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D-backs hesitant to deal both Haren and Jackson

Teams have inquired about RHP Edwin Jackson, but the D-backs would be hesitant to deal both Jackson and Dan Haren.

Jackson’s salary jumps from $4.2 million this year to $8.35 million next year, the final season of his contract. Haren is due $12.75 million in 2011 and 2012 with a club option in 2013 for $15.5 million.

“I think preference would be to keep both or at least one of them,” D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall said. “But again anything is possible because if you’re getting enough in return you would have to consider it.”

– Steve Gilbert

What D-backs want in return for Dan Haren

D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall acknowledged that the club is listening to offers for ace pitcher Dan Haren, but he made it clear that they did not feel an urgency to move the ace right-hander.

“It would need to be in our opinion an A-plus deal,” Hall said. “I think ideally what we would ask for is Major League ready pitching be it starters and or bullpen and prospects. Volume doesn’t matter, it doesn’t need to be four, five or six guys, it’s really about the quality.”

Hall said that even if the team does trade Haren, it does not mean that it is giving up on contending in 2011.

“I think it depends on what we get in return,” Hall said when asked about possible fan reaction to a deal. “If it appears to be a cash dump, it’s not a good message, which is not what we’re looking to do. As I’ve said before if a deal can’t get done for Haren and he’s on our team next year I’m fine with that. If we can get three or four pieces that can bring value now and are also controllable for a number of years than we’d have to consider it. If we bring in the right pieces and explain ourselves fans will understand that it was a move to improve our team now.”

Haren has two years and an option year left on his current deal. He has a partial no-trade clause that would allow him to reject a trade to 12 teams.

– Steve Gilbert

Tigers still looking at starters, scouting Haren

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

Roundup: Buzz says Oswalt in, Werth out in Philly

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. 

ESPN.com wrote about “indications” that the Phillies were in the midst of a “major deal” to acquire a starting pitcher in hopes of salvaging their season on Tuesday night. But on Wednesday afternoon, they followed-up by reporting that Oswalt “could be on the verge of blowing up a potential deal,” since he wants any team that acquires him to guarantee his $16 million option for 2012. For now, the Phillies are balking at that offer. ESPN.com added that it’d probably be J.A. Happ moving in an Oswalt deal, and the club is also looking to move struggling outfielder Jayson Werth (a free agent after this season). 
Astros owner Drayton McLane told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart that no deal involving Oswalt appeared imminent as of Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Oswalt — owner of a full no-trade clause — told reporters he hasn’t been approached about any possible trades. 
With less than two weeks remaining until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, here’s more buzz from around the league … 
* The White Sox, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, are “trying to accelerate talks” with the Brewers for slugging first baseman Prince Fielder. The problem, Rosenthal notes, is Milwaukee wants a starting pitcher, and they view trade candidate Daniel Hudson as only a middle-of-the-rotation starter. White Sox GM Ken Williams said recently that the market was not to his benefit
* The Mets reportedly signed Chad Cordero to a Minor League contract on Wednesday, but they apparently want even more relief help. FOXSports.com wrote that the Mets are currently focused on the relief-pitching market and are eyeing the Pirates’ Octavio Dotel and the Blue Jays’ Scott Downs
* Seeking bench strength, the Yankees are looking into the Indians’ Jhonny Peralta and the Marlins’ Wes Helms, according to Rosenthal, who added that the price for Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton were too high. 
* Pedro Martinez will not pitch in 2010, his agent, Fernando Cuza, told ESPNDeportes.com. But he has not officially retired. 
* The Giants, Tigers, White Sox and Braves have inquired about Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported via Twitter. 
– Alden Gonzalez

Roundup: Deadline drawing closer

With just over 10 days left to the big day, buzz is starting to populate in all corners of the league as teams decide if they are going to buyers or sellers. Will the Mets pick up a starting pitcher to help carry them down the stretch? Will the Astros send Roy Oswalt somewhere for a big return? Will we see Ted Lilly or Dan Haren on the move soon? We’ll know soon enough, but for today here’s a look around the league on Tuesday:

– Starting pitching buzz has pretty much dominated the talks on the market and a name being tossed around by some clubs is Indians starter Jake Westbrook. But according to Fox Sports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, Westbrook won’t come cheap. The starter has a clause in his contract that says he’ll recieve a $2 million bonus if traded and his salary is set to increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million. As Rosenthal points out, this could prevent clubs that have salary constraints, such as the Mets and Dodgers, from making a move. Westbrook is also a free agent at the end of the season, so a club could potentially try to lock him up for the long-term, but that seems less likely.

Rosenthal also touched on the case of Oswalt, Houston’s ace hurler. Major League sources suggested to Rosenthal that the market for the veteran hurler is slow and seeing limited interest. This is presumably because of his large contract, set to pay him $6 million more this season and $16 million next season.

