a contract extension in the first place -- which 'Zona will help pay. Pittsburgh then shipped out a lefty reliever best used against just lefties for a swingman in Joe Martinez and a solid outfielder who can give them years of cheap production, even if he never morphs into a starting regular. The Octavio Dotel trade to L.A was sublime , getting a viable starter who could end up a strong reliever and one of the Dodgers' best prospects in Andrew Lambo. Grade: A

Rangers: Boy howdy, was Texas busy. They bit the bullet to bring in Cliff Lee, which instantly made it viable World Series contenders, then continued to supplement with Jorge Cantu and Cristian Guzman. Obviously, the Rangers are going for it this year and it's hard to fault them when they have such a strong team. It hurts to lose Smoak, but there are questions about his long-term success anyways, and first-base is not exactly impossible a void to fill. Cantu and Guzman cost them a few average prospects, ones that can easily be mortgaged for a chance like this to win a ring. Grade: A

Rays: Tampa Bay brought in a reliever with an ERA over 8, and that was it. (Okay, so Chad Qualls has a chance to be a solid reliever for the team.) The team desperately needs a thumper, although Matt Joyce is currently making everyone smile since being recalled from Triple-A. Tampa is in an interesting position: able to take on payroll for a playoff push, but which is slashing payroll to around $60 million next year. Adam Dunn would have been a great fit, but Tampa can't concede future seasons just for one "win-now" year -- that would be irresponsible. Grade: C+

Red Sox: The Red Sox were largely quiet until the very end, when they shipped off Ramon Ramirez to San Francisco for an average middle-relief prospect. This trade was more about opening space for intriguing names at Triple-A. The team then struck for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, long coveted by the team, for an average first-base prospect and intriguing, but raw, Class A arm. They were unable to make anything come together to supplement the major-league roster, but figure to be active in waiver trading. For a team falling out of the race, besieged by injuries, it was probably prudent not to do anything drastic and instead build until next year while integrating its returning players and seeing who pops up in August. Grade: C

Reds: Cincy is in the hunt for the division but may have benefited by seeing the Cardinals trade away Ryan Ludwick. They have Aroldis Chapman presumably coming up to help the bullpen shortly and no overwhelming holes. Making a trade would have smacked of making a deal for deal's sake. It would not be surprising to learn that they shot high with their targets and couldn't make anything come together. They could stand to add a middle reliever, but also have Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey on the recovery trail. Staying pat was probably smart. Grade: B

Rockies: The Rockies couldn't make anything happen despite a team falling out of the race which had a really good shot at the division. They couldn't trade Brad Hawpe with Todd Helton's struggles. When Troy Tulowitzki went on the disabled list two months ago, it was very disappointing that Colorado decided to stand pat and see how the team played without Tulowitzki to determine whether to be buyers or sellers. They were already planning to buy to help the team with Tulowitzki, so it should be no surprise Colorado found itself out of the race. They should have done more. Grade: D

Rick Ankiel Royals: It's not often there are good things to say about the Royals, but there's a time for everything. Kansas City did fantastic in shedding Rick Ankiel (pictured, left) and Kyle Farnsworth to Atlanta. Farns is a strong middle reliever, but that's all he is while Ankiel was blocking other players with a better impact at helping K.C. contend in 2012. The return for Callaspo wasn't terrible, but not great. Grade: B-

Tigers: Detroit had far too many holes to do much of anything. They lost Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge all to the disabled list in a short span of time. They bought low on Jhonny Peralta who hammered two home-runs in his Tiger debut. You would have liked to see the Tigers be a bit more aggressive with the AL Central division crown available, but it's hard to blame them for holding onto their major prospects. There is no silver bullet available to make up for all the losses. Grade: C +

Twins: The Twins really love saves, as they traded one of the best prospects in Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps of Washington. Take the saves out, and Capps is an approaching-overpriced solid middle reliever. Even though Ramos had lost his luster somewhat, it's still a confusing move. They didn't get the starting pitcher they coveted either. Grade: D

White Sox: The ChiSox did everything they could and more to bring in Adam Dunn, but refused to sacrifice their future in Gordon Beckham. They acquired Edwin Jackson for Daniel Hudson and a minor leaguer, perhaps hoping to flip Jackson to the Nationals. That's a no-go, so while the White Sox did technically upgrade their rotation, it's unclear whether they would have done so if they knew they wouldn't get Dunn. Plus, Jackson makes $8.35 million next year. Grade: C

Yankees: The Bronx Bombers wielded their financial might to bring in Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood at minimal cost. Berkman has the most chance to make an impact, taking on the role the Yankees thought Nick Johnson would. Kearns and Wood are supplemental pieces to the bench and bullpen, respectively, and won't be a huge loss if they don't work out. Overall, they gave up next-to-nothing in talent and cash they could burn anyways. The team made an aggressive push for Cliff Lee, but fell apart. In a market with no other clear upgrade than Lee, the Yankees decided to play it safe and keep their minor-league chips. Grade: B

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Dodgers add Dotel

Octavio Dotel The Dodgers have been busy Saturday.

First Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot, now reliever Octavio Dotel has been added to the bullpen corps. For Dotel and $500,000, the Pirates swoop in and get starter James McDonald and top prospect Andrew Lambo.

Dotel has closed for the Pirates all season, posting a 4.28 ERA in 40 innings. He's punched out 48 batters, matching his whiff rate from 2009. His walk rate of 3.8 batters per nine is his lowest since 2007 and should be a force for the Dodgers in the back of the bullpen. Even better than the fact the Dodgers are getting $500,000 to help cover Dotel's deal is that Los Angeles holds a $4.5 million club option that can be exercised for 2011.

The negative comes in the return -- McDonald and Lambo is quite a bit to give up for an old reliever who can give maybe 20 innings the rest of the season.

