MLB Trade Rumors: Breaking Down the Latest Potential Moves Being Discussed
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It’s no secret that the trade market has been quieter than usual to start the season.
However, just because there’s minimal action doesn’t mean there’s not talk. Major League Baseball has already seen its first double-digit loss teams in the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres, both of which come as no surprise.
The Marlins and Padres are just two of the teams now opening up trade talks in an effort to either bolster their rosters or improve their farm systems.
Here are the latest potential moves being discussed around Major League Baseball.
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Tyler Pastornicky could be headed back to the same team that drafted him in 2008, as Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in the Braves shortstop.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos recently announced that prized free-agent acquisition Jose Reyes will be out three months to rehab his severely injured his ankle. The loss of Toronto's $106-million man means the team will need more depth at his position to stay in contention in a very competitive AL East.
Pasornicky was ousted by prospect Andrelton Simmons for Atlanta's starting shortstop job last season. The 23-year-old ended the season batting .243 with two homers and 13 RBI in only 169 at-bats.
Now back in Triple-A Gwinnett, Pastornicky is hitting an impressive .400 through his first 11 games. But despite his success there, the young shortstop may slide into a utility role if traded.
Brett Lawrie is entering the final days of his rehab in Single-A, and will give the Blue Jays another infielder once he returns.
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Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon is likely on his way out of Texas.
The former first-round draft pick has yet to warrant enough playing time in Texas to live up to expectations.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade him or put him on waivers after he was designated for assignment on Tuesday, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Borbon batted .304 with 10 homers, 56 RBI and 20 stolen bases last season for Triple-A Round Rock, numbers good enough to maintain a reasonably high trade value. However, the 27-year-old outfielder’s days in the majors could be coming to an end if he can’t land a roster spot this season.
Borbon’s minor league numbers show that he’s deserving of a spot on a major league roster and his fielding has improved drastically over the last few seasons.
Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted that the Orioles are interested in Borbon, but the Rangers’ current asking price is too high. If Texas is willing to compromise, expect to see the outfielder in an O's uniform.
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The Minnesota Twins are 4-7 and sitting in the basement of the AL Central.
If the Twins don’t improve in the coming months, outfielder Josh Willingham could be on the move, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
By the numbers, Willingham has flown well under the radar in recent years. For the Twins last season, Willingham batted .260 with a career-high 35 home runs and 110 RBI. It was his best season to date, and he did it with a team that lost 96 games.
In 2013, Willingham is off to a rather slow start, but last season’s power numbers still make him a viable trade option for teams looking for a right-handed bat.
Kansas City, who’s sitting at a 7-5 record in the relatively weak AL Central, could separate themselves from the pack with a big bat. Other possible destinations could be the injury-plagued Yankees or the underachieving Angels, who haven’t seen much production from Peter Bourjos thus far.
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Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ted Lilly appears to be in a bit of a predicament regarding his elbow rehab.
When the Dodgers asked Lilly to extend his minor league rehab assignment with another two starts, the veteran southpaw affirmed that he was healthy and insisted he was ready for major league action, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Gurnick continued, saying the Dodgers can either “activate Lilly, designate him for assignment, release him, or trade him.”
With Zack Greinke out for eight weeks, it looks like Chris Capuano will assume the role as the fifth starter in the rotation, effectively leaving Lilly in limbo. Considering that his contract up after the 2014 season, it would be in the Dodgers’ and Lilly’s best interest to seek a trade.
As of now, no teams have openly expressed interest in acquiring the 37-year-old lefty, but his numbers have been good enough over the last few years to avoid ending up an unsigned free agent pending a release.
Before going down last season, Lilly posted a 5-1 record with a 3.14 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.
Some teams in the hunt with a desperate need for starting pitching are Phillies, Blue Jays, Indians and Mariners.
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Joe Frisaro of MLB.com believes a trade between the Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers is a possibility, even though Miami says he’s going nowhere.
And he’s right.
Marlins fans are likely reeling at the thought of trading one of the game's emerging superstars, but when it comes down to it, every press release that organization gives to the public has to be taken with a grain of salt.
Owner Jeffery Loria was able to acquire some young talent through last year’s mega-deal, and Stanton sits as his last piece to a complete overhaul. On top of that, Texas’ farm system is tempting with big-name prospects like Mike Olt, Martin Perez and Joey Gallo.
With Ian Kinsler signed through 2017 and Elvis Andrus signed through 2022, trading top prospect Jurickson Profar has to be on the table.
The Marlins likely won't make a move until the July trade deadline, but fans shouldn’t be surprised if Stanton is in another uniform next season.
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San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley has been the subject of trade rumors for quite some time now.
As most writers predicted, the Padres appear to be out of contention just a couple weeks into the season. They sit at an MLB-worst 2-10 record and are last in baseball in team ERA at 5.24.
Headley, who is arbitration eligible after this season, finished with 31 home runs and 115 RBI last season after a huge second.
Headley is due back off the DL sometime this week and should make an immediate impact on a flat San Diego offense. That being said, he is an attractive trade option for any team in need of a viable bat.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Headley could be the most sought-after player at the trade deadline come July.
If the Padres continue to lose games even when he is in the lineup, Headley could definitely be on the move.
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