MLB Trade Deadline: Predicting Where Top 25 Big Names Will End Up, Pt. 2
Here is Part Two (11-20) of where I think the big names in MLB trade rumors will end up.
Jorge Cantu: Giants
One guy the Marlins can trade without damaging the lineup too badly is corner infielder Jorge Cantu.
This season has been typical for Cantu, as he is hitting .259 with 10 HR and 54 RBI. Cantu is able to play first and third base.
With the emergence of Gaby Sanchez and Emilio Bonafacio able to play third base, Cantu could be on the move.
Interested teams: The market for Cantu actually grew the strongest today as the Giants, Rangers, and Rockies are rumored to be interested in Cantu.
Prediction: I believe that a Cantu move could happen as early as tommorow, and he will be traded to the Giants. The Rangers appeared to be the most likely destination for Cantu; however, they are unable to take on his salary.
The Giants would be able to play him at first base and move Aubrey Huff to the outfield full-time.
Adam LaRoche: Angels
Another potential D-Back that could be traded is first baseman Adam LaRoche. LaRoche has put together a nice season, as he is hitting .254 with 14 HR and 62 RBI for a struggling D-Backs club.
Since the D-Backs are clearly sellers after shipping Dan Haren to the Angels, LaRoche could be next.
Interested teams: LaRoche has drawn little interest, but the Angels have talked about bringing him in throughout the season.
Prediction: I think that LaRoche will get traded to the Angels as part of Arizona's "fire sale." After having their trade for Derrek Lee fail, the Angels are still looking for a bat that is preferably a rental that can play first base: LaRoche fits that bill at a reasonable price.
Scott Downs: Red Sox
The Blue Jays have made several relievers available, but left-handed Scott Downs is the most valuable reliever available.
This season for Downs has been a good one, as he has put up a 4-5 record with a fantastic 2.34 ERA in 47 games. Downs is one of the best in the business in shutting the door in the seventh or eighth inning.
Interested teams: Downs is drawing strong interest from the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, and Giants.
Prediction: Right now, I don't see any team needing bullpen help other than the Red Sox, and that's who I think will acquire Downs.
With disappointing seasons from Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima, the Red Sox are looking for a guy to pitch in the seventh to hold the lead for Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon. Downs seems like the perfect match.
Jose Guillen: Braves
After Scott Podsednik was shipped to the Dodgers today, another KC outfielder on the trading block that is likely to be moved is Jose Guillen.
Guillen has had a great season power-wise, as he is hitting .279 with 16 HR and 60 RBI. Guillen is able to play the outfield and DH.
Interested teams: Guillen has drawn interest since late June as the Giants, Padres, and Mets have expressed interest.
Prediction: For Guillen, I see a wild card team emerging late, as I believe the Atlanta Braves will step up and acquire Jose Guillen. I would have said the Giants, but it appears that they will get Jorge Cantu, satisfying their need for a bat.
The Braves have said all along that they are searching for an outfield bat to go along with Jason Heyward and Melky Cabrera. I just don't see John Schuerholz sitting back and doing nothing while his team is in playoff contention.
Matt Capps: Staying Put
With the Nationals in buyer and seller mode, the team could decide that they need to trade closer Matt Capps.
Capps, who is the best option as a closer on the market, has had a great season. He has converted 25 saves with a 2.80 ERA and 37 strikeouts. Capps was also an All-Star this year.
Interested teams: There have been no known suitors for Capps, but the Red Sox or Yankees could consider Capps.
Prediction: I believe Matt Capps wants to stay, and the Nationals want him to stay too. I think he stays.
Jake Westbrook: Cardinals
The Indians are poised to move yet another pitcher at the trade deadline. This time it's righty Jake Westbrook.
Westbrook has had a good season coming off injury, as he has a 6-7 record with a 4.65 ERA. He could provide a staff with a fourth starter who can get a lot of ground balls.
Interested teams: Right now, Westbrook has drawn interest from the Cardinals, Mets, Phillies, and Padres.
Prediction: After pulling out of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes, I believe the Cardinals will step up and acquire Westbrook, whether it be before the deadline or in August.
The Cardinals currently have pitchers Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny on the shelf. Westbrook would be able to fill in and become a solid fourth starter for St. Louis. However, it will be interesting if they can get the Indians to pay for some of his 2010 $11 million salary.
Octavio Dotel: Yankees
Another Pirate arm that could be on the move is closer Octavio Dotel. This season for Dotel has been solid, as he has converted 21 saves and has an ERA just over four.
Dotel would provide a great middle relief option to a contending team.
Interested teams: The Yankees and Phillies have both looked into the possibility of trading for Dotel.
Prediction: Once again, I don't see the Yankees going quietly, as I believe they address their weakness (being middle relief) if they acquire Dotel.
He would provide someone who could work in the seventh or eighth inning and hand the ball off to Mariano Rivera in the ninth without much damage done.
Ty Wigginton: Yankees
Orioles utility man Ty Wigginton is the team's best trade chip and is most likely on his way out of Baltimore.
Wigginton has had a great 2010 season, hitting .250 with 16 HR and 49 RBI, which gave him his first All-Star selection. Wigginton is very valuable as he is able to play first, second, and third base.
Interested teams: So far, Wigginton has drawn interest from the Yankees, Phillies, and Rangers.
Prediction: I believe that Ty Wigginton will be calling Yankee Stadium home, as I believe the Yankees will acquire him. The Yanks have been a little quiet lately, and I can't see them passing the trade deadline without having gotten something done.
Wigginton would provide them with a backup corner infielder as well as an option at DH, as Nick Johnson is still injured.
Edwin Jackson: Nationals
With the D-Backs in sell mode, I could see them moving starting pitcher Edwin Jackson in addition to Dan Haren before the deadline.
Jackson hasn't had the best season, as he has a 6-10 record with an ERA over five, but showed promise as he tossed a no-hitter against the Rays this season.
Interested teams: Right now the Washington Nationals appear to be the front runner, with teams like the Padres and Mets a possible suitor as well.
Prediction: I anticipate Jackson being moved, and I believe he will end up in Washington. From what I've heard, the Nats are trying to ship Adam Dunn to the White Sox in exchange for young arms and then flip them to Arizona for Jackson.
The Nats have always liked Jackson, and he could be a good complement to Stephen Strasburg and Jason Marquis next season.
Cody Ross: Staying Put
While the Marlins debate whether or not to sell, a guy they could trade if they decide to go into sell mode is outfielder Cody Ross.
Ross has had a nice season, as he is hitting .270 with nine HR and 51 RBI and is a great defender in center field. Ross would provide versatility as he can play all three outfield spots.
Interested teams: The Braves and Red Sox have been connected to Ross as of late.
Prediction: With Chris Coghlan heading to the DL, the Marlins would be playing with three rookies in Logan Morrison, Cameron Maybin, and Mike Stanton in the outfield if Ross were dealt.
With the injury, I just can't see the Fish getting rid of their only veteran outfielder.
Part Three Coming
Be sure to check out Part Three of the countdown, Nos. 21-25, where I will predict where guys like Mike Lowell and Miguel Tejada will end up.