McDonald posted an even 4.00 ERA over 63 innings in 2009, starting four games and relieving in 41. In a small sample size of 7 2/3 innings in the bigs this season, he has a 8.22 ERA. Rated the No. 56 prospect by Baseball America prior to 2009, McDonald has a 4.41 ERA in 12 starts for the Triple-A club as a 25-year-old.

He can give the Pirates some solid innings out of the rotation, although his future may be in relief where he could emerge as a late-inning weapon.

Lambo was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Dodgers' farm system heading into 2010 and is hitting .271/.325/.420 in 198 plate appearances with four home runs. The 21-year-old is primarily a left-fielder and has a chance to develop into an average or above-average regular for Pittsburgh. All in all, a great return for someone meaningless to the Pirates.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:19 pm
 

No deal for Dunn

Mike Rizzo said he wouldn't trade Adam Dunn just to do it, and apparently he meant it. Even without an extension in place and with Dunn an impending free agent, the Nationals general manager turned down offers he felt weren't good enough and let the deadline pass without dealing him.

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio said via Twitter that Rizzo told him Dunn is staying, which means there was no last-minute deal we haven't heard about yet. And unlike with some players, the non-waiver deadline was the last chance to move Dunn, who would almost certainly be claimed on waivers if the Nationals tried to move him in the next month.

So White Sox GM Kenny Williams apparently wasn't able to work his magic this time. It will be interesting to see whether there's any fallout in the White Sox clubhouse, as some players were vocal about wanting to see Williams add a bat. It will also be interesting to see whether there's fallout from the possibility that Chicago's acquisition of Edwin Jackson was supposed to be a step in getting Dunn, and that the Nationals might have changed terms after the Jackson trade.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:48 pm
 

Mariners demote Smoak

Justin Smoak
It's hard to imagine things being any worse in Seattle, where the Mariners need to win Saturday night to avoid setting a record for most losses in a month in franchise history (which is saying something -- this is a franchise that has been through some rough months).

Now first baseman Justin Smoak, the centerpiece of their trade of Cliff Lee, the future cornerstone of the offense, is headed to Triple-A. Smoak was batting just .209 as a Ranger, and has been digging new depths at the plate since the trade. His Seattle numbers are truly ugly: .159/.169/.270.

He's been getting some time off as manager Don Wakamatsu talks about trying to relieve some of the pressure on him, and this move would signal that Smoak is really feeling the heat -- unless it would damage him mentally, there's zero downside to letting Smoak play out the season for a team that's beyond dead, no matter what his numbers are. Smoak has been working on some adjustments to his swing, and the Mariners apparently think he's better off doing that on the smaller stage (and against the lesser pitching) of Triple-A.

Also Saturday, the Mariners placed Milton Bradley on the disabled list. He's been battling a sore knee.

The moves could signal that the Mariners were clearing roster room for a potential trade (they've talked about moving Jose Lopez, David Aardsma and Brandon League), but they immediately replaced Smoak and Bradley on the roster with Sean White and Matt Tuiasosopo.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 4:04 pm
 

Yankees import Wood

Kerry Wood The Yankees are throwing around their financial might, adding reliever Kerry Wood to their bullpen for a player to be named later or cash, as CBSSports.com's Scott Miller reports that the trade is being reviewed by the Commissioner's Office.

Wood is making $10.5 million on the year, and the Indians are picking up a good chunk of the $4 million remaining on that deal. However, some savings is better than none for the down-and-out Indians, who figure to receive a decent prospect and nothing more -- if they even decide to acquire a player.

This is the second trade in two days for Cleveland and the busy Yankees (who added Lance Berkman from Houston as well). On Friday, Austin Kearns was dealt to the Yankees for bench depth.

Wood has just come off the disabled list for the first time on the year after a right shoulder strain, something he battled in spring training as well. Wood has an awful 6.30 ERA on the season with an 8.1 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9, but has also been slightly unlucky on BABIP and stranding runners. His 5.04 xFIP is more indicative of his production so far, and that's to say nothing of a likelihood that Wood will improve on the whiff rate.

Essentially, he's a flier for the Yankees' beleaguered bullpen and will cost them next to nothing except a couple million. You can bemaon the Yankees' financial advantage all you want, but they have the advantage and are smartly using it.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Red Sox shopping spare parts

The Red Sox are trying to move some spare parts to get players with more of a future on the big-league roster, as ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports .

The names?

Manny Delcarmen, Jeremy Hermida, Hideki Okajima, Ramon Ramirez.

Fungible names, all -- but ones that could help a contender down the stretch run.

The Mets have been linked to the Red Sox in the past, primarily for Ramirez. New York likes the idea of taking on a reliever who has a low price attached and seeing if they can turn around his career. Ramirez and Delcarmen have previous success but have fallen on hard times lately. With a switch to the NL alone, both increase in value, nevermind the added possibility of the Mets coaching being able to bring relievers back to prominence.

Okajima is a quality reliever who has struggled with injuries, confidence and loneliness this season. He has two more years left of arbitration, as do Ramirez and Delcarmen. If he can get straighened out, he would go back to being one of the best setup men in the league. One thing that could assist him if he's moved to the NL is his funky delivery, which most AL teams have grown accustomed to by now.

Hermida isn't much of a fielder in the oufield, but is young and has burgeoning power as well as an uncanny knack for driving in runs in tight situations.

If moved, Boston would move to promote players such as outfielder Daniel Nava or Ryan Kalish and relievers Michael Bowden and Dustin Richardson -- along with Felix Doubront, who was just converted to relief .

UPDATE : Kalish is joining the Red Sox, reports WEEI's Alex Speier. No corresponding move is known, although one would imagine it's related to Hermida.

-- Evan Brunell

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