One Blockbuster Trade Idea for Each MLB Contender to Overcome Major Injury Loss
With each MLB season comes a barrage of injuries, and the 2013 season has been no exception thus far.
In many cases, those injuries can theoretically change the fortunes of teams as well. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a prime example—Zack Greinke, Chris Capuano and Chad Billingsley are on the disabled list, leaving the Dodgers to scramble for rotation replacements.
Those injuries will not only have an impact on the Dodgers but on the entire NL West Division. It's how Dodgers' management reacts to the injuries that could make the difference between a playoff run or a season of despair.
One way the Dodgers could answer back is via the trade market, but it would likely have to be a significant deal to make any kind of a major impact.
Here is one blockbuster deal for four contending MLB teams currently dealing with significant injuries to players that could potentially help to salvage their season.
Are any of these deals likely to happen? Not likely—blockbuster deals just don't happen this time of year. But they are potential fixes nonetheless.
New York Yankees
New York Yankees Trade: 3B Dante Bichette Jr., RHP Adam Warren, RHP Jose Campos
San Diego Padres Trade: 3B Chase Headley
With Headley back and healthy, the Padres will try to climb out of the early hole they have dug themselves with a 5-13 start. But it's likely going to take a lot more than just Headley, and it will also likely longer than this year to fix their current issues.
Dealing Headley now makes sense for the Padres. He's got value with one more year of arbitration and they'll be hard-pressed to sign him considering he's already making $8.5 million.
The Yankees could use Headley at third full-time with Kevin Youkilis moving over to first until Mark Teixeira makes his way back to the lineup. It's still an uncertainty how his wrist will respond when he does return, given the fact he opted not to have surgery.
It's clear the Yankees need long-term solutions for the left side of the infield—acquiring Headley takes care of at least one of those needs.
Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins Trade: 1B Justin Morneau and cash
Toronto Blue Jays Trade: RHP John Stilson and LHP Griffin Murphy
Back in December at the winter meetings, the Twins were gauging interest around the league for the services of first baseman Justin Morneau.
During spring training, Morneau told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that there had been no discussions about the possibility of staying in Minnesota past this season.
It almost seemed inevitable that Morneau was going to be dealt at some point.
The Blue Jays are stumbling out of the gates, and both Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion are struggling early. It's plain that the Blue Jays' moves made during the offseason were with the intent to win now. They're simply not going to remain patient while their big bats continue struggling.
With the Twins offering up part of Morneau's 2013 salary, they sweeten the return package with the young pitching they're looking for.
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays Trade: RHP Fernando Rodney
St. Louis Cardinals Trade: RHP Michael Blazek
With Rodney turning 37 next year, he likely doesn't figure into Tampa Bay's plans for the future. However, Rodney could give the Cardinals what they need right now.
Jason Motte will get news on his right elbow next week after he's been re-examined. If the ulnar collateral ligament hasn't healed and he's in need of Tommy John surgery, Rodney solves their issue of what to do in the front end of their bullpen.
The Rays in turn get another lively young arm in Blazek, who currently projects as a possible closer for the future.
This only works if Tampa Bay is out of contention at some point before the All-Star break.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies Trade: LHP Cliff Lee and cash
Los Angeles Dodgers Trade: LHP Chris Reed and OF Blake Smith
What looked to be a strength for the Dodgers has now become an obvious need.
With Zack Greinke out until June, Chad Billingsley possibly longer and Chris Capuano recently disabled for at least a few starts, the Dodgers are scrambling for arms.
The Phillies would love to get out from under the contract of Lee, owing him $70 million-plus through the 2015 season.
Throwing cash in the deal will help in upgrading the talent coming back to Philadelphia. Reed presents a lively left-handed arm to eventually replace Lee, and Smith has some definite power potential as a corner outfield option.
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