Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

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    Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    by Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

    It may be too early for teams to make deals to improve their rosters, but it’s not too early to look at candidates who may be available in June and July. While much of the organizational focus right now is on the June draft, the groundwork is being laid by special assistants and scouts for possible moves.

    “I guess it’s never too early,’’ said an American League general manager. “Sometimes you have to wait things out to see how well the team you’re trying to deal with is doing at the time you’d want to make the deal, and that part is always tricky. And then there are those who become available that you had no idea would be available, so it’s not perfect.

    “But you’d better have an idea of how you match up with certain organizations, which is why we have scouts evaluating other minor league systems to see where there’s an excess and a match.’’

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman could be a huge player in the trade market because he has the chips.

    “I’d like to think we have pieces to deal, but I’d also rather keep those chips and have them help our team,’’ Cashman said. “I know we have excellent talent in our system that other teams would like, because that’s been expressed to us.

    “But you do everything you can to see if you can fill a need organizationally first before you think about the trading of young prospects.’’

    The Yankees have a plethora of catching talent, starting with Jesus Montero, who is crushing Triple A pitching in Scranton. Montero’s defensive skills are still in question, but his bat isn’t. The Yankees also have Austin Romine, whom one National League talent evaluator has downgraded to “good backup,’’ though others don’t agree. The best of them might be 18-year-old Gary Sanchez, who could be the whole package.

    While pitching is normally at the forefront of everyone’s thinking, an NL executive said, “It’s hard to find a good righthanded-hitting corner outfielder, and that’s a need for a few teams.’’

    The feeling is the Braves would consider dealing Derek Lowe (left) if they could get a good outfielder who can produce runs. Lowe, because of his sinker and newfound slider, works well in both leagues and is the most likely big-name pitcher to change teams.

    The Braves and Phillies could use another hitter. Tampa Bay could also find a spot for one.

    The buzz around the league is that San Diego righthander Heath Bell will become the reliever prize and that the Phillies will be the major suitor. The Yankees need a lefty reliever, though that job is much harder to fill.

    Teams such as the Twins will be waiting to see whether they can turn it around, but we’ve seen this before: They usually recover and make the playoffs. If not, there will be suitors galore for Jason Kubel, one of the league’s top hitters, who is due to be a free agent. The Twins also have free agent-to-be Michael Cuddyer, lefty starter Francisco Liriano, and who knows whether they would deal veteran Carl Pavano, who hasn’t pitched well this season?

    The Twins usually don’t sell off, but with impending free agents, they might.

    If Houston businessman Jim Crane buys the Astros this week, will he want to build them up with free agents or go the rebuilding route? According to a team source, the Astros occasionally field inquiries about outfielders Hunter Pence and Michael Bourne, and pitcher Brett Myers.

    Then there are the Indians, who have gotten off to a phenomenal start. If they fade, would they entertain deals for righthander Fausto Carmona, center fielder Grady Sizemore, or designated hitter Travis Hafner?

    The Orioles would likely move DH Luke Scott or outfielder Felix Pie, and are drawing interest on middle infielder Cesar Izturis from the Braves, who need a backup infielder.

    The Nationals, who could be the team to watch in 2012 and beyond, are searching for a center fielder and could even make first baseman Adam LaRoche, a good hitter, available.

    The Red Sox could be an interesting team in that they’re expected to come out of their doldrums and contend. But they could also shake things up. They have two commodities in Mike Cameron, a righthanded-hitting outfielder, and veteran shortstop Marco Scutaro. Even though he has a no-trade clause, would J.D. Drew approve a deal? It’ll be interesting to see whether the Sox have to shop for a starting pitcher.

    The Mets are another team to watch because they have a hugely attractive piece in shortstop/leadoff man Jose Reyes, another free agent-to-be they likely won’t re-sign. Reyes could help the Giants, for one, or the Cardinals, for another. He’s been linked with the Red Sox, but that seems far-fetched. Also in play is left fielder Jason Bay, who wouldn’t shed many tears about leaving New York.

    After one of their best starts in years, the Pirates are heading south of .500 again, and they have veteran pieces such as first baseman Lyle Overbay and catchers Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit who could help contenders.

    The Cubs have tried in the past to trade outfielder Kosuke Fukodome, and this year, Alfonso Soriano may be more tradeable if the money left on his contract could be worked out. First baseman Carlos Pena is a struggling hitter whom the Cubs would probably move with an eye toward a bigger prize such as Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder in the offseason.

    The Angels won’t have first baseman Kendry Morales back in 2011, and will likely be in the market for a hitter. With three catchers on the roster, Jeff Mathis — a solid, athletic catcher who handles a staff well — would be trade bait.