– Heading into the second half of the season, there are a lot of teams that would love to have Nationals veteran Adam Dunn’s bat in the lineup. But all signs coming out of the Nationals have indicated that it was going to take A LOT to move Dunn. The Washington Post added to that on Tuesday, suggesting that Washington needed to be wow-ed to move Dunn. Adam Kilgore of the Post offers the White Sox as a team that could put together a solid offer for Dunn.

– There have been several reports that the Dodgers are being very aggressive on the market this year, despite their budget constraints. First on the wish list? Possibly a left-handed starter as an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday reports that according to a source, the Dodgers are eyeing Paul Maholm. Maholm is currently the Pirates’ highest paid player on the active roster, with a $4.5 million salary. He looked impressive in his last start, tossing a three-hit shutout at the Astros. Overall, Maholm is 6-7, with a 4.08 ERA. The Dodgers have also been linked to interest in Oswalt and Lilly.

– Add the Phillies to the list of teams looking for starting pitching.  Less than 24 hours after he allowed seven runs in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  It is unclear if he will take Kendrick’s spot in the rotation or serve as a long man in the bullpen until the Phillies make another move. The Phillies have said left-hander J.A. Happ will help them at some point this season. They also are trying to acquire a starting pitcher in a trade.

 

Bailey Stephens 

 

Tigers continue to scout pitchers

The Tigers continue to watch potential pitching help as the non-waiver trade deadline nears. They had a scout in Kansas City watching Oakland reliever Michael Wuertz, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, and they’ve also kept an eye on A’s left-hander Craig Breslow. They also have scouted Marlins closer Leo Nunez, who could end up on the trading block if Florida decides to sell.
Wuertz is a name that has popped up with the Tigers in the past, but Slusser suggests the A’s are unikely to shop him or Breslow. Wuertz has been exclusively a single-inning reliever at most ever since his season debut May 4, but he has been particularly good at it of late, allowing a run on four hits and three walks over his last nine outings, covering seven innings. He’s 6-for-6 in stranding inherited runners since Memorial Day weekend.
While bullpen is believed to be Detroit’s most pressing need, the Tigers continue to scout starting pitchers. The Tigers were among a handful of clubs with scouts in San Diego watching the Diamondbacks face the Padres this weekend, but they appeared to be the lone club there specifically to watch Dan Haren, CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller suggested. Miller quotes D-backs GM Jerry DiPoto saying, ‘We’re not to the point right now where we’re aggressively seeking” a Haren trade.

Roundup: All-Star Break bound

On the final day of the first half of the season, many managers and GM’s had their eyes on the second half and who might help them get to October. Even teams that are decidely out of the hunt made changes heading into the All-Star break on Sunday.

Here’s a rundown from around the league:

- The Astros fall into the latter catagory here and a dismal first half at the plate led to a reassignment for hitting coach Sean Berry. Houston replaced him with one of their own, former Astros great Jeff Bagwell. The longtime first baseman is very well regarded in the organization and could bring a breath of fresh air to the club.

- The Orioles haven’t made an official offer to Buck Showalter as of yet, Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun reported on Sunday. Interim manager Juan Samuel will still manage the team out of the gate in the second half, but it could only be a matter of time before Showalter gets the offer, according to Connelly.

- There’s been talk around the league in recent days about the Brewers trying to move some pieces of their lineup, such as Corey Hart and possibly even Prince Fielder. But owner Mark Attanasio told the LA Times that he isn’t sure he’s ready for the team to become a seller, because he thinks they could contend next year, if not this season.

- The streaking White Sox, who recently lost starter Jake Peavy for the long haul, were reportedly in on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes and GM Ken Williams nearly swung a deal for Lee, according to a tweet from SI.com’s Jon Heyman on Sunday. The Sox are still looking around, as there are plenty of other options on the market from Arizona’s Dan Haren to Houston’s Roy Oswalt

 

– Bailey Stephens 

 

 

 

Roundup: Post-Lee market evolving

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. 

Here’s a look at some of the names and teams being mentioned on Saturday: 
– Several teams remain interested in Arizona’s Dan Haren as another potential impact starting pitcher. Fox Sports reported that multiple teams including the Phillies, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Angels and Yankees all had scouts in town for last night’s match-up between Haren and Ricky Nolasco, though exactly who the scouts were watching is unclear. 
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday that the A’s don’t plan on being very active at this year’s Trade Deadline, according to GM Billy Beane. The team could still find a market for hurler Ben Sheets, but the club isn’t sure if he’s built up enough value to this point. 
– When Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is looking for pieces to add at the deadline, he’ll keep an eye out for a “personality,” according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. While Mozeliak is happy with the clubhouse chemistry as is, he said adding another energetic vibe to the club could only help. The Cardinals have been interested in the possibility of adding a starting pitcher and a middle infielder before the deadline.
Bailey Stephens
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