What would you like to see on Sunday?

Chicago (NL) sends Aramis Ramirez (3B) to Milwaukee for Kyle Heckathorn (SP), Caleb Gindl (OF), & Cody Scarpetta (SP) (or whichever minor-leaguers the Cubs ask for)

Ramirez finally agreed to consider a trade and the likelihood of him accepting one is probably higher if he can stay close to home.  Milwaukee is just up the road.  The Brewers would have to give up several of the best prospects in their already depleted system, but could probably avoid dealing Prince Fielder‘s replacement (Mat Gamel) or anybody on the major-league roster.  Milwaukee is the epitome of a “win-now or else” team.  If Doug Melvin doesn’t make the postseason he likely won’t be around to regret selling the farm.  The Cubs desperately need to start the rebuilding process.  All three of these prospects are probably future major-leaguers in some capacity, so it’s a pretty good haul for a rental player with recent D.L. stints on his resume.

Baltimore sends Derrek Lee (1B) to Pittsburgh for PTBNL

MLBTR reports that the Orioles are primarily looking to unload Lee’s salary (and make room in the lineup for the newly-acquired Chris Davis).  There could be as much as $4.5 Million left on Lee’s contract, if he reaches 550 plate appearances.  Lyle Overbay has been below replacement level (-0.9 WAR) in 2011.  While Lee is by no means the player he was a couple years ago, he is clearly an upgrade.  The Pirates make the team better and make good on the promise that they would spend some money in response to increased fan support, but they don’t give up any meaningful prospects in what is likely to be a vain attempt at making the playoffs.  Moreover, there is a slim chance they catch lighting in a bottles, as Lee will be returning to a division he’s very familiar with and is in the midst of a minor hot streak (.306/.351/.603 in his last 19 games).

Tampa Bay trades B. J. Upton (CF) to Texas for Robert Erlin (SP), Tanner Scheppers (SP), and Julio Borbon (CF)

I know there is no such thing as too much pitching, but the Rangers are already pretty loaded with homegrown talent at the major-league level and there is a lot more on the way (Martin Perez, foremost).  Endy Chavez has had a nice little run as the starting centerfielder in Texas (.322/.351/.490 in 44 games), but 33-year-old journeymen with career OPS of .689 are bound to turn into pumpkins sooner or later.  Chavez can be thankful for his role as defensive replacement in October.  Meanwhile, Upton takes his career 1.046 OPS at Rangers Ballpark to Arlington.  Tampa Bay brings two more live arms into their incredible pitching mill, as well as an underperforming young outfielder who could be the next castoff that Maddon makes a productive part of his outfield rotation.

Cincinnati sends Ramon Hernandez (C) to San Francisco for Emmanuel Burriss (UT) and PTBNL

The Reds have denied having interest in the deal David Schoenfield suggested on Friday, but they shouldn’t think of it as a “white flag” trade (even though, in 4th place, 6.5 games back, they should probably wave the white flag).  Devin Mesoraco (.305/.376/.496 at AAA) is ready for his promotion, and Ryan Hanigan is still around as insurance.  Burriss has offensive upside and defensive flexibility (a.k.a. not particularly good at any position).  The shine is clearly off him in San Francisco, but he might find a role in a new organization.  If the Giants can’t get Hernandez, they need to consider other, lesser options, because Eli Whiteside can’t catch and Chris Stewart can’t hit.

Houston trades Michael Bourn (CF) to Atlanta for Carlos Perez (SP) and Jordan Schafer (CF)

After missing out on Hunter Pence, the Braves are forced to turn to a second-tier of outfield options.  Yet, turn they must, as CF has been a black hole, both offensively and defensively, the health of Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones is still in question, and their most productive hitter, Brian McCann, just hit the D.L.  The question no longer is whether or not the Braves can hit enough to support their rotation in the postseason, it’s whether they can hold onto the Wild Card, as they’ve been a .500 team since the Break and Milwaukee, Arizona, and St. Louis are gaining on them.  Bourn may not be enough to stop the bleeding, but he’s certainly better than Nate McLouth, and they should be able to get him without dealing any of their top four pitching prospects, which they seem reluctant to do.  Jordan Schafer is still young, but after an injury and a couple of backsliding seasons, it’s time for a change of scenery.

