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The byproduct of Jason Bay’s assignment to the disabled list Friday is that the Mets can no longer afford to trade Jeff Francoeur for pitching. As long as Bay remains disabled, the Mets will need Francoeur to man right field for them, meaning they cannot deal him for anything other than another outfielder — and, barring a salary dump, there isn’t much point to that.
With Francoeur off the block, the Mets don’t appear primed to do much before Saturday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. Unable to acquire one of the three top-flight starting pitchers available on the market, the Mets are hardly enthused with the prospect of dealing for a lesser starter — a Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly, Paul Maholm type. And they — like every other team — have experienced sticker shock on the few quality relievers available.
For the Mets to make the playoffs, then, it appears they’re going to have to win with what they have.
A baseball source has confirmed that the Pirates are discussing possible Paul Maholm trade scenarios with multiple teams. The Pirates still do not feel a need to have to move Maholm, but if another club meets its asking price, Pittsburgh will make a deal.
Recent reports have listed the Dodgers, Padres and Mets as teams interested in acquiring the left-hander before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. Multiple sources have told MLB.com that no deal is imminent.
When asked to comment on specific rumors, Pirates GM Neal Huntington said: “We will not discuss any specific trade rumor. We are working through various scenarios with various players and will make a move only if we believe the return to be compelling.”
Maholm, who is under contract through 2011 and has a clup option for 2012, doesn’t have the ability to veto a trade. He had this to say on Friday regarding the rumors:
“I’ve always said I want to be on a winning team. My first choice would be on the team that turns it around here. I’ve been in Pittsburgh my whole career and I love the fans, love the ballpark, and I think they deserve a winner. I want to be a part of that. But it’s not up to me. If they come in and tell me to go somewhere, I’m going. I don’t have a ‘no trade [clause].’ We’ll just see how it goes.”
— Jenifer Langosch
General manager Neal Huntington hasn’t promised that the Pirates will be entirely inactive on the trade front through the end of the month, but it’s obvious that the urgency to deal away players for prospects is not like it has been in each of the past two seasons.
“This year, we’ve got some guys that we’re not real motivated to move,” Huntington said. “If we get a good baseball trade, then we’ll make it. But we’re beyond the prospect collection mode, and we’re trying to move forward with this group.”
Veterans Paul Maholm, Zach Duke and Ryan Doumit have garnered interest in the past, and all three could be asked about again over the next 11 days. Doumit and Duke haven’t had particularly strong seasons, though, which could affect their value. And without the need to have to make deals, don’t expect the Pirates to sell low.
Relievers Brendan Donnelly and D.J. Carrasco are other potential trade pieces given how valuable reliable veteran relievers are for clubs looking to make a postseason push. And then there is closer Octavio Dotel, who perhaps has as much value as anyone that the Pirates would be willing to part with midseason.
Dotel’s name has already surfaced as a potential fit on a number of clubs, though there have been no indications that it has fostered into anything more than speculation at this point. So why does Dotel seem as likely to go as anyone else in the Pirates’ clubhouse?
To begin with, he comes at a reasonable price given his experience, which has spanned 12 seasons. Dotel’s $3.5 million salary is plenty affordable, and his $4.5 million club option for 2011 becomes a mutual option if he is dealt.
Furthermore, the Pirates might not need the 36-year-old right-hander beyond this season. They seem to have a closer-in-waiting with Evan Meek, and if the club is planning to hand that job to Meek next year, this would be the time to try and get something for Dotel.
— Jenifer Langosch
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
Management has promised Pirates fans that this Trade Deadline period will not be like the last two, which featured an exodus of veteran players and an influx of young talent. That talent accumulation period is mostly over, which means the organization doesn’t feel like it has to pull the trigger on any proposed deal. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean nothing will happen.
Pittsburgh will listen to anyone who comes with a proposal, and the likeliest candidates to go are the players under one-year contracts. That’s a group that includes outfielder Ryan Church, infielder Bobby Crosby and relievers Brendan Donnelly and D.J. Carrasco. Octavio Dotel can be added to that list if the Pirates aren’t planning to exercise his $4.5 million option for 2011. With these guys likely to be playing elsewhere next season, Pittsburgh can get something back if they trade them away now.
Catcher Ryan Doumit and left-handers Zach Duke and Paul Maholm have been asked about in the past and again, the Pirates will listen to any offers brought their way. Maholm would be able to net the biggest return at this point, but the Pirates would need to be overwhelmed by an offer to agree to part with the team’s most (and often, only) reliable starter. Maholm is also under the team’s control for two more seasons and at quite a reasonable price tag.
— Jenifer Langosch