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    Theo offers up Scutaro, Cameron, or Reddick?

    Cameron isn't doing well as a role player and could bring value as an everyday player for a lesser or younger team. Plus, McDonald can be called back up to take his role.

    Scutaro is expendable with Lowrie hovering around .300 and Sutton being used as the utility man.

    Also, there's been some interest from other clubs in Reddick. With Kalish getting healthier, I see him getting the call-up this year and being groomed to take over for Drew next year.
     
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    According to MLBtraderumors.com, here's the latest list of relievers that can be potential free agents after the season.


    Right-handed relievers
    Danys Baez (34)
    Miguel Batista (41)
    Blaine Boyer (30)
    Dave Bush (32)
    Shawn Camp (36)
    Clay Condrey (36)
    Lance Cormier (31)
    Juan Cruz (31)
    Octavio Dotel (38) - $3.75MM club option with a $750K buyout
    Kyle Farnsworth (36) - $3.3MM club option with a $650K buyout
    Jason Frasor (34) - $3.75MM club option
    Chad Gaudin (29)
    LaTroy Hawkins (37)
    Aaron Heilman (33)
    Scott Linebrink (35)
    Ryan Madson (31)
    Micah Owings (29)
    Vicente Padilla (34)
    Joel Peralta (36)
    Mark Prior (31)
    Chad Qualls (33) - $6MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
    Jon Rauch (33) - $3.75MM club option with a $250K buyout
    Chris Ray (30)
    Fernando Rodney (35)
    Takashi Saito (42)
    Jeff Suppan (37)
    Koji Uehara (37) - vesting option
    Dan Wheeler (34) - $3MM club option with no buyout; vests with 65 appearances in 2011
    Kerry Wood (35)
    Jamey Wright (37)
    Michael Wuertz (33) - $3.25MM club option with a $250K buyout
    Joel Zumaya (27)

    Left-handed relievers
    Tim Byrdak (38)
    Randy Flores (36)
    Mike Gonzalez (34)
    John Grabow (33)
    Mark Hendrickson (38)
    Javier Lopez (34)
    Ron Mahay (41)
    Damaso Marte (37) - $4MM club option with a $250K buyout
    Hideki Okajima (36) - can opt for free agency
    Darren Oliver (41)
    Dennys Reyes (35)
    Arthur Rhodes (42) - $4MM club option with a $200K buyout; vests with 62 appearances in 2011
    George Sherrill (35)
    Brian Tallet (34)

     
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    You'd have to think that they will be targeting a lefty... especially with the recent news about Hill.
     
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    [QUOTE]The Giants need a SS very badly.  We could probably get Ramon Ramirez or Javier Vazquez back for Scutaro.  You would expect Heath Bell to be available for young talent.  I'm not sure that's where we need the most help, though.
    Posted by slomag[/QUOTE]
    I doubt the San Francisco Giants, who are only a half-game back in the NL West, will give up a top bullpen arm for a half season of a 35-year-old middle infielder coming off the disabled list.

    Like Scutaro, San Francisco thirdbaseman Pablo Sandoval is on a rehab assignment at Triple A. When Sandoval returns, 37-year-old Miguel Tejada will likely move back to shortstop.

    Jed Lowrie should be enough to land Ramon Ramirez, who remains under his team's control through 2012, or lefty Javier Lopez, who becomes a free agent at the end of this season.
     
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    From Fangraphs

    We’ve already run through first basemen and designated hitters, corner outfielders, and middle infielders who could be available at the trading deadline. Today, we cover five relievers who could be switching teams over the next two months.

    PLAYER: www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=2080&position=P">Heath Bell
    TEAM: Padres
    POSSIBLE DESTINATION(S): Cardinals, Indians, Phillies
    CONTRACT STATUS: $7.5 million, free agent after the season
    PROJECTED WAR: 1.3

    Bell is pretty clearly the best “proven closer” on the market, and he’s likely the best overall reliever as well. Even though his K/9 is down to 7.0 this year, his swinging strike rate of 9.1% indicates that it’ll increase a bit, even if it doesn’t get all the way back to his gaudy 11.1 rate from 2010. To compensate, Bell’s ground ball rate is up to 51% this year — an especially nice quality to keep were he to exit spacious PETCO Park.