Oakland trades Josh Willingham (OF) and Rich Harden (SP) Brandon McCarthy (SP) to Detroit for Charlie Furbush (SP), Andrew Oliver (SP), and Andy Dirks (OF)

Hard to imagine Billy Beane will get through the trade season without doing something.  Willingham and McCarthy are suspect chips, but they are the chips he’s been dealt.  Oakland has had good luck refurbishing once highly-regarded young pitchers who have fallen on hard times.  Oliver and Furbush would seem to fit that mold.  The arrival of Willingham would hopefully bring an end to the catastrophe that is the ghost of Magglio Ordonez (.229/.293/.298).  McCarthy would substantially improve the Tigers rotational depth.

What other trade deadline fantasies are you harboring?

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Matt teaches at The University of Alabama. Roll Tide. He specializes in American Literature and Rhetorical Economics. Fate chose for him the peculiar perdition of rooting for the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Clippers.

21 thoughts on “What would you like to see on Sunday?

  1. Furbush was traded earlier today to Seattle as part of the Fister deal with Detroit.

  2. I would enjoy Aramis Ramirez to LAA for P Tyler Chatwood 3B Kaleb Cowart and PTBNL.

    • A-Ram would certainly fill a need for Anaheim, but I wouldn't be surprised if he resists moving to the American League or to a team which is a borderline contender. The Angels are well within striking distance, but Ramirez might not see them as a safe enough bet for the postseason to waive his 10-and-5.

  3. I'd like the Giants to acquire either a shortstop or a catcher (or both, but that seems unlikely). So your Hernandez to Giants for Burris trade looks ok. I know the Reds want pitching, and the Giants have loads.

    • Yeah, while I do believe Brandon Crawford may develop into a serviceable major-leaguer, the main reason I opted to upgrade the Giants at catcher is that there aren't any shortstops available who can both a.) play the position as well a Crawford and b.) hit above the Mendoza line.

      • And yet, it appears the trade being announced is for Orlando Cabrera. I guess SS is now Fontenot/Keppinger/Tejada. I really hope Crawford turns into a decent shortstop, but it's not happening this year. Maybe he's headed to Fresno for the rest of the season.

        • Just saw it. Sabean just made his team worse in his worship of veterans and batting average. Crawford has actually be superior to Cabrera in OBP and is obviously the best fielding shortstop of the bunch, while Keppinger is at least as good as OC at 2B.

          • Yeah, not a move I'm loving. I'm honestly wondering if Nate Schierholtz can play SS at this point.

            And of course, Belt doesn't get enough starts anywhere.

          • 0The weird thing about this veterans preference thing for Sabean is that it does not translate down to the pitching staff. Bochy (and clearly Sabean as well) has no qualms about benching (or relegating to long relief) Zito in favor of Jonathan Sanchez. So why this insistence that Huff play more than Belt, and Tejada or Cabrera over Crawford?

            Makes no sense.

          • Could not agree more.

            The more I think about the O.C. signing, the less sense it makes.

            Consider this: by the end of August, some combination of Tejada, Sancez, DeRosa, and Hall will have returned from the D.L., joining Crawford, Keppinger, and Fontenot among the middle infield ranks. Is there anything O.C. can do that one or more of those guys can't do better? In all likelihood, the Giants are going to end up cutting him before the playoffs or worse, cutting a superior player to protect Sabean's ego.

