With the non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaching, Major League Baseball teams are getting their affairs in order and trying to wrap up whatever deals they're working on.
A few big names have already been moved, but a few top players could still be headed for new destinations between now and July 31. Plenty of deadline deals have gone right down to the wire in the past, and that could be the case this summer.
Below are some of the most recent updates surrounding three teams that may or may not be active in the next week.
The future of Troy Tulowitzki has been a hotly discussed topic for a few years now. The Colorado Rockies haven't made the playoffs since 2009 and don't look to be getting there again anytime soon. With that in mind, do they possibly trade their All-Star shortstop and begin the rebuild?
For team owner Dick Monfort, the answer remains "no."
MLB.com's Thomas Harding reported that the Rockies aren't pursuing a deal involving Tulowitzki before the trade deadline and that Colorado might feel the same way once the season ends. Harding also refuted a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post about Tulowitzki possibly having a no-trade clause in his contract.
Covering all of his bases, Harding also threw a wet blanket on any talk that Carlos Gonzalez will be moved:
By the way, Major League sources say the Rockies aren’t anywhere close to dealing outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, a sublime talent who has dealt with injuries the last two years.
Given that, current trade rumors are to be seen as laying the groundwork for talks after the season.
Hitting the reset button is never easy for a franchise, but the Rockies might be better off jettisoning at least one of the two and making what's an above-average minor league system one of the best in the major leagues.
Plus, the longer Tulowitzki's out of the playoffs, the more he's likely to grow discontented with the organization's future. wrote in USA Today about the shortstop's future and provided this very telling quote:
I remember my dad saying, 'You see this right here? That is one of the best quarterbacks ever and only one time did he make it to the Super Bowl.' So he tried to compare it to me making the World Series my rookie year, and sure enough, eight or nine years later we haven't made it back and that gave me a reminder of how special that time was. So I never took it for granted.
You can understand why Colorado would want to hold onto Gonzalez and Tulowitzki through the end of the season, but the team will have to do some soul-searching in the offseason.
On July 16, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Matt Kemp isn't agitating for a trade, but if one comes, he's not gonna stand in the way.
Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, is quoted as saying:
Whatever they want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day. He’d like to eventually go back to center field. He’s not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center.
On Saturday, Rosenthal reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers have no trades imminent for the two-time All-Star:
Sources: #Dodgers not close to any significant deal. Kemp doing well in RF; some wary of moving his RH bat, esp w injury history of OFers.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2014
Kemp struggled mightily out of the gates this year, hitting .225/.493/.814 from March through April. He's since raised his average to .273. The power numbers aren't there, but Kemp is at least giving Los Angeles something offensively.
The Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck thinks that Kemp will remain with the Dodgers for business rather than performance reasons:
Kemp is still owed approximately $118 million on that eight-year, $160-million contract he signed with the Dodgers. No team is going pick that up, given the way he’s played the last three years. And the Dodgers are not going to eat half of it just to move him.
Kemp is owed a ton of money, and at 29 years old, there's little chance that he returns to the five-tool star who lit up Dodger Stadium in 2009 and 2011. With that in mind, there are few teams willing to acquire Kemp unless LA ponies up some dough.
Los Angeles will likely have to make the most of a tough situation.
Boston Red Sox
Jake Peavy is reportedly on his way to the San Francisco Giants, per CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman:
The Boston Red Sox might not be done, either, per ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes:
With five days remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline, however, a Sox source acknowledged 'we’re working on a lot of things,' and with the team sinking fast in the AL East, Boston’s willingness to part ways with other players on the big-league roster is increasing exponentially.
It's hard to believe that the Sox are less than a year removed from a World Series title.
Edes mentioned that Jon Lester could be one of the team's biggest names on the move. Lester sounded a bit cryptic after Boston's 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
"I don’t think anything, especially in Boston, can surprise," he said, per Joey Knight of the Boston Herald. "I think we all understand where we’re at. We understand it’s a business."
The 30-year-old also added that, in the event that he's traded, he'd consider signing with the Red Sox once he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. That wouldn't be a bad deal for Boston. It trades Lester, gets prospects in return and then goes ahead and brings him back.
Considering this is a lost season, the Red Sox might as well get what they can for some of their fringe players who won't play a big role down the line.