    There may be more interested teams than those listed above, but St. Louis, Cleveland, and Philly appear to be the contenders most in need of a “proven closer.” For as effective as they have been, I don’t think Tony La Russa would like to rely on www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=4971&position=P">Fernando Salas and www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5861&position=P">Jason Motte as his crunch-time closers down the stretch. www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1008085&position=OF">Charlie Manuel has had enough trouble committing to www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1852&position=P">Ryan Madson in the closer role in the past, and who knows what www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=563&position=P">Brad Lidge will be when he returns from injury. The Indians are bereft of big names in their bullpen, and although www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5213&position=P">Chris Perez has pitched well as closer so far, his equal number of strikeouts and walks doesn’t bode well for the future.

    Bell may only have this season left on his deal, but he might not come too cheap, as he will quite easily qualify as a Type-A free agent if draft pick compensation remains in the new CBA. The Padres aren’t contending this year, so they’ll be looking for prospects in return, and it’ll probably take a couple of B-B+ guys to free Bell from San Diego.

    PLAYER: www.fangraphs.com/players.aspx?lastname=Mike%20Adams">Mike Adams
    TEAM: Padres
    POSSIBLE DESTINATION(S): Any Contender
    CONTRACT STATUS: $2.535 million, one year of arbitration remaining.
    PROJECTED WAR: 1.0

    For as much trouble as the Padres have had actually holding leads past the seventh inning this year, when they do, look out. Before teams have to deal with Bell, they first have to get through Mike Adams, who has arguably been the better pitcher out of the two over the last few years. I detailed Adams’s domination www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/adams-continues-to-dominate/">last month, but his FIPs over the last three season should drive the point home: 1.66, 2.31, 2.29.

    There isn’t a single contender with a bullpen so solid they couldn’t use Adams. The best choice may be Texas, whose bullpen has been worth a whopping -1.5 WAR so far this year and hasn’t had much stability outside of www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=18&position=P">Neftali Feliz. Other prime choices include Anaheim, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia, but really, there isn’t a contending team that wouldn’t have a solid reason for adding Adams to their bullpen.

    PLAYER: www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6941&position=P">Joakim Soria
    TEAM: Royals
    POSSIBLE DESTINATION(S): Rangers, Cardinals
    CONTRACT STATUS: $4 million, three years of club options worth $22.75 million remaining.
    PROJECTED WAR: 1.0

    Chances are, teams won’t be looking to add Soria as a closer given his remarkable collapse to begin the year. However, for any team with an established closer already in place, Soria may be worth a flyer. If he recovers his old form or even half of his old form, he would easily be worth his contract, and his club options are potentially quite team friendly.

    Unfortunately, Soria may be broken. His swinging strike rate is all the way down to 7.1%, his velocity is down, and his control appears to be vacating him as well. But the Cardinals and Rangers have two of the best pitching coaches in the league in www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1003552&position=C">Dave Duncan and www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1007951&position=P">Mike Maddux, and if anybody could fix Soria, I would imagine it would be them.

    PLAYER: www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=4759&position=P">Jonathan Broxton
    TEAM: Dodgers
    POSSIBLE DESTINATION(S): Any Contender
    CONTRACT STATUS: $7 million, free agent after the season.
    PROJECTED WAR: 1.0

    It seemed only two seasons ago, after posting his third straight two-WAR season out of the closer’s role for the Dodgers, that Broxton was possibly the best relief pitcher in baseball. Now, Broxton is on the disabled list with a 5.68 ERA and a 5.54 FIP. Even in 2010, Broxton didn’t seem like quite the same pitcher, posting career lows in strikeout rate and swinging strike rate and career highs in walk rate and home run rate.