            And this: The Indians just added Ryan Ludwick, Kosuke Fukudome, and Ubaldo Jimenez. By Monday, they are going to have a clear at least two major-league roster spots, with Sizemore and Choo expected to return before the end of August. In other words, Orlando Cabrera was high on the list of players who might be cut. So, the Giants gave up a decent prospect for somebody they probably could have had for free in a week.

          • Hall was DFA-ed earlier this week, so he's gone.

            From what I've read, it seems very likely this deal was made b/c Freddy Sanchez is not coming back. Even if he didn't have surgery, he's in a bad way. The hurt shoulder is his throwing shoulder, so while he can hit, he can't play the field.

            Maybe they are DFA-ing Tejada…

            Maybe Zito can play SS to earn the rest of his contract?

            However the fact that they swapped a prospect for him seems pretty stupid.

          • Hadn't seen the news on Hall, which is unsurprising, especially now that we know they were courting Cabrera.

            Sanchez's progress has been somewhat positive as late, including long-tossing. He's supposed to DH in some AZL games this coming week. If the shoulder responds well, he'll begin an official rehab assignment. If not, it probably means surgery.

            If the choice comes down to O.C. or Tejada, I'd have to opt for Tejada. As bad as he's been, O.C. has been worse.

  4. I would like to see Span go to the Nationals for Storen – though mainly to see the Twins get suckered for a second year in a row by overpaying for yet another Nationals reliever, while people continue to talk about how well that organization is run.

    In reality with a prospect going to Minnesota it might be a fair trade, and the Nationals will be putting together one heck of a stockpile of position players – Werth/Span/eventually Haprer in the OF, Zimmerman/Desmond/Espinosa/Morse with Rendon on the way in the IF, Ramos/maybe Norris catching; not to mention a nice 1-2 of Strasburg/Zimmerman in the rotation. Given the commitment they made to Werth and apparently the potential to make another large investment, it would be good to see them be a formidable team in the NL East in ~2012.

    • I agree that it is a bad habit to overpay for relievers. While I'm also a little skeptical about Span, who hasn't quite lived up to his 2009 form, he's got a fairly team-friendly contract.

  5. I would like to see cashman offer the entire farm system for Felix. Make an overwhelming offer that the mariners just can't refuse. Let's face it Yankees are NOT coming out of AL with current starting rotation. Unless Colon and Garcia keep pitching lights out which is not likely. Or AJ starts being AJ of 2009. Redsox are stacked and they just got a little better.

    • I still don't understand why everyone is so skittish about the rotation. Have you looked at their stats in comparison to the Sox and the rest of the league? Fine I'll do it for you: in the AL, Yanx starters are 5th in ERA / 4th in FIP / 2nd in xFIP; the Sox starters are 10th / 12th / 13th in the AL. If they have performed for 4 months, why can't they do it for 3 more? And now Nova just made a case to replace Hughes as the #5. The way the rotation stacks up right now, you'd only see Burnett once in a series, which is fine. Similar to 2009, the Yanx are in a hole in the season series against the Sox, but they still have half the series (9 games) to play.

      Rich Harden ain't exactly Ubaldo. Also that trade fell through anyway. If Bucholz doesn't make it back and the Sox can't pull off a deal today, they are the ones that are screwed come playoffs. Yes the Red Sox offense is stacked. But their pitching, not in the least. Honestly I'm more worried about the Rangers, who already have a very solid rotation and upgraded their pen today with Uehara.

      • While it's true that Colon and Garcia have offered every reason to be optimistic in 2011, it is also true that Colon had a 5.18 ERA and 1.51 ERA over the five seasons preceding this, never throwing as many as 100 innings, and Garcia also had a sketchy record of health over the previous four seasons, with a 4.81 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Both are on pace to throw more innings than they have in half a decade. I think that's where the skittishness comes from. Everybody's waiting for the other shoe to drop, with good reason. What Colon and Garcia are doing is rare indeed. That doesn't mean they can't keep it up, but if they do is will be an extraordinary outlier in both of their careers.