     
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    [QUOTE]Dont trade any prospects to ungrade the Catchers position, did it once lost Masterson. Bring up a kid, and go with it.
    Posted by bobbysu[/QUOTE]

    I'd to the V-Mart deal again.  The Sox needed him for a playoff run that year and last year could have been a completely different story had there not been as many injuries.
     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    My honest view.  Cameron will be moved.  I think if JD Drew continues to hit like this they may push for a rental OF bat for the remainder of the season and then give JD Drew the pine.

    They are best off holding on to Scutaro unless there's a contender that desperately needs a SS for the stretch run and is willing to give up a lot to get him.  Still, Scutaro may be the best utility infielder out there unless you consider Michael Young in that category.  Keep depth at the bench and hang onto him.

    I think the rotation is set barring injury.  Unless they can find a taker for Ellsbury and have a better option to replace him with.

    You'd have to think that they may once again want to bring in a bullpen arm.

     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Scutaro is unlikely to finish the year in Boston.

    But beyond the sleeing, the bigger question is what the Sox want to buy...
     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Unfortunately, the names on the list of availables that interest me most are all on the Yankees.

    I find soxpat's statement on Martinez interesting.  I would rather have Masterson back than have had Martinez for a failed stretch run and a disappointing year of injury.  20/20 hindsight to me leans toward keeping Masterson and renting a good catcher, maybe a Molina. 

    No way to tell, of course, but I think the Sox might have gone just as far in 2009 and mayber farther in 2010 (after all, Martinez was one of the injured when the Sox fell from contention).  It was the bullpen that let the Sox down last year, not the offense.  And with Masterson, maybe the Sox don't do the Lackey thing, instead putting the money into keeping Bay or getting Holliday (the last 2 good RH hitting corner outfielders).  Who knows?
     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Cameron will be moved.

    Multiple reasons why this probably won't happen:

    -He fits the team's need of RHH 4th OF who can play LF/CF well.

    -On a team with post-season dreams, who would rather have to face LHP in Oct?

    -Who else wants to pay him $7.25 pro-rated.

    -Considering his injury last year, how much value would you get in return?

    -Are you going to get an up-grade at C or RH-OF?

    -Carfado"an NL executive said, “It’s hard to find a good righthanded-hitting corner outfielder, and that’s a need for a few teams.’’  So maybe he is needed by others, but who replaces him?

    I think it is more likely to see Reddick traded while his stock is up.
     

     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Any chance on dealing Wakefield for some Slimfast?
     
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    [QUOTE]Dont trade any prospects to ungrade the Catchers position, did it once lost Masterson. Bring up a kid, and go with it.
    Posted by bobbysu[/QUOTE]

    masterson was 6-13 4.70 era last year and not much different the season b4. He is pitching much better this year but lets see if he can keep it up for a full season.
     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Chicago Tribune:

    "The Mets' fire sale could start as soon as Memorial Day. There's not an untouchable on the roster, including third baseman David Wright. Carlos Beltran, who had a three-homer game Thursday, could become a person of interest. …"

     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Do the Mets need a superstar CF'er who has over two years of lower cost control left? Do they have a young solid catcher or RH Of'er?
     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Dealing Ellsbury for a C would not be the dumbest move the Sox make.

    There will be interest.  Toronto would love him, but I hope the Sox don't settle for JP Arencibia in a deal straight up.  Cleveland might take him, too, but certainly won't trade Carlos Santana.  Ditto SF and Buster Posey.  I could see the Cubs offering Geovanny Soto for him, but I hope the Sox don't do it.

    Chris Iannetta would be nice, but the Rockies don't need an OF at the moment....
     
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    Re: Trade Talk:An early look at candidates who may be available in June and July-Anyone interest you?

    Crawford
    Kalish
    Reddick

    Scatback surplus, with all under many years of control and Crawford costing a fortune and the other two Walmart cost for years to come.
     
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    [QUOTE]Unfortunately, the names on the list of availables that interest me most are all on the Yankees. I find soxpat's statement on Martinez interesting.  I would rather have Masterson back than have had Martinez for a failed stretch run and a disappointing year of injury.  20/20 hindsight to me leans toward keeping Masterson and renting a good catcher, maybe a Molina.  No way to tell, of course, but I think the Sox might have gone just as far in 2009 and mayber farther in 2010 (after all, Martinez was one of the injured when the Sox fell from contention).  It was the bullpen that let the Sox down last year, not the offense.  And with Masterson, maybe the Sox don't do the Lackey thing, instead putting the money into keeping Bay or getting Holliday (the last 2 good RH hitting corner outfielders).  Who knows?
    Posted by parhunter1[/QUOTE]

    20/20 hindsight obviously you wouldn't do the deal but at the time it was smart and made sense.  His bat made a huge difference to the lineup.
     

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