MLB Trade Rumors: Adam Dunn, Carlos Zambrano Could be New Hot Names
Here we are just a few days away from the month of July where the sun isn't the only thing that will be burning hot.
We've talked about a lot of rumors over the last few weeks but there could be a few new names added to the fire. Names that were only a glimmer in the eyes of a few general managers around baseball, but after the last few days, that glimmer could turn into a full blown shine.
There are a few teams that may stand with what they have and ride out the rest of the season, but there also could be a few teams that will shock at the trade deadline.
Last year we saw a few surprise moves; it's only a matter of time before we see who surprises this time around.
Let's get it.
Roy Oswalt will continue to be one of the hottest names on the trade market but, as of late, the rumors surrounding Houston's ace have simmered.
The Texas Rangers, as of a few weeks ago, were seen as the favorites to land the right-hander, but with their bankruptcy proceedings the likelihood of that seems more than a long shot at this point.
However, there are other teams that will be looking for a front line starter, though some of those won't be able to afford what's left on Roy Oswalt's contract.
Look for the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins to be hot and heavy in the mix.
The Seattle Mariners are now officially willing to shop Cliff Lee around baseball. Though that's not a real shock, there were a few days where Seattle seemed to want to pretend that they were just fine hanging on to him.
Now that the secret, or lack thereof, is out, teams have begun calling Seattle to see what they want in return for the left-hander.
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, as well as interim owner Nolan Ryan have said that they could add a player whose contract is up at the end of the 2010 season. With that said, it seems the Rangers could still try to make a deal with Seattle.
One thing Texas isn't likely to do is give up the farm, so to speak, for a player that has already expressed his willingness to test the free agent waters after this season.
On Monday, Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reported that a "mystery team" was supposedly pursuing Lee and has a theory that the St. Louis Cardinals could be that team.
If the Mets can't land either Roy Oswalt or Cliff Lee, they are apparently keeping Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly as a backup option, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
One thing that might stand in the way of Lilly going anywhere is the no-trade clause in his contract. However, with the Cubs nine and a half games out of the NL Central race, he may not mind accepting a deal to a playoff contender.
A few weeks ago, Carlos Zambrano's name was nowhere to be found on the rumor sheets.
Fast forward to a few days ago and the talk is hot and heavy that the Cubs could look to move the pitcher with anger management problems.
After a confrontation with teammate Derrek Lee back on June 26th, the team has put Zambrano on the restricted list and has ordered him to undergo anger management classes, which the pitcher has agreed to.
Talk now has surrounded the idea that the Cubs are wanting to cut ties with the right-hander and would be willing to take on most of his remaining $45 million contract to do so.
We'll have to see if any teams are willing to take a chance on him.
Jeremy Guthrie/Ty Wigginton
ESPN's Buster Olney reported on Monday that the Texas Rangers had sent scouts out to watch Baltimore right hander Jeremy Guthrie as well as infielder Ty Wigginton.
It is well known that Rangers manager Ron Washington wants general manager Jon Daniels to bring in another starter for their rotation.
They may be looking at Guthrie as an option instead of giving up top prospects to rent Cliff Lee for two to three months.
Here's a name that hasn't been talked about around Major League Baseball water coolers, Mark Prior.
The right-hander has had injury problems that have kept him out of baseball for the last several years. He attempted a comeback with the San Diego Padres in 2009, but after experiencing shoulder pain during spring training, he was subsequently shut down and was eventually given his release not long after.
Now, Prior is trying to make yet another comeback and is expected to work out in front of big league scouts Wednesday on USC's campus, according to Tracy Ringolsby of Fox Sports.
Oliver Perez could be someone that the New York Mets could look to move at the deadline.
What may hinder them doing so is the fact that Perez (0-3, 6.28 ERA) has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 1st. Although, you might remember that the Padres moved Jake Peavy to the White Sox while he was on the disabled list so it's not impossible.
Adam Dunn has made it no secret that he does not want to be traded from the Washington Nationals and hates this side of the business.
The Nationals have been talking to Dunn and his agent about a contract extension since spring training but there's been no significant movement in those talks.
With that being said, it seems like he could be on the trading block and there's already interest in the slugger from the White Sox and the Angels.
There's no question that the Angels are in need of a power hitting first baseman after losing Kendry Morales to a freak injury. They had previously been named in connection with Cubs' first baseman Derrek Lee and Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder.
David DeJesus/Jose Guillen
While there have been several rumors surrounding Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus, there could be another Royals outfielder on the trade market.
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Kansas City is shopping Jose Guillen and would be willing to pick up most of the $6.39 million left on his contract. Olney, via Twitter, says the Royals "continue to tell teams they will eat a lot of dollars."
Two teams that could get involved in a deal for either Guillen or DeJesus are the Giants and Red Sox. Don't rule out the Padres either who are looking for a power hitting outfielder.
One team that may not get involved are the Cincinnati Reds, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Seems the Reds are OK with Jonny Gomes, Jay Bruce, and Drew Stubbs in the outfield.
Garrett Atkins returned to California to await his fate with the Baltimore Orioles.
The former Colorado Rockies third baseman was designated for assignment by the Orioles after struggling to a .214 batting average. Disappointing, seeing as he signed a one-year $4.5 million deal with the club at the beginning of the season. No doubt Baltimore was hoping for more than what they've gotten.
Atkins told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli that he would be willing to play in the minor leagues for another team but says he wants to move on from Baltimore.