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With now exactly a week remaining until next Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, it’s a safe bet that trade talks are beginning to heat up. The talk of the baseball world still is whether the D-backs will swap Dan Haren elsewhere and whether the Astros will trade veteran Roy Oswalt.
Both pitchers continued to be the subject of much speculation on Saturday. After it appeared that the Yankees had emerged as front-runners for the services of Haren on Friday night, ESPN.com reported on Saturday that the Yankees are interested, but they hadn’t gotten any farther than exchanging names with Arizona. The report suggested the D-backs were asking for Joba Chamberlain along with pitching prospect Ivan Nova and two other prospects — an offer the Yanks balked at.
Many reports key in on the Haren’s $33 million salary for this season, namely who will pay the remainder, as a possible deciding factor in any trade. A Twitter report from ESPN’s Buster Olney suggested there had been no talks between the two clubs on Saturday.
The Cards and Phillies have made their desire to land Oswalt well known, but it remains to be seen if either club is willing to give up the prospects and big-league ready talent necessary to land Oswalt. While the Yanks are in play for Haren, they are reportedly not in the mix for Oswalt, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
Here’s a look at other happenings around the Majors on Saturday:
–Gary Matthews Jr. officially opted out of his contract with the Reds after a strong showing with Triple-A Louisville hitting .313. Matthews is reportedly looking for a big league job.
– Ben Sheets, who had been the subject of trade fodder earlier this season, landed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with right elbow pain. It’s the same elbow that caused him to miss the 2009 surgery after undergoing surgery. His timetable is unknown, but this could eliminate most trade discussions.
– Brewers outfielder Corey Hart, who injured his thumb in last night’s contest against the Nationals, had his MRI results come back negative on Saturday, according to a tweet from Rosenthal. There have reportedly been many teams interested in acquiring Hart as the Trade Deadline approaches so it’s not clear how this may affect his trade value.
— Bailey Stephens
The Tigers crawled out of their seven-game losing streak the last couple days with help from their two front-line starting pitchers. They would very much love to get another solid start from Rick Porcello Friday night. If they can get another solid starter, apparently, all the better.
That interest doesn’t seem to be going away as the starting rotation stabilizes. But what cost would they pay?
While the Tigers continue to scout the Diamondbacks, including Dan Haren’s most recent outing Wednesday night, they’re reportedly among at least five teams with interest in the Arizona ace. FOXSports.com reports a handful of teams in the running, including the Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals and Twins, and though no deal is apparently close with any of them, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that Arizona has progressed to exchanging names with clubs on who they’d want and who interested teams would be willing to give up.
While bullpen help remains the top priority for Detroit with Joel Zumaya out for the season, the Tigers have an eye on the starting market. Indications suggest some genuine interest in Haren, despite a contract that runs through at least 2012 at $29 million, including a $3.5 million buyout. A club option for 2013 would run $15.5 million.
Olney characterizes the Tigers’ interest as “serious.” All interest, though, has a price, and it’s unclear how far the Tigers would go with theirs.
Despite injuries, including elbow trouble that has sidelined Casey Crosby for the season, the Tigers still have depth in pitching prospects who have been advanced aggressively. Former first-round pick Jacob Turner is finding his way at Class A Lakeland at age 19, and left-hander Charlie Furbush has seemingly come out of anonymity to led all of professional baseball in strikeouts. Detroit called him up to Triple-A Toledo this week after just a handful of starts at Double-A Erie.
When the Tigers acquired Max Scherzer from Arizona last winter and re-signed Justin Verlander late in the offseason, they touted the idea of a three-man rotation core with Verlander, Scherzer and Porcello under team control through at least 2014, around which prospects could develop. Though Scherzer and Porcello were both optioned to Triple-A Toledo to work out issues at different points this season, that hasn’t dampened the potential.
If the Tigers wanted to change course a little, though, they have the financial flexibility for it thanks to a slew of expiring contracts, including ex-Tigers Nate Robertson and Dontrelle Willis, plus current Detroiters Jeremy Bonderman, Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird and Johnny Damon. Those salaries add up to more than $50 million this season, though some of that will go to a $6 million raise for Verlander, a $2 million bump for Jose Valverde, plus replacements at those various positions.
The Tigers could go in a shorter-term direction and still add a starter. They’ve been linked in reports to interest in Ted Lilly and Ben Sheets, both of whom are up for free agency this winter, and a short-term option has obvious appeal to them given the finances.
— Jason Beck
In need of a starter for Saturday’s game, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. cryptically said Tuesday: “I think we we know exactly what we’re going to do.” Perhaps a starter, like Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Jeremy Guthrie or Roy Oswalt is headed to Philadelphia? The club optioned Kyle Kendrick to the Minor Leagues that same day, and later that night, veteran Jamie Moyer sustained an injury that will likely put him on the disabled list, so starting pitching is needed in Philly.
As Cliff Lee prepares to make his first start with the Rangers tonight, the rest of baseball is calculating their next move in a market without the hurler. But there’s still plenty of strong players left around the league, so it’ll be interesting to see where the chips fall in the next few weeks before the big non-waiver Trade Deadline.
It’s hard to say who will come out on top of the Lee sweepstakes as Fox Sports reported on Wednesday that it would take a “mammoth” offering to pry Lee away from the Mariners. Other reports have suggested the Mariners want as much as two blue-chip prospects and one other talented young player in exchange for Lee.
The Rays’ chances increased on Tuesday when principal owner Stu Sternberg met with the media on Tuesday night and basically gave his blessing to midseason additions to the club. Does that mean the club has the assets made available to them to go out and acquire Cliff Lee? Only time will tell, but his words indicated the Rays would spare no expense to see results in the standings.
“By any means necessary,” Sternberg told reporters. “We’ll do whatever. Money won’t be an object. Players are always an object for us and the money will be an impediment, but we’ll figure it out if it makes all the sense in the world for this team.”
Sternberg’s announcement came the same day as MLB analyst Peter Gammons tweeted about a possible BJ Upton for Lee deal, increasing the rumor mill.
Here’s a look at some of the other developments around the league:
— Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle suggests the Giants are interested in bringing Brewers outfielder Corey Hart to San Francisco, but Milwaukee might not be willing to let him go.
— Reports out of Philadelphia say that the Phillies had a scout watching Oakland hurler Ben Sheets’ latest start. Sheets and his big salary could be moved by the Trade Deadline if the Athletics move farther out of contention, and the Phillies appear somewhat interested.
— After being designated for assignment by the D-backs recently, hurler Dontrelle Willis needs a break from baseball. The level of interest in Willis’ services is unknown, but he needs some time away from the game after the trials of this season, his agent told USA Today.
— The Pirates picked up an extra arm on Wednesday, trading for right-hander Sean Gallagher in exchange for cash. Gallagher is still only 24 and could provide some helpful innings for the beleaguered Pirates pen.