Storylines: Padres send Headley to Yankees
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Here are the stories from Sunday, July 22nd.
- The Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte, Minor League pitcher Rafael De Paula, and $1 million cash. Headley is owed $3.97 million for the remainder of the season and will be a free agent this winter.
- Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reported that the MLB has begun interviewing potential replacements for Commissioner Bud Selig. So far, three internal candidates (Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan, and Bob Bowman) have been interviewed by the league’s succession committee.
- Terry Francona said that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is day-to-day with back spasms. Francona also said that if the pain persists, they may look to into getting him some help, but he does not currently see the issue as something that could lead to a DL stint.
- Cleveland optioned reliever C.C. Lee back to Columbus to make room on the active roster for Danny Salazar.
News and Notes
- According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the White Sox and Yankees have discussed the possibility of New York trading for Chicago lefty John Danks. The veteran starter is under contract through 2016.
- Heyman also reported that the Blue Jays have shown some interest in bringing back outfielder Alex Rios in a trade with the Rangers.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said that Pittsburgh is A.J. Burnett’s preferred destination if the Phillies are to trade him. Pirates president Frank Coonelly told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that the team has the financial flexibility to add payroll.
- Reporter Danny Knobler tweeted that the Mets are trying hard to deal 41-year-old starter Bartolo Colon. But according to Newsday’s Marc Carig, the team isn’t interested in eating any of Colon’s salary in a deal.
- According to Joe Frisario of MLB.com, scouts have been flocking to Miami to see Marlins relievers Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn. But Frisario said the team may still see themselves as buyers, and even have some interest in acquiring struggling Oakland reliever Jim Johnson.
- Frisario also said that team are showing interest in Miami third baseman Casey McGehee, but the Marlins are hoping to make him a part of their future.
- Peter Gammons reported that Red Sox scouts have had their eye on Cardinals Class-A outfielder Rowan Wick in case they decide to trade Jake Peavy to St. Louis.
- In other Red Sox news, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported that pitcher Felix Doubront is not happy with his current role and would like to see it expand, either with Boston or another team.
- The Cubs designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment. Barney, 28, had been Chicago’s starter at second since 2011.
- Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reported that the Blue Jays have called up top prospect Aaron Sanchez to join their bullpen. To make room for Sanchez, Toronto designated lefty Brad Mills for assignment.
Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and at the time, moving Stubbs made sense with the perceived resurrection and effectiveness of Raburn last season and the fact that Bourn and his salary were not going anywhere and another reliable lefty reliever was needed. You can't fault management for making the move at that time.
As for relievers, I really don't follow/know these potential trade arms out there that Homer mentions and while Andrew makes a good point about never having enough good arms, Matthew is right, we are fortunate to have a quality pen to begin with.
While overuse of key components is a worry, the fact is that it does seem that the core of relievers that are earning Francona's trust is expanding. Tito has said outright that Carrasco is earning more opportunities in high leverage situations (and excelling at every opportuniy) while Axford seems to be trending positively and getting more looks and I think even Hagadone has been encouraging. Add in the known effectiveness of Crockett and Atchison to the trio of Shaw, Rzep and Allen you've got a pretty deep and varied pen. Looking out, of the list Tondo put up, I think Adams will be the next one to come through and contribute. Lee needs more work Tito says. Pestano unfortunately may be on the permanent downside.
I guess what I'm saying is, do we really need to trade for any of these others? Again, I'll defer to all of you who know more about these guys and what they can do.
Trading for a reliever seems pointless to me. Only if they can get a controllable guy for a couple of the names above. Quality for quantity. What would Pestano+Lee+Hagadone get ya?
A cpl other BP arms that will be receiving some chatter is James Russell and Wesley Wright of the Cubs and the Dbax Oliver Perez all LHRP. Just think, the Tribe traded Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman and he's getting paid $1.5M to pitch in AAA after being optioned off the 40man roster. I think they might be open to adding another veteran LH to the BP, but with the emergence of Kyle Crockett it's not a need, it's a luxury. Still, another LH would be a nice add.