    However, Broxton is only 27, and given hiswww.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0507-dodgers-fyi-20110507,0,4090669.story">apparent dislike for discussing his injuries with the medical staff, it’s possible that his current injury has been a lingering item, causing his semi-decline in 2010 as well. Teams with excellent pitching coaches, as with Soria, would make the best trade partners for Broxton. A potential trade partner may even get a bargain — with Dodgers owner Frank McCourt relying on corporate sponsors to make payroll this month, the opportunity to get free from Broxton’s contract may be well met.

    PLAYER: www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=429&position=P">Brian Fuentes
    TEAM: Athletics
    POSSIBLE DESTINATION(S): Brewers, Yankees
    CONTRACT STATUS: 2 years, $10 million, with $6.5 million option for 2013
    PROJECTED WAR: 0.5

    Fuentes is burning bridges in Oakland both on and off the field. He does have 11 saves in his 25 games, but also a remarkable seven losses. Or, in a more advanced view, he has 10 shutdowns to a stunning seven meltdowns. Throw in his www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/23/SPLN1JK3FV.DTL">rough words for manager www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1004628&position=C">Bob Geren and www.fangraphs.com/players.aspx?lastname=Andrew%20Bailey">Andrew Bailey‘s return to an already crowded A’s bullpen and Fuentes may be forced out.

    The question is if anybody would be willing to take on Fuentes’s multi-year contract. The Brewers make sense from a personnel standpoint, as their bullpen currently doesn’t have a single left-hander (although www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=4553&position=P">Zach Braddock‘s return is near), but I don’t know if they would take on that contract. The Yankees may be an option, as I would imagine they could use a left-handed pitcher that isn’t www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5525&position=P">Boone Logan, and with how fungible relievers are, an opportunity could open up on nearly any contender’s roster, so we’ll have to wait and see.

    Some other options include the rest of the Padres’ bullpen, specifically www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=4090&position=P">Luke Gregerson and www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=2170&position=P">Chad Qualls, or perhaps one of the back-end Pittsburgh relievers, www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5109&position=P">Evan Meek or www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=2186&position=P">Joel Hanrahan. However, Gregerson, Meek, and Hanrahan are all cost-controlled and their teams just might not have the incentive to move them this season.

    With the other positions, it tends to be a bit more cut-and-dried as to which teams need what. With relievers, so much can change in an instant. Before we truly know which teams will be in the running for these players (and others), we’ll have to wait for races to shake themselves out. One thing we do know, however, is this year could be the year in which the Padres cash in on their wealth of relievers, and there could be quite a few teams involved in the bidding.

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Which Relievers can we acquire if... : I doubt the San Francisco Giants, who are only a half-game back in the NL West, will give up a top bullpen arm for a half season of a 35-year-old middle infielder coming off the disabled list. Like Scutaro, San Francisco thirdbaseman Pablo Sandoval is on a rehab assignment at Triple A. When Sandoval returns, 37-year-old Miguel Tejada will likely move back to shortstop. Jed Lowrie should be enough to land Ramon Ramirez, who remains under his team's control through 2012, or lefty Javier Lopez, who becomes a free agent at the end of this season.
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    Tejada will probably be released when Sandoval gets back. Some expert you are.
     
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    Id like to see what Dubront, Miller and Bowden could do with a little time in the big leagues.  I dont like trading young prospects for bullpen arms.  The RS have never had good luck doing so.  Saurbeck, Williamson and Gagne come to mind.

    I can see them sending Scutaro out for a RP but I wouldnt let the kids go for a rental arm unless it was a future closer or setup man.  If Lackey can stay healthy and produce, that will mean Wakefield will stay in the rotation.  I like Acevas in the pen for now.  Albers, Wheeler and Jenks are key to the pen as Pap and Bard will anchor down the end of the game.
     
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    The Red Sox may not need any relievers.  Wait and see.  If Jenks and Wheeler can step up, and Hottovy fills the role of situational lefty, they're set.  They can even get by without Wheeler and Jenks if Aceves can stay in the pen to pick up the slack. 

    If it ain't broke...
     

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