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* While looking at what happened today and what could happen before 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, we’ll also look back. Roy Oswalt to the Phillies, Jorge Cantu to the Rangers, Miguel Tejada to the Padres and Matt Capps to the Twins were the biggest moves made prior to Friday, in what has still been a rather slow-moving Trade Deadline.
Baltimore infielder Miguel Tejada, a six-time All-Star, is on his way to the San Diego Padres.
The Padres on Thursday added Tejada to fill need in the infield and add a bat to their lineup.
San Diego sent Minor League pitcher Wynn Pelzer in a deal that also saw the Padres receive about half of the remaining $2.33 million on Tejada’s contract.
Tejada, 36, is hitting .269 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs this season for the Orioles. He is a career .288 hitter.
Pelzer is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 games, including 18 starts, this season with Double-A San Antonio.
Tejada will likely spell third baseman Chase Headley in San Diego and also play some shortstop.
– Corey Brock
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has been fielding calls on the team’s veterans, and said on Sunday that he doesn’t believe Ty Wigginton -believed to be the team’s best trade chip – will lose value based on his pending three-game suspension.
”I don’t think that’s going to be impactful for that,” said MacPhail, who called the trade market a slow development that is “prodding along”.
“Everybody is being a little coy right now, myself included,” MacPhail said when asked if he expected the team to make at least one trade before the deadline.
“My own impression is that we have some of these big-target starting pitchers out there who probably have a lot of teams focused on whether they are in or out of that picture or not before they move on to other targets. I think that might be slowing down our market a little.”
The Orioles don’t have any big name pitchers, but Wigginton’s name has been listed in conjunction with at least 10 teams, including the Rangers, Phillies, Twins and Yankees. He is appealing the suspension handed down after Friday’s ejection, and the punishment could be lessened to a game or two. Wigginton could also drop the appeal and serve the three-game suspension prior to being traded, although the team would prefer to let the process drag out given the O’s short bench.
Third baseman Miguel Tejada has also garnered interest from several teams and reliever Will Ohman, outfielder Corey Patterson and designated hitter Luke Scott all have a chance to be donning another uniform in August.
Starter Jeremy Guthrie’s name has been mentioned in several trade rumors, but it’s believed the Orioles would have to get a significant return to move him. Guthrie is under team control through 2012 and given his recent resurgence he helps stabilize a young and inconsistent O’s rotation.
With the anticipated activation of Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters in the next few days, the Orioles roster is becoming crowded enough that a possible trade could be in the works.
It is believed president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail wanted to wait until Roberts came back before dealing away utility infielder Ty Wigginton, who has been involved in numerous trade rumors. FoxSports.com reported on Thursday that the Yankees think the asking price for Wigginton is too high, and the Phillies have reportedly bowed out of the Wiggy hunt and are content with their in-house infield options.
The Rangers appear to be the leading destination, with the Rockies, Padres, Angels and Giants all teams with reported interest in adding Wigginton’s right-handed bat.
While the Orioles will be sellers at this year’s Trade Deadline, MacPhail told the Baltimore Sun earlier this week that he wouldn’t be opposed to picking up a salary dump
claim would be something that would definitely be attractive,” MacPhail
said. “The trade for a big-time player, if it’s going to subtract from
the core guys you are trying to build around, that becomes more
problematic. It’s something you obviously would have to look at.”
San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer said on Thursday the calf injury
that landed second baseman David Eckstein on the 15-day disabled list
won’t hasten or change the way the team is approaching the July 31
non-wavier Trade Deadline.
“We still don’t have a feel for Eck’s injury yet, so we don’t want to
prioritize an infielder. … We have been looking at infield depth
anyway, so it doesn’t change our course,” Hoyer said.
The Padres will know more about the extent of Eckstein’s injury after
they return home late Sunday after a game in Pittsburgh. He’ll likely
have an MRI on the calf on Monday
The team, for the foreseeable future, will cover second base with Jerry
Hairston, who is hitting .348 since July 5. Everth Cabrera will play
every day at shortstop. The Padres can use Oscar Salazar at second base
in a pinch if need be.
As for their search for middle infield help, the Padres have inquired
about 36-year-old Miguel Tejada of the Orioles and have kicked the tires
on a handful of other players.
Hoyer said that the cost of doing potential business is still high and
that he’s still making a lot of calls to teams about players who could
help the Padres.
– Corey Brock
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.
The Twins, according to the Twitter account of AOL FanHouse’s Jeff Fletcher, have offered Minor League outfielder Aaron Hicks and Minor League catcher Wilson Ramos in exchange for Cliff Lee. Hicks and Ramos were ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects in the Twins’ system, respectively, heading into the season. No deal is imminent, however, according to FOXSports.com and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But the revealing of names means things may be progressing.
The Yankees have expressed interest in trading for the Orioles’ Ty Wigginton, according to the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. Citing a baseball official, the newspaper reported that the Yankees are one of several teams to inquire on the versatile Wigginton, who started his Major League career across town with the Mets.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has identified improving the bench as a priority leading into the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline. The 32-year-old Wigginton could provide a right-handed bat with pop, while representing an offensive upgrade over Yankees bench infielders Kevin Russo and Ramiro Pena.
– Bryan Hoch
That’s what FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN.com’s Buster Olney are entertaining. Rosenthal heard through Major League sources that the Phillies want a top-of-the-rotation starter and that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has no qualms about trading for a pitcher he jettisoned in the offseason. Enter Cliff Lee, the best starting pitcher who will likely be available prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and one who’s a free agent after this season. Meanwhile, Olney believes the Yankees and Mariners will at least talk about Lee before the Deadline.
The international signing period began Friday, 29 days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and the Athletics were the first to make an imprint by signing Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez to a $2.2 million contract, according to Baseball America.