Tag:2010 MLB trade deadline
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:50 pm

Rizzo wasn't kidding, Nats keep Dunn

Mike Rizzo wasn't kidding.

The Nationals general manager told teams early on the same thing he was saying in public -- that he wouldn't move Adam Dunn unless he got a huge return. He asked for the moon, and by all indications he never backed down.

In any case, he didn't trade Dunn before Saturday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline. Now, unless the Nationals sign Dunn to an extension -- there have been talks, but there's a major difference on the number of years -- Dunn will likely leave as a free agent.

Rizzo has said all along, and said to me again on Friday afternoon, that he would have no problem accepting two draft picks if Dunn leaves. That's somewhat understandable, because Rizzo has a scouting background, and has had great success in the draft, both in Washington and in his previous role as Diamondbacks scouting director.

But as a wise baseball man said, if there's anything less certain than a minor-league prospect, it's a prospect out of the draft.

It's fair to wonder whether Rizzo made the right call. It's impossible to know exactly what he could have gotten in return for Dunn. He kept demanding such a high price, that it's hard to know what teams would have offered had he shown an inclination to compromise.

He said Friday that there would be no compromise, and that if no team met his stated price, he'd be happy to keep Dunn.

Now the deadline has passed, and the Nationals still have Dunn.

Mike Rizzo wasn't kidding.
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:39 pm

Westbrook 'can do same as he always did'

Jake Westbrook was never a 20-game winner. He was an All-Star, but only once, five years ago.

When the story of this deadline month is written, we'll remember that Cliff Lee, Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt were the big-name pitchers traded.

We won't remember Jake Westbrook unless . . . well, unless he proves to be exactly what the Cardinals need him to be, and helps carry them past the Reds and into the postseason.

"He can still do the same things he always did," said one scout who has followed Westbrook's career closely. "If he faces an undisciplined team that chases the sinker, he'll have success. He's throwing 89-92 [mph], and he can carve you up real quick."

At one time, Westbrook was a dependable starter for the Indians, winning 14 games in 2004 and 15 games each of the following two years. He hurt his elbow in 2008, needed Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2009 season.

He's been somewhat inconsistent this year, with a 6-7 record and 4.65 ERA in 21 starts. But as with most pitchers coming back from surgery, he should get sharper as the year goes on. The only question is whether he will fatigue by the end of the year, since he's three years removed from pitching a full season.
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:05 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 4:31 pm

Dodgers get Dotel from Pirates

The Dodgers have acquired reliever Octavio Dotel from the Pirates.

Dotel has been closing in Pittsburgh, where he had 21 saves in 26 opportunities, but the Dodgers will use him in middle relief. Jonathan Broxton is their closer, and Hong-Chi Kuo became an All-Star pitching the eighth inning.

Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:08 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 3:11 pm

Astros work on Myers extension

Some teams looking for pitching had hoped to trade for Brett Myers this week.

The Astros would apparently prefer to keep him through next year. According to sources, Houston has been working on a contract extension with Myers, possibly firming up what is now a mutual option for 2011.

Myers is making $5.1 million this year. The mutal option for 2011 is for $8 million.

Myers, who signed with the Astros last winter, is 8-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 21 starts.

"Myers is the best guy out there," said one scout whose team has been desperate to add pitching. "He has pitched better than all of them, including [Roy] Oswalt."

Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 2:32 pm

Dodgers get Lilly, Theriot from Cubs

The Dodgers have acquired pitcher Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot from the Cubs.

Infielder Blake DeWitt and two minor leaguers will go to the Cubs, and sources familiar with the deal told CBSSports.com that Chicago will pay $2.5 million to help offset Lilly's salary. Lilly is making $12 million this year, and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Before settling on Lilly, the Dodgers had asked the Cubs about Ryan Dempster. They also talked to Pittsburgh about Paul Maholm, and to the Astros about Roy Oswalt.

Lilly isn't a big impact starter, but the Dodgers needed to add to their rotation, and he could provide some help.

"The stuff isn't there anymore, but he still competes," said one scout who has watched him recently.

Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:16 am
Edited on: July 31, 2010 11:02 am

Rays get Qualls, Pirates get Snyder

The busy Diamondbacks have completed two more deals, sending ex-closer Chad Qualls to the Rays and catcher Chris Snyder to the Pirates, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

The Qualls deal was announced late Saturday morning, while the Snyder trade is still awaiting commissioner's office approval because of the amount of money that Arizona is paying the Pirates to pay part of Snyder's contract. The Diamondbacks will get a player to be named later in exchange for Qualls, and three players for Snyder.

According to reports in Arizona, pitcher D.J. Carrasco, infielder Bobby Crosby and outfielder Ryan Church will all go to the Diamondbacks as part of the trade.

Arizona dealt away its top two starting pitchers -- Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson -- earlier this week. The disappointing Diamondbacks fired their manager and general manager earlier this month, and said they would listen to offers on just about anyone other than young pitcher Ian Kennedy or young outfielder Justin Upton.

Qualls saved 24 games for the Diamondbacks last year, but he has had a terrible 2010 season, with an 8.29 ERA and a 2.000 WHIP.

Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:42 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 11:14 am

White Sox close to acquiring Edwin Jackson

The White Sox are closing in on a deal to acquire starting pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks.

The deal could be completed later today, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com. Arizona would receive pitcher Daniel Hudson and other prospects in the deal.

The White Sox have been searching for a hitter, but they've also been looking for an upgrade over Hudson in their rotation. Jackson, acquired by the Diamondbacks from the Tigers last winter, is just 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA for Arizona, but would still be considered an upgrade over Hudson.

The Nationals have also been interested in Jackson, and there has been some speculation that the White Sox could use him to get Adam Dunn, who has been one of their targets for weeks.

Hudson had been scheduled to start for the White Sox tonight. The Sox plan to have reliever Tony Pena make a spot start instead.

Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:47 pm

Astros talking about Berkman, too

Astros owner Drayton McLane was never willing to trade away stars and concede a season.

Now he may be willing to move two in two days.

After trading Roy Oswalt to the Phillies, the Astros have been talking to teams about first baseman Lance Berkman, CBSSports.com has learned. It's not clear yet which teams would be interested in Berkman, who is 34 years old, has complete no-trade protection, and is having a subpar season (.245, 13 home runs, 49 RBIs).

The Yankees, who have been looking for a hitter with Nick Johnson on the disabled list, could be one possibility.

Because of Berkman's contract, which pays him $14.5 million this year with a $2 million buyout of a 2011 option, it's almost certain that he would pass through waivers unclaimed and would thus be tradeable in August.
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